Mumbai Indians will face Chennai Super Kings in the IPL Playoff qualifiers today. It took the team their entire quota of group stage matches to reach where they are now and their journey has been nothing short of dramatic. The match against Chennai Super Kings is arguably their most important match till date. Here is a look back on the journey of Mumbai Indians in the 2015 IPL.
Forgettable start for Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians had the worst possible start to their 2015 IPL campaign. The team suffered defeat after defeat for four games in a row. Their first defeat of the tournament came against Kolkata Knight Riders followed by an 18 runs loss to Kings XI Punjab.
Losses against Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals afterwards ensured the stay of Mumbai Indians at the bottom of the IPL table. The first break through for the team came against Royal Challengers Bangalore. An 18 run victory against Bangalore helped them get off the mark.
This luck however did not last long as they suffered a 37 run defeat at the hands of Delhi Daredevils in the match that came next.
Mumbai Indians back on track
The fate of Mumbai Indians changed soon after as the team started piling up wins. Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils, all bowed down to Rohit Sharma’s team and the Mumbai Indians were back in contention for a playoff place.
Mumbai later completed their fifth win in a row by upsetting Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets. Royal Challengers Bangalore put an end to this run in the next match, which once again made things worse for Mumbai.
With two wins needed to make it into the playoffs from their last two games Mumbai did just that. They defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in a close game by 5 runs and went on to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad comfortably to book their date with Chennai in the playoffs. So when you watch this Mumbai Indians squad today, expect the unexpected.
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