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WPL 2024 playoff scenarios after the match in Bengaluru.  Photo: Sportzpics

WPL 2024 playoff scenarios after the match in Bengaluru. Photo: Sportzpics

The Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024 is heading towards its finale as 11 matches of the 20-match league season ended with Delhi Capitals leading the points table. The Capitals are not alone as all three teams finished with six points.

The chances of teams qualifying for the playoffs are now a little clearer. Only three teams could reach the Playoffs: the best team would go directly to the final and the second and third places would meet in a Playoff.


Worst results in the Bangalore stage

The Gujarat Giants have had the worst performance in WPL 2024. In the four matches played so far, the team led by Beth Mooney did not even come close to the rival, much less win one.

Their loss margins are five wickets with 11 balls to spare against Mumbai, eight wickets with 45 balls to spare against RCB, six wickets and 26 balls to spare against Warriorz and 25 runs against Capitals. Therefore, their chances of qualifying are very slim and are not in their hands.

Also read: WPL 2024 points table: Capitals remain on top as RCB beat UP Warriorz


Most dominant teams

Pointing out one team as the most dominant would be unfair to the other. Therefore, the finalists of the inaugural edition, Mumbai and Delhi, would be considered the most dominant as they won three of their four games. While Delhi lost against Mumbai, the latter was defeated by Warriorz in a dominant batting display by Kiran Navgire.


What to expect at the Delhi leg of WPL 2024?

The Delhi leg of WPL 2024 will begin on Tuesday, March 5. The Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi will surely be slower than the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, which hosted the first 11 matches of the league.

This would force teams to play more spinners and perhaps give the Gujarat Giants a chance as they have three quality spinners in Ashleigh Gardner, Sneh Rana and Mannat Kashyap.

Apart from the field, the crowd reactions would be an important point to note, RCB thrives in its home conditions. It would be interesting to see how they do away from home. Delhi would hope to make the best of their last four home matches and go straight to the final.

Warriorz could find some support not only in the crowd but also on the field. The likes of Sophie Ecclestone, Deepti Sharma and Chamari Athapaththu could be helped from the wicket and boost their team’s cause in the final three matches.


What must teams do to qualify?

For Mumbai and Delhi, it’s easy. They need to win two of their last four games. For Gujarat they not only need to win all their matches but also ensure that others lose their matches. For RCB it is about winning two of their last three and for Warriorz the last three to reach the last three.

First published: March 5, 2024 | 1:29 a.m. IS

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