RCB vs PBKS
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Image: BCCI/IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is once again on the same stage that they go through almost every season with their playoff hopes not being entirely in their hands. The Bangalore-based franchise could not find any consistent run-getter this season with a legend like Virat Kohli going through one of the roughest patches any cricketer can have in their career.

Sri-Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and Indian wicket-keeper and former KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik have been the best performers for the team this season with 23wickets and 285 runs at a strike rate of 192 respectively.

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga. Image: BCCI/IPL

RCB’s Diminish Chances Of Top 4 Finish After Loss Against PBKS

In their previous game against PBKS, Faf-du-Plessis won the toss and elected to bowl first. Punjab rode on the half-centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone to post an overwhelming 209 for 9. Bairstow laid the stage, hitting four fours and seven sixes in his 29-ball 66. When he got out, Livingstone dominated and crushed 70 off 42 balls, studded with five fours and four sixes.

Royal Challengers’ bowling card made for intriguing perusing. Wanindu Hasaranga yielded only 15 from his four overs and got two wickets. Harshal Patel bowled the troublesome overs at the death and nevertheless wrapped up with 4 for 34 from his four. But, Josh Hazlewood enlisted figures of 4-0-64-0.

Glenn Maxwell RCB
RCB. Image: BCCI/IPL

In reply, Royal Challengers lost Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, and Mahipal Lomror inside the initial five overs. Glenn Maxwell and Rajat Patidar attempted to restore the pursuit however their endeavors demonstrated uselessly. Furthermore, when Arshdeep Singh excused Dinesh Karthik for a run-a-ball 11, it was everywhere.

Meanwhile, DC defeated PBKS in their last game and are now currently sitting in the 4th spot. They got 14 points from 13 games and a win for them would most probably be enough to qualify for the playoff.

Even A Win Won’t Suffice RCB’s Hopes Of Qualifying

Royal Challengers will require Capitals to lose their last game to have a possibility of qualifying. Regardless of whether Royal Challengers score 200 and dominate their last match by 100 runs, their NRR will just improve to 0.071. Capitals will be well in front of that assuming they win by any edge.

Josh Hazelwood RCB (Image Credits: IPL)
RCB (Image Credits: IPL)

What’s more, assuming both these groups lose and remain on 14, Capitals should lose by a ridiculously high edge for their NRR to slip underneath that of Royal Challengers. For example, assuming Royals Challengers lose by one run, Capitals should lose by around 150 (contingent upon the specific scores).

All in all, Royal Challengers should dominate their last match, against table-clinchers Titans, and trust that Capitals lose theirs against Mumbai.

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