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Chennai Super Kings [Photo-Twitter]
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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Indian Premier League (IPL), a love story that will be cherished for ages when the books of cricket will be revised. CSK have been one of the most glorious, dominating, and influential teams in the history of IPL. Holding a plethora of records to their name over so many years, CSK have gone on to show how a team of 11 individuals can run as a family of millions of people, giving joy and a host of reasons to celebrate to every person associated with the franchise.

However, IPL 2020 has come up as a major roadblock in CSK’ fairytale with the Indian Premier League. Chennai Super Kings are facing one of their worst crisis ever as they have gone on to lose 8 of the 11 games that they have played so far and stand on the verge of elimination, sitting at the bottom of the IPL 2020 points table. If this happens, this will be a rare occurrence as it will be the first time that CSK won’t qualify for the playoffs while competing in the tournament.

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Chennai Super Kings. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Although CSK’s hopes are nothing but faded away, mathematically, there’s still a ray of hope that CSK have the chance to qualify for the playoffs even from this point of time. Although this chance will also be dependent on the form of the other teams.

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Explained: How Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Can Still Qualify For The IPL 2020 Playoffs

For Chennai Super Kings to qualify from here, the first and foremost thing that is mandatory is to win all their remaining three games in the group stage with a gigantic margin. CSK are now set to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their upcoming fixtures.

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Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu [Photo-Twitter]
Also, Mumbai Indians (MI) and Delhi Capitals (DC), the top two teams of the tournament, should win all their remaining games or should lose only one game from hereon to help CSK reach the playoffs. Rajasthan Royals (RR), on the other hand, must win only of their remaining fixtures and finish on the bottom of the IPL 2020 points table to help CSK. Royal Challengers Bangalore should win all their games except for the game against Chennai Super Kings to aid CSK gain a better chance.

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SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) should win only one of their remaining fixture while Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) should also win one of their remaining fixtures.

If all these scenarios turn out to be true, DC and MI will qualify with 18-22 points. RCB will qualify as the third team with 16-20 points. CSK and KKR will be tied at 12 points each and CSK will qualify on the basis of having a better net run rate. SRH, KXIP, and RR should eventually finish as the 6th, 7th, and 8th team if the numbers turn out to be true.