Junctures where Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) lost IPL 2017 plot against Mumbai Indians (MI)

Junctures where Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) lost IPL 2017 plot against Mumbai Indians (MI) We are living in a T20-dominated world where chasing 10 to 12 an over has become a norm © BCCIDid Mumbai Indians (MI) eventually crack the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) code? Or was it simply the occasion and pressure of the stage that got the better of Pune? We are living in a T20-dominated world where chasing 10 to 12 an over has become a norm. All Pune needed was less than six-and-a-half an over. Pune had completed a hat-trick of wins against an impressive Mumbai outfit this season, but they chose to crack on the day it mattered. Eventually it was a solitary run that made the difference to the grand Maharashtra derby at Hyderabad and here are the moments where Pune lost the plot. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 2017 Final at Hyderabad Leaking at the death: Pune’s bowlers had done all the hard work to have Mumbai reeling at 92 for 7 after 17 overs. Two days prior, Mumbai had Kolkata Knight Riders in a similar position. Mumbai dismantled Kolkata for 107 that night. Pune gave away 37 runs off the last 3 overs. There is no doubt that Krunal Pandya was brilliant, but he was helped by some ordinary bowling from Dan Christian. There were length balls, not according to the field. Mitchell Johnson was allowed to free his arms. It was only in the 19th over when MI crossed the six-an-over mark for the first time in the game. The last over cost Pune 14. A four and a six off Krunal’s bat can be excused, but there were two wides as well. Was it a case of complacency? Mumbai Indians (MI) in IPL 2017: Marks out of 10 for Rohit Sharma-led champions In the end, every run mattered. RPS’s brilliant bowling throughout the innings but in hindsight, Christian’s 26 off last 2 hurt the side, as did the 5 wides they bowled during the innings. Tame Powerplay: Ajinkya Rahane found form in the end stages of the tournament. Steven Smith has been scoring from the start. And yet, Pune went for a cautious approach in the Powerplay. Mumbai had, in fact, employed five different bowlers in the first 5 overs. Rahane was dropped by Krunal off Lasith Malinga. It was nothing short of a sitter. Rahane did make use of the opportunity, but Smith was happy to stay at the crease without trying to accelerate when the field was inside. Earlier, the otherwise flamboyant Rahul Tripathi went for an ultra-cautious approach. RPS were 38 for 1 after 6 overs. RPS vs MI, IPL 2017 final: Rohit attains new high, Smith’s misfortune and other highlights The curious case of Pune’s No. 4: Too much of shuffling in the batting order has not helped Manoj Tiwary’s case. Tiwary has been one of the most consistent performers for Pune this season. He has played those blinders towards the end of the innings several times this season. Rahane fell for an attractive 38-ball 44 in the 12th over when the score read 71. With Smith sort of struggling at 18 from 25 balls, Pune could have sent in Tiwary. MS Dhoni walked out instead. Was there need for machismo and finishing things in style with a six? Or was getting the scoreboard to move the need of the hour? Fairytales are often not repeated. It is not wise to expect them daily. Dhoni and Smith have struggled when they have batted together. With the required run-rate close to seven-and-a-half, their partnership hurt Pune’s case. Rohit goes past Dhoni, Gambhir; other statistical highlights from IPL 2017 final The Dhoni-Smith stand: Dhoni has been a shadow of his pristine past this IPL. The number of dot balls he has played has hurt Pune many times throughout the tournament. Smith and Dhoni consumed too many balls and were guilty of not rotating the strike. Criticism of Dhoni is often considered blasphemous by most Indian fans. To most he is the protagonist or the victim or the unsung hero. The usual scapegoats in these cases are unsung men like Tiwarys and Christians. In franchise cricket, if you pocket bigger amounts and are a superstar, you should be the one taking onus. Smith and Dhoni added 27 from 27 balls. By the time Dhoni departed the required run rate had shot up to eight-and-a-half. By the end of the game both had played a total of 25 dot balls. Rohit’s Midas touch in IPL finals and other stats in statistical preview from RPS and MI clash Keeping it for too late: Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah are two of the finest death bowlers in limited-overs cricket. If Bumrah can restrict the likes of Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch to 5 runs in a Super Over, it is a tough task to score 10 off them at death, on a surface that was not very easy to bat on. That was probably the time they needed a Dhoni more than a Tiwary, for while Tiwary can get those boundaries away, Dhoni has the power to clear the ground even if with mis-hits. And if Tiwary has to bat that late, they should probably have promoted a competent slogger like Christian. Smith’s six off Burmah in the penultimate over got Pune back in the contest. He had moved to 51 from 49, and it was the slowest fifty this IPL. With no Ben Stokes, Pune were batting with one less batter. That probably made Smith want to bat till the end. Tiwary’s brain-fade: Tiwary is no rookie. He was one of the big buys in the inaugural IPL. He is a domestic stalwart. He leads one of the high-profile sides in domestic cricket. He has been in the situation before. Remember, he scored 2 boundaries off Dwayne Bravo in the final over to help KKR lift their maiden IPL Trophy in 2012. This was a similar job. He started well with a smartly placed boundary, bringing the equation down to 7 off 5 balls. So far, so good: singles could have done the job at this point. Unfortunately, in a moment of madness Tiwary looked to clear the long-on only to find the patrolling Kieron Pollard. Of course, one must credit Mitchell Johnson for altering the length and not bowling too full. That was the first hammer to the nail. Smith’s freak dismissal: Seven from 4 with Smith on strike. Four out 5 times you would expect the batting side to win. Unfortunately, this was that other occasion. Smith went deep into the crease. He sliced one brilliantly over extra-cover. On another day we would have praised Smith’s batsmanship and array of strokes. Unfortunately, the flat trajectory meant that and the ball came swerving to Ambati Rayudu at sweeper cover. Rayudu, the only fielder placed outside the ring on the off-side, took it at an awkward height. Smith took the long walk back: 7 from 3, Johnson the bowler and a teenage Washington Sundar the batsman, Mumbai had sealed it there. “When you’re three down for a majority of your innings you should be winning that game. They let the rate climb, they were too cautious up front in the first 11 or 10 overs,” said Ajit Agarkar in his analysis for ESPNCricinfo. It sums up the rest. Credit to Mumbai bowlers. Credit to Rohit Sharma’s belief and leadership. Fairytales do not happen every day, I say at the risk of repeating myself. It is not wise to expect them either. Jay, Mahi, Smithy — as the meme goes — had their highs this season. But the final came as a reality check: as all we know, cricket has no place for Amarendra Baahubali. Smith is a human, as is Dhoni. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! 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IPL 2017: “Individual brilliance wins you matches, teamwork wins you championships,” says Rohit Sharma

