The 49th match of the 13th season of IPL was played between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. In this tough match, Chennai won the last ball of the innings. After this defeat, it has become very difficult for Kolkata to get a place in the play-offs. However, Mumbai Indians became the first team to make it to the playoffs.
Kolkata set a target of 173 for Chennai
Batting first in the match, Kolkata Knight Riders scored 172 for 5 in 20 overs. Opener Nitish Rana top-scored with 87 off 61 balls. He hit 10 fours and four sixes in the match. Apart from him, no batsman has been able to stay on the pitch for long.
Chasing the target, Chennai got off to a good start. Opener Rituraj Gaikwad contributed 72 runs in Chennai’s victory. However, Ravindra Jadeja impressed everyone with his shot. Jadeja hit two sixes off both balls to give the team the victory.
Mumbai became the first team to reach the playoffs
The top four teams in the table qualify for the playoffs. Mumbai Indians are top of the table with 16 points. Mumbai’s net run rate is also good. Therefore, Mumbai has become the first team to qualify for the playoffs. Because now only 4 teams have a chance to get 16 points and Mumbai have already got 16 points. Before the match against Chennai, Kolkata also had a chance to score 16 points. However, with their defeat to Chennai, they can now score a maximum of 14 points. Because they now have only 1 match left.
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Kolkata will have to work hard to increase the run rate
This was Kolkata’s 7th defeat in 13 matches this season. The team is ranked 5th in the table. Kolkata have only one match left. They want to play a match against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday (November 1). If KKR wins that match, they will still have 14 points and in such a situation the decision to get a place in the playoffs will depend on the run rate. Not only that, they have to rely on the results of other teams. Also, Kolkata will have to work hard to improve the run rate.
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