00:02 IST MI mentor Sachin Tendulkar lauds his bowlers, says, once a Champion and always a champion for Malinga who got MI back into the game. He is impressed by Mitchell Johnson’s last over finish as he kept his nerves and got his team over the line. Jasprit Bumrah too changed the game as he slowed down the flow of runs!
23;50 IST What a match we have had here. It was totally worthy of a final after a riveting contest. RPS did everything right but they could not hold on to their nerves and lift the trophy. But, MI played like true Champions and won the game and the title for the third time in a decade!
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 21, 2017
— RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 21, 2017
23:45 IST MI win by 1 run!
Christian could only get a couple of runs there, he played that one in the gap but could not get into the gap. He wanted to run for three but could not complete three runs otherwise it would have been a super over. MI win by 1 run!
Johnson to bowl the last ball, Christian on strike, can he do it?
RPS need 4 from the last ball!
Christian comes to bat, he needs to finish off the match today. In the air and dropped! Hardik Pandya drops it, a couple of runs taken.
RPS need 6 from 2 balls!
Washington Sundar comes to bat, Johnson continues his final over, he is on a hat-trick! Rohit Sharma is having a talk with Johnson. The 17-year-old has a lot to do tonight. A single taken via byes!
RPS need 7 from 3 balls!
23:40 IST WICKET! Smith c Rayudu b Johnson 51(50)
23:40 IST Johnson continues his over, Daniel Christian comes to bowl but he is offstrike. Smith on strike, he lofts the ball on the offside, in the air and caught! Smith gone, is this the final nail in the coffin? RPS 123/5.
RPS need 7 runs from 4 balls!
23:37 IST WICKET! Manoj Tiwary c Pollard b Johnson 7(8)
23:37 IST Mitchell Johnson comes to bowl the last over, Tiwary on strike. FOUR! Tiwary makes room for himself and sweeps the ball for a boundary towards square leg, that will release the pressure from Smith. 7 needed off 5 balls now. In the air and gone! RPS 123/4.
RPS need 11 from the last over.
23;33 IST Bumrah to bowl the 19th over. Smith on strike, that was in the air and lands in no-man’s land, just a single off that one. A slower ball from Bumrah, Tiwary gets just a single off that one. Smith on strike, RPS need a boundary now. A yorker from Bumrah, Smith digs it out, gets just a single off that one. This is turning out to be a perfect 19th over. RPS need boundaries. Tiwary on strike, hits his pads, gets just a single on that one. 19 needed off 8 balls. SiX! Smith hits that one in the middle of the bat, gets underneath that, a maximum over long off. A full toss from Bumrah, Smith hits that one towards square leg, gets a couple of runs, he is pleading with the Umpire for a no ball but he says no. RPS 119/3.
RPS need 23 from 12 balls.
23:28 IST Malinga into the attack, Smith on strike, a dot ball to start with. Smith is the key to RPS’ win. He needs to get a few boundaries now. Smith gets bat on that one, gets just a single off that one. Tiwary on strike. He gets just a single as he pushes the ball through covers, RPS need boundaries not just a single. A perfect yorker from Malinga, a dot ball, this is turning out to be a golden over for Malinga. FOUR! Smith will release the pressure with that ball, gets it wide of the deep fine leg fielder. He takes a single off the last ball. RPS 106/3.
RPS need 30 from 18 balls.
23:19 IST Manoj Tiwary comes to bat, he takes a single off the first ball, gets off the mark straight away. Smith works the ball towards midwicket, takes a single, 100 up for RPS! A huge lbw appeal from Bumrah but the Umpire says no, it was a wise decision from him. Another lbw appeal from Bumrah but the Umpire says no. RPS 100/3.
RPS need 32 from 22 balls.
23:17 IST WICKET! Dhoni c Parthiv Patel b Bumrah 10(13)
23:16 IST Jasprit Bumrah comes to bowl, Smith plays the ball towards deep midwicket but gets just a single off the first ball. Dhoni on strike, edged and gone! Dhoni departs! RPS 98/3.
RPS need 33 from 24 balls.
23:13 IST Krunal Pandya comes to bowl his last over. Dhoni on strike, will he end the game like he did at Wankhede? Dhoni comes down the track, gets a single towards covers. Smith on strike, he needs to get boundaries now. he gets down the ground, gets a single towards sweeper cover. FOUR! Dhoni edges the ball and it goes towards the third man boundary. He takes a single off the last ball. SIX! Smith plays a crafty shot, switch hit from him, a maximum towards point. He takes a single off the last ball. RPS 97/2.
RPS 47 from 30 balls.
23:05 IST Malinga comes to bowl, a single taken off the first ball by Dhoni. Smith on strike, he goes down the ground, manages just a single off that one. Dhoni inside edges the next ball, a dot delivery from Malinga. RPS need boundaries now, one good over might get them back in the game. Dhoni flicks the ball towards deep fine leg, takes a single. A bang on yorker from Malinga, a dot ball as Smith did not even know where the ball went. WIDE! That one was way down the offside, a freebie to RPS. A couple of runs off the last ball as he plays it in the gap towards the offside. RPS 83/2.
RPS need 53 from 36 balls!
22:58 IST Krunal comes into bowl, Smith works the ball for a single. Dhoni on strike, he defends the ball with a straight bat, a dot ball. Another dot ball as he could not get it past the off side fielder. The required run rate is going up with every dot ball. Dhoni takes a single off the next ball. Smith tries the paddle sweep, that was a wide but not given. Smith was disappointed. He pushes for a couple of runs towards midwicket, gets it comfortably. RPS 77/2.
RPS need 57 from 42 balls.
