The final league match of IPL 2015 – SRH vs MI -- has a simple scenario – win and you go through to the playoffs, lose and it is pack your bags, book those flight tickets and head back to the family time.
For the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians, after slugging it out for 13 matches each in IPL 2015, it all comes down to this final game.
"It is just another big game for us," Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting said. "We know the significance of this game but for us it is nothing new. We have been quite used to this for the last three weeks.
"We've had six or seven big games in a row. We started this tournament poorly and we have had to win most of our games going into this game.
"Yes, there are some challenges ahead with the conditions and the opposition, but I will make sure that we focus on making sure we are in the best shape we can be."
MI have been on a tremendous run, winning six of their last seven matches, a run which started with a victory over SRH at the Wankhede Stadium back on 25 April and culminated with a nerve-wracking win over KKR on Thursday. In that match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, MI did not have the greatest of evenings with the bat, but, fortunately for them, their opponents had an ever worse one, which eventually allowed them to pick up the two points and build some much-needed momentum.
Both teams are level on 14 points from 13 matches at the moment, and the winner will zoom past KKR (and possibly RCB, depending on how the early match against DD goes) to that top-four spot.
The only way both SRH and MI can't qualify is if the match in Hyderabad is rained out; improbable, but certainly not impossible, considering the amount of rain that came down in SRH's last match, against RCB.
Sunrisers will still be thinking just how they let that game slip, with Virat Kohli's heroics in the final over taking his team home. However, despite that loss, SRH's future is still very much in their own hands, while the same can be said about MI too, who, if they produce a win on Sunday, would have sneaked through to the playoffs for the second season in a row via the last match of their league phase.
"We have had a chance to watch the Sunrisers play their cricket over the last couple of months," added Ponting. "We have a pretty good idea about how they are going about their cricket. But for me it is really important that we focus on us and how we are going to play our best cricket tomorrow.
"As I have continually said to this group over the last two months, I don't think we have played near our best cricket yet and if you look at our results we have won in really close games having been in trouble somewhere in some stage and dug our way out.
"Hopefully we can put together forty overs of very consistent cricket and if we do that I think we will be really hard to beat. We know the heartbreak that the Sunrisers suffered last night. I think it is going to be a really good contest."
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Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians Match 56 of IPL 2015 is scheduled to begin at 8 pm IST (3.30 pm BST, 10.30 am ET). Sony Max (Hindi), Sony Six (English), Sony Aath (Bengali) and Sony Kix (Telugu and Tamil) are the channels to flip your remote to if you want to watch the match live on TV, while if you fancy having a watch online via live streaming Hotstar or Starsports.com is the place to be for viewers in India.
Viewers in the US can watch SRH vs MI live on ESPN, while all the action can also be live streamed on ESPN Cricket.
Audience across the world can also watch the final IPL 2015 league game live on Cricketgateway.