IPL 2017: “Individual brilliance wins you matches, teamwork wins you championships,” says Rohit Sharma Rohit Sharma became the first captain to lead a side to three IPL titles © BCCIRohit Sharma laid his hands on the coveted Indian Premier League (IPL) title once again when Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by 1 run in a low-scoring affair. This was MI’s third title, but RPS, who had already beaten MI thrice in the tournament, had to settle for the second place in only their second season. Rohit, who was not particularly in good form in the tournament, believes that teamwork wins tournaments, while individual brilliance will win you just matches, and that is exactly what happened to MI this season. MI finished at top of the table in the group stages this time, just ahead of RPS. Full Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2017 Final at Hyderabad “I feel individual brilliance can win you a few games, but what is required to win a championship is team unity and team work. These are the factors which I believe personally is very critical to win a championship,” Rohit said in the post-match press conference. Rohit feels that is important to get the combinations right at the early stages of the tournament and that all three MI titles have been special for him. “All three titles are special. I personally feel it is how you prepare at the start of the tournament, getting your combinations right. I feel that is the most critical part of winning a tournament,” he said. Mitchell Johnson had 11 runs to defend in the final over of the match. Rohit praised the veteran Australian bowler for a superb performance, who finished with figures of 3 for 26 from his 4 overs. “We got some proven match-winners in our squad. Mitchell Johnson is a proven customer. He [Johnson] proved again and again playing for Australia and he has done it for Mumbai as well. He has been in that atmosphere before for us. Yes, I could happily rely on him when I needed the most. The last over was very crucial. It was fantastic to have him throughout the season,” the Mumbai skipper said. READ: IPL 2017 Final: Knew Johnson would take MI home, says Bumrah When quizzed about MI’s strategy against a set Steven Smith, Rohit said, “There was no specific strategy. We just wanted to make it difficult by not giving him [Smith] pace. What we saw, he was trying to use the pace of bowlers. That’s something me and Johnson discussed. He [Johnson] was bowling against the wind. So, we wanted Smith to hit into the wind. That will make it difficult for him.” Mumbai Indians managed to reach 129, but Rohit felt they were about 20 to 30 runs short. He also praised Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah and Krunal Pandya for their excellent performances. “Our target on this wicket was 140 to 160. 160 on this wicket probably would have been a match-winning score,” he said. “Cricket is all about experience. You will always have some experienced and proven match winners and some inexperienced in your squad. I personally felt at the start of the tournament, it’s always good to have five bowlers theory,” he said. Rohit said that thinking of becoming the Indian captain one day would be thinking “too far ahead.” READ: Parthiv credits Mitchell Johnson’s final-over heroics for Mumbai Indians’ (MI) success “It’s thinking too far ahead. I don’t think too far ahead. When the opportunity comes, it comes. I will grab it with both hands,” he said. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More IPL 2017: “Individual brilliance wins you matches, teamwork wins you championships,” says Rohit Sharma appeared first on Janta Shakti.

