Mumbai Indians VS Rising Pune Supergiants
The Indian Premier League finale will see Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants face off at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on 21st May on Sunday at 08:00 IST. Mumbai Indians have won the coveted title on two occasions while Pune will try their might to win their maiden crown after putting up consistent team performances over the course of one and half month. After 59 games, it will be decided as to who becomes the champion for the tenth edition of the League.
Rohit Sharma will be confident of taking his side to a record-breaking third title after been there on two occasions before. He just needs to produce big runs in the game that matters the most. He will try to execute his best performance as his previous won’t matter much if he goes big in this one. Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya will also be crucial to the side’s chances as brothers will have to produce their best for one last time to take Mumbai past Pune in this all grand finale.
Pune will be not shy of saying that they have got the wood over Mumbai this season having beaten not just once but thrice in a single season. Will it fourth time charm for Pune to lift the title it remains to be seen as Mumbai will try to make amends for their mistakes done in the previous clashes against their Maharashtra Rivals. MS Dhoni will bring knowledge and experience for the side as he has played the most finals as a player in the Indian Premier League. Ben Stokes is not there but they did not miss him much as Ajinkya Rahane and Dhoni fired with the bat to see Pune edge past Mumbai by 20 runs. The top order with Rahane, Tripathi and Smith will be key for Pune as they get big scores, the side could well go on to lift their first trophy in the competition.
Rohit Sharma has players in the lineup that has played won big finals in the Indian Premier League. Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu will miss the match for Mumbai while Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga must bring their A-game to the table.
Players to watch out for
Rohit Sharma is the captain for Mumbai but we can safely say he might bat at no.3 to make sure his team gets good score on the board. Sharma has been inconsistent but one sublime innings will correct every bad innings played this season.
Steven Smith is Rising Pune leader as Australian will all be geared up to put up his best with the bat. He has made pretty 30s but has yet to produce match winning performance with the bat.
Head to Head record: 5 games played between Mumbai and Pune out of which 4 have been won by Pune.
Average 1st innings score: 156
Average 2nd Innings score: 147
Prediction: Pune to win the toss and bat first.