New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Chennai Super Kings dwindled its chances to qualify for the playoffs of the Indian Premier League 2020 after a seven-wicket defeat against Rajasthan Royals earlier this week. With three wins in ten matches, the team is placed at the bottom of the points table and nothing short of a miracle will get them a play in the top four. 

The best Chennai can hope for from here on is to finish fourth and that, too, will require several scenarios to precisely play out. The team would need to win all their remaining matches from here on and still rely on the results of other franchises to qualify. 

One such scenario involves Kolkata Knight Riders’ victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore in game 39 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday. Kolkata must win this match and subsequently lose all its matches, while Bangalore must lose all its remaining matches of the tournament if Chennai has to qualify for the playoffs.

Other factors include: Sunrisers Hyderabad must win all their remaining matches, Rajasthan Royals must win two of their four matches, and, needly to say, Kings XI Punjab must lose against Sunrisers Hyderabad. With these scenarios precisely played out and four wins in the remaining matches, Chennai Super Kings can finish fourth.

Following their seven-wicket defeat, skipper MS Dhoni had expressed disappointment over his team's performance and said that his side is "trying to go back to the process and see if the process is wrong or maybe they are able to execute".

"Result is always a byproduct of the process. What it does is it helps you think in a positive way. We play in front of millions of people so there is nothing to hide. The fact remains that if you're busy with the process then the undue pressure of results doesn't get into the dressing room," Dhoni said.

With Chennai Super Kings losing their match against Rajasthan Royals on Monday, many fans were left wondering whether MS Dhoni's can still qualify for the playoffs of the IPL 2020. For all those CSK supporters, there is a ray of hope as Dhoni's side can still qualify for the IPL 2020 playoffs.

Here's how the Chennai Super Kings can qualify for the playoffs of IPL 2020?

Chennai Super Kings have played 10 games and won just 3 matches. They have 6 points and a net run rate of -0.463. From here, Dhoni's side would need to win all of their remaining four games to bring the net run rate in play.

If Chennai Super Kings win all of their remaining four games, they will have 14 points and have a chance to reach the playoffs. Of course, the ifs and buts apply here as well and the chance of qualifying for the IPL 2020 playoffs also depends upon the performance of other teams in the remaining tournament.

Chennai Super Kings squads:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wicket-keeper), M Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Karn Sharma

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma