Chennai Super Kings’ followers did heave a sigh of reduction when MS Dhoni‘s males bounced again strongly to tame Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday night on the Chepauk-esque Dubai monitor. But in lower than 5 hours, the destiny of CSK, who have been nonetheless hanging on a thread after the RCB win, was determined. Rajasthan Royals’ inspiring win in opposition to defending champions Mumbai Indians on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on late Sunday night whereas ensured that they have been effectively alive within the race to the playoffs, CSK turned the first team to be officially eliminated.
Chennai, the three-time IPL winners, did incur a poor season within the UAE, profitable solely 4 of their 12 video games to date to stand on the backside of the factors desk.
Chennai have been all however out initially of this week, following their eighth defeat that got here in opposition to Rajasthan Royals. They wanted to win their remaining 4 to keep mathematically alive, hoping that others elements fall in place. But a humiliation within the subsequent sport, in opposition to Mumbai, left them with little to count on.
Chennai, but, have been alive, with an excellent bleak chance. And they finally arrested their downfall with a thumping eight-wicket win in Dubai the place the bowlers managed to prohibit the daunting RCB batting lineup to 145 for six earlier than Ruturaj Gaikwad’s maiden IPL fifty handed them their fourth win this season. But the Royals’ win in opposition to Mumbai in Abu Dhabi, denied them some other hope. This will be the first time that Chennai is not going to attain an IPL playoff stage. It is a feat they achieved in every of their 10 IPL appearances.
“It does hurt when you don’t do well so you try to amplify certain emotions. So that the guys just don’t drop the game. That can leave with 12 painful hours of the remaining time in the tournament. You have to enjoy the game no matter where you are on the table,” Dhoni mentioned in the course of the post-match presentation.
The final two video games might effectively be inconsequential however the CSK skipper desires his males to simply go on the market and luxuriate in.
“If you are not enjoying the cricket, it can become cruel and painful. So I am glad with how the youngsters have responded.”
CSK nonetheless have two extra video games left in IPL 2020 the place they play Kolkata Knight Riders and the Kings XI Punjab.