5-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians’ possibilities for qualifying for IPL 2021 playoffs suffered a serious setback after they misplaced to Delhi Capitals on Saturday (October 2).
DC edged out defending champions MI with a four-wicket win on the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Mumbai Indians, enjoying their first recreation at Sharjah, put up 129/8 in 20 overs, which Delhi Capitals chased down in 19.1 overs.
This end result leaves Mumbai Indians’ qualification possibilities depending on different groups’ performances. MI are seventh on the desk with 10 factors from 12 video games and have gained solely considered one of their earlier 5 video games.
Chennai Tremendous Kings and Delhi Capitals have already certified for the play-offs with 18 factors every, whereas Royal Challengers Bangalore, on 14 factors, have one foot within the play-offs and have to win solely considered one of their remaining three matches to seal a berth.
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Notably, 4 groups — Kolkata Knight Riders (10 factors, Web Run Fee +0.302), Punjab Kings (10 factors, NRR -0.236), Rajasthan Royals (10 factors, NRR -0.337 and Mumbai Indians (10 factors, -0.453) — are on 10 factors every however the five-time champions’ Web Run Fee is the bottom among the many 5 groups in competition for 2 play-off berths.
Right here’s what Mumbai Indians have to qualify for the IPL 2021 playoffs:
- For MI to safe a play-offs berth, they should beat each Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad within the upcoming matches and hope the KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings lose at the least considered one of their remaining video games.
- Rohit Sharma-led MI would additionally hope Rajasthan Royals get the higher of Kolkata Knight Riders if the two-time champions beat SRH.
- A loss for Mumbai Indians in any of the 2 remaining matches will ship them out of the IPL 2021.
MI in dire straits, however coach Bond says ‘we’re nonetheless within the competitors’
Regardless of the uphill job of qualifying for the playoffs, Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond mentioned the aspect won’t quit hope.
“We all know we’re nonetheless within the competitors regardless that we have misplaced at the moment. We’re a chance to win the subsequent recreation and hope it comes all the way down to the final recreation for us. Look, we’re enjoying okay, we all know we aren’t enjoying practically to our greatest, however we’re nonetheless within the competitors regardless that we have had 5 wins (total this season). So, all going properly, two wins beneath our belt and some outcomes going our means can change issues,” Bond mentioned.