MI vs RPS IPL 2017 Final live: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
It is live at 8pm on May 21st
Fans can view on Hotstar live, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Max.
Going through the season
We had 8 teams play 14 matches each, 7 at home and 7 away. We have seen emerging players as well as experienced players show their class, we have also seen the ups and downs this IPL season.
New Delhi: Friday’s showdown at M Chinaswamy stadium confirmed Mumbai Indians as the second finalists, with the other being Rising Pune Supergiant, of the Indian Premier League 2017. The latter had defeated the former three nights earlier in the Qualifier 1 to blaze into their maiden final.
Both the teams sure survived tough journeys before earning their respective rights to fight for the coveted title in the world’s premier T20 tournament. One month and three weeks of action-packed tournament comes down to Sunday’s final, where the two Maharashtrian sides will face off for the fourth time this season.
And here is a glimpse of their top moments, their top players and their road to the finale…
Rising Pune Supergiant
Termed as the ‘Underdogs’, the team made ample headlines post IPL auction. On paper they were truly the Giants, but all were overshadowed after the announcement of MS Dhoni being removed as the captain.
Under the new skipper, Steve Smith, RPS faltered in the initial matches, but soon took off after their thumping win over Mumbai Indians at home. From out of nowhere, the Pune-based franchise slowly and silently crawled up the ladder. In the end, they settled for the second spot after defeating Kings XI Punjab in a virtual quarter-final.
Best batsman: Rahul Tripathi – 388 runs from 13 matches with an average of 29.84
Best Bowler: Jaydev Unadkat – 22 wickets from 11 matches with an economy of 7.24
The usual slow starters were on a roller-coaster ride right from the start this season, with victories coming like easy boundaries, until they bumped into RPS. And it has once again come back to the same hurdle as Mumbai aim to leap over the hurdle.
Best batsman: Parthiv Patel – 391 runs off 15 matches with an average of 26.06
Best bowler: Mitchell McClenaghan – 19 wickets off 14 matches with an economy of 9.38
Top 5 run getters
- David Warner 641 runs
- Shikhar Dhawan 479 runs
- Suresh Raina 442runs
- Steve Smith 420 runs
- Gautam Gambhir 486 runs
Top 5 wicket takers
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar -26
- Jayadev Unadkat -22
- Bumrah – 18
- Imran Tahir -18