In its journey of 12 years, if there has been one team that could define the Indian Premier League, the popular consensus would lead us to a singular answer, Chennai Super Kings.Three-time champions, three-time runner-ups and the only team to feature in the last four in every season they have participated in, the ‘Yellow Army’ made a spectacular comeback in 2018. And after serving a two-year ban for corruption, lifted the trophy.So naturally, the expectations were higher this year from the ‘senior-most’ team in the IPL.With nine wins from 14 games, Chennai Super Kings finished second on the points table and kept intact their record of featuring in the final four.Here is how Chennai Super Kings made their way to the playoffs in IPL 2019:Match 1: vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (23 March)First game of the season, home ground and the mantle of defending champions – all of this gelled in well for CSK as they clobbered Royal Challengers Bangalore and restricted them to 70 in 17.1 overs. Harbhajan Singh (3/20), Imran Tahir (3/9), Ravindra Jadeja (2/15) all came to the party as CSK chased down the target with seven wickets in hand to start off their campaign in style.Man of the Match: Harbhajan SinghFinal Result: Chennai Super Kings won by 7 wickets.‘Dad’s Army’ Return! CSK Defeat RCB in Low-Scoring Season OpenerMatch 2: vs Delhi Capitals (26 March)Another win inspired by experienced campaigners. DJ Bravo (3/33) led the CSK bowling attack to help restrict Delhi just under 150 while Shane Watson (44) and MS Dhoni (35*) guided CSK to the target of 148 with two balls remaining.Man of the match: Shane WatsonFinal result: Chennai Super Kings won by 6 wickets.MI, CSK, DC & SRH Through: IPL 2019 Playoffs ScheduleMatch 3: vs Rajasthan Royals (31 March)The MSD saga continued in the franchise’s Game 3 with a 46-ball 75 from ‘Thala’ in front of the Chennai crowd that helped CSK set a target of 176 for the Royals. Subsequently, A great team effort by the bowling unit featuring Chahar, Thakur, Tahir and Jadeja all taking two wickets each, allowed CSK to restrict the Royals at 167/8 in their 20 overs.Man of the match: MS DhoniFinal result: Chennai Super Kings won by 8 runs.IPL Playoffs’ ‘El Clasico’: CSK Play Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1Match 4: vs Mumbai Indians (3 April)After three wins on the trot, CSK’s first defeat of the season was finally handed over to them by Mumbai Indians. A firmly constructed innings from Suryakumar Yadav (59), Krunal Pandya (42) and a superlative cameo from Hardik Pandya (25*) helped MI post 170 in 20 overs. In reply, CSK only managed to score 133/8 in their 20 overs with only Kedar Jadhav (58) getting a score of more than 20.Man of the match: Hardik PandyaFinal result: Chennai Super Kings lost by 37 runs.Match 5: vs Kings XI Punjab (6 April)Faf du Plessis (54) finally arrived to IPL 2019, and alongside in-form Dhoni (37) laid the foundation for CSK’s total of 160. Despite KL Rahul (55) and Sarfaraz Khan (67) slogging for Punjab, a disciplined bowling effort from Harbhajan Singh (2/17) and Scott Kuggeleijn (2/37), CSK managed to stop the other Kings at 138/5 in 20 overs.Man of the match: Harbhajan SinghFinal result: Chennai Super Kings won by 22 runs.Match 6: vs Kolkata Knight Riders (9 April)A star-studded batting line-up was torn apart as CSK bowling attack took aim at KKR batsmen. And despite Andre Russell’s resilient 50, KKR only managed to put 108 on the scoreboard which CSK managed to chase with 16 balls remaining. Deepak Chahar (3/20), Harbhajan Singh (2/15) and Imran Tahir (2/21) were at the top of their game for the Yellow Army.Man of the match: Deepak ChaharFinal result: Chennai Super Kings won by 7 wickets.Match 7: vs Rajasthan Royals (11 April)The second clash between the 2008 IPL finalists was a thriller and went down to the wire. Even without a single batsman scoring more than 30 runs, Rajasthan put up 151 on the scoreboard. Chahar and Thakur once again shined with the ball alongside Jadeja as the three picked two wickets each. Despite being four down for 24, Ambati Rayudu (57) and MS Dhoni (58) made sure CSK were remained in the game. With 18 needed off the last over Ravindra Jadeja (9) and Mitchell Santner (10) provided the finishing touch to a well planned run chase.Man of the match: MS DhoniFinal result: Chennai Super Kings won by 4 wickets.Match 8: vs Kolkata Knight Riders (14 April)Chris Lynn (82) navigated the KKR innings single handedly to a total of 161/8 in 20 overs as a four wicket-haul from Imran Tahir (4/27) and an economical effort from Shardul Thakur (2/18) made sure a strong KKR batting line-up doesn’t inflict much damage on a brilliant batting surface. Despite hiccups at the very beginning of the innings, Suresh Raina (58*) and Ravindra Jadeja (31*) took CSK across the line.Man of the match: Imran TahirFinal result: Chennai Super Kings won by 5 wickets.Match 9: vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (17 April)An in-form CSK looked a very different side without Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The Sunrisers’ bowlers were on top as CSK’s batting line-up was restricted to 132/5 in 20 overs. Openers David Warner (50) and Jonny Bairstow (61) provided a fast-paced start to SRH and handed CSK their second defeat of IPL 2019.Man of the match: David WarnerFinal result: Chennai Super Kings lost by 6 wickets.Match 10: vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (21 April)Probably the most thrilling game of IPL 2019. In reply to a below par target of 162 at the Chinnaswamy track, CSK were 28/4 at one stage. It was then time for a vintage MSD show in Bengaluru. He scored 84 runs off 48 balls, and with 26 needed off the final over, brought the game to the last ball with two runs needed to win. But Parthiv Patel, who earlier scored 53, came up with a perfect throw to run Shardul Thakur out and give RCB their biggest win of IPL 2019.Man of the match: Parthiv PatelFinal result: Chennai Super Kings lost by 1 run.Match 11: vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (23 April)With David Warner (57) and Manish Pandey (83) firing Sunrisers to 175/3 in 20 overs, CSK looked in line to lose their third game in a row. A repeat of the IPL 2018 final, Shane Watson took matters into his own hands and with a 53-ball 96, single-handedly pioneered a comprehensive run chase.Man of the match: Shane WatsonFinal result: Chennai Super Kings win by 6 wickets.Match 12: vs Mumbai Indians (26 April)Skipper Rohit Sharma (67) and Evin Lewis (32) ensured Mumbai reached a respectable total of 155 in 20 overs. In the absence of Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni, the CSK batting line-up crumbled for 107 in front of the MI pace attack. While Lasith Malinga was the pick among the bowlers with 4/37, Jasprit Bumrah and Krunal Pandya picked up two wickets each to hand CSK their first home defeat of the season.Man of the match: Rohit SharmaFinal result: Chennai Super Kings lost by 46 runs.Dhoni-Less Chennai Surrender Tamely to Mumbai by 46 Runs Match 13: vs Delhi Capitals (1 May)Clash of the top two, clash for the top spot. All of the buzz turned to ash as Chennai Super Kings decimated a promising DC side. Batting first, CSK with contributions from Suresh Raina (59), MS Dhoni (44), Faf du Plessis (39) and a glittering cameo from Ravindra Jadeja (25), took the defending champions to 179/4 in 20 overs. Imran Tahir (4/12) and Ravindra Jadeja (3/9) made sure that Delhi was restricted for 99 in 16.2 oversMan of the match: MS DhoniFinal result: Chennai Super Kings won by 80 runs.CSK Demolish Delhi by 80 Runs to Reclaim Top Spot on Points TableMatch 14: vs Kings XI Punjab (5 May)In the last league game of IPL 2019, CSK posted 170/5 in 20 overs, thanks to Faf du Plessis (96) and Suresh Raina (53). But on a flat wicket it was never going to be enough. KL Rahul finished IPL 2019 on a high note scoring a 36-ball 71 to take Punjab home. Though Harbhajan Singh got three wickets in the final game but he also conceded 57 runs in his four overs and Punjab crossed the line with two overs to go.Man of the match: KL RahulFinal result: Chennai Super Kings lost by 6 wickets. We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.