Chennai Super Kings
Even if only with slim hopes, Chennai Super Kings would still have been in the hunt for a playoff spot, had they not lost their last game. Unfortunately, they did lose, and not to anyone but their familiar nemesis Mumbai Indians.
It wasn’t even any defeat. It was humiliation at the hands of the worst side in the league this season.
The defending champions got bundled out for a mere 97 runs and even though they did make the chase difficult, they eventually lost by five wickets and more than five overs to spare.
They can now use the final two games to try out new talent, build new combinations and perhaps, maybe even say goodbye to their iconic captain MS Dhoni, who will turn 41 this year and may not be active in IPL 2023.
Gujarat Titans snapped a run of two straight defeats in their last game with a win over fellow high-flyers Lucknow Super Giants.
It was a low scoring affair, in which Gujarat scored a mere 144, largely thanks to their opener Shubman Gill’s 63, before their spin duo of Rashid Khan (four-for) and Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore combined to take six wickets and rolled over Lucknow on 82 runs.
Thanks to that win, they currently hold a two-point lead over Lucknow. It’s a good cushion but it obviously can be erased as Lucknow are hot on their heels and also have two matches in hand to go with their marginally better net run rate.