IPL 2020 Predictions: The tournament is already on its halfway stage as every team has played the other team at least once. As of 17 October 2020, every team has played 8 matches each. Mumbai Indians are the table-toppers as of now. They have won 6 out of their 8 games.
Delhi Capitals, 2nd placed team so far is not far either. Both Mumbai and Delhi have won 6 and lost 2 games. Mumbai however, is topping the table due to better run rate. RCB and KKR are on the 3rd and 4th place respectively. These 4 teams have the best chances to make it through playoffs as of today.
Whereas, SRH, CSK, RR and KXIP are in bottom of the table respectively.
IPL 2020 is being played is UAE this year. Toss has been crucial in this year’s tournament as matches are being played in only 3 grounds. IPL, the best T20 league throughout the world is known for it’s unpredictability. Every teams have invested loads of money on their players hoping to lift the coveted trophy.
However, it’s not just about investing a lot on your players. You need to have the right match-winners on your team who has the capability to get through the matches. Being a long tournament, teams need to pay a special focus on their player’s fitness and they must have appropriate backups in case of any injury.
IPL 2020 Predictions: Playoffs Predictions:
One win= Two points
Normally, a team would require to win 7 games to reach to the playoffs. However, this is not always the case. It depends on how tournament progresses and how tough the oppositions are. Depending on the situations, sometimes 12 points are enough for teams to qualify for the playoffs. On the other hand, in some instances, having 16 points on your belt also does not assure you the automatic qualification.
The role of Net Run Rate(NRR) plays a huge role in determining which teams qualifies as there are more chances that two teams will be tied on points. Due to this, teams try to decrease the margin despite having being certain that they’ll lose the game.
In IPL 2020, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals are the top two teams in the points table. Out of their 8 games, both have won 6 and lost 2 games. Sitting comfortably at 12 points, they need to win next 2 out of their 6 games to confirm their playoffs qualification spot. Seeing the current form of both teams, it’s almost certain that they will win at least two games out of their 6 remaining matches.
Royal Challengers Banglore are sitting in No. 3 spot. They have played exceptionally well this season. RCB is always known for their strength to perform well. But they have not delivered as expected in last 13 seasons of IPL. Could this season possibly be theirs? It’s yet to know.
RCB have won 5 and lost 3 out of their 8 matches. They have to win 3 out of their remaining 6 matches to guarantee their spot on playoffs. If they win only 2 out of their 6 games, they would have to depend on the performance of remaining teams to fancy their chances. It’s tricky situation for RCB but they will get it through.
IPL 2020 Predictions: 4th place battle:
Kolkata Knight Riders have won and lost 4 matches respectively out of their 8 games. They currently sit at 8 points. To confirm their qualification, they need to win 4 out of their 6 games. It looks extremely tough as KKR are not quite on the form as expected. Their Net Run Rate(NRR) is a big issue in this season’s IPL so they would not like to take any risk and try to win all the remaining matches.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals all sit at 6 points. Out of their 8 games, all have won 3 and lost 5 games. To confirm qualification spots for these teams, they need to win 5 out of their 6 games. It’s going to be very tough for these teams to get through the playoffs but not entirely impossible.
If KKR fail to make it through the playoffs, it’s going to be intense battle between SRH, CSK and RR to claim their spot in the top 4.
IPL 2020 Predictions: Too little too late
Kings XI Punjab have only won 2 games out of their 8 games. They currently sit last with only 4 points. They could only qualify if they win all the remaing matches, which us extremely unlikely. So, In my prediction, KXIP would be the first team to get eliminated from this season’s IPL race.
Top 4 prediction:
- Delhi Capitals
- Mumbai Indians
- Royal Challengers Banglore
- Kolkata Knight Riders