In the 42nd match of the Indian Premier League 2024, on Friday, Punjab Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets. In this match played at Eden Garden, Kolkata Knight Riders scored 261 runs losing 6 wickets in 20 overs. In reply, Punjab scored 262 runs in 18.4 overs. This is the biggest chase in IPL and T20 cricket. What has changed in the points table after Punjab’s victory? Let us know.

Punjab’s playoff hopes remain intact

This defeat of Kolkata Knight Riders has not made much difference for them. The team has now won 5 out of 8 matches and is in second place with 10 points. However, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Super Giants are at third and fourth position with 10 points each. These teams can benefit from the defeat of KKR. All three teams now have 10 points each. In such a situation, the team performing better in the upcoming matches will claim for the playoffs. If Kolkata had won, it would have gone ahead of these teams. On the other hand, Punjab Kings got the benefit of victory. Punjab has won 3 out of 9 matches so far and has reached 8th position in the points table. Before this victory, Punjab was at 9th position.

Punjab will have to win all the matches

If Punjab Kings want to make it to the playoffs, they will have to win all their matches at any cost. Apart from this, the team may also have to depend on the results of other teams. Rajasthan Royals have won 7 out of 8 matches so far and the team is on top of the points table. One more win can get the team a ticket to the playoffs. However, Sanju Samson will try to remain on the top of the table.