It was a disastrous season for CSK as they kept loosing key players from even before the start of the season. Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh two of the regulars opted out for this year’s ipl even their some of the players tested positive in the quarantine hampering their preparation as their quarantine was extended. But with whatever they had left CSK didn’t do justice to their chance as they were outperformed on almost every aspect of the game they looked tired on the field.
Not much has gone Chennai’s way since their opening-day victory over Mumbai Indians. Outplaying the holders after having encountered several pre-season speedbumps should’ve put them on course for another successful season, but they’ve only regressed with each passing fixture since. So much so that they now find themselves at a point, deemed as one of no return, by the management.
However, that’s not exactly the reality yet. They haven’t officially been knocked out of the tournament, and could still change the complexion of the playoffs race with favourable results in the last four games.
Mumbai meanwhile have sprinted in the exact opposite direction since their previous encounter against Chennai. While Chennai have constantly complained of conditions nullifying their bowling strategy tailor-made for Chepauk, Mumbai have benefitted from Abu Dhabi’s inclusiveness towards fast bowlers, where they’ve played six and won five so far.
The rest of their line-up has been in mint condition too, eviscerating oppositions and losing just two more matches – both in Super Overs. Securing a playoffs spot is a mere formality for Rohit Sharma’s side, but there’s a mini three-way tussle brewing.
A win over CSK will push MI back on top, but Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore – with as many points – are hot on their heels for a top-two finish, that guarantees an extra shot at reaching the final.