Three-time champions Chennai Tremendous Kings have been knocked out of the race to safe an IPL play-offs’ berth for the primary time in 13 years after Rajasthan Royals defeated Mumbai Indians by eight wickets in Abu Dhabi.
The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led aspect had made it to the play-offs in every of the 10 IPL seasons that it participated for the reason that league began in 2008.
Nonetheless, CSK endured an inconsistent run on this IPL.
Dhoni’s males on Sunday notched up an eight-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday to maintain their slim possibilities alive for a couple of hours however all hopes ended when RR beat MI later within the day.
The win over RCB took CSK to eight factors from 12 matches however they’ll solely obtain a most of 12 factors in the event that they win their final two video games, which will not be sufficient to seal a spot within the play-off.
Within the factors desk, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and RCB are already on 14 factors with Kolkata Knight Riders at 12 with three video games to go, adopted by Kings XI Punjab and RR — each on 10 factors every with three and two matches left.
“We do not actually have an opportunity to make it to the play-offs, go away the mathematical a part of it,” Dhoni had mentioned after CSK beat RCB on Sunday.
“You need to benefit from the recreation regardless of the place you might be on the desk. If you’re not having fun with the cricket, it could grow to be merciless and painful. So I’m glad with how the kids have responded.”
CSK had received back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011, earlier than reclaiming the crown in 2018 following a two yr hole.
In addition they ended up runners-up 5 instances. CSK will tackle KKR on Thursday of their penultimate recreation.
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