Defending champions Gujarat Titans became the first team to qualify for the IPL 2023 playoffs after defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. With this victory, Gujarat have also assured a top-two finish in the league phase. Shubman Gill’s brilliant knock of 101 and the Mohit Sharma-Shami bowling duo’s performance clinched the victory.
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Chasing the target of 189 runs, SRH were restricted to 154/9 in 20 overs, despite a half-century by Heinrich Klaasen. The South African registered 64 runs off 44 balls, packed with four fours, and three sixes. Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma were in stunning form and bagged four wickets each respectively for Gujarat Titans.
After batting first, GT posted 188/9 in 20 overs, courtesy of a maiden IPL ton by Shubman Gill. The opener slammed 101 runs off 58 balls, including 13 fours and a six. Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped five wickets for SRH which kept Gujarat quiet in the death overs.
IPL 2023: Qualification scenarios for the other franchises
Chennai Super Kings:
CSK are currently sitting second in the standings with 15 points in 13 matches. They need to win their last match vs Delhi Capitals. If CSK loses, they can still qualify, depending on other results. Lucknow Super Giants will face Mumbai Indians in Match 63, a win for any of the sides will see them go above CSK to the second spot. Then, Chennai will need RCB and PBKS to not win both their remaining matches.
MI are currently third in the table with 14 points in 12 matches. They will face LSG and SRH in their remaining matches of the league phase. If MI win both games, they will enter the playoffs. But if they win one out of the remaining two, they can still qualify but need other results to go in their favour. The Rohit Sharma-led side also has their net run rate to worry about.
Lucknow Super Giants:
Krunal Pandya-led LSG are fourth in the table with 13 points in 12 games. They will face Mumbai and Kolkata in their last two league matches and need to win both to qualify for the playoffs. If they win only one of the two, then they can still qualify, but it will also depend on other results.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
RCB are fifth in the standings with 12 points in 12 matches. They will face SRH and GT in their last two league fixtures. RCB will need to win both their games, and it will also depend on other results. Also, the net run rate could play a big role. If they win only one of the two matches, it is still mathematically possible for them to qualify for the playoffs if LSG defeat MI and then Rohit’s side loses to SRH. Net run rate will be a key factor as other teams might end up with the same amount of points.
RR are sixth in the table with 12 points in 13 matches. They will face Punjab Kings in their last match and need to win the match. Even after winning, they will not directly qualify, as it will also depend on other results and net run rates of other teams. If RR loses, they are knocked out, and if they win, they will also need MI or LSG, and RCB to lose both their remaining games and then the net run rate will be the deciding factor.
PBKS are eighth in the standings with 12 points in 12 matches. They will face DC and RR in their remaining matches and need to win both games. Punjab also needs other results to go their way. It is almost impossible for them to make it through due to a poor net run rate, the worst among the teams still in contention for the playoffs.
- The other three franchises, Kolkata Knight Riders, SRH, and Delhi Capitals are out of playoff contention.
IPL 2023 Points Table
|1||Gujarat Titans (Q)||13||9||4||0||0||18||0.835||WLWWL|
|2||Chennai Super Kings||13||7||5||0||1||15||0.381||LWWNRL|
|4||Lucknow Super Giants||12||6||5||0||1||13||0.309||WLNRLW|
|5||Royal Challengers Bangalore||12||6||6||0||0||12||0.166||WLLWL|
|7||Kolkata Knight Riders||13||6||7||0||0||12||-0.256||WLWWL|