IPL Final 2017, MI vs RPS: Mumbai Indians defeated Rising Pune Supergiant by 1 run.
What a game of cricket it was! Who would have thought that Mumbai Indians would be able to defend that total but that’s how you become champion, by doing the unthinkable. The bowlers made up for batsmen’s mistakes. Jasprit Bumrah was sensational and so was Lasith Malinga. Mitchell Johnson held his nerve at the right time and produced a superb last over too. Pune would be very disappointed. They did well with the ball but the batsmen failed to make use of that. Smith would be disappoined.
That’s a wrap for this season. The league will be back next season but for now the focus shifts to the ICC Champions Trophy which starts on June 1.
Here’s a look at the IPL Trophy:
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Here are highlights from MI vs RPS IPL Final 2017:
11:45 PM: That’s it! Heartbreak for Rising Pune Supergiant, celebrations for Mumbai Indians. They are the new champions, the third title for them, fourth for Rohit Sharma.
11:41 PM: A tough chance, dropped by Hardik Pandya, 4 needed from 1 ball.
11:40 PM: Christian steals the single, it’s between the two Aussies now. It’s Dan Christian vs Mitchell Johnson, 6 needed from 2 balls.
11:37 PM: OUT! Incredible stuff! Johnson gets rid of Smith, Mumbai back in the game. 7 needed from 3 balls. Washington Sundar is the new man in.
11:35 PM: OUT! Another twist! Manoj Tiwary caught by Pollard! He departs for 7. Dan Christian is the new man in.
11:34 PM: FOUR! from the first ball! Manoj Tiwary does the trick for this side. 7 runs needed off 5 balls, Johnson under immense pressure.
11:30 PM: SIX! Out of the park! Smith smashes Bumrah for a big one and what a time to hit it! Follows it with two more.
11:27 PM: 22 needed in 11 balls and Bumrah has the ball in his hand. He is doing a fantastic job for the side.
11:24 PM: Steve Smith gets it away, flicks it past the fine leg fielder, FOUR! Pune needed it.
11:23 PM: Another dot ball! 28 needed in 14 balls. That would make Smith nervous.
11:22 PM: Just 2 runs from the first 3 balls. Superb stuff from Malinga. Someone needs to clear the boundary here.
11:20 PM: Smith on strike and it’s a dot ball. That’s Malinga for you, calm even at this stage of the game.
11:18 PM: Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah will bowl one over each. It won’t be easy for Pune from here.
11:17 PM: Huge shout from Bumrah but the umpire says no. Manoj Tiwary survives. Brilliant over, just 3 from it. 3o runs needed from last 3 overs.
11:15 PM: OUT! MS Dhoni goes, caught by Parthiv Patel and it’s Jasprit Bumrah who struck again. Mumbai back in the game? Is this the wicket?
11:12 PM: Jasprit Bumrah to bowl the 17th. Single from the first ball.
11:10 PM: SIX! And, what a time to hit it! Steve Smith rises to the occasion and smashed it over the third man. Pune on top now.
11:06 PM: Krunal Pandya will bowl the 16th over. This can be a huge moment in the game. He starts with a single.
11:05 PM: Rising Pune Supergiant – 83/2 (15 overs)
MS Dhoni – 4 (9)
Steven Smith – 25 (35)
11:01 PM: How did that miss the stump? Close survival for Steve Smith. Two of the last ball, 47 needed from last 5.
10:59 PM: Steve Smith is trying hard to increase the scoring rate but he is not middling the ball. 51 runs needed in 34 balls.
10:57 PM: Lasith Malinga comes back into the attack. The last couple of overs has been good for the Mumbai Indians which means the required run rate is reaching 9.
10:55 PM: Huge shout from Parthiv Patel, umpire says not out and Steve Smith stays in. Meanwhile, reel Dhoni, Sushant Singh Rajput is in the stadium.
10:53 PM: Krunal Pandya comes into the attack. 57 runs needed in 42 balls.
10:50 PM: So it’s down to this partnership to finish the job. One, the former captain removed from his post and the other, the current captain who changed the fortunes of the team.
10:48 PM: MS Dhoni is the new man in and what a reception he got. The former Indian captain is playing in his 7th final.
10:46 PM: OUT! Rahane goes for 44. Pollard pulls off a stunner. Mumbai Indians needed something special to make a comeback and who else than the big man himself.
10:43 PM: FOUR! Steve Smith cuts and cuts hard. Fifty partnership between the two batsmen and it took them 54 balls to reach there.
10:41 PM: Rising Pune Supergiant – 64/1 (11)
Steve Smith – 13 (22)
Ajinkya Rahane – 43 (36)
10:40 PM: FOUR! poor from Lendl Simmons, they can’t afford to give such easy runs. Rahane moves to 41.
10:36 PM: FOUR! A poor delivery from Mitchell Johnson and all Rahane had to do was guide it to the boundary rope.
10:35 PM: The required run rate is now over 7 and its not been easy to score against slower bowlers. But, Rohit Sharma doesn’t have too many spinning options.
10:32 PM: A half chance there, didn’t reach Karn Sharma but the good thing for Mumbai is that they haven’t really allowed the opposition to run away with the game.
