The Indian Premier League 2020 is halfway through the league stage with all teams having played against each other once. The Mumbai Indians top the table having won their last four games, followed by the Delhi Capitals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore who share the same points yet differentiated by the Net RR. After suffering an embarrassing loss against RCB, the Kolkata Knight riders are in the fourth position followed by the Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Rajasthan Royals, the Chennai Super Kings, and the Kings XI Punjab, in that order.

One of the most discussed topics right now is the poor run of form of CSK, who have won only two out of the seven games they have played so far. There are multiple reasons behind their poor start, but one of the most important reasons is how the CSK batsmen have batted while chasing.

In this cricket analysis, we will specifically look at two important factors which play an important role in this format of the game.

Chennai Super Kings Batting woe : IPL 2020 - Data Analysis
Does not include stats from super overs

Firstly, we will look at the dot balls played by each team per over. KKR top the list having played 2.28 dot balls per over followed by RR, who have played 2.23 dot balls per over, and finally the team we are looking at, CSK, who have played 2.1 dot balls per over. Even though KKR and RR have played more DPO than CSK, they have a strong middle order, unlike the Super Kings. In addition to this, KKR have won three out of the four games only while defending a total. This tells us that a strong middle order while chasing or batting first, and giving the opponent a target, are crucial factors to secure a win. The Super Kings neither have a strong middle order nor have they batted first in the tournament so far.

Secondly, we will look at the boundaries scored by each team per over. The Indians top the list and are well ahead than the others having played 1.19 boundaries per over. This comes with no surprise with such a strong and in-form batting line up. Surprisingly,  CSK are ahead of all the teams who are ahead of them in the points table. The reason being that even though the teams have less BPO, they have quick runners between the wickets, unlike CSK who hardly push for the second run. Moreover, CSK’s BPO drastically reduces in the middle overs to 0.77 and increases more even drastically in the powerplay (1-6 overs) and death overs (15 -20 overs) to 1.44. The lack of boundaries in the middle overs puts a lot of pressure on the batsmen in the death thereby failing to achieve the desired result.