In a match that went right down to the last ball, Mumbai Indians defeated Rising Pune Supergiant in a low-scoring final to win the Indian Premier League (IPL) title played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.

This is Mumbai’s third IPL title.

Chasing a target of 130 runs, Pune could only manage to post 128/6 in their 20 overs.

Australian fast bowler Mitchel Johnson was the most successful for Mumbai with figures of 3/26, while young pacer Jasprit Bumrah also played a crucial role, returning figures of 26/2 in four excellent overs.

Veteran Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga also bowled well and was unlucky not to manage a wicket. He conceeded just 21 runs in his four overs.

Pune skipper Steven Smith led from the front scoring a fighting half-century in a losing cause.

He notched up 51 runs off 50 deliveries with two boundaries and an equal number of sixes before falling in the last over.

Pune started off on a shaky note when Bumrah trapped Rahul Tripathi leg before.

Ajinkya Rahane and Smith tried to rebuild the innings with a 54-run partnership before Kieron Pollard pulled off a superb catch at long on to send the captain back to the pavilion.

With the Mumbai bowlers maintaining a tight line, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Smith found the going tough and could only add 27 runs between them in as many balls.

Dhoni scored 10 runs in 13 balls before falling to a poor shot in the 17th over, slashing a Bumrah delivery which was slightly outside off-stump but only managed an easy top edge to wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel.

His departure seemed to put the pressure on the Pune batsmen.

Malinga conceded just five runs in the 18th over and Bumrah bowled another miserly over in the 19th to put pressure. With 11 runs needed off the final over, Manoj Tiwary started with a boundary to square leg off Johnson but an attempted smash into the stands off the very next ball saw him caught at long on by Pollard.

Smith fell on third ball, caught by Ambati Rayudu at the cover boundary.

Two runs came off the next ball but with four needed off the last ball, Daniel Christian was run out sending the Mumbai players into wild celebrations.

Earlier, braces by bowlers Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa and Christian enabled Pune to restrict Mumbai to 129 for eight.

Mumbai’s top and middle order batsmen put up a horrific show against the disciplined bowling from Pune and the former were left reeling at 79/7 in the 15th over. All-rounder Krunal Pandya’s 47 off 38 deliveries pulled Mumbai out of the hole.

Opting to bat, Mumbai had a disastrous start as left-arm medium pacer Unadkat (2/19) removed Parthiv Patel (4) and Lendl Simmons (3) in the third over, reducing them to 8/2.

Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma (24) and Rayudu (12) then weathered the storm briefly but the Pune bowlers continued to keep it tight. Young off-spinner Washington Sundar continued to be impressive, giving away only 13 runs in his four overs.

The partnership lasted for 33 runs as Rayudu was caught short of the crease while taking a single in the eighth over.

Mumbai’s batting ran into further trouble when Rohit and Pollard (7) fell to Australian leg-spinner Zampa (2/32) in the 11th over to be left at 65/5. Rohit pulled a half-pitched ball to Thakur at deep mid-wicket, while Pollard offered an easy catch to pouch for Tiwary at long-on.

After Zampa, Christian (2/34) removed all-rounder Hardik Pandya (10) in the 14th over, while in the next, Karn Sharma, a handy low-order batsman, was run out at 1, to leave Mumbai at 79/7.

Later, Krunal and Mitchell Johnson (13 not out) shared a strong 50-run partnership to take Mumbai to 129/8. (IANS Match Report)

 

Ball-by-ball highlight of the match between Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians 

 

 

11: 46 PM IST | 20 Overs bowled, RPS 128/6. Mumbai Indian win the match by 1 run 

19.6: Dan Christian plays to deep mid wicket gets run out in an attempt to take the third run and Sundar is  RUN OUT

19.5: Christain plays to deep mid wicket for 2 runs

19.4: Byes (1 run); Rising Pune Supergiant need 6 runs in 02 balls

19.3: WICKET! Steve Smith 51(50) plays inside out and goes straight to extra cover fielder Rayudu; what a crucial wicket

19.2: WICKET! Manoj Tiwary 7(8) mistimes the slow ball from Mitchel Johnson to long off fielder Pollard; Smith gets to the strikers’ end

19.1: Mitchel Johnson to bowl the last over of IPL 2017, starts with FOUR to Manoj Tiwary 