IPL 2017 Final: Sachin Tendulkar heaps praise on Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga after clinching...

IPL 2017 Final: Sachin Tendulkar heaps praise on Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga after clinching 3rd IPL title Lasith Malinga ended with 11 wickets in this edition © BCCIDefending a score of 129 in the final of IPL 2017, Mumbai Indians’ (MI) bowlers rose to the occasion with magnificent spells in the death overs. MI not only won by 1-run margin and broke the jinx against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) but also clinched the third IPL title. In the 17th over, it was Jasprit Bumrah who started it all with the priced wicket of MS Dhoni. It was followed by a decent final over by Lasith Malinga, who went wicketless conceding 21 run — the second best economical bowler after Karn Sharma. MI mentor Sachin Tendulkar could not thank enough the contributions of Malinga, who has been part of the side since 2009. Full Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2017 Final at Hyderabad After the conclusion of a thrilling final, Tendulkar spoke to BCCI. “He [Malinga] has done well for us for a number of years. I was so sure that he was going to do something great tonight. He might not have had a great season, but he is one guy who can change it in one over.” Tendulkar also praised the new head coach Mahela Jayawardene. Heaping praise on Jayawardene’s coaching skills, Tendulkar added, “Simply amazing. The first half wasn’t great for us. We got together during the break and Mahela gave a nice speech. We believed that we could pull this off. The fielding was great under pressure. I have always believed in the saying, once a champion, always a champion.” Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More IPL 2017 Final: Sachin Tendulkar heaps praise on Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga after clinching 3rd IPL title appeared first on Janta Shakti.

IPL 2017 Final: Steven Smith wanted to get Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) over the...

