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IPL 2018: Journey of the CSK so far

The CSK have lifted the IPL title twice, and have the best win percentage among all teams in the IPL (60.68)

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New Dehli: Chennai Super Kings are a franchise cricket team based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, which plays in the Indian Premier League. Founded in 2008, the team plays its home matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. After serving a two-year suspension from the IPL starting July 2015 for the alleged involvement of their owners in the 2013 Indian Premier League betting case, the Super Kings returned to the league in 2018. The team is captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coached by Stephen Fleming.

The Super Kings have lifted the IPL title twice, and have the best win percentage among all teams in the IPL (60.68%). In addition, they have also won the Champions League Twenty20 in 2010 and 2014. The leading run-scorer of the team is Suresh Raina.

2008 – Runner-up

The Super Kings ended the league stage with eight wins from 14 games and finished third on the points table. They beat the Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets in the semifinal. The Super Kings faced the Rajasthan Royals in the final of the IPL at Mumbai. Batting first, the Super Kings scored 163/5 in 20 overs and lost the game by 3 wickets off the final delivery of the match.

MATCHES PLAYED – 14, WON – 8, LOST – 6

2009 – Semi-Finalist

In 2009 season, the Super Kings bought English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff for $1.55 million at the auction making him the highest-paid IPL cricketer. The Super Kings finished with 17 points from 14 matches and earned a second place at the league table. However, at the semi-finals, their hopes of entering the final for the second time were crushed by the Royal Challengers who beat them by 6 wickets.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 14, WON – 8, LOST – 5, NR – 1

2010 – Winner

In 2010, the Super Kings struggled in the first half of the regular season, winning only two matches out of seven. They won four of their next five games in the season mainly due to the efforts of Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina. With seven wins from 14 matches, Chennai finished with the same number of points as three other teams with two semi-final spots at stake. Chennai got the third place as they had the better NRR of the four teams which finished on 14 points.

CSK faced the tournament favourites MI at their home ground in the final. Raina’s 57 helped the Super Kings recover from 68/3 after 12 overs to put up 168/5 at the end of their 20 overs. Then, their spin duo of Ashwin and Muralitharan conceded only 41 runs in the 8 overs bowled between them to help the Super Kings won the game by 22 runs and secure their first ever IPL title.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 16, WON – 9, LOST – 7

2011 – Winner

In the 2011 IPL, they lost three of their first five games which placed them at the bottom of the ten-team points table. But then, they went on to win seven of their next eight games to finish second and register a spot in the knockout stages. They faced the top-ranked team RCB in the Qualifying final which they won by 6 wickets thanks to an unbeaten 73 from Raina. In the final, they faced the same opponents again.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 16, WON – 11, LOST – 5

2012 – Runner-up

In the final, the Super Kings were defeated by 5 wickets by the Kolkata Knight Riders who chased down the target of 191 with two balls to spare, thus denying the Super Kings a hat-trick of titles in the IPL.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 19, WON – 10, LOST – 8, NR – 1

2013 – Runner-up

This was the first time in six seasons that the Super Kings had topped the league table of the IPL. Thus they entered the final of the IPL for the fourth time in succession where they would play the same opponents, Mumbai Indians, at Kolkata. At the final, batting first, the Mumbai Indians made 148/9 in their 20 overs. In reply, the Super Kings were reduced to 39/6 at one stage before an unbeaten half-century from skipper Dhoni took them close to the target. However, Mumbai Indians won the match by 23 runs to win their first ever IPL title.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 18, WON – 12, LOST – 6

2014 – Semi-Finalist

They won their last league fixture and finished third in the points table and qualified for the Eliminator against the fourth-placed Mumbai Indians. They won the Eliminator at Mumbai by 7 wickets and qualified for the Qualifier.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 16, WON – 10, LOST – 6

2015 – Runner-up

In 2015, before the players’ auction, Chennai Super Kings gave away Ben Hilfenhaus, John Hastings, Vijay Shankar and David Hussey. At the auction, they brought back Michael Hussey for a price of Rs 1.5 crores. They also bought Kyle Abbott, Irfan Pathan, Andrew Tye. In the final, they lost against Mumbai.

TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 16, WON – 10, LOST – 6

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Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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