Mumbai Indians (MI) take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Eliminator of the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Where to Watch Live
The match is set to begin at 3:30pm BST. Live coverage will be on ITV 4. Live text updates of the game will be available on ESPN Cricinfo. Click here for the live streaming link.
Mumbai Indians progressed into the knockout stages of the tournament finishing fourth in the table with 14 points, in the most dramatic manner possible after defeating Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
John Wright's men were given a target of 190 runs to chase in 20 overs, but they stood a chance of finishing fourth only if they managed to achieve the target in 14.3 overs. However, Corey Anderson's remarkable knock of 95 runs from 44 balls made sure the defending champions had a chance of doing the impossible within the specified overs.
After losing four wickets, they lost Ambati Rayudu as he attempted to nick the decisive winning run in the third ball of the 14th over. However, Aditya Tare turned out to be their rescuer on the day as he smashed the ball for a six in the next delivery, which saw MI score 195 runs.
As both sides finished with 14 points, the six ensured MI's Net Run Rate (NRR) became +0.095, greater than that of the Royals' +0.060, thus helping them pip the Jaipur-based outfit for fourth spot.
CSK had sealed their place in the next round as they had accumulated 16 points coming into their 14th match. But, their third place finish was determined only after Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. They defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight wickets to stand a chance of finishing second with 18 points.
The Bangalore-based outfit handed the visitors a 155-run chase in 20 overs, which captain MS Dhoni and his players achieved in 17.4 overs. Dwayne Smith scored 34 and Suresh Raina scored 18 as Faf du Plessis and the skipper made 54 and 49 runs respectively thus scoring 160 runs in total.
Their NRR stood at +0.385 but following KKR's victory against SRH, the Kolkata-based outfit clinched the second place with the NRR of +0.418, thus avoiding the eliminator.
The Chennai-based outfit have made it to the final, five times in the last six seasons. They need to beat the Mumbai Indians first and then face the losing team between KKR and Kings XI Punjab in Qualifier 2 if they intend to achieve the feat for the sixth time.
Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Mumbai Indians: W W W W L
Chennai Super Kings: W L L L W
Probable Lineup: Lendl Simons, Mike Hussey, Corey Anderson, Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma (c), Ambati Rayudu, Aditya Tare (wk), Harbhajan Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Pragyan Ojha, Jasprit Bumrah
Chennai Super Kings
Probable Lineup: Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), David Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mithun Manhas, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Samuel Badree, Ishwar Pandey