11: 34 PM IST | 19 Overs bowled, RPS 119/3. Rising Pune Supergiant need 11 runs in 06 balls

18.6: Smith takes a couple to square leg of the last ball

18.5: SIX! Smith picks the fuller delivery outside off stump and lofts it over long off for a maximum

18.4: Leg Byes (1 run); Smith back into the strike 

18.3: Smith takes a single to long on

18.2: Tiwary plays to short cover for a single; slow ball from Bumrah

18.1: Jasprit Bumrah into the attack, starts with a single to Smith to deep mid wicket

11: 28 PM IST | 18 Overs bowled, RPS 107/3. Rising Pune Supergiant need 23 runs in 12 balls

17.6: Steve Smith flicks the ball to square leg for a single; he retains strike

17.5: FOUR! Steve Smith shuffles across the off stump to flick the ball to backward square leg boundary

17.4: Steve Smith plays a dot; even he can’t dig that yorker from Malinga

17.3: Tiwary drives to mid off for a single; another toe breaker from Malinga

17.2: Steve Smith plays the ball to long on for a single; good yorker by Malinga

17.1: Lasith Malinga into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Steve Smith

11: 19 PM IST | 17 Overs bowled, RPS 100/3. Rising Pune Supergiant need 30 runs in 18 balls

16.6: Tiwary plays a dot of the last ball

16.5: Tiwary plays a dot

16.4: Smith flicks the ball to deep mid wicket for a single; HUNDRED up for Rising Pune Supergiant

16.3: Manoj Tiwary gets off the mark with a single to cover point

16.2: WICKET! Dhoni 10(13) edges the ball to Parthiv Patel; big wicket for Mumbai Indians

16.1: Jasprit Bumrah into the attack, starts with a single to Smith to deep mid wicket

11: 13 PM IST | 16 Overs bowled, RPS 96/2. Rising Pune Supergiant need 33 runs in 24 balls

15.6: Smith takes a single to long on of the last ball

15.5: SIX! Steve Smith reverse sweeps Krunal Pandya over backward point boundary

15.4: Dhoni takes a quick single to mid off

15.3: FOUR! Dhoni rocks on backfoot to thread the gap between point and short third man

15.2: Smith places the ball to sweeper cover for a single

15.1: Krunal Pandya into the attack, Dhoni punches the ball to long off for a single

11: 05 PM IST | 15 Overs bowled, RPS 77/2. Rising Pune Supergiant need 47 runs in 30 balls

14.6: Steve Smith drives to deep cover point for 2 runs

14.6: WIDE!

14.5: Steve Smith plays a dot; very well directed yorker by Malinga

14.4: Dhoni flicks the ball to fine leg for a single

14.3: Dhoni gets an inside edge and the ball goes to short fine leg, no run

14.2: Steve Smith takes a single to mid-wicket

14.1: Malinga into the attack, starts with a single to Dhoni to mid wicket

10: 58 PM IST | 14 Overs bowled, RPS 77/2

13.6: Smith takes a quick couple of the last ball to mid wicket

13.5: Dot ball to Smith

13.4: Dhoni flicks off the pads to mid-wicket for a single

13.3: Dhoni plays a dot

13.2: Dhoni plays a dot; that was fast and flat from Krunal Pandya

13.1: Krunal Pandya into the attack, starts with a single to Smith to backward square leg

10: 54 PM IST | 13 Overs bowled, RPS 73/2

12.6: Dhoni plays a dot of the last ball

12.5: Dhoni plays a dot

12.4: Steve Smith places the ball to mid-wicket for a single

12.3: Another dot ball to Smith

12.2: Smith plays a dot to short cover

12.1: Karn Sharma continues, Dhoni gets off the mark with a single to mid on

10: 49 PM IST | 12 Overs bowled, RPS 71/2

11.6: Smith plays a dot of the last ball

11.5: WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane 44(38) chips the ball to long on, mistimes to Pollard who completes a very good catch; RPS 71/2

11.4: Smith pushes the ball to long on for a single

11.3: Smith plays a dot to mid off

11.2: FOUR! Little width outside the off stump and Steve Smith cuts the ball to backward point boundary

11.1: Mitchel Johnson into the attack, starts with a single to Rahane to off side

