Mumbai: After scripting an incredible finish in their last game to earn a place at the play-offs, defending champions Mumbai Indians will now be up against two-time title holders Chennai Super Kings in the IPL eliminator in Mumbai on Wednesday. (Corey Anderson eyes glory with Mumbai Indians)
The resurgent MI, who sealed a berth at the play-offs by virtue of a better net run rate after producing an improbable run-chase against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday, would be eager to continue in the same vein but they face a daunting task against a formidable side at the Brabourne Stadium. Kiwi batsman Corey Anderson conjured up an astonishing 44-ball 95 under tremendous pressure to single-handedly power Mumbai Indians to the IPL play-offs as the hosts rattled Rajasthan Royals by five wickets in a high-scoring thriller. (Rohit Sharma credits consistency for miraculous turnaround)
Requiring to chase down a 190-run target within 15 overs, Mumbai Indians overhauled the target in just 14.4 overs. The last edition's winners have certainly come a long way, following the first phase in the UAE where the Rohit Sharma-led team tasted five defeats in a row. (Anderson lauds Mumbai Indians teammates after win over Rajasthan)
Mumbai seems to have put behind its opening woes, with a successful combination of former Australian player Michael Hussey and West Indian Lendl Simmons, who has scored the only century so far. Ambati Rayudu and skipper Rohit Sharma have been in good touch and the middle-order is a force to reckon with powered by the hard-hitting Anderson and West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard.