Opener Ambati Raydu smashed his maiden century in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as Chennai Super Kings coasted to an easy eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad to virtually seal a play-offs berth here today.
Rayudu, who has been in great touch this season, remained not out on exactly 100 which he made from 62 balls with the help of seven fours and seven sixes as CSK chased down the target of 180 with one over to spare.
The 32-year-old Rayudu stitched a 134-run stand with senior partner Shane Watson (57) for the opening wicket to lay the foundation of the comprehensive win. Watson, also one of the centurions of this IPL, hit five fours and three sixes during his 35-ball knock.Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained not out on 20 from 14 balls as CSK reached 180 for 2 from 19 overs.
Rayudu carried his bat through the innings as he crossed 500 runs this season. He is on third spot among top run getters with 535, behind Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson (544) and Kings XI Punjab's Lokesh Rahul (537). The win by former champions CSK also snapped Sunrisers six-match winning streak this season. The Sunrisers, who have already qualified for the play-offs, remained on top of the table with 18 points from 12 matches while CSK are at second spot with 16 points from the same number of matches.
However CSK is yet to officially qualify for the play-offs and there is a slight outside chance that they can still miss the berth despite reaching 16 points. Most people believe 16 is the cut-off needed to qualify for the play-offs, which is generally true except in certain special conditions.
Let us see how CSK may still lose out on the play-off option.
IPL 2018 Points Table: Here are the latest team standings in Indian Premier League 2018
|IPL 2018||Points Table||Team Standings|
|Teams||Matches||Won||Lost||Tied||NR||Points||Net Run Rate|
|Chennai Super Kings||12||8||4||0||0||16||+0.383|
|Kings XI Punjab||11||6||5||0||0||12||-0.056|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||12||6||6||0||0||12||-0.189|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||11||4||7||0||0||8||-0.261|
Obviously first condition is CSK has to lose next two matches against DD and KXIP. However, three more teams need to reach at least 16 for there being a chance of Dhoni's men bowing out of the league.
That condition will be satisfied under one specific condition.
Cricket Country.com Chief Editor Abhishek Mukherjee has done the maths.
CSK can still not qualify. If, say
MI beat RR
and KXIP beat RCB
and KKR beat RR
and MI beat KXIP
and RCB beat SRH
and DD beat CSK
and RCB beat RR
and KKR beat SRH
and MI beat DD
and KXIP beat CSK
then SRH 18 CSK-MI-KKR-KXIP all 16.
Then, if MI KKR KXIP have NRR > CSK…
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) May 13, 2018
Then 4 teams will be at 16 points. They are MI, KKR, KXIP and CSK. If CSK has the inferior net run rate among the 4 teams, it would be eliminated. A distinct long-shot but in cricket, anything is possible. CSK would definitely like to finish in top 2, to get 2 chances to reach the final of IPL 11.
With PTI inputs
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