Indian Premier League: First Mumbai Indians to advance to qualifying as Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Cavaliers | Cricket News

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IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians lead the points table with 16 points in 12 games.© Twitter



The Mumbai Indians became the first team to seal a place in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs following the Chennai Super Kings’ last ball victory over Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday. While MI’s victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore took them to 16 points from 12 games, the loss of KKR means the Mumbai Indians cannot finish below fourth place at the end of the league phase. Mumbai will still want to win at least one of their next two matches to secure a top-two finish, which means they will go straight to the first qualifier.

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The Mumbai Indians, in addition to leading the table in points, also have the best NRR in the league. They dominated most of the games and in most of the games that they lost it ended in failure. One of their four losses ended in the last of the tournament opener against CSK, while two of them came in Super Overs.

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The team led by Rohit Sharma will be delighted, having gone one step further in the defense of the IPL title. With four trophies to their name, MI are the most successful team in tournament history and will be looking to add a fifth piece of silverware to their cabinet.

Currently, the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals are respectively 2nd and 3rd in the points table, marginally separated by the Net Run Rate. The two teams also have to face each other in their last match of the league phase.

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KKR’s loss gives a boost to KXIP’s resurgence hopes of making it to the playoffs after being at the bottom of the table with seven games played. KXIP also has 12 points like KKR, but has a better NRR and has a game in hand.

KKR can still make it to the playoffs if they beat the Rajasthan Royals in their last game and KXIP loses their remaining games against CSK and RR and SRH loses at least one of their games against RCB and MI.

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SRH and RR also have a chance to qualify, with both teams sitting down with 10 points in 12 games.

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