IPL 2017 Final: Steven Smith wanted to get Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) over the line, feels Ricky Ponting Steven Smith (above) was dismissed for a healthy 51, while Ricky Ponting feels that it nevertheless makes Smith and his desire to “be the man” © BCCIAlthough Mumbai Indians (MI) and their skipper Rohit Sharma were left standing tall at the end of the night of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 final, following their record third title win after conquering Steven Smith-led Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday, former MI coach Ricky Ponting felt sorry for the RPS skipper. Ponting felt that Smith could have hardly done anything more to lead his team to a possible title win. Smith was dismissed for 51 in the final over, while Ponting felt that it nevertheless makes Smith and his desire to “be the man”. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 2017 Final at Hyderabad “I actually feel a little bit sorry for him with the way that the final unfolded. You had him trying to win the game there at the end and … couldn’t get it done. You could just see with that final [over], it just sums Steve Smith up now. He wanted to be the man, he wanted to be in there at the end, he wanted to get his team across the line. Unfortunately for him, probably the best shot played in the whole the game [was the shot he went out on]; off Mitch Johnson, around the wicket, inside-out over cover, [he] picks out Ambati Rayudu on the deep cover boundary and the chance for his team to get across the line [was] slowly slipping away,” said Ponting, as reported by cricket.com.au. “You could see with his reaction when he was dismissed, he knew there was an opportunity for him to create something special for his franchise. So he’d be gutted but he should be also very proud of what he’s done. To get his team, in only their second year in the tournament, into the final was just a remarkable effort. He should be very proud. He’s had a good tournament. I love the fact he was given the captaincy as well, he’s thrived and relished that opportunity,” added Ponting. Speaking on Mitchell Johnson’s performance in the final, Ponting said, “I must admit when I saw Johnson picked for the last couple of games ahead of someone like McClenaghan, I wondered what was going on. McClenaghan and Malinga that have done exceptionally well for the last … well Malinga forever, and McClenaghan the last couple of years.” “Once the squad was put together everyone would have felt – and Mitch Johnson himself – he was going to be behind those guys in the pecking order. [But] I’m rapt for him. To have retired from cricket when he did, got an opportunity with the Perth Scorchers, did a great job with them and was one of the major reasons they won the final this year in the BBL,” he added. “To go back to the IPL, go back to a team where he’s tasted success before at the Mumbai Indians, to be the man who has to stand up and take that last over says a lot about his experience and skill. [There’s] no bigger stage to do that than a final. For Mitch, that’s the icing on the cake for him. To stand up like that and deliver when it matters most, win an IPL for his franchise is probably the reason the Mumbai Indians got him back this season,” he concluded. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More IPL 2017 Final: Steven Smith wanted to get Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) over the line, feels Ricky Ponting appeared first on Janta Shakti.

IPL 2017 Final: Knew Mitchell Johnson would take Mumbai Indians home, says Jasprit Bumrah

IPL 2017 Final: Knew Mitchell Johnson would take Mumbai Indians home, says Jasprit Bumrah Jasprit Bumrah 9Left) and Mitchell Johnson picked up 5 wickets between them in the IPL 2017 Final © BCCIJasprit Bumrah was one of the main reasons Mumbai Indians (MI) clinched Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 title. He finished as the tournament’s third highest wicket-taker with 20 scalps, behind Bhuvneshwar Kumar (26) and Jaydev Unadkat (24). Bumrah was entrusted to bowl the penultimate over of Rising Pune Supergiant’s (RPS) innings, in which he gave away 12 runs, leaving Mitchell Johnson 11 runs to defend in the final over. Bumrah, however, backed “legend” Johnson to defend the vital runs in the final over. Johnson gave away 9 runs in the final over, dismissing countryman Steven Smith for 51 and finishing with 3 wickets in the match. READ: Full Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2017 Final at Hyderabad “In the second-last over I gave a six and I was a little worried if we could still come back,” Bumrah said while speaking to BCCI. “But the way Mitchell Johnson bowled the last over was unbelievable. It is during situations like these that experience matters and it helped us. I backed Mitchell to defend it in the final over. He is a legend and you always back a legend to come good during such crunch times. He has so much of experience and has faced such situations before. I knew Mitch would get us home,” he added. Bumrah praised his side for not giving up till the end, despite setting such a low target. Bumrah said, “We wanted to keep on fighting till the end, till the last over and the last ball was bowled. You always try to back yourself to come back into the game, come what may. We were always behind the eight ball from the start but we never gave up. The way the boys bowled was excellent. It was a brilliant game. We kept on fighting and that is the mark of a champion side. We are proud of the way we played the final and this year. I am very happy.” READ: Pollard feels MI showed lot of character throughout the tournament Bumrah was happy that he was part of the IPL winning side, that too in a season where he made it to the final for the very first time. “It is a brilliant feeling to be crowned champions. This was my first final and to contribute and end up on the winning side is always brilliant.” Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More IPL 2017 Final: Knew Mitchell Johnson would take Mumbai Indians home, says Jasprit Bumrah appeared first on Janta Shakti.

IPL 2017 Final: Parthiv Patel credits Mitchell Johnson’s final-over heroics for Mumbai Indians’ (MI)...

