The IPL 2023 league phase is reaching its climax with just two days of matches remaining, and the playoff race has intensified as six teams vie for the remaining three spots. The defending champions, Gujarat Titans, have secured a top-two position, while the rest of the field is wide open.
MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings and Krunal Pandya’s Lucknow Super Giants, both on 15 points, are in a favourable position to secure playoff berths. A victory in their upcoming matches will guarantee their passage, with the added incentive of securing a top-two finish if they can clinch big wins. Even in case of a loss, their fortunes rely on other match results going in their favour.
Faf du Plessis’ Royal Challengers Bangalore, with 14 points, can cement their place in the top four with a victory over GT. Their superior run-rate gives them an edge over the Mumbai Indians, who find themselves in a precarious sixth position. The five-time champions need a win against SunRisers Hyderabad and hope for other teams to stumble to have a shot at the playoffs.
Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals, currently on 14 points, depend on RCB and MI losing their respective matches for a slim chance at qualification. Kolkata Knight Riders, on 12 points, face an uphill battle, requiring a resounding win over LSG and favourable outcomes in other matches to keep their playoff dreams alive.