New Delhi. 7 teams are dreaming of reaching the playoffs in the 15th season of the Indian Premier League. Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are out of the race while Gujarat Titans have already confirmed their tickets. On Friday, Royal Challengers Bangalore faced Punjab Kings. Both the teams had come out to strengthen the claim of the playoff and Punjab won a strong victory.
After losing the toss in the 60th match of IPL 2022 on Friday, the team scored a mountain-like score of 209 for 9 on the strength of the stormy batting. Opener Jani Bairstow scored a quick 66, while Liam Livingstone’s stormy innings of 70 played a key role in taking the team to a big score. Chasing the target, Bangalore’s team could only manage 155 for 9 wickets and lost the match by a huge margin of 54 runs. Due to this defeat, their playoff hopes have got a setback, then Punjab’s contender has become stronger.
Bangalore’s playoff hopes blow
At present, the Bangalore team is at the fourth position in the points table. After playing 13 matches, he has 14 points in his account. The crushing defeat against Punjab has given a setback to the team. They have suffered a loss in net run rate due to a massive defeat of 54 runs. Had the team been successful in winning the match against Punjab, it could have reached 18 points.
How to reach the playoffs now?
After the defeat from Punjab, now a do or die situation has arisen in front of Bangalore. The team has only one match left which has to be won in every defeat. The Bangalore team has to play against the team from Gujarat which is in top form and has lost only 3 matches out of 12 so far. Gujarat has come to play for the first time this season and has become the first team to reach the playoffs. Bangalore team should not only win but also have to win big as there are going to be more teams reaching 16 points.