The qualification scenarios for the Women’s IPL have added more spice to the tournament. Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians are the two teams that have qualified for the WPL playoffs. There is an intense battle for the qualification for the other 2 spots. All 3 teams namely UP Warriorz, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Gujarat Giants are alive on paper but they have to rely on the performance of other teams to qualify for the end stages of the tournament.
Let us have a look at how all three teams have a realistic chance of qualifying for the playoffs:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Currently, Royal Challengers have an NRR of -1.044 after seven games and Gujarat Giants have -2.511 after the same number of games, while UP Warriorz have -0.117 after six. Given that Warriorz already have six points, Royal Challengers only have a chance if they win their last game and move to six, and if Warriorz loses their last two, against Giants and Delhi Capitals. That means Royal Challengers will need a slightly bigger margin in one of those games – a win by 43 runs for example, instead of 40 – to go past Warriorz’s NRR.
Thus, Royal Challengers still have a shot at qualification, but they need several things to go their way, both in terms of results and their margins.
Warriorz will be through if they win one of their last two games. They might even make it with two defeats if they lose by narrow margins.
The giants should probably start thinking about next year since they are so far behind on run rate. They still need Warriorz to lose to Capitals by 112 runs to surpass them on NRR, even if they score 160 runs and defeat Warriorz by 100 runs. In addition to these unlikely outcomes, they also require Royal Challengers to lose their last match to Mumbai.
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