Following an action-packed two months of the busy scheduled season, the four teams who will compete for a spot in the IPL 2022 playoffs have finally been decided. Royal Challengers Bangalore will now compete in the knockout round of the league among the likes of Gujarat Titans, Rajasthan Royals, and Lucknow Super Giants. On the other extreme, it is feasible to assume that the prestigious Indian Premier League(IPL) might introduce a new champion for the season. In this article, we have discussed IPL 2022 Playoffs Analysis And Predictions.
In their last match, RCB completed their mission by claiming victory against the Gujarat Titans in the match that marked the conclusion of the league stage. In order to discover what would happen to them in the IPL 2022, the Men in Red and Gold were forced to wait for the results of the match between Mumbai and Delhi. In order for RCB to qualify for the playoffs, it was necessary for Mumbai to triumph over Delhi Capitals in their last match. The victory of Mumbai Indians against Delhi by a score of 5 wickets ensured that RCB will advance to the playoffs.
Qualifier 1: Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals
Upon defeating Lucknow Super Giants and taking the lead in the points table under Hardik Pandya’s captaincy, Gujarat Titans became the first team in the Indian Premier League 2022 to earn a qualifying spot for the playoffs.
After defeating Chennai Super Kings by a score of five wickets on Friday, Rajasthan Royals secured a spot for themselves in the playoffs. In order to determine who will compete in the inaugural final of this year’s event, the Gujarat Titans and the Rajasthan Royals, who finished in 1st & 2nd spots, will face off in Qualifier 1. On May 24, the contest between Gujarat and Rajasthan will take place at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
The Gujarat Titans have a better chance of beating the Rajasthan Royals, taking into account the depth of both teams’ rosters as well as their prior matches. Additionally, GT triumphed against RR in their previous meeting of this season. IT can be anticipated that the Titans will continue the trend and advance to the finals. Furthermore, GT proved to be a very tough opponent throughout the season, despite winning the majority of their fixtures. It’s worth noting that RR will get another opportunity if they lose the match.
Eliminator: Lucknow Super Giants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Following a nail-biting finish versus Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday, Lucknow became the 2nd franchise to advance to the knockout round of the league. In the match, Quinton de Kock and skipper KL Rahul put up the highest opening partnership in Indian T20 League history.
After Mumbai Indians’ triumph against Delhi Capitals on Saturday, the Challengers clinched the only left 4th position in the playoffs, giving them a playoff berth overall. The team captained by Faf du Plessis will now face off against the Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator 1 match.
In the Eliminator match, which will take place on May 25, where Lucknow Super Giants & Royal Challengers Bangalore will compete against each other at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The winner of the elimination match will go to the next round and compete against the competitor who came in second place in Qualifier 1.
Faf du Plessis’ RCB will have to capitalize and execute the extra mile to ensure that this chance is not misused. Indeed, this will be RCB’s 3rd consecutive participation in the Eliminator. The RCB will face the mighty LSG, and the Challengers should be aware of the squad captained by KL Rahul. It’s worth noting that RCB defeated LSG in their prior encounter this season.
PLAYOFFS – FINAL SCENARIO:
On May 27, the team that emerges victorious from the ‘Elimination’ round will compete in the Qualifier 2 against the side that finished in last place in the Qualifier 1.
As an opportunity for finishing in first place in the standings, the top 2 teams in the standings typically receive two opportunities to take the lead in the next round. The winners of Qualifier 1 & Qualifier 2 will compete in the grand final on May 29 in Ahmedabad.