The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) went head to head in a lower part of the table clash in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). The “Men in Yellow” got a 7-wicket pummelling by Steve Smith’s side. CSK is now in great trouble to reach the playoffs.
With 3 wins from 10 matches and a net run-rate of – 0.463, things aren’t looking good for CSK. A maturing team and powerlessness to step on the pedal when required have cost the side profoundly. With them being bogged both in the powerplay and in the middle overs.
The adjustment in setting from India to the UAE hasn’t offered CSK numerous courtesies either. The wickets in the Middle East haven’t offered as many turns as promoted before. The intense warmth has negatively affected the prepared experts who call Chepauk home.
Yet at the same time, regardless of the dubious position MS Dhoni and CSK end up in, they are not numerically dispensed with from the playoff race. The skipper himself and mentor Stephen Fleming, however, don’t appear to be excessively hopeful of their odds.
Dhoni gave off an impression of being without trust in the post-match meeting yesterday after CSK’s loss to RR. Fleming, then again, asserted that the group was consistently mindful of the difficulties of playing with a maturing crew. He admitted to the way that CSK’s most significant players may have run out of juice.
CSK needs to win all their remaining matches with good net run-rate
On the off chance that CSK wins each of the 4 games left in the league stage, they might still go to the playoffs. They need to fundamentally up their net run-rate during these games.
History shows that the last team that qualifies for the playoffs, by and large, get done with 14 points or less – this has occurred in each of the 7 seasons where just 8 groups have partaken. Actually, in IPL 2019, the fourth-rank group – the Sunrisers Hyderabad – dominated just 6 matches, and pipped the Kolkata Knight Riders to the final playoff spot inferable from a higher net run rate.
CSK’s remaining matches are against Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Kings XI Punjab. Sadly for CSK, three of these groups are serenely positioned in the top 4. They have been among the best groups in the current year’s IPL.
With everything taken into account, it’s sheltered to presume that CSK has a herculean undertaking in front of them in the event that they are to make a late run to the IPL 2020 playoffs. They’ll need to play to their full strength. It is not yet clear if the progressions Dhoni and Fleming make to the playing XI prove to be fruitful.
Notwithstanding, if there’s one thing we’ve learned throughout the years in the IPL, it’s that MS Dhoni and his men can never be checked out, regardless of whether they have their backs solidly planted against the divider.