RCB Qualification Scenario: How Royal Challengers Bengaluru Can Qualify For IPL Playoffs 2024 After PBKS vs RCB, Match 58

Updated - 10 May 2024, 12:19 PM

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Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) have managed to stay alive in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. The win over Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the 58th game of the tournament has revived the hopes of the fans their team can still reach the top 4. 

Punjab Kings (PBKS) hosted Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (HPCA) in Dharamsala. The match between the two teams, which was also a virtual eliminator, took place on Thursday (9th May). 

Royal Challengers Bengaluru were asked to bat first and it was a sensational outing for them. Even though Faf du Plessis (9) and Will Jacks (12) lost their wickets early, it was Virat Kohli's show with the bat at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala as he oozed his class with the bat. 

Rajat Patidar (55) slammed a brutal half-century as well that put Punjab Kings under pressure. He along with Kohli added 76 runs and bailed the team out of trouble when they had two early wickets. After that Cameron Green joined Kohli and the duo did further carnage. 

Virat Kohli scored 92 runs, while Green ended with innings of 46 runs, based on their terrific effort with the bat, Royal Challengers Bengaluru posted a gigantic total of 241 runs on the board at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. 

Punjab Kings started the chase pretty well even though they lost Prabhsimran Singh early. Jonny Bairstow (27) and Rilee Rossouw (61) kept their team in the hunt. After that, Shashank Singh (37) played vital innings but none of them could play a big hand. 

Royal Challengers Bengaluru bowlers were all over the Punjab Kings batters and bundled them out for 181 runs to win the game by 60. With the win, they kept themselves alive in the Indian Premier League and knocked out opposition from the tournament. 

Royal Challengers Bengaluru Qualification Scenario for IPL 2024 Playoffs 

The win against the Punjab Kings was their 5th win in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Win the win they solidified their 7th position at the points table with 10 points under their belt. They also boosted their NRR to +0.217, which might be handy for them going ahead. 

To make it into the playoffs, Royal Challengers Bengaluru will need to win their next two games of the IPL 2024. If they manage to do so they will go to 14 points, which might turn out to be a qualification mark. 

But the road isn't easy for them as apart from winning their next two games, they also need some other results to go their way. For them to qualify, they would want Delhi Capitals Chennai Super Kings, and Lucknow Super Giants, who are also on the 12 points to lose their games. 

If Lucknow Super Giants and Delhi Capitals lose one of their remaining games and Chennai Super Kings lose their two games, then it will mean 4 teams will be tied on the 14 points. As RCB has a positive NRR, it might allow them to play other teams and qualify for the playoffs.


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