Ravi Shastri: What do you have to say about the loss this time, Sourav?
Sourav Ganguly: Strategy.
RS: What's that?
SG: Strategy. That was a strategic loss.
RS: And what exactly is a 'strategic loss'?
SG: Simple enough. Dav -
SG: Yes, him. So Dav -
RS: Whatmore! Haha, I love saying it.
SG: Aaaanyway, I sat down with the coach and we noticed that our trend for the last seven matches was LWLWLWL. We just wanted to break the pattern, so we figured if we lost this match against CSK, then we'd have two losses in a row. That means we would be certain to compensate for that by winning the last two games, which we need to do anyway. And also for Delhi to win the next one and for Deccan and Chennai to lose their games. Not complex at all.
RS: Why not just plan to win all three of your last games?
SG: Heh heh, who do you think we are, Mumbai?
That's what I believe happened, since this was a pretty decent thrashing dished out by CSK. KKR was 19-4 inside four overs, then they crawled to 92/5 by the 16th over before a late charge by Mathews and Shukla managed to set a target of 140, which CSK chased down with 39 balls to spare. Raina played a blinder and Vijay notched up another 50. The KKR bowling was torn to bits - you know you've got issues when Agarkar has the best figures.
KKR are still alive, though the terrible NRR means that even if they win both their remaining matches (against RR and MI), they are still not safe, and they are also relying heavily on other teams' results.
This would still be their best season so far, either way.