Bangalore, May 22: Having been thrown a lifeline by Deccan Chargers to make it to the play-offs, defending champions Chennai Super Kings will look to make the most of it when they lock horns with Mumbai Indians in the IPL 5 Eliminator at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Wednesday night.
CSK played their last league game on May 17, where they lost to Kings XI Punjab. Having almost give up hopes of making the top four in the table, MS Dhoni-led side benefited by Royal Challengers Bangalore's unexpected defeat to Deccan on May 20.
CSK will be hoping to make the most of their luck. However, Mumbai will start as favourites in this game. They are looking settled now after initial hiccups.
In the league stage, Mumbai had got the better of Chennai on both occasions. In the inaugural match on April 4, they won by eight wickets in Chennai and later, on May 6, Dwayne Smith clinched a last-ball thriller at the Wankhede Stadium.
The loser of this game will be knocked out while the winner has to play another match to reach the final. The winner here will face the loser of Kolkata Knight Riders-Delhi Daredevils game, on May 25 in Chennai.
Surprisingly, CSK have not brought out their best game so far. Many of their supporters are banking them to rework their magic in the next three games and win the title at home, MA Chidambaram Stadium.
For that to happen, they have to stop Mumbai and then two more teams.
Tomorrow's match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium should produce a high-scoring game. Mumbai have found a new opener in Smith, who smashed a half century against Rajasthan Royals. Together with Sachin Tendulkar, he was involved in an IPL record opening stand of 163.
The two-time title winners will also have to watch out for Lasith Malinga, who is one of the best Twenty20 bowlers.
CSK will rely on Australia paceman Ben Hilfenhaus who has done well. There is also the big-hitting Albie Morkel, who can win games on his own.
Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Abu Nechim, Amitize Singh, Aiden Blizzard, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Y Chahal, Herschelle Gibbs, Davy Jacobs, Richard Levi, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Dhawal Kulkarni, K Yadav, Lasith Malinga, Sushant Marathe, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Robin Peterson, Sujit Nayak, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Jaydev Shah, Rudra Pratap Singh, T Suman, Pawan Suyal, Aditya Tare, Apporva Wankhede.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Srikkanth Anirudha, DWayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Shadab Jakati, Doug Bollinger, Francois du Plessis, George Bailey, Scott Styris, Suraj Randiv, Abhinav Mukund, G Vignesh, Joginder Sharma, Kuthethur Vasudevadas, Subramaniam Badrinath, Sudeep Tyagi, Yo Mahesh and Wriddhiman Saha.
Match starts at 8PM IST