If The journey of Chennai Super Kings to IPL 2019 Final
The number is significant considering the team has missed 2 seasons of the 12-year-old league. CSK have lifted the coveted IPL title thrice in 2010, 2011 and 2018 and they would look to clinch yet another title this year. Super Kings also have the chance to better their score against Mumbai who defeated Chennai in 2013 and 2015 final. Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets in Qualifier 2 to book their spot. In the Indian Premier League final for the eighth time in their 10-year history.
Despite a comfortable journey, Chennai has had a rather boring show as the aging-side did not manage to put the stage on fire but relied on the skippers.
Chennai started the IPL 2019 campaign with a hat-trick of wins but Mumbai put a halt to their winning spree. The side returned to winning ways with four consecutive wins.
It remains to be seen if Chennai would be able to leave behind the shadow of win-less past against Mumbai. But the fact remains that despite all odds, they are in yet another IPL final and ready to take on a young and spirited Mumbai Indians.
MS Dhoni had to miss a game due to a back injury and Chennai lost the plot from there as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated the side without much resistance. Dhoni returned for the next game against Royal Challengers Bangalore but the side faced defeat again as RCB makes their winning start.
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Mumbai got the better of Chennai yet again in league stage but the biggest surprise was handed to the yellow-jerseys when the same opponent thrashed them at home ground in the Qualifier 1.
Chennai rose to the occasion against young and inexperienced Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 to cruise into yet another IPL final that will be played against a well-known for who has time and again tricked the ‘experienced side’.
If MS Dhoni is kept aside, who would one put the bet on? The answer would be tough as, unlike previous years. Chennai doesn’t have a star other than the skipper who could swing the match in the team’s favor.
Watson and Du Plessis set the tone with half-centuries each. Rayudu finishes it off. DC with a toothless performance but have had a great journey so far. CSK join MI in the IPL 2019 FInal. Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, and Ravindra Jadeja haven’t been able to make their presence. But the area where they have contributed is the team’s average age.
That leaves Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, and Harbhajan Singh. The trio also features in the top ten bowlers list in IPL 2019 with 24, 19 and 16 wickets respectively.
Here is an account of how CSK have fared in each of their IPL finals. Despite reaching finals, CSK doesn’t manage to win all the titles.
- 2008: CSK vs Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai.
- 2010: CSK vs Mumbai Indians, Mumbai.
- 2011: CSK vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai.
- 2012: CSK vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai.
- 2013: CSK vs Mumbai Indians, Kolkata.
- 2015: CSK vs Mumbai Indians, Kolkata.
- 2018: CSK vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai.