Chennai: Match facts
Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, October 9, Chennai
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)
The Champions League will have a new champion. It won't be a team that won its domestic Twenty20 tournament. It will be an IPL team, but not the one that was being fancied at the start. It will either be a team that we thought would do well to win a match or a team that didn't look like winning anything halfway through the tournament. It is this ability to surprise, and the compact format - the main draw lasts 16 days, features diverse teams, and five-team groups ensure tough contests for semi-final slots - that the Champions League has going for it.
It helps that the eventual finalists - Royal Challengers Bangalore, who lost their first two matches, and Mumbai Indians, who lost half their side to injury and struggled to put an XI on the field - have history. Less than six months ago, led by Chris Gayle's monstrous hitting - not too different from his exploits in Bangalore on Friday night - the Royal Challengers beat MI in the semi-final of the IPL. Lasith Malinga, who has been winning MI games with both bat and ball in the Champions League, was there too, but was used apologetically, at first change, and Gayle worked around his four run-a-ball overs.