IPL 2017 Final: Parthiv Patel credits Mitchell Johnson’s final-over heroics for Mumbai Indians’ (MI) success Mitchell Johnson bagged two consecutive wickets in the final over of the match © BCCIDespite a below par score, Mumbai Indians (MI) went the distance and defended the lowest total in Indian Premier League (IPL), to clinch the title for the third time. Playing at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Mumbai defeated Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by a thrilling 1-run margin. Mitchell Johnson was handed the ball in the final over and RPS required 11 runs to seal the deal. Many would have fancied the batting side to ease through with Manoj Tiwary and Steven Smith in the middle. However, Johnson turned the game around with consecutive wickets of Tiwary and Smith. Parthiv Patel, who was squealing to keep the morale of his teammates high, hailed Johnson for his last-over heroics. Full Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2017 Final at Hyderabad Speaking to BCCI, Parthiv explained the last over, “It was brilliant. Mitchell Johnson has been bowling really well. With a couple of wickets (Tiwary and Smith were dismissed off successive balls), the game came in our favour.” The wicketkeeper-batsman further added, “We were definitely under pressure after Tiwary had hit the first ball for four. But that is where I think experience comes in (to play).” Parthiv also insisted that 130 was a par score and the batsmen lower down the order made it up for missed out runs. Earlier this year, Parthiv lifted maiden Ranji Trophy title for Gujarat. Parthiv was also the leading run-scorer for MI as he amassed 395 runs at an average of 24.68. He was the only Mumbai batsman to find his name amongst the top 10 of the Orange Cap list. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More IPL 2017 Final: Parthiv Patel credits Mitchell Johnson’s final-over heroics for Mumbai Indians’ (MI) success appeared first on Janta Shakti.

IPL 2017: Proud of the combination Rising Pune Supergiant put together, says Stephen Fleming

IPL 2017: Proud of the combination Rising Pune Supergiant put together, says Stephen Fleming Stephen Fleming felt that the IPL 2017 final was a grand finish to a good competition © BCCIRising Pune Supergiant (RPS) painfully fell short of one run against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the final of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Having finished seventh in the previous edition, RPS took a giant stride and finished runners-up. Despite of the loss, RPS coach Stephen Fleming says that he is proud of the combination they put together in this tournament. He also went on to say that the final was a grand finish to a good competition. RPS skipper Steven Smith scored a valiant fifty, but that was not enough to take RPS over the line, as MI held their nerves and won their third IPL title. Full Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2017 Final at Hyderabad “I am very proud of the combination we put together and the campaign we ran. We would have loved to have sat here for the icing on the cake, but it does not change the feelings about the work that we put in during the year to get to this point,” Fleming said, in the post-match press conference. “We knew that it was going to be tough. We knew their bowling attack was top class. We lost wickets at key times. They just hung, hung in and created enough pressure to get across the line but it was just a great final. A grand finish to a good competition,” he added. Fleming believes, had Smith stayed at the crease till the end, the story could have been different. “Steve Smith came very close to winning it in the last overs and it could have been a much different story. But that was the nature of the game. It was very ebb and flow on what was quite a tough wicket to score on,” the former New Zealand skipper said. READ: Steven Smith says RPS defeat to MI hard to swallow “We lost wickets, or they bowled a good over. It was never going to be a wicket where they could blast your way through. When we played against Hyderabad, we found that as well. Just batting deep was the best opportunity and we could not get over,” he added. Speaking about RPS’ future in the IPL, Fleming said, “We concentrated on getting this game through and finishing as well as we could and then whatever happens after this, I am not sure anyone knows to be honest. It was purely what we could control.” Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More IPL 2017: Proud of the combination Rising Pune Supergiant put together, says Stephen Fleming appeared first on Janta Shakti.

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Umar Amin or Haris Sohail to replace Umar Akmal for...

