Here's how CSK can still qualify for IPL 2020 playoffs
First Published 24, Oct 2020, 1:48 PM
Former champions Chennai Super Kings are lurking at the bottom of the table, having won just three matches in 11 games, while they have lost massive eight games. The remaining three matches are must-wins for the side to stand any chance to qualify for the playoffs.
Former champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have endured a horror season so far, having lost massive eight games, as they lurk at the bottom of the table. With just three wins so far, CSK are in a precarious situation, as a loss any further would entirely derail their playoffs qualification campaign.
CSK, who are the second most successful side in the Indian Premier League (IPL), led by a champion captain like MS Dhoni, have never imagined that they would be in such a mess, leaving their fans in disbelief. Nonetheless, what do CSK need to do hereon to qualify for the playoffs? We analyse:
Fourth spot reckons CSK: CSK still have a chance to make it to the playoffs. However, it would be tight as there is only a slot left open, which is the fourth spot. Wins in the remaining three games would allow CSK to make it to the spot. But, will it be that easy and enough for them?
Wins by big margins: To make things even crunch, CSK would not just need to win, but also win by big margins. As of now, CSK have the worst net run-rate of the season. Wins by big margins would allow them to better it, as it would help them stay in a more suitable spot for taking the fourth place, in case the points are tied and matter comes down to the NRR.
CSK would expect KKR to aid them: CSK would also be dependent on the performance of fellow former champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). KKR have won five matches so far in 10 games. However, if CSK are to stand a chance to qualify, they cannot expect KKR to win more than a match in their remaining four matches. Also, since KKR have a better net run-rate, they are likely to stay above CSK.
Reliance on RR, KXIP and SRH: Besides KKR, CSK would also be dependent on the performance of Rajasthan Royals (RR), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The three teams are currently placed seventh, sixth and fifth, respectively. Also, CSK can't afford these sides to win more than two matches in their remaining fixtures.
What's next for CSK? CSK next take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday, as the latter have more-or-less already secured their place in the playoffs. RCB are currently placed in the third spot, with 14 points, having won seven games from 10. It would be followed by KKR on Sunday, who are placed fourth for now, while KXIP would be their last opponent, next Sunday, who are currently placed sixth.