IPL 2014: Mumbai Indians set for a knock out clash against Chennai Super Kings
With Corey Anderson's heroics, Mumbai Indians just got out of jail and reached the final four of the IPL 2014 at the expense of the Rajasthan Royals. Mumbai must be high on confidence after their super victory, as they take on Chennai Super Kings later tonight in the eliminator.
Chennai has always been
one of the most consistent teams in the IPL, where they have won the
title twice under the guidance of their leader Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
On the other hand, Mumbai
Indians won the competition last year.
It is CSK with their
consistent performance that they reached the final four, winning nine
out of their 14 matches. Some of their key players have responded
well in both the batting and bowling department. DR Smith, McCullum
and Suresh Raina have been their key batsmen, where they have amassed
535, 380 and 382 runs respectively. But, apart from these players,
other batsmen like Dhoni has also come in handy, when required.
Their bowlers have also
played an important role in the team's success. Mohit Sharma has been
their standout bowler with 19 wickets along with Jadeja and Ashwin,
who has also taken 17 and 14 wickets so far. These bowlers hold the
key when they are set against the huge hitters of Mumbai Indians.
With players such as
Pollard, Rohit Sharma, Anderson, Michael Hussey, they have a strong
batting line up to throttle any team in the competition. Hence a
strong contest is on the cards tonight. Mumbai Indians are going to
miss their lethal bowler, Lasith Malinga due to international duty,
as he has been their best bet with 16 wickets in the competition.
Hence, Harbhajan Singh will play a key role in tonight's game.
Still, the winner would
not be a guaranteed a place in the finals of the competition, as they
have to face the the loser of the qualifier 1 match, which is
scheduled to be played prior to the eliminator.