IPL 2013 Playoff: Can MI Break Out of the CSK Jail

CSK playing MI for the playoff at Kotla is the third instance in IPL history when both have met during Playoffs. In the current edition like 2010 MI has won both the league stage matches. In 2012 they shared a win each at group stage. But the end result was similar in both editions as CSK defeated them to end MIs dream of being IPL champions. In 2013, they can repeat the 2011 feat of RCB meeting CSK on four occasions. CSK had the last laugh even though. Again the loser would get another chance to stake claim for final, but the big question is can MI be different in this edition where they are playing their fourth consecutive Playoff!!

2013 Schedule and Results

History of Playoffs between CSK and MI
Both teams are equally strong, have the best two overall records in IPL but Playoff is the only part of IPL where CSK has huge edge over MI. CSK has reached all the 6 semifinals, 4 finals and won 2 of them. MI has reached their 4th consecutive Playoffs, reached a final too where they could not breach the CSK wall.

In 2010, CSK defeated MI by 22 runs in the final at Wankhede.
In 2012, CSK eliminated MI by 38 runs in the Eliminator.

2010 Eliminator: CSK def MI by 38 runs
Sent to bat first CSK scored huge 187/5 at Chennai. Surprise pick Dhawal Kulkarni had 3/46, Pollard had 1/26 and Franklin 1/12. Harbhajan bowled a maiden and had 0/20 in 3 overs. But Malinga (0/41) and RP Singh 0/34) were taken to cleaners first by Hussey (39-ball 49 runs), Badrinath (39-ball 47 runs). Then unbeaten Dhoni (20-ball 51 runs) and Bravo (14–ball 33 runs) slaughtered the MI attack in the last 5 overs where they added unbeaten 73 runs.

In response MI folded to 149/9. For CSK Hilfenhaus (1/45) went for runs. But Jakati (1/25), Ashwin (1/18), Jadeja (1/15), Morkel (2/31) and Bravo (2/10) folded the MI batting. Dhoni was declared Player of
the match.

2012 Final: CSK def MI by 22 runs
CSK scored 168/5 after electing to bat with unbeaten 57 run by Raina. MI was folded on 146/9 despite Tendulkar’s 48 runs. Raina (1/21) was declared Player of the Match.

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