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Umar Amin or Haris Sohail to replace Umar Akmal for Pakistan, says Inzamam-ul-Haq “Umar Amin (left) and Haris Sohail have performed well in the domestic circuit and that is why their names are under consideration to replace Umar Akmal,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said © Getty Images (File Photo)Karachi: Inzamam-ul-Haq, chief selector of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has revealed that left-handed batsmen Umar Amin and Haris Sohail are under consideration to replace middle-order batsman Umar Akmal in the national squad for the Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales. Earlier, Akmal was recalled from England and has been removed from the Champions Trophy after he failed to clear two fitness tests during the eight-team tournament’s preparation camp in Birmingham. “Umar was not able to pass two fitness tests so he is being sent back from England. He needs to focus more on his fitness now,” the Express Tribune quoted Inzamam as saying. ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Umar Akmal to return home after failing two fitness tests Reflecting on his replacement, Inzamam said that Amin and Haris had performed well in the domestic circuit and that they are most likely to replace Akmal in the squad. “Amin and Haris have performed well in the domestic circuit and that is why their names are under consideration to replace Umar,” Inzamam said. The Men in Green will begin their campaign when they lock horns with arch-rivals India in their first match of the Champions Trophy on June 4 in Birmingham, England. Pakistan suffered a jolt even before they could begin their campaign in England for the ICC Champions Trophy, as experienced batsman Umar Akmal was asked to return home after he failed in as many as two fitness tests. Akmal had made his comeback to the Pakistan side for the Champions Trophy, as he was not a part of their tour of West Indies. Pakistan are placed in Group B in the tournament to be played in England and Wales, and their opening contest will be against their arch rivals India, on June 4 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Umar Amin or Haris Sohail to replace Umar Akmal for Pakistan, says Inzamam-ul-Haq appeared first on Janta Shakti.

Rohit Sharma’s Midas touch in IPL finals and other stats in statistical preview from...

Rohit Sharma’s Midas touch in IPL finals and other stats in statistical preview from Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Mumbai Indians (MI) clash This is the 1st time two teams of the same state will be clashing in an IPL final © AFP7th time MS Dhoni will be the part of an Indian Premier League (IPL) final out of 10 editions, the most by any player in the tournament. He represented Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in his previous 6 finals; this time he will take field for Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS).This will be also the first time when Dhoni will play final of IPL as a player, not as captain. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Mumbai Indians (MI) – Final 4th time Rohit Sharma will feature in an IPL final. He had been there for Deccan Chargers (DC) in 2009 and Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2013, 2015 and 2017. In terms of being the part of the squad of a final in consecutive seasons, the record stays with Wriddhiman Saha: he was a member of CSK in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in 2014. 4th IPL final for MI, the 2nd-most by a single team after CSK, who have reached the final in 6 editions. One must remember that CSK have played only 8 editions of the tournament and MI 10. 0 finals lost by any team with Rohit in their side. Rohit has played 3 IPL finals so far (2009 for DC, 2013 and 2015 for MI) and has been in the winning side on all 3 occasions. No player has been the part of 4 IPL-winning sides. 3rd time Rohit will be playing IPL final as captain, the 2nd-most by any skipper in the tournament’s history after Dhoni (6). 4th clash of MI and RPS in 2017, the most between any teams in this season. This will be the 5th instance of two teams playing 4 times in an IPL season. The previous instances happened between CSK and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2011, CSK and MI in 2013 and 2015 and KXIP and KKR in 2014. 