Mumbai managed to make it into the playoffs against all odds. Chennai had a convincing run up to here, but now it all comes down to one game.
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Date: Wednesday, May 28
Time: 3:30 p.m. BST, 8 p.m. local time
Live on: Sony Six, Star Sports HD, Star Sports 1 (India), ITV4 (United Kingdom), SuperSport (South Africa), OSN (UAE), SkyTV (New Zealand), Network Ten (Australia), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), Sportsnet and Omni(Canada), Sports Max (West Indies), Geo Super (Pakistan) and Starhub(Singapore).
Weather: According to AccuWeather, there shouldn't be any weather troubles. A warm and hazy day is predicted for the eliminator between these two teams.
It took a fairytale finish in their last game, but Mumbai managed to stun everybody and secure their spot in the playoffs. The defending champions now take on two-time winners Chennai Super Kings for a place in the qualifier.
After starting off their season with five straight losses, Mumbai bounced back and secured the eliminator berth through net run rate. It took some doing as they had to complete an improbable chase against Rajasthan Royals to do so. They will certainly have been given a big confidence boost after their performance and will be especially pleased with Corey Anderson’s showing.
The Kiwi whacked 95 off just 44 balls as Mumbai needed to chase down 190 in 15 overs. Mumbai got there in 14.4 overs thanks to a combination of fierce hitting and some awful bowling from Rajasthan.
Chennai have had a far smoother ride, but they lost a little bit of momentum toward the end of their campaign. A three-match winning streak was ended with their last league game and Chennai secured the third spot.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's have already beaten Mumbai twice this year and that was a side which included the bowling prowess of Lasith Malinga. Mumbai have lost Malinga to international duty and their biggest challenge will be containing the Chennai batsmen.
The Brabourne Stadium has not hosted a match this season so the conditions will be new and testing for both sides. However, the Mumbai Indians will have the full support of the home crowd behind them.
Chennai are probably favourites on paper, but the strangest things can happen in T20 cricket when the pressure is on.
Lendl Simmons arrived at Mumbai as a replacement just seven games ago, but he has been superb with the bat. Since the bowling is somewhat lacking, the batsmen will have to really step up their game. With 327 runs in seven games at an average of 54.50, Simmons will have a key role to play.
Chennai Super Kings
Mohit Sharma's bowling has been impressive for Chennai. With 19 wickets in 14 games at an average of 19.15, his ability to contain the big hitters will be come in very handy.
Rohit Sharma (c), Corey Anderson, Jasprit Bumrah, Marchant de Lange, Ben Dunk, Chidhambaram Gautam, Shreyas Gopal, Harbhajan Singh, Josh Hazlewood, Michael Hussey, Praveen Kumar, Sushant Marathe, Pragyan Ojha, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Pawan Suyal, Aditya Tare, Apoorv Wankhade.
Chennai Super Kings
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, David Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mithun Manhas, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Samuel Badree, Faf du Plessis, John Hastings, Matt Henry, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ashish Nehra, Baba Aparajith, Pawan Negi, Ronit More and Vijay Shankar.