x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Mumbai and Bangalore ready for showdown

While the Chennai Super Kings train today and prepare for tomorrow's fourth final of the Indian Premier League, they will find out who they face in that game tonight as the Bangalore Royal Challengers face off against the Mumbai Indians.

While the Chennai Super Kings train today and prepare for tomorrow's fourth final of the Indian Premier League, they will find out who they face in that game tonight as the Bangalore Royal Challengers face off against the Mumbai Indians.

Chennai defeated Bangalore on Tuesday to book their place in the final as they seek to defend their title, but thanks to a new format for this year's IPL, designed to give more reward to the sides finishing first and second in the group stages, the Royal Challengers, who were top of the table, get a second shot at getting through.

Mumbai survived a late collapse against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday in their Elimination game to get through, and Adrian Blizzard, who shone in that victory with 51, believes he and his teammates will have to be wary of Chris Gayle, Bangalore's opening batsman.

Gayle, the West Indies batsman, is the top scorer in the tournament with 519 runs at an average of 74.14, and has hit two hundreds and two fifties.

Mumbai hammered Bangalore by nine wickets in their group game back in April before Gayle had joined his teammates, and Blizzard said: "We have played Bangalore without Gayle.

"He is a massive factor in their success."

James Franlkin, Blizzard's teammate, added: "Bangalore will be tough opposition. This is play-off cricket. We are here to win and I hope we do."

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