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How Net Run Rate (NRR) is Calculated: IPL 2024 Playoffs Chances

In the Indian Premier League, Net Run Rate (NRR) is a vital element. Since the matches are very closely-fought, more often than not, the NRR becomes the differentiating factor. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), NRR is calculated by taking the runs scored by a team, subtracting the runs conceded by a team, and dividing the result by the number of overs faced.

IPL 2024 Run Rate Scenario: SRH – 87.3%, CSK 72.7%

Royal Challengers Bangalore have played 13 matches so far in IPL 2024 where they are on 12 points with a net run rate (NRR) of 0.387. Their remaining match is against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at home. Now, if Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) get one more point – RCB’s only chance to qualify will be by finishing ahead of CSK on the points table.

This means they must beat CSK by at least 18 runs, assuming they score 200. If RCB is chasing 200, they will need to win in about 18.1 overs. If their margin of victory is smaller, they can only qualify if SRH lose both their games and remain on 14 points. A defeat or washout against CSK will eliminate RCB from the tournament.

Chennai Super Kings have played 13 matches – and they are on 14 points with an NRR of 0.528. Their remaining match is against RCB away. A win against RCB will ensure CSK’s qualification. If they lose by less than 18 runs (chasing 200), their NRR will stay above RCB’s, and they will still qualify regardless of other results. However, if CSK loses by a larger margin, they will need SRH to lose their remaining games and finish behind on run rate, in which case both CSK and RCB will qualify.

CSK could also secure the second spot on the points table if Rajasthan Royals (RR) lose their final game and if SRH win no more than one match. In this scenario, a win against RCB could propel CSK to second position, given their superior NRR compared to both SRH and RR.

The formula for Net Run Rate is

(Runs scored / Overs faced) – (Runs conceded / Overs bowled)

This is essentially the net run rate calculator. It is used as a tie-breaker in case teams have the same number of wins and losses. The team with the higher NRR is ranked higher in the standings.

How to Calculate Run Rate

Net Run Rate = Run Rate For – Run Rate Against

Run Rate For = Total Runs scored in the whole tournament / Total number of overs played by the team in the competition

Run Rate Against = Total Runs scored against the team in the whole tournament / Total number of overs played against the team in the competition

Now, in IPL, a team’s net run rate (say A) is calculated by deducting the average runs scored per over by the team (A) in the competition to the average runs scored against the same team (A). 

For instance, if Mumbai Indians scored 160 runs in their allotted 20 overs. As such, Mumbai’s run rate is 8 rpo. 

Now, if MI’s opponent Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) scored 140 runs in 20 overs.

So RCB’s run rate in that match will be = 140/20 = 7.00.

Now in order to calculate Mumbai Indians’ NRR in that match, all we have to do is deduct RCB’s run rate from Mumbai’s run rate.

As per the net run rate calculator, net result is then divided by the total number of teams in the tournament and this is how NRR is calculated as the tournament progresses and veers through to the playoffs. 

FAQs about IPL 2024 Run Rate

Q) What is Net Run Rate (NRR) in cricket?

A) Net Run Rate (NRR) is a statistical method used as a tie-breaker in cricket tournaments with a round-robin format. 

Q) How is Net Run Rate calculated?

A) The formula to calculate Net Run Rate is: (Runs scored / Overs faced) – (Runs conceded / Overs bowled).

Q) When is Net Run Rate used?

A) Net Run Rate is primarily used in limited overs cricket formats (ODIs, T20s, T10s) to determine standings in case of a tie in points.



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