10: 44 PM IST | 11 Overs bowled, RPS 65/1

10.6: Rahane cuts the ball to backward point for a single of the last ball

10.5: Smith takes a single to backward square leg

10.4: Rahane takes a single to fine leg

10.3: Rahane plays a dot

10.2: FOUR! Rahane sweeps the tossed up ball from Karn Sharma to fine leg; sloppy fielding by Lendl Simmons makes it four instead of a single

10.1: Krunal Pandya into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Rahane

10: 40 PM IST | 10 Overs bowled, RPS 58/1

9.6: Steve Smith plays a dot of the last ball

9.5: Rahane drives the fuller delivery by Johnson to sweeper cover for a single

9.4: FOUR! Rahane picks the short ball from Mitchell and uses his pace to guide the ball to fine leg boundary

9.3: Rahane plays a dot

9.2: Rahane flicks the ball dropping on his pads to fine leg for 2 runs

9.1: Mitchel Johnson into the attack, starts with a single to Smith to cover

10: 35 PM IST | 9 Overs bowled, RPS 50/1

8.6: Another dot to end the over

8.5: Rahane platys a dot

8.4: Smith places the ball to mid wicket for a single; FIFTY up for Rising pune Supergiant

8.3: Smith pushes the ball back to the bowler, almost gave a catch to Karn Sharma

8.2: Smith plays a dot

8.1: Karn Sharma into the attack, starts with a single to Rahane to long on

10: 32 PM IST | 8 Overs bowled, RPS 48/1

7.6: Rahane takes a single of the last ball to third man

7.5: Smith flicks off the pads to mid wicket for a single

7.4: Rahane guides the ball to third man for a single

7.3: Rahane plays a dot

7.2: Smith opens the face of the bat to guide the ball to third man for a single

7.1: Jasprit Bumrah back into the attack, starts with a single to Rahane to short third man

10: 28 PM IST | 7 Overs bowled, RPS 43/1

6.6: Smith pushes the ball back to the bowler for no run of the last ball

6.6: WIDE!

6.5: Smith plays a dot to point

6.4: Rahane cuts off the backfoot to sweeper cover for single

6.3: Smith drives the ball to sweeper cover for a single

6.2: Smith plays a dot to cover point

6.1: Karn Sharma into the attack, Smith punches the ball to sweeper cover for 2 runs

10: 22 PM IST | 6 Overs bowled, RPS 38/1. End of Power Play

5.6: Rahane plays a dot of the last ball

5.5: Rahane pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

5.4: FOUR! Rahane picks the half volley and drives to deep extra cover boundary

5.3: Smith punches the slow ball from Malinga to long on for a single

5.2: Rahane takes a quick single to gully

5.1: Malinga continues, starts with a dot ball to Rahane

10: 18 PM IST | 5 Overs bowled, RPS 32/1

4.6: Rahane takes a single to long on of the last ball

4.5: FOUR! Rahane waits for the ball to come to him and places the ball between deep mid wicket and long on

4.4: Smith flicks off the pads to mid wicket for a single

4.4: WIDE! Karn Sharma drifts to leg side

4.3: Smith plays a dot

4.2: Rahane places the ball to mid wicket for a single

4.1: Karn Sharma into the attack, starts with a single to Smith to mid on

10: 14 PM IST | 4 Overs bowled, RPS 23/1

3.6: Rahane pushes the ball to the bowler, no run

3.5: Rahane plays a dot

3.4: DROPPED! Rahane mistimes the slow ball by Malinga to short cover, Krunal Pandya drops a sitter. How costly will that be for Mumbai Indians?

