The question of who the four foreigners will be for each team is also an interesting one, and both teams have no clear-cut answers.
Mumbai will have Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga for sure, but then they face the dilemma of picking two out of JP Duminy, Ryan McLaren and Dwayne Bravo. None of the three have really shone, but all three can bat and bowl. If the pitch looks like it could aid spin, then Duminy is likely to get in, while it will be a toss up between McLaren and Bravo. However, if the pitch looks like it would favour the faster men, then Duminy might sit out, while the other two get in.
Bangalore have three spots cemented with Pietersen, Kallis and Steyn being undroppable, and the fourth is likely to go to Ross Taylor. However, with a bench of Cameron White, Eoin Morgan and Mark Boucher, Taylor's spot is not sealed.
So far, the IPL has been generating more off-field headlines than on-field ones, but with the semi-finals finally here, this is the perfect match to bring the focus back to cricket. And there couldn't be two finer men than Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble to ensure that the cricket is of the highest quality.Image:Kieron Pollar needs to continue his good form.