For early leaders Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the business end of the round-robin stage was to be used to smoothen a few rough edges. Instead, the two go into Monday’s match in Abu Dhabi with their very survival in question.

The winner will rise to 16 points and be guaranteed a top-two finish, which ensures two chances to get to the final. The loser can still progress to the playoffs, but needs to avoid a heavy defeat so that the net run rate doesn’t fall below that of fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

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IPL 2020 playoffs race explained: How both RCB, DC can qualify for last four

A Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) loss to table-topper Mumbai Indians on Tuesday will send both Monday’s loser and KKR through, regardless of the run rate.

But it should have never come to a stage where DC and RCB had to worry about such qualification…

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