Mumbai Indians are all but out of the IPL 2021 playoffs qualification hopes. To still finish 4th, Rohit Sharma & Co. would need to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 171 runs.

When Rajasthan Royals (RR) turned up to play against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Sharjah on Thursday, their fanbase had increased by several folds, with Mumbai Indians (MI) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) supporters also rooting for them against the 2-time champions. However, RR’s horrific defeat against KKR didn’t just result in their and PBKS’ elimination but also all but put an end to MI’s hopes of securing a top-four finish.

Sitting 6th in the points table with 6 wins in 13 matches, Mumbai Indians take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their final league fixture of the season on Friday. With their Net Run Rate reading -0.048, Mumbai can only match KKR’s points tally with a win over Hyderabad. However, the Knight Riders’ NRR of +0.587 remains the biggest roadblock in Rohit Sharma & Co’s playoffs qualification hopes.

How can Mumbai Indians qualify for playoffs?

When two teams are level on points, their NRR comes into the picture in deciding which team will be placed higher in the points table. While there’s no denying that MI can match KKR’s points tally, the NRR game makes this mission nearly impossible.

Talking of numbers, MI need to beat SRH by a whopping margin of 171 runs. It also has to be noted that Rohit Sharma’s men need to bat first at all costs. If they bat second, there isn’t even a mathematical way through which they can better their NRR to the extent that they go above the Knight Riders.

Mumbai had defeated Rajasthan Royals by a huge margin in their previous game to given themselves a better chance of qualification but little did they know that the Knight Riders will put up an even better show against the Royals to put the equation in their favour.