Tags: IPL Match, IPL 2020, Indian Premiar League, CSK, Chennai Super Kings, MS Dhoni, IPL History, CSK Eliminated, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians, RCB
After Rajasthan Royals’ sensational victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians, MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings became the first team to be eliminated from IPL 2020. Ben Stokes, who fired at the business end of the tournament, guided RR while chasing a mammoth target of 196, keeping their playoffs hopes alive. This was the first time in 13 years of IPL that CSK was eliminated from the race of the playoffs. The MS Dhoni-led CSK had made it to the playoffs in each of the 10 season they’ve been a part of since the league started in 2008.
However, in the ongoing IPL, Chennai Super Kings have looked quite helpless. They’ve been battling injuries ever since the start of the season. Moreover, the constant chopping and changing made their season worse. In all, they’ve played 11 matches and have only managed to win four, losing seven. Yesterday, CSK outperformed Virat Kohli-led RCB, thrashing them by eight wickets. Playing for pride, Ruturaj Gaikwad, who was the stand-out performer, notched up his maiden half-century in IPL, scoring 65* off 51 deliveries while chasing 146. Better late than never, MS Dhoni too found his mojo back, hitting three fours and remaining unbeaten on 19. Their bowling was extremely good, as the bowlers were able to keep AB de Villiers quiet during the middle overs. Sam Curran, who has been the only CSK youngster to perform well in this IPL, took three wickets, including the priceless scalp of Virat Kohli. He also got rid of his English teammate Moeen Ali, who holed out to long off. RCB were put under pressure in the middle overs as well as the death overs as CSK bowlers conceded only 31 runs in last four overs.
Although the win against RCB took CSK to 8 points from 12 matches, they were eliminated from IPL, as they could achieve a maximum of 12 points if they win their remaining two matches, which would not be enough to stay in the race for the playoffs. Speaking after the win, captain cool MS Dhoni said that they need to enjoy the game and also lauded the contribution of youngsters. He added, “We don’t really have a chance to make it to the playoffs, leave the mathematical part of it. You have to enjoy the game no matter where you are on the table. If you are not enjoying the cricket, it can become cruel and painful. So I am glad with how the youngsters have responded.”
In terms of the most successful team in IPL history, the Chennai Super Kings are the only franchise to defend the IPL title after winning back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. However, a betting scam led to a two year ban in 2016 and 2017. Following the ban, the team bounced back stronger to win the crown in 2018, a season in which they were written off after selecting a team which was full of aged players. In all, CSK have won three trophies and have ended up on the losing side in the final for five times.