Mumbai Indians face Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday. The game will be held at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and the winner of this tie will face Chennai Super Kings in the final, at the same venue, on Sunday.
Where to Watch Live
Play starts at 3:30pm BST. Live coverage will be available on ITV 4 and ITV 4 HD. Follow the match live, via text updates, on ESPN Cricinfo.
Rahul Dravid's Royals made it here after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator earlier this week. Hyderabad won the toss and went in to bat first but, as has happened so often this season, their batting let them down.
India senior Shikhar Dawan, West Indian Darren Sammy and Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera managed reasonable scores but the rest failed to fire. Hyderabad eventually settled for 132/7. Dawan top scored with 33 from 39 balls.
The 2008 champions were boosted by excellent bowling spells from medium pacers Vikramjeet Malik and Siddharth Trivedi. The two finished with 3/32 from their seven overs.
Rajasthan made a messy start to the chase, with Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane and the in-form Shane Watson among those dismissed inside the first ten overs. The Royals were teetering at 57/5 when Stuart Binny was castled by Sammy.
Fortunately for Rajasthan's fans, a 45-run seventh wicket stand between Sanju Samson and Brad Hodge helped them on their way. The Australian finished unbeaten on 54 off 29 balls.
Mumbai face a nervous test. The pre-tournament favourites crumbled to a 48-run defeat against two-time champions Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier. MS Dhoni's men gained a measure of revenge for the embarrassing 60-run defeat, at the Wankhede, in a group stage match.
The Indians were asked to bowl first and it quickly became apparent Chennai's openers, Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay were in a determined mood. The pair put on 52 for the first wicket. Any thought of a collapse after Kieron Pollard removed Vijay were dismissed by a brutal second wicket partnership between Hussey and Suresh Raina. The two hit 140 unbeaten runs in just under 13 overs. Hussey finished with 86 from 58 balls and Raina 82 from 42 deliveries.
With the ball, Chennai were equally emphatic, making them clear favourites for a record third IPL title. Mumbai will look to Dwayne Smith for inspiration in this game; the West Indian hit 68 from a mere 28 balls to seriously frighten the Super Kings but a complete failure from the rest of the batting order meant Dhoni was relaxed once Ravindra Jadeja removed Smith.
- Last Five (most recent first): W L L W W
- Last Result: Rajasthan Royals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets
- Last Five (most recent first): L L W W W
- Last Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 48 runs