Johannesburg: At the end of the league stage and two semi-finals, the two best teams will contest for the trophy, and that is a pat on the back for the tournament.
The two teams from Australia - the Redbacks and the Bushrangers - might feel a trifle hard done-by, but the fact remains that when it mattered, they couldn't deliver, while Chennai and the Warriors have both found the men for the job in crunch situations.
Jacobs hasn't played a game for South Africa yet but, when asked what his plans are, he said he would like to be the vice-captain to Johan Botha in the Twenty20 international team. And there was no trace of arrogance. He said it as though it was a given and, in his mind, it is. A couple of days ago South Africa's Test, ODI and Twenty20 sides were selected for the home series against Zimbabwe and the tour of the UAE. Jacobs wasn't in them. Rest assured, he won't stop busting his gut till he gets in. He's that kind of a man.
On other-hand the only match Chennai have lost has been to the Bushrangers, and that was in the Super Over. Not only that, all their victories have been mostly by large margins.
Dhoni's leadership has its share of admirers. He tries to ensure that he appears calm in the middle, he knows his teams' weaknesses, he definitely knows its strengths and, like most successful captains, he gets his share of luck.
Ashwell Prince has been almost anonymous but he can be the guy who turns it on for Warriors in the final. He is the man who walked up his coach last year and said he wanted to open. He starred in the final of both the Pro20 and Pro-40 tournaments. While the attention will be on the explosive Jacobs, it might be Prince who performs the jailbreak against Chennai. His coach Russell Domingo says he has not seen a more determined cricketer than Prince. "He is calm and brings so much stability to this youthful team."
Albie Morkel can make or break the game tomorrow. He bowled fast spell in the last game during which he troubled Bangalore with seam movement and bounce. But Morkel's game can also disintegrate quickly. He is far from consistent and his contest with the Warriors' openers could decide the game.
Both teams don't have any injury problems and are likely to go with unchanged sides.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, Albie Morkel, Srikkanth Anirudha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Muttiah Muralitharan, Doug Bollinger, Matthew Hayden, Shadab Jakati, Joginder Sharma, Justin Kemp
Warriors: Davey Jacobs (capt), Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, Mark Boucher (wk), Craig Thyssen, Justin Kreusch, Johan Botha, Nicky Boje, Juan Theron, Makhaya Ntini, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Arno Jacobs, Garnett Kruger, JJ Smuts, Lyall Meyer
Sunday September 26, 2010
Start time 17:30 local (15:30 GMT)