3.3: Smith drives to mid on for a single

3.2: Smith plays a dot

3.1: Lasith Malinga into the attack, starts with a single to Rahane backward square leg

10: 09 PM IST | 3 Overs bowled, RPS 21/1

2.6: Smith drives to cover for another dot to finish the over

2.5: Smith plays a dot ball

2.4: Rahane punches the rising delivery by Bumrah to sweeper cover for 3 runs

2.3: Steve Smith gets off the mark with a single to deep mid wicket

2.2: WICKET! Rahul Tripathi 3(8)is caught Lbw by Bumrah; Mumbai gets a breakthrough

2.1: Jasprit Bumrah into the attack, Rahane drives along the pitch to long on for 3 runs

10: 04 PM IST | 2 Overs bowled, RPS 14/0

1.6: FOUR (leg byes)

1.5: Rahane takes a quick single to on side

1.4: Tripathi takes a quick single to mid off

1.3: Rahane flicks the ball to short fine leg for a single

1.2: Tripathi takes a single to square leg1.1: Mitchel Johnson into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Tripathi 

1.1: Mitchel Johnson into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Tripathi 

09: 58 PM IST | 1 Over bowled, RPS 6/0

0.6: FOUR! Rahane punches off the back foot to extra cover boundary

0.5: Rahul Tripathi gets off the mark with a single to mid on

0.4: Another dot to Tripathi to point

0.3: Rahul Tripathi plays a dot

0.2: Ajinkya Rahane gets off the mark with a quick single to short cover

0.1: Krunal Pandya to begin the bowling attack, starts with a dot ball to Ajinkya rRahane

09: 55 PM IST | The Chase Begins! Rising Pune Supergiant openers Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi are in the middle.

09: 41 PM IST | 20 Overs bowled, MI 129/8

19.6: Krunal Pandya 47(38) departs of the last ball, mistimes the short ball from Christian to Rahane at deep mid wicket 

19.5: Johnson pulls to deep mid-wicket for a single

19.4: Krunal takes a single to long on

19.3: SIX! Krunal gets on one knee to send the slow ball by Christian over long off

19.3: WIDE! Second of the over from Dan Christian

19.2: FOUR! Krunal flicks the half volley yo square leg boundary

19.1: Dot ball to Krunal Pandya; another slow ball

19.1: Dan Christian to bowl the last over; starts with a WIDE ball

09: 35 PM IST | 19 Overs bowled, MI 115/7

18.6: Krunal takes a single of the last ball; retains strike

18.5: SIX! Krunal picks the slow ball to loft it over long on for a maximum

18.4: Johnson takes a single to mid wicket

18.3: Krunal pulls to deep mid-wicket for a single

18.2: Krunal gets an under edge and ball goes along the ground to Dhoni, no run; another good slow ball by Unadkat

18.1: Unadkat into the attack, starts with a single to Johnson to point

09: 30 PM IST | 18 Overs bowled, MI 105/7

17.6: FOUR! Krunal gets deep in the wicket to cut the ball to backward point boundary

17.5: Byes (1 run); Krunal come to the strike

17.4: Krunal cuts to backward point for a single; HUNDRED up for Mumbai Indians

17.3: Johnson takes a single to long on

17.2: SIX! Johnson hammers the short ball from Christian over long on for a maximum

17.1: Dan Christian into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Johnson

09: 25 PM IST | 17 Overs bowled, MI 92/7

16.6: Krunal chips to mid on for a single of the last ball; retains strike

16.5: Krunal plays a dot; outfoxed by Unadkat by another slow ball

16.4: Johnson flicks off the pads to fine leg for a single

16.3: Krunal tries to pull the short ball, mistimes to mid on for a single; good change of pace by Unadkat

16.2: Krunal plays a dot; good slow off cutter from Unadkat

16.1: Unadkat back into the attack, starts with Leg Byes (2 runs); Krunal still on strike

09: 19 PM IST | 16 Overs bowled, MI 86/7

15.6: Krunal guides the ball to third man for a single; will retain strike

15.5: Krunal gets an outside edge to square of the wicket for 2 runs

15.4: Johnson punches the ball to long on for a single

15.3: Johnson tries to guide the ball to third man, misses connecting; no run

15.2: Krunal drives the full length ball to extra cover for a single

15.1: Dan Christian into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Krunal

09: 15 PM IST | 15 Overs bowled, MI 81/7

14.6: Johnson plays a dot of the last ball

14.5: Johnson pushes the ball back to Thakur, no run

14.4: Krunal plays on the up to sweeper cover for a single

14.3: Johnson gets off the mark with a single to mid wicket

14.2: Mitchell Johnson is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

14.1: WICKET!  Karn Sharma 1(5) is run out by Shardul Thakur off his own bowling. Karn edged the ball to slip and the ball fell short of Dan Christian. Unaware of the episode, Karn is out of the crease, easy chance for Thakur to dislodge the wicket. MI 79/7