10:28 PM: Rahane and Smith are in no hurry at the moment. They are dealing in singles and moving the scoreboard with ease. Mumbai needs to do something out of the box.
Watch this run out by Steve Smith earlier in the day:
10:25 PM: Rising Pune Supergiant – 43/1 (7)
Steve Smith – 8 (14)
Ajinkya Rahane – 26 (20)
10:24 PM: Steve Smith is now the 5th leading run scorer of this season. What a leader he has proved out to be for the Rising Pune Supergiant.
10:21 PM: Pune haven’t made the best use of the powerplay either but the scoreboard reads 38 for 1 at the end of 6th over. Steve Smith would be really happy that.
10:18 PM: Tension in the Mumbai dugout and understandably so. On the other hand, two of the most calm and composed players are at the crease for Pune.
10:14 PM: FOUR! Beautifully played by Rahane. Good effort by Hardik Pandya in the field but couldn’t stop that one.
10:12 PM: Rising Pune Supergiant – 23/1 (4)
Steve Smith – 2 (5)
Ajinkya Rahane – 14 (11)
10:10 PM: OH dear! Did Krunal Pandya drop the match there! It was an easy catch and he allowed it to slip. Rahane survives and Mumbai Indians is so disappointed.
10:07 PM: Lasith Malinga comes into the attack. So, Rohit Sharma is going all guns blazing. Steve Smith joins Rahane at the crease.
10:03 PM: OUT! The fingers goes up and Bumrah strikes for Mumbai Indians. Rahul Tripathi departs for 3.
10:00 PM: FOUR!! Another over ends with a boundary, Pune 14/0 after 2 overs. They would consider it as a good start given the target.
9:56 PM: FOUR! Rahane ends the over in style, Pune 6 without loss after 1.
9:52 PM: The Pune openers are out in the middle and this is going to be a tricky run chase. Ajinkya Rahane is out in the middle with Rahul Tripathi.
9:40 PM: That’s it! The target for Pune is 130 runs. Krunal Pandya got out for 47 runs off the last ball of the innings. He played a good hand but will it enough!
9:35 PM: SIX! HUGE from Krunal Pandya! This is going to hurt Pune later. He is playing a super knock.
9:34 PM: FOUR! Pandya gets that away, in the gap and four. The score is past 120 now. Christian follows it with a wide, pressure building up.
9:33 PM: Christian will bowl the final over, Johnson on strike.
9:30 PM: SIX! Pandya times this one well and clears the boundary rope with ease. Mumbai needed that badly, the score is 115 after 19 overs.
Good start from Unadkat, just 3 from first 4 balls.
9:29 PM: So, final 12 deliveries, how many can Mumbai Indians score? All depends on how many balls Krunal Pandya gets to play.
9:27 PM: SIX! Mitchell Johnson in action for Mumbai Indians. He can hit some biggies and his side needs him to do that tonight.
9:20 PM: Everything is going Pune’s way tonight. The score is now 90/7 after 16.5 overs. Krunal Pandya needs to make the best of last 19 balls.
9:12 PM: This isn’t going the way Rohit Sharma would have expected. This is when you ask questions like why was Nitish Rana dropped from the playing XI?
9:06 PM: OUT! Karn Sharma goes for 1. Another piece of brilliant fielding and another one down for Mumbai. Pune can smell victory here.
9:04 PM: Mumbai Indians – 79/6 (14 overs)
Karn Sharma – 1 (4)
Krunal Pandya – 15 (17)
9:00 PM: Dan Christian is into the attack for the first time. And, he strikes as well. Hardik Pandya goes. Pandya missed and Christian struck. That’s the value of bowling wicket to wicket.
8:58 PM: SIX! Classic! from Hardik Pandya, inside-out with spin, he cleared the rope with ease.
8:55 PM: So, it’s down to the Pandya brothers now. Hardik joins Krunal at the crease.
8:53 PM: OUT! Pollard caught on the boundary rope. Half of the Mumbai side is back in the dugout. He goes for just 7, brilliant captaincy by Smith.
8:51 PM: Kieron Pollard is the new batsman in. SIX! He clears the rope, what a way to start the inning.
8:47 PM: In the air! GONE! Huge wicket! Rohit Sharma goes! He leaves for 24. That was a superb catch by Shardul Thakur at the boundary. Adam Zampa gets the big wicket.
8:46 PM: Mumbai Indians – 56/3 (10 overs)
Krunal Pandya – 10 (10)
Rohit Sharma – 24 (1)
8:45 PM: Spin from both ends now. Not too often in this tournament have Washington Sundar and Adam Zampa bowled together.
8:39 PM: What Mumbai need at this moment is a good partnership. If these two can take the match into final 5 overs then with hitters like Pollard and Pandya, Mumbai can easily score over 160.
8:35 PM: Krunal Pandya joins the captain. There was another chance of a run out. What is Mumbai Indians doing!
8:32 PM: Direct Hit! Brilliant from Steve Smith, Rayudu is gone. He has batting so well but that was extra-ordinary from the RPS captain. Rayudu scored 12, Mumbai in trouble again.
