The ongoing Indian T20 League 2022 has reached its business end with three teams left in the competition for the title race. While Gujarat have made it to the final, Rajasthan and Bangalore will fight for the place in the final during the second qualifier. Meanwhile, ORMAX media has released a report on the popular teams for this week (March 20-26). These teams are Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Gujarat, and Kolkata.
Notably, Chennai, Mumbai, and Kolkata were crashed out of the playoffs race. They finished in the bottom three positions on the points table. Mumbai finished last, Chennai finished ninth and Kolkata finished eighth. On the other hand, despite doing well, teams such as Lucknow and Rajasthan haven’t got enough attention from the fans as per the report.
Most Popular IPL teams from May 20th to 26th 2022:- (According to ORMAX media)
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Talking about the teams, Lucknow have been eliminated from the title race after losing to Bangalore in the Eliminator in Kolkata. With this win, the three-time finalists have stepped closer to the final. They will now need to beat Rajasthan in the ongoing Qualifier 2 game at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. If the Faf du Plessis-led side win, they will play the final for the first time since 2016.
On the other hand, if the Pink Brigade wins, they will play the grand final for the first time since 2008, where they beat Chennai in the final. The winner among the two teams will play the final at the same venue two days later against Gujarat. The Hardik Pandya-led side have been named in the top-five most popular teams this week as well. This isn’t a surprise as they have punched above their weight.
In other words, the team wasn’t termed a title contender by the experts. However, their players have stepped up and performed better than the expectations. Thus, they will now play the title clash in front of their home crowds. There is a great chance that the cash-rich league will see a new winner since 2016. That year, Hyderabad won their maiden title. Since then, it’s only Mumbai and Chennai who have won the titles post that.