09: 07 PM IST | 14 Overs bowled, MI 79/6

13.6: Karn Sharma gets off the mark with a single to mid on

13.5: Karn Sharma tries to cut the slow ball outside the off stump, misses connecting; no run

13.4: Karn Sharma plays another dot

13.3: Karn Sharma is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

13.2: WICKET! Hardik Pandya 10(9) is caught Lbw by Dan Christain; MI 78/6

13.1: Dan Christian into the attack, starts with 2 runs to Hardik to mid wicket

09: 02 PM IST | 13 Overs bowled, MI 76/5

12.6: Hardik takes a single of the last ball to mid off

12.5: Krunal flicks the ball to fine leg for a single

12.4: Hardik plays to mid wicket for a single

12.3: Hardik plays a dot

12.2: SIX! Hardik picks the tossed up ball and lofts it over long off boundary for a maximum

12.1: Zampa continues, starts with a single to Krunal to mid wicket

08: 59 PM IST | 12 Overs bowled, MI 66/5

11.6: Hardik Patel ends the over with another dot

11.5: Hardik pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

11.4: Hardik Pandya is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

11.3: Krunal takes a single to long on

11.2: Another dot ball to Krunal

11.1: Sundar continues, starts with a dor ball to Krunal

08: 55 PM IST | 11 Overs bowled, MI 65/5

10.6: WICKET! Kieron Pollard lofts the ball straight to long off fielder Manoj Tiwary

10.5: Krunal takes a single to mid-wicket

10.4: Pollard takes a single to long off

10.3: Kieron Pollard is the new batsman, gets off the mark with a huge SIX over long off boundary

10.2: Krunal drives to long off for a single

10.1: WICKET! Rohit Sharma 24 (22) pulls the half tracker from Adam Zampa to deep mid wicket fielder Shardul Thakur; MI 56/4

08: 49 PM IST | 10 Overs bowled, MI 56/3

9.6: FOUR! Krunal plays inside to sweeper cover boundary off the last ball

9.5: Krunal plays a dot

9.4: Rohit Sharma flicks to square leg for a single

9.3: Rohit Sharma plays a dot

9.2: Krunal guides the ball to short third man for a single

9.1: W Sundar back into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Krunal

08: 43 PM IST | 9 Overs bowled, MI 50/3

8.6: Krunal guides the ball to short fine leg for a single of the last ball; FIFTY up for Mumbai Indians

8.5: Rohit Sharma pulls the ball to long off for a single

8.4: Rohit Sharma plays a dot to point

8.3: Krunal pushes the ball to long on for a single

8.3: WIDE! Zampa drifts to leg side

8.2: Krunal plays another dot

8.1: Zampa into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Krunal

08: 39 PM IST | 8 Overs bowled, MI 46/3

7.6: Rohit Sharma plays a dot of the last ball

7.5: WIDE!

7.5: Krunal flicks off the pads to backward square leg for a single

7.4: Krunal Pandya gets off the mark with 2 runs to deep mid wicket

7.3: Rohit takes a single to third man

7.2: Rayudu charges down the track and plays to short mid wicket, Steve smith is fast and hits the wickets directly; Replay says Ambati Rayudu 12(15) is out. MI 41/3

7.1: Ferguson into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Rayudu

08: 33 PM IST | 7 Overs bowled, MI 41/2

6.6: rayudu sweeps to mid wicket for a single of te last ball

6.5: Rohit Sharma plays the ball to sweeper cover for a single

6.4: Rayudu gets an inside edge and the ball goes to short fine leg; 1 run in the end

6.3: Rayudu cuts the ball to extra cover for 2 runs

6.2: FOUR! Half tracker from Zampa, Rayudu cuts the ball to backward point boundary

6.1: Adam Zampa into the attack starts with a dot ball to Rayudu

08: 29 PM IST | 6 Overs bowled, MI 32/2. End of Power Play

5.6: Rohit ends the over with a cracking FOUR to extra cover

5.5: FOUR! Genuine edge off Rohit Sharma’s blade and the ball races to third man boundary; third boundary of the over

5.4: Rohit drives to short long on for no run

5.3: FOUR! Ferguson bowls to the pads, Rohit Sharma flicks the ball to fine leg boundary