8:28 PM: Ambati Rayudu joins the party. Cuts Zampa for a four. Mumbai is dealing in boundaries now.
8:27 PM:16 off the over, Mumbai Indians have doubled their powerplay score. That’s how T20 cricket works. One good over can change the momentum of the game.
8:26 PM: Edged! Another FOUR! That’s third in the over, Mumbai is getting a move on. They need more of these at this stage.
8:25 PM: Flicked, another four! This time on the on-side. Mumbai Indians skipper is looking in good touch.
8:23 PM: FOUR! Finally, we have a boundary and it came from the blade of Rohit Sharma. He welcomes Ferguson in style.
8:20 PM: The two most experienced batsmen of the side are at the crease. Both of them struggled in this season but this might be their night. They need to step up tonight.
8:18 PM: Mumbai Indians – 11/2 (4 overs)
Ambati Rayudu – *2 (5)
Rohit Sharma – 2 (5)
8:15 PM: Ambati Rayudu is the new man in. We are in the 4th over and the ball hasn’t reached the boundary rope yet.
8:12 PM: Brilliant! What a catch from Unadkat, he gets rid of Lendl Simmons as well. Mumbai Indians 9 for 2 at the end of 3rd over.
8:08 PM: OUT! Caught! Shardul Thakur takes a good catch and Parthiv Patel goes for just 4. Poor start for Mumbai Indias, their leading run-scorer departs.
8:06 PM: Some good piece of fielding to begin with as well. Mumbai Indians have scored just 7 runs in the first two overs.
Parthiv Patel – *4 (5)
Lendl Simmons – 3 (7)
8:02 PM: A good start for the Rising Pune Supergiant, just 3 runs of the first over. Washington Sundar will bowl the next over.
8:00 PM: Mumbai Indians have started their innings. Parthiv Patel is out in the middle with Lendl Simmons and Jaydev Unadkat has the new ball.
7:35 PM: The big news is that Harbhajan Singh is not playing in this important match. He has been left out of the playing XI along with Nitish Rana who looked very promising at the start.
7:32 PM: Here are the playing XIs:
Rising Pune Supergiant – Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni(w), Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa
Mumbai Indians – Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel(w), Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma(c), Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
7:28 PM: Rohit Sharma wins toss, elects to bat first. An interesting decision that, most captains have preferred to chase in this tournament. Gives Dhoni a chance to finish the game?
7:22 PM: Manoj Tiwary says he is very excited about this final. He added that last time he played an IPL final, he scored the winning runs and would like to do the same this as well.
Teams finishing 1st & 2nd in league playing finals:
RCB v CSK, 2011
CSK v MI, 2013
KXIP v KKR, 2014
CSK v MI, 2015
MI v RPS, 2017#IPLfinal
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7:10 PM: “There’s no secret, I’m still learning,” says Jasprit Bumrah ahead of the important match. He looks confident about Mumbai Indians chances.
7:02 PM: It has been a team effort for the Mumbai Indians so far. Players like Hardik Pandya, Parthiv Patel, Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard and Karn Sharma and Mitchell McClenaghan have stepped up at the right time and turned the game in team’s favour.
6:40 PM: Another fact that goes in Pune’s favour. So far, four times two top ranked teams from league table have come head to head in the final and on all four instances, the team ranked second went on to win.
6:30 PM: If Mumbai Indians wins this match, it will become the first team in the history of IPL to win three titles, a record to be proud of. However, they have been defeated by RPS three times in this season already and they will certainly play in players’ minds. Rohit Sharma would be hoping for a better performance from his top-order batsmen. Rayudu’s failure in last two games could tempt him to bring back Nitish Rana in the playing XI while it will be interesting to see if Harbhajan Singh makes the cut.
On the other hand, Pune looks like a very confident unit and would be fresh after a small break. The onus of scoring runs will once again be on the three big names: Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith and MS Dhoni but Mumbai would be aware of what Manoj Tiwary can do as well. As far as bowling is considered an improved Jaydev Unadkat holds the key for Pune.
6:20 PM: The stats are certainly in Pune’s favour. Not only has RPS defeated Mumbai three times this season but is the only visiting team to win a match in Hyderabad this season in IPL.
6:10 PM: “Like Mahela said, we have not had great history against Pune. They have been playing some really good cricket throughout the tournament. It’s just that we were not good on those days. That’s probably the reasons we lost the game,” Mumbai’s inspirational captain Rohit Sharma said.
5:55 PM: “Obviously, we can take a little bit of confidence from that. In the end, finals cricket is finals cricket and it comes down to that game and who plays best on that day,” Smith said before the match.
Here’s what Mahela Jayawardene had to say before the match:
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, A Gunarathna , K Khejroliya, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, J Suchith, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Jithesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia.
Rising Pune Supergiant: Steve Smith (captain), MS Dhoni, Mayank Agarwal, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Ankit Sharma, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Daniel Christian, Rahul Chahar, Ashok Dinda, Faf du Plessis, Lockie Ferguson. Usman Khawaja, Jaskaran Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Ben Stokes, Milind Tondon, Manoj Tiwary, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa, Imran Tahir.