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Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, Eliminator, IPL 2012, Bangalore

Mumbai Hold Slight Edge Against Chennai

BAngalore: Mumbai Indians would hope to keep a clean slate against a lucky Chennai Super Kings while the defending champions would be eyeing revenge when both the sides meet in what promises to be a thrilling eliminator in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.

Mumbai defeated Chennai in both the league games and going by present form and record, the Harbhajan Singh-led side start as favourites against the title holders at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.

Chennai should consider themselves lucky and thank Deccan Chargers for keeping the team in the hunt for a hat-trick of titles.

Chennai made the last-four cut on net run rate after Royal Challengers Bangalore lost by nine runs to Deccan in their must-win final league game.

Mumbai, however, advanced to the next stage in style, thrashing Rajasthan Royals by 10 wickets in their last league game.

And expectedly, Mumbai would be oozing with confidence going into Wednesday's match. But complacency is something which they need to guard against as from here on one bad day in office will jeopardise their title hopes.

Mumbai, who have never lost any IPL game in Bangalore, appear to be a cohesive team this season.

The most heartening thing for Mumbai would be the return to form of Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith.

Chasing 163, Tendulkar (58 not out) and Smith (87 not out) put up a brilliant opening partnership to romp home with 10 wickets in hands against Rajasthan the other day.

Smith's promotion to the opening slot to partner Tendulkar paid rich dividends for Mumbai in their last league game.

Mumbai's bowling also has a lethal look with Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga at the helm.

Chennai, on the other hand, would definitely like to utilise the lucky chance they got.

Chennai might have not shown the invincibility of the last couple of years, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's boys are well aware that performances of the league stages will hardly count here.

Even though they have not played like a team so far this season, Chennai players very well know that three good days in office from here on will erase all the bad memories of the league stages.

The title holders were undone by the inconsistent performances of their star players in the ongoing tournament.

Australian Ben Hilfenhaus and lanky off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will hold the fort for Chennai in the bowling department.

Teams from

Mumbai Indians:
Harbhajan Singh (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Abu Nechim, Amitize Singh, Aiden Blizzard, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Yazuvendra Chahal, Herschelle Gibbs, Davy Jacobs, Richard Levi, Dinesh Kartik (wk), Dhawal Kulkarni, 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: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wk), 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 facts
Wednesday May 23, 2012 (day/night)
Start time 20:00 local (14:30 GMT)

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