For the fourth successive year, the Royal Challengers Bangalore are languishing at the bottom half of the points table midway through the season. The only difference, when compared to the previous three seasons, is that this year RCB had won only one game out of eight rather than their usual 2-3 wins.
The Virat led side was in a similar position back in 2016 when they had lost 5 of their first seven games and ended up in the playoffs after winning 6 of their last 7.While at the surface level it seems impossible for RCB to make the playoffs this season, but if RCB can win all of their remaining four games they can still reach the playoffs.
Inspite of losing 6 matches in a row Virat Kohli and his men have made a small comeback by winning 3 of their last four matches.
Though RCB can still qualify for the playoffs if they win four out of four but that will only happen if the results of the matches of other teams end up in their favour. RCB will be hoping for the top of the table teams like CSK and MI to win most of their matches. If everything falls in place then there are certain scenarios which can take the Royal Challengers Bangalore into the playoff without bringing net run rate into the equation.
In case of any of the three above mentioned scenarios, RCB’s capsizing boat will sail into the playoffs irrespective of their NRR.
Note: The dashes in the winner column indicate that either of the two possible results of the fixture would have no effect on the scenario. Moreover, these scenarios are not 100 % rigid and minor changes won’t affect the end result.
Yes, it is true that there is only a slim chance that any of these scenarios will come true and RCB will make it through but, remember that funnier things have happened in our wonderful sport.