Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) stands at No. 2 and No. 3 position respectively in points table with five wins against their name from seven games.
The highly anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is all set to re-start on September 19. Inherently a domestic tournament, IPL captures attention from all over the cricketing world, not only due to it its cash-rich nature and inclusion of big-name players that go with it but moreover as a highly competitive series with games frequently going down the wire and top quality of play. So much so, that in the 29 matches so far, 4 matches have been won with less than 2 balls remaining and 3 games lost within 6 runs of the eventual target.
With the season being too early to call, two teams in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) sit at 10 points each with an identical tally of 5 wins and two losses and very little to choose between them.
Chennai’s road back to fluency
CSK’s dismal performance in the 2020 season saw them finishing 7th on the points table and hence failing to qualify to the play-offs for the first time in the franchise’s history. With majority of their players not playing international cricket, the ageing warhorses from the southern metropolis’ franchise found it hard to shake off their rustiness and get going until too late in the tournament.
The Super Kings are the second-most successful franchise in the IPL with 3 wins and 5 runner-up finishes and the failure of last year’s season saw the champions approach the 14th edition of the IPL with much more flair and aggression, bouncing back to their fluent ways to sit 2nd on the points table with 5 wins in the seven matches played.
Faf Du Plessis is currently their highest run-scorer and third-highest in the tournament with 320 runs at an average of 45.7 and strike rate of 145. However, the recent news of Faf’s uncertainty to play in the IPL due to a groin injury picked up in the Caribbean Premier League can be a big blow to Chennai’s squad.