Five time IPL Champions Mumbai Indians now hold the dubious distinction of being the first team to lose the first seven matches in IPL history.

Mumbai Indians the most successful team in the history of IPL are starring at early elimination from the IPL 2022 tournament following the defeat to CSK on Thursday. The MI vs CSK match at DY Patil turned out to be a nail-biting contest with MS Dhoni guiding the team to victory. For Mumbai Indians, the loss was their seventh in as many matches and now the qualification for play-offs almost looks bleak.

Will Mumbai Indians make it to IPL 2022 playoffs?

Following the seventh straight loss, Mumbai Indians practically have no chance to make it through to the IPL 2022 playoffs. The five-time champions will be looking to avoid finishing at the bottom of the IPL 2022 points table at the end of the league stage.  Even if Mumbai Indians win their remaining matches in IPL 2022 they will reach a maximum of 14 points. If Rohit Sharma and Co reach the target of 14 points they will have to wait for the results of the other nine teams to have an outside chance of qualifying for the IPL 2022 playoffs. The Men in Blue will have to win the remaining matches by a huge margin to boost their Net Run Rate (NRR). The team would also want the majority of the other teams to finish on 14 points to keep themselves in the race for IPL 2022 playoffs.

Chennai Super Kings Ravindra Jadeja had to bow down to his predecessor MS Dhoni after a sensational win over Mumbai Indians in Match No. 33 of the IPL 2022 in Mumbai on Thursday (April 21). Dhoni remained unbeaten on 28 off 13 balls and smashed 16 off the last 4 balls of the match to seal a three-wicket win over arch-rivals MI in the ‘El Clasico’ clash.

Jadeja said his team was confident of its chances in the close encounter with Mumbai Indians because the ‘great finisher of the game was there’ to seal the victory for them in an IPL 2022 match. After pacer Mukesh Choudhary’s sensational bowling performance (3/19) helped Chennai Super Kings restrict Mumbai Indians to 155/7 despite a fighting half-century by Tilak Varma (51 not out off 43), CSK were in trouble as they got off to a poor start but managed to reach the last over needing 17 runs.

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Dwaine Pretorius, who helped Dhoni drag CSK towards victory with a 22 off 14 balls, was trapped leg-before off the first ball of the final over by Jaydev Unadkat. Dwayne Bravo came to bat next and took a single in the second ball of the over and Dhoni hit Unadkat for 6, 4, 2, 4 in the next four deliveries to seal victory for CSK.

“Actually we were very tense, the way the game was going, but at some stage, we knew that the great finisher of the game was there and if he played to the last ball, he can definitely finish the match. He showed the world that he`s still here and he can finish the game,” Jadeja said during the post-match ceremony at the DY Patil Stadium here on Thursday.