IPL 2021 Playoff Race: Mumbai Indians pursuit of Playoff spot gets very tough, Rajasthan Royals hopes can end today

IPL’s Super Saturday promises to be yet another fascinating viewing as Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on Delhi Capitals (DC) in a repeat of last year’s final in the first of the doubleheaders. Table-toppers Chennai Super Kings (CSK) meanwhile will take on the struggling Rajasthan Royals (2008) in the evening clash. While CSK and DC have made it to the IPL 2021 playoffs, MI & RR’s playoffs fates will be dependent on the result of matches on Saturday.

Mumbai Indians face a stern test when they take on the Delhi Capitals at Sharjah in yet another IPL 2021 doubleheader. While the Capitals have continued from where they left off last season, Mumbai have struggled for a consistent run of form and are embroiled in a race to make it to the top four.

Rohit Sharma and Co. currently have the head start following Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) last time out, and a win over Delhi could propel them into fourth with two games to play.

Should they lose and Rajasthan win their evening clash against CSK, then the defending champions will be competing in a four-way race for the final spot.

Both PBKS and KKR have better net run-rate than Mumbai, meaning a statement win over Delhi is a must for Rohit Sharma and his paltan.

Mumbai Indians playoff qualification scenarios

  • Mumbai Indians need a win to go ahead of their competition and leapfrog into the fourth spot in the IPL 2021 points table.
  • Two points will see their tally rise up to 12 points, ahead of KKR and PBKS’ tally of 10.
  • A win will also boost their net run rate, which currently is below both KKR and PBKS.
  • A defeat against Delhi could see Mumbai needing to win their remaining two games and hope that PBKS and KKR fail to do the same.
  • A loss and two wins will see their tally up to 14, but Mumbai will need to win by massive margins to overthrow their rivals’ superior net run rate.