WPL 2024 Playoffs: Can RCB qualify for the playoff

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) oversees the Women’s Premier competition, a women’s franchise Twenty20 cricket competition, which is now in its second season. It is also known as WPL 2024 and is branded as TATA WPL 2024. Five teams compete in the competition, which runs from February 23 to March 17, 2024.

On February 23, 2024, in Bangalore’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, the tournament’s first game featured the Delhi Capitals and the reigning champion Mumbai Indians. The Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi will host the final game on March 17, 2024.

As we move on to the WPL 2024 playoffs, Mumbai Indians & Delhi Capitals are sure of a spot in the playoffs. The RCB are still in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs. That is despite their narrow 1-run loss to DC Women last night.

RCB or UP Warriorz: Which team will qualify for the eliminator match?

The Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024 playoff berths for the Delhi Capitals (DC) and Mumbai Indians (MI) have already been confirmed. Now, the only thing that matters for them is who tops the table to advance to the final. But there’s still one playoff slot left. So the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and UP Warriorz (UPW) are the two teams fighting for it.

After seven games, RCB and the Warriorz have each collected six points. But third place goes to Smriti Mandhana’s RCB Women, thanks to their better net run rate of +0.027. The Warriorz have a -0.365 net run rate.

Warriorz and RCB would not automatically qualify for the WPL 2024 playoffs with just a victory in their subsequent game. With the Mumbai Indians (MI) their opponent in their penultimate and final league game on March 12, RCB has a difficult assignment ahead of them.

It’s important to remember that since the WPL’s inception last year, RCB has lost all three of its games versus MI. The Gujarat Giants (GT), who were eliminated from the competition. So they will be playing for dignity when the Warriorz takes on them.

The top-ranked team and the winner of the eliminator match between the second and third teams will face off in the final on March 26 at the CCI.

RCB Women WPL 2024 Playoff Qualification Scenario

After a dismal 2023 season, RCB has improved and now has six points from as many games and a positive net run rate that separates them from Warriorz, who are in fourth place, with a game remaining. If they secure two victories, they will qualify and, with luck, finish at the top of the table.

Some of the biggest names in women’s cricket, including Smriti Mandhana, Ellyse Perry, Richa Ghosh, Dane Van Niekerk, Megan Schutt, and Sophie Devine, are a part of their star-studded lineup.

After winning their first two games against the Gujarat Giants and UP Warriorz, the RCB Women suffered crushing losses to the Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians. It was looking promising when they defeated UP Warriorz in the pivotal game in the rematch. But the Giants’ defeat has put an even bigger dent in their chances.

The RCB Women do have all three options. They can finish as the top team, move to the elimination round by placing second or third, or exit from the competition if none of the above scenarios goes their way.

➣ For RCB Women to finish in first place on the points table

Royal Challengers Bangalore needs to win both of their upcoming games to get a spot in the WPL 2024 Playoffs. After that, they are dependent on a few more results. To improve RCB’s prospects of finishing first in the top, Delhi Capitals must lose to the Gujarat Giants, and Mumbai Indians must also lose to the Giants.

➣ For RCB Women to qualify for the eliminator

RCB Women will undoubtedly make the playoffs if they win their next two games. In that scenario, Mumbai or UP Warriorz can score ten points, and RCB will end with ten points. Therefore, winning the last two games will guarantee their spot in the Eliminator at the very least.

RCB Women can still make the WPL 2024 playoffs if they win one of their final two games. Then, RCB should preferably defeat the Mumbai Indians and hope that the Gujarat Giants can record a few wins.

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