IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings’ road to the final

first_imgChennai Super Kings returned to the Indian Premier League with a bang by reaching the final for a record 7th time in 9 seasons.CSK were back after completing their two-season suspension and they played like a champion team. CSK along with Rajasthan Royals were handed two-season suspensions by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee in 2015 for betting and spot-fixing scam that rocked Indian cricket in 2013.CSK did not play in the championship in 2016 and 2017 due to their ban.Chennai were pre-tournament favourites and they have lived up to their billing with their performance so far in the tournament.Also read – MS Dhoni exudes calm ahead of CSK’s 7th IPL finalCSK retained their skipper MS Dhoni, batsman Suresh Raina and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and bought back Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis and Murali Vijay at the auction in January. IPL 2018: CSK managed to maintain their core set of players despite making a comeback to the tournament after two years. (Photo: BCCI)Stephen Fleming was also back as coach after spending two years with Rising Pune Supergiant, who finished 7th in their debut season in 2016 and ended as runners-up in 2017.CSK have won the IPL title twice and are the only side to have defended their title when they did it in 2011. Only Mumbai Indians have won three titles while Kolkata Knight Riders have won the championship twice. Rajasthan Royals (2008), Deccan Chargers (2009), Sunrisers Hyderabad (2016) have lifted the trophy once each.CSK have also reached at least the top-four in every season they have been part of.advertisementThis season, Chennai won 9 of their 14 matches to finish second with 18 points in the league stage. They defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first qualifier to reach the final.In the summit clash on Sunday, CSK will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad who beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 13 runs in the Qualifier 2 in Kolkata on Friday.It will also be their fourth clash with SRH this season with CSK winning all three previous encounters.Here’s how Chennai Super Kings fared so far in IPL 2018:Qualifier 1Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 2 wickets in MumbaiLeague StageChennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab by 5 wickets in PuneChennai Super Kings lose to Delhi Daredevils by 34 runs in DelhiChennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets in PuneChennai Super Kings lose to Rajasthan Royals by 4 wickets in JaipurChennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets in PuneChennai Super Kings lose to Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets in KolkataChennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by 13 runs in PuneChennai Super Kings lose to Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets in PuneChennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by by 5 wickets in BengaluruChennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 runs in HyderabadChennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 64 runs in PuneChennai Super Kings lose to Kings XI Punjab by 4 runs in MohaliChennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets in ChennaiChennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 1 wicket in Mumbailast_img read more