Five-time champions Mumbai Indians stare at an early exit from IPL 2021 unless they pulled a rabbit out of the hat on Friday evening when they take on bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad to reach the Play-off stages of the tournament.
|Position||Teams||M||W||L||Points||NRR||Qualified||Last 3 Matches|
|1||Delhi Capitals||13||10||3||20||+0.526||Q||W W L|
|2||Chennai Super Kings||14||9||5||18||+0.455||Q||L L L|
|3||Royal Challengers Bangalore||13||8||5||16||-0.159||Q||W W W|
|4||Kolkata Knight Riders||14||7||7||12||+0.587||–||W W L|
|5||Punjab Kings||14||6||8||12||-0.001||–||W L W|
|6||Mumbai Indians||13||6||7||12||-0.048||–||W L W|
|7||Rajasthan Royals||14||5||9||10||-0.093||–||L L W|
|8||Sunrisers Hyderabad||13||3||10||6||-0.422||–||L L W|
IPL 2021 Playoff Qualification Scenario: Mumbai Indians
The defending champions are currently sixth in the table and require a win to match the fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders (14 points in 14 games). However, KKR’s last-night one-sided win of 86 runs over direct rivals Rajasthan Royals has made the path for MI leading to play-offs stiffer. MI, who currently have a run rate of -0.048, requires a landslide win on the evening to pip KKR.
In order to make it to the play-offs, MI must beat SRH by a comprehensive margin of 171 runs. If SRH bats first, then MI qualification hopes will end immediately.
IPL 2021 Playoff Qualification Scenario: Sunrisers Hyderabad
SRH are long out of the qualification race with just three wins (6 points) in 13 games and will play for pride against MI.