Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore are fourth on the points table, with 12 points to their name after as many matches. They lead the fifth-placed Delhi Capitals by two points but won’t be as relaxed as they should be just yet.
That’s because while they have an edge over Delhi, their net run rate is in the negative while Delhi’s is in positive. It means that in case of a slip up on Bangalore’s part, Delhi won’t just catch up to them, it would go above them.
They will take confidence in the fact that they’ve won their last two matches. The first win, over Chennai, was slim but the next one over Sunrisers Hyderabad was dominant.
Captain Faf du Plessis (unbeaten 73 off 50) and allrounder Wanindu Hasaranga (five-for) were the stars of the show.
All things considered, Bangalore are in a decent position and should qualify for playoff barring a surprise.
While Bangalore can lose one of their remaining two and still sneak into the playoff – if things go their way – the same luxury is not available for Punjab Kings.
The Mayank Agarwal-captained side has 10 points to its name but it has a game in hand and that gives it a bit of an edge in this race. However, their lowly position means they’d have to win all three of their matches in order to even stand a chance of going through.
The Kings are in this position due to being inconsistent. Eleven matches into the tournament, they have yet to win two on the bounce.
They nearly did so in the last game though when their giant haul of 189 was surpassed by Rajasthan Royals in the final over.