Chennai Super Kings marched comfortably into the 2015 IPL Playoffs recently and will be looking to continue their good form all the way to the Championship. They will face Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 1 on May 19 but before that, here is a look at their journey so far in the tournament.
Consistent start to the tournament for Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings have earned a reputation for being one of the most consistent teams in the Indian Premier League and they lived up to this during the 2015 edition as well. They defeated Delhi Daredevils by a thrilling margin of one run in their first game.
The comfort of their victories however showed a lot of improvement in the next two matches. First it was a 45-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad and then came a 6 wicket triumph against Mumbai Indians.
Chennai Super Kings suffered a major setback in the next game, when they were defeated by the then in-form Rajasthan Royals.
The team rallied back perfectly after the defeat and secured three wins in a row against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders. The match against Kolkata was the only one which posed a real threat to Chennai as their winning margin was just 2 runs.
Chennai did bow down to Kolkata in the next game and lost out by 7 wickets. A surprise defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad followed but Dhoni’s team was still pretty much in contention for the playoff places.
Into playoffs as league leaders
A win against Rajasthan Royals, a loss against Delhi Daredevils and another win against Kings XI Punjab wrapped up their group stage campaign and this was enough for the team to secure the first place in the IPL points table.
Chennai Super Kings will now face Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 and the winner of this tie will punch their ticket to the finals.
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