IPL 2018 Winner: CSK’S Road To The Title

IPL 2018 Winner – With Shane Watson’s exploits guiding the Chennai Superkings to the Indian Premier League 2018 title, we take a look at MS Dhoni lead side’s road to the trophy.

 

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Retaining Their Core In The Auction:

 

Making a comeback to the IPL after a hiatus of 2 years, the Chennai Superkings decided to stick with the same winning formula that had served them so well over the years. They retained their skipper MS Dhoni, batsman Suresh Raina and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. In addition they brought back Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis and Murali Vijay in the auction in January. Not only this, they also bought back coach Stephen Fleming to complete their old pack. Criticised at the time for having too many old and aging players in their side, CSK silenced everyone to show that at the end of the day it is experience and not talent that wins you tournaments.

 

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Team Performances:

 

IPL 2018 Winner – Every player stepped up for the Chennai franchisee at some point or the other. Dwayne Bravo’s exploits in their first match ensured they got off to a winning start. The likes of Raina, Dhoni, Watson and du Plessis all came to the party when the team was struggling to win matches for the side. The bowling department was always there to compliment the batsmen to ensure that CSK came out of the tournament as one of the most complete side.

 

 

A Strong Group Stage:

 

CSK won 9 out of their 14 matches to finish second in the table. They finished level with SRH on 18 points and were unlucky to fall short on net run-rate. Their group stage performances were consistent to ensure they qualified with ease and helped maintain a confident and good vibe in the side.

 

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Road To The Title

Final

  • CSK Beat SRH By 8 wickets

Qualifier 1

  • CSK beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 2 wickets in Mumbai

 

League Stage

  • Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab by 5 wickets in Pune
  • Chennai Super Kings lose to Delhi Daredevils by 34 runs in Delhi
  • Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets in Pune
  • Chennai Super Kings lose to Rajasthan Royals by 4 wickets in Jaipur
  • Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets in Pune
  • Chennai Super Kings lose to Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets in Kolkata
  • Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by 13 runs in Pune
  • Chennai Super Kings lose to Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets in Pune
  • Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets in Bengaluru
  • Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 runs in Hyderabad
  • Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 64 runs in Pune
  • Chennai Super Kings lose to Kings XI Punjab by 4 runs in Mohali
  • Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets in Chennai
  • Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 1 wicket in Mumbai

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