IPL 2020: Defending champions Mumbai Indians became the first team to qualify for the IPL 2020 Playoffs

IPL 2020: MS Dhoni and Co spoilsport Kolkata Knight Riders hopes to qualify

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Oct 30, 2020 16:53 IST
IPL 2020: Defending champions Mumbai Indians became the first team to qualify for the IPL 2020 Playoffs
MI became the first team to qualify for the IPL 2020 Playoffs

The table-toppers and current defending champions Mumbai Indians(MI) became the first team to enter in the IPL 2020 playoffs after MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings defeat Kolkata Knight Riders in a nail-biting finish by Sir Jadeja at Dubai International Stadium on Thursday. With this CSK win over KKR, MI seals their spot for the semis but Dhoni and Co spoilsport Knight Riders hopes to qualify for the knockout stage. Mumbai Indians, who are on 16 points and leading the ladder with a much better Net Run Rate +1.186. In the absence of 'Hitman' Rohit Sharma, West Indies Keiron Pollard handle the side in a well-deserved manner.

The remaining three teams yet to be decided even after 49 matches have been already played this season of Dream11 IPL 2020. Virat Kohli-led RCB at no. 2, DC at 3 and KXIP at no. 4 spots now and Kolkata Knight Riders were at 5th place, they all have the higher chances for qualification to top-four. SRH and RR are also in the hunt but with a minimal chance.

The upcoming double-header weekend would certainly give us at least 1 or 2 more teams in the qualification race to the playoffs. KL Rahul led Kings XI Punjab, on the back of five-win on a trot will lock horns with Rajasthan Royals in a must-win match, If KXIP wins in the 50th IPL match tonight, KKR have more troubles but if RR wins they have the much better chances to reach through the knockout stage. Let's find out what comes next in the thrilling weekend.

However, MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings were already out of the tournament, the loss made KKR's task a lot tougher. Newly-made captain Eoin Morgan led Knight Riders are on 12 points and can get to only 14 if they win their final league game.

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Mumbai Indians became the first team to qualify for the IPL 2020 playoffs after 49 IPL matches. Defending champions Mumbai Indians are now looking for top-two finish by virtue of which the team give themselves two chances at reaching the IPL final.

Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) are not yet out of the tournament but now they depend on the results of other teams as well and won their remaining match against Rajasthan Royals on this upcoming double-header Sunday 1 November 2020.

With this loss to Dhoni-led Super Kings, KKR's made the qualifying task easier for Virat's Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) and Delhi Capitals(DC), who are already on 14 points with two matches to play.