IPL 2017 Final, Rising Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians

Rahul Tripathi

Two-time champions Mumbai now meet the Rising Pune Supergiants, coached by former Black Caps skipper Stephen Fleming, in the final on Sunday (Monday NZT).

In the Qualifier 1 it was Sundar, who dismantled Mumbai's top-order to give Pune an early advantage. So, would Pune be fourth time lucky tonight? From the bowling perspective, Jaydev Unadkat is in a great form.

The venue also throws up some interesting facts. A master strategist and one of the best cricketer of the modern era, our cricket board should utilize his services as coach once he hangs his boots. The Australian would surely love to fall back on history. Captain Rohit himself, along with Parthiv Patel, Ambati Rayudu, Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard are big threats with the bat. MI have lost three consecutive games against Steve Smith's team and will be desperate to break the losing streak.

All of a sudden, the Mumbai bowlers seemed to find their line and length and run-scoring became tight.

Because of the Karn Sharma's decent performance, he may play in the final match.

Mumbai's economy in the Powerplay, the best for any team this season.

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. Hardik Pandya has the highest number of runs scored in an over, 28, in the tournament.

Pandya Brothers - The Pandya Brothers will have an important role to play in this final.

Spinner Karn returned 4-16 from four overs, while Bumrah claimed 3-7 from three as the Knight Riders failed to build any momentum.

For Pune, it's been everyone's a hero game so far.

For Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it was yet another final that ended in a defeat - fifth in seven summit clashes. Now, we would have to wait and see who lifts the trophy this season but surely RPS would be clear favourites in the final. He'd be keen to take something out of his Indian summer sojourn and will be eyeing that shiny Cup to sip champagne from.

The only Kiwi involvement in the match came through allrounder Colin de Grandhomme, who made a golden duck in Kolkata's dismal innings.

But the team showed in the first qualifier against Mumbai that it is not a one-man army after young spinner Washington Sundar turned out to be the unlikely hero with his match-winning haul of three wickets.