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IPL 2020: Can CSK still qualify for the 13th edition’s playoffs?

IPL 2020: Can CSK still qualify for the 13th edition's playoffs?

The year 2020 is turning out to be a real massacre for everyone. Well, the case is more or less the same for CSK. After having put down by MI in their previous game, CSK’s hopes for playoffs are almost buried. It is the first time in the history of IPL when CSK has lost as many as eight games in the group stage. Besides, it will be the first time in 13 years that CSK will not reach the playoffs.

The road ahead seems tough for CSK. They have reached a dead end, it seems. CSK is currently sitting at the bottom of the table. It will certainly require a miracle for CSK to qualify for the playoffs. A lot of permutations and combinations will have to happen to force CSK into the final four. Not only CSK will have to win their remaining games, but also the chances will depend on other teams. Thus, let us look at how CSK could qualify for the IPL 2020 playoffs.

How can CSK qualify for IPL 2020 Playoffs?

For CSK to secure the playoffs’ birth, they will necessarily need to win their remaining games. CSK’s remaining encounters are against RCB, KKR, and KXIP. Well, wins in these games will not be sufficient for CSK. They will need to win these games by good margins. Besides, DC and MI will have a role to play as well. Both of these teams will have to win all of their remaining matches. To say the least, DC and MI will only have a cushion of one loss in their remaining games.

Moreover, RR should win at most one game of their remaining games to finish at the bottom of the points table. Furthermore, RCB should maximize their wins, except against CSK. The very move of RCB gaining more wins will help CSK. To take it further, SRH, KXIP, and KKR should only win one game of their remaining games.

If these scenarios turn out to be true, DC and MI will finish as the top two with points in the range 18-22. Besides, RCB will qualify in the third position with points in the range 16-20. CSK and KKR would fight for fourth place. But CSK will see through if they will have a better net run rate. Thus, it will require a serious miracle for CSK to qualify for the playoffs.

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