5.2: Rohit Sharma plays a dot; good recovery by Ferguson with back of a length ball

5.1: Lockie Ferguson into the attack, bowls a half volley; Rohit Sharma plays to square of the wicket for FOUR runs

08: 24 PM IST | 5 Overs bowled, MI 16/2

4.6: Rayudu plays a dot of the last ball

4.5: Rohit Sharma guides the ball to short third man for a single

4.4: Rohit Sharma plays a sot; Mumbai Indians uner pressure

4.3: Rayudu takes a quick single to short cover

4.3: WIDE! Thakur drifts towards leg side

4.2: Rohit flicks of the pads to mid wicket for a single

4.1: Shardul Thakur into the attack, starts with a single to Rayudu to mid off

08: 21 PM IST | 4 Overs bowled, MI 11/2

3.6: Rayudu takes a single of the last ball to  mid wicket

3.5: Rayudu plays a dot to gully point

3.4: Rayudu plays a dot; very good bowling by Sundar

3.3: Rohit takes a single to long on

3.2: Another dot ball

3.1: Sundar into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Rohit Sharma

08: 16 PM IST | 3 Overs bowled, MI 9/2

2.6: Rohit  Sharma gets off the mark with a single to mid on

2.5: Rohit Sharma plays a dot

2.4: WICKET! Lendl Simmons 3(8) is dismissed by Unadkat; what a catch of his own bowling; MI 8/2

2.3: Ambati Rayudu gets off the mark with a single

2.2: Ambati Rayudu is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

2.1: WICKET! Pressure works, Parthiv Patel 4(6) hands a simple catch to Thakur at short mid on; slow short ball by Unadkat does the damage. MI 7/1

08: 09 PM IST | 2 Overs bowled, MI 7/0

1.6: Parthiv gets an inside edge as the ball travels to short fine leg, 1 run

1.5: Parthiv cuts to cover for 2 runs

1.4: Parthiv plays another dot; good bowling by Sundar

1.3: Parthiv plays a dot to short cover

1.2: Simmons flicks to mid-wicket for a single

1.1: Washington Sundar into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Simmons

08: 04 PM IST | 1 Over bowled, MI 3/0

0.6: Simmons plays to short third man for a single of the last ball

0.5: Parthiv Patel also gets off the mark with a single to mid on

0.4: Lendl Simmons gets off the mark with a single to short mi-wicket; first runs for Mumbai Indians as well 

0.3: Lendl Simmons pushes the ball to short cover, no run

0.2: Lendl Simmons plays a dot, slow offcutter upfront by Unadkat

0.1: Jaydev Unadkat to begin the bowling attack for Rising Pune Supergiant, starts with a good length ball for no run to Lendl Simmons

07: 58 PM IST | The Final Game Begins! Mumbai Indians openers Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel are in the middle to start the proceedings. Game on!

07: 40 PM IST | Here is the final playing XI for Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Mumbai Indians (MI):

Team Rising Pune Supergiant: Steven Smith (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni (w), Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa

Team Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel (w), Ambati Rayudu, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga

 

07: 32 PM IST | TOSS TIME! Mumbai Indians Captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss and decided to bat first against Rising Pune Supergiant in the final of Vivo IPL 2017 played at  Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. Game on!

07: 25 PM IST | The good and the bad of Mumbai Indians!

Mumbai Indians owe their success this season to the consistently good starts that their openers have been giving them.

Parthiv Patel (391 runs in 15 matches) and Lendl Simmons (134 runs in 6 matches) might not be among the top run-getters in the IPL, but they have been successfully able to weather the storm during the Power Play overs without losing wickets.

Batting at number three, Rohit Sharma still looks edgy and lacks the old destructive touch.The team and fans ask more out of the stylish right-handed ‘Hitman’ in the last game of this season.

Mumbai will be happy with the way Kieron Pollard has batted throughout the season. The big-hitting batsman — 378 runs 16 matches — is an absolute bonus besides that he can bowl and field as well.

Pollard’s contribution to the team is also helping the Pandya brothers (Hardik and Krunal) to evolve and express unobstructedly during the death overs of the game.

Together Hardik and Krunal have scored 436 runs and scalped 16 wickets — certainly, the award for the leading thriving siblings goes to Pandya brothers.

