Under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) managed to reach the playoffs for the 12th time in IPL history. After defeating Delhi Capitals in the last league game of this season, Chennai finished the league stage in second place with 17 points. Now CSK will face the defending champions Gujarat Titans in the first qualifying match.
The match between the two teams will be played at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai at 7:30pm on May 23. Gujarat Titans finished the league stage in the top position with 20 points. Chennai Super Kings, playing on home soil, can be considered a bit heavy in this first qualifier. However, if you look at Chennai’s record in playoff matches at Chepauk Stadium so far, it has looked 50-50.
Chennai has so far played 24 playoff matches in the IPL. Of this, they have won 15 and lost 9. If we look at CSK’s record in playoff games at Chepauk Stadium, it is 2 wins and 2 losses in 4 games. In the year 2011, Chennai won the final match against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs.
CSK then won by 86 runs in the second qualifying match against Delhi Capitals in 2012. In the final match of 2012, Chennai had to face Kolkata’s 5-wicket defeat at this wicket. In the Qualifier 1 match against Mumbai Indians in the year 2019, Chennai also had to face 6 wicket defeat.