Chennai Super Kings became the first team of IPL 2021 to qualify for playoffs when they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets here at Sharjah. Chasing a target of 135, Super Kings got off to a flying start from their in-form openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Despite a few hiccups in the middle order, they chased down the target with 2 balls to spare. Earlier in the day, SRH struggled against disciplined CSK’s bowling attack and could manage just 134/7 on a slow Sharjah pitch.
With 9 wins from 11 games, CSK have become the first team to qualify for playoffs this year. They will now be looking for a top two finish. Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad became the first team this year to be knocked out of the playoffs race. With just 2 wins from 11 games, SRH are lurking at the bottom of the table and have struggled throughout the season. With just 3 games remaining, they have nothing to lose and can spoil the chances of other teams.
|Team||Matches||Wins||Losses||Net Run Rate||Points|
|Chennai Super Kings||11||9||2||+1.002||18|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||11||7||4||-0.200||14|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||11||5||6||+0.363||10|
Shikhar Dhawan is the current Orange cap holder but the other players are not much behind him. Sanju Samson is averaging above 50 this season and has shown tremendous consistency. CSK opener Faf du Plessis moved up the order to No. 3 in the list surpassing KL Rahul who is now 4th. Another in-form opener of CSK Ruturaj Gaikwad is 5th on this list. Gaikwad and du Plessis’ form has been one of the reasons of Chennai’s success this year.
|Player||Matches||Runs||Bat Avg.||Strike Rate||Highest Score|
|Faf du Plessis||11||435||48.33||138.09||95*|
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Rashid Khan has moved to 4th position in the Purple cap list. Afghan legspinner has been the one of the few positives of SRH this year. Harshal Patel leads the tally with 26 wickets to his name. Another youngster and find of this season Avesh Khan has played an instrumental DC’s success this year and is 2nd in the Purple cap list just behind Harshal Patel. Jasprit Bumrah has picked up 16 wickets and has been in good wicket taking form this season.
|Player||Matches||Wickets||Bowl. Avg.||Econ. Rate||Best Figures|