Indian premier league 2017 is nearing its end and the final is between the top two teams of the league. This is the fifth time when the table toppers are against each other in the final. Last time, when this happened team at the second spot won the match. Mumbai Indians have already proved that they are the best team in the history of Indian premier league by winning the most number of matches. The record of reaching 3 times final in last five years also state the same. Mumbai Indians will be keen to lift the trophy a third time and prove the statement of being the best team right. Pune on the other hand have completely outplayed from their previous year juncture. The team under the leadership of Steven Smith have reached the finals claiming victories with the performance of their young team. Three times they were against Mumbai Indians this season and in all the three times, they have come out victorious. The major thing which have won Pune Supergiant matches is their bowling. With the addition of Washington Sundar and Jaydev unadkat, their bowling have been definitely above par. Rising Pune Supergiant will have the chance to play the only final as from next edition, this team will not be participated. The Maharashtra derby will have many things at stake, Rising Pune Supergiant will be keen to prove their worths while Mumbai Indians would be eager to be crowned as champions for the third time creating history.
History between the sides: this will be the sixth encounter between the two sides. Rising Pune Supergiant have an advantage of winning four out of five games. They have won all the three games in this season including the qualifier against Mumbai Indians.
Rising Pune Supergiant: they are unlikely to make any changes to the squad which won them qualifier against Mumbai Indians unless a forced one. The franchise would be very happy with Rahane back in form and Sundar bowling heroics. Batting would be dependent mainly on Smith, Tripathi and Rahane.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, MS Dhoni, Manoj Tiwary, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev unadkat, Adam Zampa.
Mumbai Indians: Krunal Pandya hurt himself a bit in the last game against Kolkata Knight Riders but Rohit Sharma said he was fine. If unfit either Harbhajan Singh or Nitish Rana could take his place in the playing eleven. Mitchell McCLengan fitness is also in doubt which means that Mumbai Indians can again go with Mitchell Johnson.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel, Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu/Nitish Rana, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Karn Sharma, Mitchell McCLengan/Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.
Players in the Spotlight:
Washington Sundar: with 3 scalps against the same opponent, Sundar turned the qualifier completely towards Rising Pune Supergiant. His bowling will be key for Supergiant against Mumbai Indians in the final.
Parthiv Patel: the underrated, lone warrior of Mumbai Indians in the qualifier. This season is his best season as a batsman and Mumbai Indians would love him to score few more runs to get the trophy of Indian premier league.
What: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Mumbai Indians, Final, 21st May 20:00 IST
Where: Rajiv Gandhi international stadium, Hyderabad
What to expect: there is no forecast of rain and if any a rest day will ensure full day of play. Pitch had enough time to get back to itself and will act like a batting one. Temperature of around thirties expected in the final.
Toss Prediction: team winning the toss will definitely choose to field first as chasing will be suitable to Hyderabad pitch.
Match Prediction: Rising Pune Supergiant are in the peak of their form and have won all the three matches against Mumbai Indians but Mumbai Indians have more chances to clinch the trophy once more.