Chennai Super Kings’ abrupt campaign came to an end as they were officially knocked out of the tournament after Rajasthan Royals pummeled Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2020 clash on Sunday. CSK beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) comprehensively earlier in the day but it was not enough to change their fate.
With the win over RCB, CSK remained at eight points from 12 matches. This is officially the worst performance from CSK in the history of IPL. The Chennai franchise have in the previous editions maintained a near-perfect record of qualifying to the playoff stages.
Perfect game: MS Dhoni after CSK’s win over RCB
“This was one of the perfect games. Everything went to plan. The execution was there and we were able to pick wickets regularly to restrict them to a total that’s slightly below par on a wicket like this. A lot depends on how the players are performing and how the wicket is. This was definitely on the slower side and the spinners have done a very good job,” Dhoni said.
“In the middle overs we have struggled to take wickets. In the games we have gone for runs, it was big in the death overs. That could be one of the reasons why we didn’t do well this season. We haven’t been consistent with the bat, today the start was very good. Rutu (Gaikwad) played really well, backed himself to play the shots that he would play than worry about big shots. Smiling does make a difference
“You do quite a few things, show a bit more emotion (on the happier side) so that the guys feel a bit more confident and relaxed. If you don’t do well, it does hurt and so you amplify a few emotions so that the guys don’t leave the games. We dont really have a chance to make it to the play-offs, leave the mathematical part of it,” he added.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals lost opener Robin Uthappa and captain Steve Smith inside the powerplay. However there was no looking back from there on as Stokes and Samson guided Rajasthan Royals to a comprehensive win.
Earlier after pting to bat, Mumbai Indians rode on cameo knocks from Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary and a 21-ball 60 runs blitz from Hardik Pandya to post a total of 195/5 in the stipulated 20 overs. Fast bowler Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal picked up two wickets each for Rajasthan Royals.