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IPL 2022: CSK skipper MS Dhoni not concerned if team fails playoff qualifications

Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not too concerned about making it into the play-off. He said it will not be the “end of the world” even if CSK failed the qualifications. The skipper admits to wanting to just enjoy the Indian Premier League.

"If we make the playoffs, great. But even if we don't it's not the end of the world," MS Dhoni said after yesterday’s win against Delhi Capitals.

Chennai went against Delhi on Sunday and was able to bring home the victory by 91 runs. This win solidifies their chances as the fourth team in the play-off. They will only need to win three more games to qualify.

"I am not a big fan of maths. Even in school, I wasn't good at it. Thinking of the net run-rate doesn't help. You just want to enjoy the IPL. When two other teams are playing, you don't want to be under pressure and thinking. You just have to think about what to do in the next game," he said.

Even so, he still prefers if their latest winning performance could start earlier in the season.

"It would have been better if we would have had a win like this somewhere early. It was a perfect game."

Yesterday was CSK’s best performance since the beginning of the IPL 2022. Especially when they had a chain of losses at the beginning of the League. By now they have lost seven out of eleven games and were previously ranked 10th out of 10 teams. This victory has bumped up their rank to eight in IPL.

Match Report

CSK was facing DC on Sunday, May 8, 2022, at Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai. It was the 55th out of 74 games in the IPL 2022 season. Chennai won the match by scoring almost a century higher than Delhi.

Delhi’s decision to bowl in the first innings was proven to be a mistake. They were rammed down by the Super Kings who scored an incredible 208 runs in the full 20 overs and lost only 6 wickets.

Chennai top scorer Devon Conway was able to score a near-century at 87 runs off 49 balls. The batsman was even named player of the match for his accomplishment. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shivam Dube follow after him as top scorers by scoring 41 runs off 33 balls and 32 runs off 19 balls respectively.

Delhi bats in the second innings and was able to only score 117 runs in 17.4 overs. The team ran out of wickets before they were able to bowl the last 3.2 overs. They were unable to chase Chennai’s score thus losing by 91 runs.

All three top scorers for DC only scored at most a quarter of a century with Mitchell Marsh leading the board at exactly 25 runs off 20 balls.

Although CSK won the game, they still rank far lower than DC in the IPL 2022. Chennai only ranked eighth as of present with four wins and seven losses off 11 matches in the 2022 League.

DC is now ranked fifth in the IPL taking the previous spot of Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Capitals have five wins and six losses off eleven games in the League.

Gian Chacko

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