6 T20 final wins for both Dhoni and Rohit so far. Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin have also won four each. Dhoni was a part of these the winning sides in 2007 World T20, 2010 and 2011 IPL, 2010-11 and 2014-15 CLT20 and 2015-16Asia Cup T20. Rohit has won 2007 World T20, 2009, 2013 and 2015 IPL, 2013-14 CLT20 and 2015-16 Asia Cup T20. Either Dhoni or Rohit will move ahead to 7 wins after Sunday’s match. 4 overseas captains have led an IPL side in the final: Shane Warne for RR in 2008, Adam Gilchrist for DC in 2009, George Bailey for KXIP in 2014 and David Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Steven Smith will become the 5th captain to achieve this feat. Interestingly, all have been Australians. 0 number of times table topper won the title when they had to play Qualifier 2. The playoffs were introduced in 2011. In 5 out of 6 times the table toppers had lost Qualifier 1 and played Qualifier 2; they then either lost Qualifier 2 or the final. In fact, only once has a Qualifier 2 winner won the IPL. That happened in 2017, when SRH beat RCB in the final. Table topper Season Qualifier 2 Final RCB 2011 Beat MI by 43 runs Lost to CSK by 58 runs DD 2012 Lost to CSK by 86 runs Lost to KKR by 5 wickets CSK 2013 Won Qualifier 1; did not play Q2 Lost to MI by 23 runs KXIP 2014 Beat CSK by 24 runs Lost to KKR by 3 wickets CSK 2015 Beat RCB by 3 wickets Lost to MI by 41 runs GL 2016 Lost to SRH by 4 wickets SRH beat RCB by 8 runs Note: MI are also the only team to win an IPL title after losing Qualifier 1, in 2013. Will they be able to do it again this time? 3 teams to have won IPL title in their first attempt in final — Rajasthan Royals (RR) in 2008, DC in 2009 and KKR in 2012. This is the first IPL final for RPS. They are the 9th team in the history of tournament to play the final after RR (2008), CSK (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015), DC (2009), RCB (2009, 2011, 2016), MI (2010, 2013, 2015), KKR (2012, 2014), KXIP (2014) and SRH (2016). If they win the final RPS they will become the 4th team to clinch the title in first attempt in final. 1 instance of team defeating their opponent in the final match of the season after losing 3 in the same season. KKR beat KXIP in the 2014 final after losing thrice in the same season. MI have been also beaten by RPS thrice in this season. If MI win they will do an encore of what KKR did in 2014. On the other hand, if RPS win, they will be the first side to register 4 victories against one team in the same season. 8.48 average scoring rate at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal while batting first; this is more than 8.13 by sides batting second in this IPL. Teams batting first have won 5 times here while sides chasing have won 2. The average score at Bengaluru batting first is 170 and for batting second it is 163. 1st time two teams of the same state clashing in an IPL final — MI and RPS. Both are part of Maharashtra state in the country. Of course, no other state has two IPL teams. 50.63 batting average of Rohit at Uppal, the 2nd-best for him at any venue with a 3-match cut-off after Eden Gardens (418 at 52.25). Rohit has scored 405 runs from 12 innings here. 1 catch needed for Rohit to complete 50 catches for MI in IPL. He has taken 71 catches in IPL. 48.33 batting average of Smith against MI in IPL, 2nd-best for him against any opponent with a 3-match cut-off after DD (99 runs from 8 matches at 49.5). Smith has scored 290 runs against MI from 9 matches at a strike-rate of 143.6. 3 wickets needed for Harbhajan to reach 150-wicket mark in T20s for MI. He has currently 147 wickets for MI in T20s — 127 in IPL and 20 in CLT20. He will become the first Indian to achieve this feat and second overall after Malinga (178 for MI in T20s). 19.4 batting average of Dhoni at Hyderabad in IPL, his worst at any venue with 5-match cut-off. He has scored 97 runs from 5 matches here. 6 times sides batting first in the final have won the title, while only 3 teams have chased successfully. The average score for sides batting first in finals is 181, while for chasing side is 165. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Rohit Sharma’s Midas touch in IPL finals and other stats in statistical preview from Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Mumbai Indians (MI) clash appeared first on Janta Shakti.

