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Mumbai pip Pune in thriller to win third IPL title

Mumbai pip Pune in thriller to win third IPL title

Read Also: IPL 2017: Tracing Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians' journey Fleming, a former New Zealand captain, also defended Dhoni this season, despite his renowned finishing power appeared subdued.

It was Pune's third win over Mumbai in as many games this season, providing them with an opportunity to win the coveted trophy in only their second season.

"I couldn't ask for more". "The finals should ideally be a time when you sit back, because if you're in the finals things must've gone right at the start".

"It has been a lot of fun to work with Flem (Fleming) and MS (Dhoni), to try and get the best out of this group that we have. I am quietly confident", he said.

Mumbai were left tottering for most of the innings and only Krunal's late blitz gave them some hope. "I just told them to do whatever they want and set the field accordingly", MI skipper Rohit said after the match.




Skipper Rohit Sharma and coach would have to sit down with Malinga, McClenaghan and Bumrah to devise a plan to stop the Dhoni onslaught, maybe introducing Harbhajan would be a good ploy. Along with the world's best finisher - Dhoni, Tiwary took away the game from Mumbai's grasp, milking 41 runs from the last two overs during the first qualifier at the Wankhede Stadium.

Smith praised Washington Sundar and said that the youngster was in fantastic form against Mumbai, facing some quality players. He was also there when Mumbai Indians lifted the Champions League title.

The two teams have played some brilliant cricket over the course of the season, with Mumbai coming out as the leaders of the league stage, while RPS finished second.

Commenting on the captaincy issue concerning Steve Smith and MS Dhoni he said,"Dhoni has always won as captain". Mumbai kept on losing wickets at regular intervals from there on eventually ending up 20 runs short of the target with a score of 142 for 9 in 20 overs. "We just couldn't get over the line", he added. "It wasn't the fairy tale finish we wanted". Rohit Sharma wins and opts to bat first. Allrounder Krunal Pandya then came good and his 47 off 38 deliveries pulled Mumbai out of the hole. He put on a fighting 50-run eight-wicket partnership with Johnson (13 not out). One might even suggest they deserved to win the IPL after such dominant performances. The aim is to avoid whatever mistakes we have done in the past against them. It's obviously a very compact tournament and the fact that we had a couple of days to relax and regroup after a good game against Mumbai in Mumbai, it's been very nice. All the sweat, sixes and slugfests over the past month-and-a-half in searing summer heat boils down to this big one in the IPL cauldron.


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