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IPL 2022 Playoff Qualification: A Look At How DRS Fiasco Set Off Unwanted Chain Of Events For Chennai Super Kings

10 balls without DRS at the start of Chennai Super Kings innings vs Mumbai Indians cost dearly for the IPL defending champions.

IPL 2022 Playoff Qualification: A Look At How DRS Fiasco Set Off Unwanted Chain Of Events For Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings never recovered from the early blows during their IPL 2022 match against Mumbai Indians. Photo: IPL

There was a blackout at Mumbai's iconic Wankhede Stadium on Thursday just before the start of match 59 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 between the two most successful sides -- Mumba Indians and Chennai Super Kings. After the match, many wondered if those few minutes of 'darkness' had indeed sealed Chennai Super Kings' fate.

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The MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings needed a win against already-eliminated Mumbai Indians to keep their IPL title defence alive, no matter how fickle it looked. But as it turned out, CSK lost the match by five wickets in a low-scoring encounter. The four-time champions were dismissed for their second-lowest total in IPL - 97 all out.

There were ominous signs though, if one wants to talk about things that directly or indirectly control the outcome of an event. The toss was delayed, and the match officials didn't have access to Decision Review System (DRS) for the first few minutes as Mumbai Indians put Chennai Super Kings into bat.

Later, it was revealed that the blackout was due to a short-circuit at the Wankhede Stadium and the first 10 balls were played without technological assistance with on-field umpires, Chirra Ravikanthreddy and Chris Gaffaney calling the shot as it should be. But it took only two balls for the 'game of revelation' to start.

Chennai Super Kings opener Devon Conway became a victim of a dubious LBW decision, off a Daniel Sams delivery which looked like missing the leg-stump. Then, Robin Uthappa got out LBW to Jasprit Bumrah in the next over, in what looked like a 50-50 call. And they couldn't challenge the verdict, because there was no power. Yes, power!

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Devon Conway was pivotal in Chennai Super Kings's revival, or in their last-gasp bid for an IPL 2022 playoff spot. His scores in the three previous matches were 85 not out, 56 and 87. The New Zealander's dismissal early in the innings sure dented CSK's hopes.

From 1/1, it became 5/3 in the second over, with Moeen Ali's wicket in between; and Chennai Super Kings never recovered from that early blows. MS Dhoni did wage a lone battle but Mumbai Indians were a motivated lot against their fierce rivals. After all, the clash is deemed IPL's own 'Clasico'.

After the match, Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming termed the absence of DRS "unlucky", saying it led to a chain of events that didn't go in their favour.

"It was a little bit unlucky that it happened at that time," Fleming said about the absence of DRS at the post-match press conference.

"We were a little disappointed, but that's still part of the game, isn't it? It sort of set off a chain of events that were not in our favour, but we should be better than that. It certainly wasn't a great start."

The five-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians ended Chennai Super Kings' IPL 2022 campaign with two matches remaining.

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