The three-time winners lost eight games to defending champions Mumbai Indians in the thirteenth edition of the CSK IPL, their faces shaken, their shoulders drooping and body language not looking like a champion side. Play-off Perth.
Millions of fans of the ‘Whistle’ battalion and CSK soldiers were deeply disappointed by the way things turned out for the ‘yellow army’ in the new territory and the favorable conditions in the Persian Gulf in the Middle East.
CSK’s absence from the play-offs of the IPL season ‘King of the Clay’ Rafael Nadal did not make it to the latter half of the French Open. However, they were a pale shadow of their glorious past and often ended up being the second best side for strong teams like Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians, who are at the top of the IPL points table.
Millions of serious fans, including their captain MS. The chances of the ‘Yellow Army’ sneaking into the knockouts are slim as Dhoni also thinks their team is not in contention to get a play-off berth.
It will not give CSK three wins in the remaining three games of season 13, but hopes the other teams will slip into the dim end of the league phase.
Here’s how things stand out from a statistical point of view, and how CSK still finished in the top four in the round robin stage and made it to the knockouts.
CSK’s current position in the IPL 2020 points table
IPL CSK are at the bottom of the points table with just 3 wins from eleven round robin games in Season 13.
Upcoming devices for CSK in IPL 2020
Vs RCB on October 25 in Dubai
Vs KKR on October 29 in Dubai
Vs KXIP on November 1 in Abu Dhabi
CSK Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab have played in the last three league missions. It is noteworthy that these three teams are very much in contention for a play-off berth.
Where will CSK come from if they get hat-trick wins
If we assume that CSK scored a hat-trick of wins over RCB, KXIP and KKR, they will get 12 points, but they will help to get to the top four. The answer is no more than yes.
The other headache CSK has in their shirts is a poor run rate. So, even if they are tied with the same points in fourth place, they will suffer from their poor run rate.
CSK believes that all these permutations and combinations will work in their favor to make a miracle happen and that they will qualify for the playoffs.
The Kolkata Knight Riders, who finished 4th with 12 points from 11 matches, should not win any of the remaining 3 matches.
Vs KXIP on October 26 in Sharjah
Vs CSK on October 29 in Dubai
Vs R.R. on November 1 in Sharjah
CSK also hopes that Kings XI Punjab will take on KKR and lose to Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in the other two matches.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will have to lose by at least one difference in the next 2 matches against RCB and MI.
The remaining devices of the SRH
Vs Delhi Capitals on October 27 in Dubai
Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore on October 31 in Sharjah
Vs Mumbai Indians on November 3 in Sharjah