IPL 2022: Mumbai Indians, 5-time champions, first team to be knocked out of playoffs race

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IPL 2022: Mumbai Indians became the first team to be officially kncoked out of the playoffs race after Punjab Kings lost to Rajasthan Royals in Match 52 of the season at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.

Mumbai Indians have managed only 2 wins in their first 10 matches (Coutesy of BCCI/PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • MI have managed just 2 wins in their first 10 matches
  • The cut-off for the 4th spot in the points table will be minimum of 14 points
  • Rajasthan Royals retained their 3rd spot after win over Punjab Kings

Mumbai Indians’ chances of reaching the playoffs of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 are officially over and they are looking set to finish with the wooden spoon for the first time in the history of the tournament. MI became the first team to be knocked out of the IPL 2022 playoffs race on Saturday after Punjab Kings were beaten by Rajasthan Royals in Match 52 of the season by 6 wickets.

Mumbai Indians were eliminated from the race for the playoffs despite winning on Friday against Gujarat Titans in a last-over thriller.

MI are at the last spot of the IPL 2022 points table, with just 4 points from 10 matches. The maximum MI can get to from hereon is 12 points but it seems the team that finishes at the 4th spot will have a minimum of 14 points.

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Rajasthan Royals, with their commanding win over Punjab Kings on Saturday, took their tally to 14 points from 11 matches and consolidated their 3rd place with 2 more points than 4th-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Mumbai Indians have traditionally been slow starters but the five-time champions left, it too late this year. MI had an awful run in the Indian Premier League 2022 as they faced 8 defeats in a row before finally winning a game in the tournament in the 9th game. Victory over Rajasthan Royals last time out was their first win at the ninth time of asking but it’s done little to lift spirits.

The Rohit Sharma-led side also claimed the dubious record of becoming the first team in IPL history to lose eight straight matches from the start of the tournament. Set aside the few names, the team has performed poorly this season.

It’s hard to see quite what’s gone wrong. Clearly, if they’d retained certain players such as the Pandya brothers, the results may have been different, but Mumbai have kept much of their historically successful squad.

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