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However, to Pune’s advantage, they have completed a hat-trick of wins against the most balanced unit in the tournament. MI start favourites against a Ben Stokes-less RPS side but haven’t we said this before… Head-to-head For some inexplicable reasons, Mumbai have failed to crack the Pune code. Or it may be the case that Pune had reserved their best against their neighbours. RPS have won four out of the five games against MI thus far. RPS finished seventh in the last edition thanks to MS Dhoni-six off the last ball, which prevented them the last spot. Having won one out of their first four matches this season, they bagged nine wins from their next 11 encounters. “You really need to peak at the right time in tournaments like this,” RPS skipper Steven Smith is spot on. News from the centre Hyderabad has dished out batting-friendly surfaces this year with 170 being the average. Win toss and bat first may not be wrong move here. In this season, five out of seven times the team batting first has won the contest here. Ben Stokes, the highest-paid overseas player ever in IPL, played a crucial role in RPS’ qualification to the playoffs, from where they took a shorter route to the summit clash. Stokes’ absence will continue to hurt RPS and the decision they will need to ponder over is the replacement. Should they continue with Lockie Ferguson’s extra pace or strengthen the batting with Usman Khawaja? Mumbai too, have enough to worry about. Lendl Simmons has not really fired and therefore Jos Buttler will be missed. It would not be an unwise decision to have Rohit Sharma open the innings with Nitish Rana coming back in the middle-order. Play three overseas players if need be. Also, there will be a dilemma between the choosing of the Mitchells. Mitchell McClenaghan’s injury has been an opening for Mitchell Johnson, who has done reasonably well as a replacement. So who to go for will be a question MI will be scratching their head over? Likely XIs Karn Sharma’s match-winning feat in Qualifier 2 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will see him earn a spot ahead of the veteran Harbhajan Singh. Also to Karn’s advantage, he knows the venue well having previously played for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Asela Gunaratne could have added more to MI’s batting armoury but an IPL finale might not be the right spot to hand someone debut. Johnson should only play if McClenaghan continues to remain unfit. Mumbai Indians Probable XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Nitish Rana, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Karn Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah RPS will not want to tinker with their winning combination that upset MI at Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday. However, they are a batsman short and the onus lies on the top four (Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane, Smith and Manoj Tiwary) to provide the stability in the middle. Meanwhile, this will be a big game for Adam Zampa, who has the massive boots of Imran Tahir to fill in. Not very far from Hyderabad, in Visakhapatnam, Zampa had claimed a six-for last season. Rising Pune Supergiant XI: Rahul Tripathi, AjinkyaRahane, Steven Smith (c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni (wk), Dan Christian, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa Key Clashes MS Dhoni vs Rohit Sharma: This is Rohit’s fourth IPL final, while Dhoni’s seventh. In fact, every time Mumbai have played an IPL final they have found Dhoni in the opponent. Rohit has won three IPL as a player, two for MI. This is Dhoni’s chance to equalise Rohit. Jaydev Unadkat vs Hardik Pandya: Hardik Pandya has been sensational at the end. Meanwhile, Unadkat will be bowling a few at the death. Can Hardik meet out a treatment to Unadkat that he dished out to Ashok Dinda? If Unadkat bags another five-for, the Purple Cap will be his. Manoj Tiwary vs Karn Sharma and Krunal Pandya: Tiwary was guilty of slowing things down in the previous game, especially against the MI spinners. He did score a crucial fifty but this time around, he will have to step up against the street-smart MI spinners. While Karn has kept Harbhajan out of MI XI, Tiwary has been one of the most consistent performers for RPS. However, against Krunal his strike rate this season is a low 83. Washington Sundar vs Ambati Rayudu: The 17-year-old off-spinner foxed the experienced Rayudu in the Qualifier 1 as the latter departed for a duck. Expect a vengeance time. Steven Smith vs Jasprit Bumrah: Bumrah is amongst the smartest bowlers in limited-overs cricket. He has bowled the most in the last five overs this season. He excelled in Super-Over. His 3-1-7-3 against KKR in the second qualifier swung things in MI’s favour. Smith meanwhile is one of the finest batters in the world. How they counter each other will determine a chunk of this contest. Ajinkya Rahane vs Mumbai Indians: Yes. Rahane may not have scored the desired runs this season (338 at 24.14 and SR of 118.6) but against MI he has a knack of picking up his game. He has already scored two fifties against MI this season. His overall numbers against MI reads — 224 runs at an average of 56 and a strike rate of 143.6. Pune, whose two-year run along with Gujarat Lions (GL) ends this season, may well play their last game in IPL. They were denied an extension by the governing council early this month. We do not know what will happen to the team once Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) return but this is their chance to create history. For Mumbai, if they bag this crown, they will eclipse KKR and CSK and end up being the only side with three titles to their name. Squad Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Krishnappa Gowtham (wk), Ambati Rayudu (wk), Lendl Simmons (wk), Kulwant Khejroliya, Karn Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Asela Gunaratne, Mitchell Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Shreyas Gopal, Siddhesh Lad, Vinay Kumar, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Tim Southee, Lasith Malinga, Jagadeesha Suchith, NitishRana, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia Rising Pune Supergiant: Steven Smith (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Ankit Sharma, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Daniel Christian, Rahul Chahar, Ashok Dinda, Lockie Ferguson, Usman Khawaja, Jaskaran Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tondon, Manoj Tiwary, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa TIME: 14.30 GMT | 20.00 IST Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 2017 Final, preview and likely XIs: Hyderabad gears up for the Maratha war appeared first on Janta Shakti.

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