IPL 2024 playoffs – KKR tackle SRH in Qualifier 1, RCB-RR conflict in Eliminator

Right here come the IPL 2024 playoffs. It took a thriller on Saturday to resolve which of Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) or Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) would full the playoffs line-up, and until the final league sport – a washout in Guwahati final night time – to know who would play whom precisely, however now we all know. And it is a utterly totally different playoff line-up from final season, with none of 2023’s high 4 making the lower right here.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) come into the primary qualifier as table-toppers, the primary time they’ve completed the league part at No. 1. They completed three factors away from anybody else on the desk, regardless of having their final two video games washed out. Will they be refreshed, or rusty? If SRH are any instance to go by, a break from the cricket is an efficient factor: they got here in after a 10-day break – partly right down to the schedule and partly right down to the climate – and aced a chase of 215 on Sunday towards Punjab Kings. This was solely the second time in IPL 2024 that SRH received a sport chasing.
Earlier assembly: They’ve performed one another solely as soon as this season, each crew’s first sport of IPL 2024. It was a high-scoring thriller that led to a last-ball four-run win for KKR at Eden Gardens.
Participant availability: The England gamers who shall be going to the upcoming T20 World Cup have withdrawn early from the IPL, and amongst them is one in every of KKR’s lynchpins this season: Sunil Narine’s big-hitting opening associate, Phil Salt.

Climate forecast: “Extremely popular with loads of sunshine” – that is the forecast for Ahmedabad on Could 21, and the warmth will hardly relent because the lights come on for the night match: it is a minimal of 31C on the day. The forecast says there is a 0% probability of rain.

On April 22, RR have been high of the desk, flying excessive, having received seven of their first eight video games. On the different finish of the desk, RCB have been languishing, having misplaced as many as RR had received, six of these defeats coming in a row. Quick ahead to Could 20, and the turnaround is beautiful: RR have since received one in six and misplaced 4 in a row earlier than Sunday’s washout. RCB have received six in a row, and thus go into this knockout encounter with all of the momentum on their aspect.

Participant availability: This time, RR shall be with out Buttler, who’s a part of the English T20 World Cup contingent that is left the match. RCB shall be with out Will Jacks and Reece Topley for a similar causes.

Climate forecast: The forecast would not change a lot from Qualifier 1. Ahmedabad ought to stay scorching and dry for the Eliminator.

Climate forecast: Some clouds are forecast in the course of the day, however solely a 5% probability of rain. A low of 29C, so one other scorching, sweaty night in retailer for the gamers.

There is a chance of a first-time winner: RCB, ending a 16-year drought in the identical season that their ladies’s crew knocked off the Girls’s Premier League title in its second version.
Or RR may win their first title because the inaugural season when Shane Warne’s comparatively unfancied crew noticed off MS Dhoni’s Tremendous Kings within the ultimate.
For KKR it could be a primary title since 2014, and their third total. Fairly the homecoming for Gautam Gambhir, that might be – he had captained KKR to each their earlier titles, and performed for them until 2017. This season, he shifted from Lucknow Tremendous Giants again to KKR as crew mentor.
SRH’s solely title (to not confuse them with the opposite franchise from Hyderabad, Deccan Chargers, who received it in 2009) got here in 2016 – can they add to that?

Climate forecast: Not a lot change from Qualifier 2, however barely hotter even (min. 30 C) and even much less probability of rain (4%).

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