Chennai Super Kings failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in the history of the Indian Premier League. Languishing at the bottom spot in the points table, CSK needed to win all their matches and hope that results of other matches turn out in their favour. Even after they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets in the first game on Sunday keeping themselves alive in the tournament. Also Read - Happy Birthday, Suresh Raina: Wishes Pour in as Former India International Turns 34
Unfortunately, once Rajasthan Royals beat defending champions by eight wickets and 10 balls to spare in Abu Dhabi, Chennai was knocked out of the cash-rich tournament. Now, with four wins from 12 games and with two games to go even if they acquire six wins they will not make it to the playoffs. Also Read - BCCI Explains Why Rohit Sharma Didn't Travel to Australia And Returned Home After IPL 2020
It has been a disappointing season for Chennai as they seemed to have been underprepared for the season. CSK also missed the services of two of their experienced players in Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh. In some games, the side faced backlash for showing a lack of intent, and Dhoni too, on occasions found himself in the firing line. Also Read - Virat Kohli Not a Bad Captain But Rohit Sharma is Better, Difference Between Them is Huge: Gautam Gambhir
Defending champions Mumbai Indians with seven wins from 11 games are the current table-toppers. They are followed by Delhi Capitals – who have had a season to remember. The Capitals have also won seven games and like Mumbai looks good to make the playoffs with three games still to be played.
Bangalore find themselves in the third spot with seven wins from 11 games. The Virat Kohli-led side lost to CSK today but otherwise have been consistent throughout their 2020 campaign. They too look good to make the playoffs.
Kolkata Knight Riders – who won a couple of games from the jaws of defeat have six wins from 11 games – are at the fourth spot. It could be a middle muddle between KKR and the other sides as the top three look comfortable to make it to the last four.