RCB is currently facing a concern not only due to losing their last two games to Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians but also due to the margin of defeats that could potentially hurt them later on in the league phase.
In both games, the team suffered heavy defeats as a result of subpar batting performances and poor bowling displays. This has brought back memories of RCB’s worst bowling performances in the IPL.
RCB Points & Run Rate
In their last two games, the Royal Challengers Bangalore faced heavy defeats as Delhi Capitals chased down 182 runs in just 16.4 overs, and Mumbai Indians chased down 200 runs in 16.3 overs.
As a result, RCB now has only 10 points in 11 games and is currently placed in the 7th position in the points table.
More concerning is their poor net run rate (NRR) of -0.345, which is only better than the NRRs of the bottom three teams, PBKS, SRH, and DC. Furthermore, RCB has lost three out of their last four matches.
TATA IPL 2023 Points Table
|2||Chennai Super Kings||12||7||4||15||0.493|
|5||Lucknow Super Giants||11||5||5||11||0.294|
|6||Royal Challengers Bangalore||11||5||6||10||-0.345|
|7||Kolkata Knight Riders||12||5||7||10||-0.357|
RCB Qualification Scenario
There are two conditions that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) must meet to have a chance of qualifying for the playoffs:
Mumbai Indians need to lose
Mumbai Indians need to lose the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
RCB must win all of their 3 matches
Although the Royal Challengers Bangalore still have a chance of reaching the playoffs, they must win all of their remaining three matches to keep their hopes alive.
If they fail to do so, it is highly unlikely that they will qualify for the top four, and even a miracle would not be enough to save them from elimination from the race.
Therefore, it is imperative that the Faf du Plessis-led unit focuses all its energies on the remaining games and gives it its all as their playoff hopes hang by a thin thread.
No more than one team will reach 16 points
In the Indian Premier League 2023, it is likely that a team will need at least 16 points to qualify for the playoffs, based on previous seasons.
In the 10-team IPL 2022, the team at the 4th spot to reach the playoffs, RCB, had 16 points while DC and PBKS with 14 points each just missed the playoffs due to their lower net run rate (NRR) compared to RCB.
So, in a close race for the playoffs, not only the number of points but also the NRR will play a crucial role.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do RCB have a chance to qualify for the 2023 IPL?
Yes, RCB do have a chance to qualify for playoffs but they need to win the remaining 3 matches.
Who is the highest run scorer for RCB in IPL 2023?
Faf Du Plessis is the highest run scorer of RCB with over 576 runs.
Who is the highest wicket-taker for RCB in IPL 2023?
Mohammad Siraj is the highest wicket-taker for RCB with over 17 wickets.