Mumbai Indians clinch thrilling IPL final against Supergiant
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 23:26
Expect Mumbai's top stars―Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons―to flash their big-match potential on their way to halting Pune's win streak over Indians.
With MS Dhoni in the RPS and one of the all-time-favorite team "Mumbai Indians" in the grand finale added some curious flavors to the do or die match. Plus he was a part of the Indian squad which won WT20. Check out IPL 2017 finals MI vs RPS toss, playing 11, live score updates, match result, man of the match and highlights on this page above. But now Smith and Dhoni have created a good rapport. Pune were also boosted by the solid performances by emerging Indian players such as Rahul Tripathi and Washington Sundar.
IPL Governing council chairman has categorically stated the banned outfits Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will return to the fray in place of RPS and Gujarat Lions and there won't be a place for 10 teams as time will not permit to stretch the tournament from its present duration. The opening partnership has particularly suffered after the departure Jos Buttler as his replacement - Simmons - has failed to provide the solidity the Englishman had. He is a good replacement for Mitchell Mcclenaghan.
Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant will cross swords in the marquee match in Hyderabad on Sunday.
There were some internal issues between those associated with the owner and former Pune captain MS Dhoni - well, at least that's what could be inferred from the social media dealings - and there were a few early losses that seemed to have pushed the side down the rankings.
"In the end, finals cricket is finals cricket".
The only Kiwi involvement in the match came through allrounder Colin de Grandhomme, who made a golden duck in Kolkata's dismal innings. Great to have someone like him and I am lucky to be playing with him. I'm sure the spectators enjoyed it.
On the bowling front, Pune weren't troubled despite losing star all-rounder Ben Stokes and veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir due to their national commitments for the upcoming Champions Trophy. However, heavyweights like Lasith Malinga, Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh were not in their best touch.
Mumbai slipped to 79-7, but Krunal Pandya's heavy hitting 47 lifted the team to respectability. They have the best death overs scoring rate in IPL 2017 with a run rate of 10.72. We've played really good cricket through the tournament. "That s probably the reasons we lost the game", Mumbai's inspirational captain Sharma said.