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Mumbai Indians has a very defined and mature bowling attack when corresponded to Pune Supergiant.

With Mitchell McClenaghan uncertain to play due to an injury, the pace attack of Mumbai will be spearheaded by Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah.

The man of the hour for Mumbai Indians is Karn Sharma who has conferred a very strong case for himself with a match-winning performance — 4 wickets for 16 runs — against KKR on Friday.

It will be fascinating to see if Rohit Sharma goes with the experience of Harbhajan Singh (8 wickets in 11 matches) or chooses to reward the right-arm legbreak bowler for the final match.

Mumbai Indians almost had Pune under their spell in their last encounter until Dhoni blasted severe blows in the pivotal death overs.

Rohit Sharma and squad has been ruled out by Steve Smith-led Rising Pune Supergiant on three occasions. There will be no better way to celebrate their third IPL title then to hold it over Pune on May 21.

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07: 10 PM IST | The good and the bad of Rising Pune Supergiant!

In the first qualifier, RPS overcame the deficit of Stokes with disciplined bowling but once again exposed their vulnerability in the batting order — Pune Supergiant scored only 162 runs; courtesy to late match saving blitz by MS Dhoni. Coach Stephen Fleming must be a much-relieved man after withstanding that scare.

Young Washington Sundar — 3 wickets for 16 runs — took account of the pitch and broke Mumbai Indians apart to write his best performance of the IPL.

RPS leading wicket taker Jayadev Unadkat — 22 wickets in 11 matches — is in a very good form and takes crucial wickets in almost every game he plays for Pune.

Daniel Christian, Adam Zampa, Shardul Thakur are conducive in preventing the opposition to get away during the intermediate overs of the game.

However, the batting line up of Pune Supergiant still endures a rough patch with an old dispel bothering them the entire season.

Pune despite the batting stalwarts in the squad seems to buckle under pressure during untimely exit of a set batsman — providentially, someone has always stood up for the cause like MS Dhoni did in the last game.

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Pune Supergiant openers Rahul Tripathi (388 runs in 12 matches) will have to accelerate the Pune inning with controlled aggression; Ajinkya Rahane (338 runs in 15 matches) will be required to anchor his wicket in the middle.

Captain Steve Smith will bat at number three slot and will have to play the most of the middle overs to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Batting down the order Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary will have to share the burden of a strong finish for the team.

 

07: 00 PM IST |  The Big Prize!  

Besides the coveted IPL 2017 trophy, the winning team of the closing game will also pocket an astounding Rs 28.8 crore while the runners-up will claim handsome Rs 12.9 crore.

For the uninitiated, there is no dearth of cash in IPL — the most lucrative T20 league of the world — who will also be handing Rs 6.4 crore each to the 3rd and 4th team in the playoffs — being Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders.

06: 50 PM IST | Mumbai Indians first met Rising Pune Supergiant on April 6 in their first league game of this season and lost the match by 7 wickets in spite of posting 184/8 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

While the win for RPS was a fresh start after their disappointing ‘wooden spoon’ award last year; it was fair to understand that the two times IPL winners Mumbai was serving their conventional part — they have always been the late starters in the IPL.

This was different though, after suffering a loss in their first game, Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians catapulted a nerve wrecking turnaround and won 6 matches on a trot — against Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gujarat Lions, Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils.

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Right when it appeared that Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai might ruin everyone’s game and collect the required points to qualify for the playoffs, their winning streak met with a familiar face — Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians lost again.

Having lost at all the three encounters so far, the million dollar question for Mumbai is — How to get past Rising Pune Supergiant juggernaut?

 

06: 40 PM IST | Having started the IPL campaign on a scratchy note, Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) has overhauled their fortune full circle by reaching the final of IPL 2017 as compared to their outing last season — finished second last on the points table with 10 points from 14 matches.

The phenomenal rise of RPS visibly runs coextending with more and more games they have played this season.

Even the likes of Ben Stokes took his time to adjust to the team before catapulting match winning performances in the crucial games for RPS — Stokes has left to join England Cricket team for national duty.

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06: 30 PM IST | Hello and welcome to the Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad, for the Final of the 2017 Vivo IPL between Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians

First Published | 21 May 2017 6:31 PM
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