22:54 IST Dhoni on strike, he takes a single off the first ball as mid on fielder misfields. Smith hits the next one towards short mid wicket, a dot ball. Smith takes a single off the next ball. Dhoni defends the leg spinner, a dot ball. He comes down the wicket, the ball hits his pads. RPS 73/2.
22:50 IST MS Dhoni comes to bat but he is off the strike. A dot ball to end the over. RPS 71/2.
22:48 IST WICKET! Rahane c Pollard b Johnson 44(38)
22:48 IST Johnson continues, Rahane gets off the strike first ball, takes a single. FOUR! Smith rocks back on the back foot and cuts the ball away for a boundary wide of the third man, this will put pressure on Johnson. A dot ball to follow, Smith could not time it. Smith pushes the ball towards long on, takes a single. Pollard takes the catch as Rahane mistimes the shot towards long on. RPS 71/2.
22:45 IST Krunal comes into the attack, Rahane on strike, a mild appeal for leg before wicket but the Umpire says no. FOUR! Rahane sweeps the ball, Hardik puts in a dive but could not keep it inside the boundary. A dot ball to follow. Rahane takes a single off the next ball. Smith works the ball behind square leg, takes a single. Rahane takes a single off the last ball. RPS 65/1.
RPS 72 from 60 balls.
22:40 IST Mitchell Johnson comes to bowl, a single off the first ball. Rahane shuffles across and works the ball towards fine leg, takes a couple of runs. Rahane pulls the ball but straight to deep mid off, a dot ball. Slowly, MI are getting back into the game. FOUR! Rahane pulls the ball, playing with the angle, a freebie from Johnson. Rahane drives the ball towards point, takes a single. A yorker to follow, an appeal from Johnson but the Umpire says no. RPS 58/1.
RPS need 80 for 66 balls!
22:35 IST Karn continues, Rahane works the ball towards long on, takes a single. A dot ball to follow, Smith defends it. He pushes the ball down the ground but Karn dives to his right and saves a single. He gets a single off the fourth ball. Rahane on strike, slight mix-up but he defends on the back foot. Another dot ball to end the over. RPS 50/1.
22:32 IST Bumrah comes back into the attack, Rahane plays an awkward shot, a single taken off the first ball. Smith works the ball for a single towards third man. A dot ball to follow, Rahane could not get it past the 30-yard circle. Smith flicks the ball towards square leg, takes a single. Last ball of the over, Rahane takes an easy single. RPS 48/1.
22:28 IST Karn continues, Smith pushes the ball off the back foot, takes a couple of runs. A dot ball to follow. He takes a single off the next towards sweeper cover. One wide and two dot balls to follow. RPS 43/1.
22:22 IST Malinga continues, a dot ball to Rahane. He plays the ball with soft hands, takes a single, good running between the wickets. Smith caresses the ball towards long on. FOUR! that’s a beautiful cover drive, finds the gap with precision, uses the pace to his benefit. A dot ball to follow, Rahane defends that one. Another dot ball to end the over. RPS 38/1.
22:18 IST Karn Sharma comes into the attack, Smith takes a single off the first ball towards midwicket. Rahane on strike, a single taken towards mid-on. A dot ball to follow. WIDE! That was out of Smith’s range. He takes a single off the next ball. Rahane plays a chip shot, FOUR! He just chipped that over midwicket, Hardik puts in a dive but could not save that one. He takes a single off the last ball of the over. RPS 32/1.
22:13 IST Lasith Malinga comes to bowl, Rahane flicks the ball towards square leg, takes a single. Smith plays the low full toss towards mid on, a dot ball. Smith works the next ball towards square leg, takes a single. Rahane plays a loose shot, dropped! Krunal drops the ball at short covers, that is like dropping the final. A dot ball to follow as Rahane defends. He defends the last ball on the back foot. RPS 23/1.
22:09 IST Steven Smith comes to bat, he takes a single off the first ball. Rahane on strike, he drives the ball through covers, gets three runs as sweeper cover cuts it off. A dot ball to finish off the over. RPS 21/1.
22:05 IST WICKET! Tripathi lbw b Bumrah 3(8)
Bumrah comes to bowl, Rahane plays the straight drive on the first ball, Pollard runs after it and saves the boundary, gets 3 runs off the first ball. Lbw appeal from Bumrah and the Umpire gives him out! MI 17/1.
22:04 IST Good batting from Tripathi and Rahane, they are not letting Mitchell Johnson dominate early on in his spell. He is bowling them up the wicket. A boundary and four singles from the over. RPS 14/0.
21:54 IST Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi come out to bat, to chase 130!
21:41 IST RPS need 130 to win!
21:40 IST Chrisitan continues, WIDE! that was outside Krunal;s reach. Swing and a miss, Krunal could not get bat on that. FOUR! That was directed on the pads, he flicks the ball towards square leg for a boundary towards square leg. WIDE! Christian under pressure, bowls another wide. SIX! Here’s the over, MI wanted, a maximum, another one for Krunal, he is playing a fighting inning, he is on 46 now. Krunal pulls again, gets just a single towards long on. Johnson on strike, he pulls the ball well, gets just a single off that one. Krunal on strike for the last ball of the over. Will he score his half-century? Krunal pulls the ball, hits it in the air, caught! MI 129/8.
21:34 IST Unadkat continues, he bowls the ball wide of Johnson as he looks to make room for himself, a single taken on the first ball. Krunal tries to cut the ball, inside edges it, a dot ball. Krunal pulls the ball towards mid wicket, takes a single. Johnson plays the slower ball for a single. SIX! That’s a humongous hit as he gets the ball in the middle of the bat. 88 meters of power on that shot. A single off the last ball, MI 114/7.
21:30 IST Christian continues, he starts off with a dot ball to Johnson. SIX! Here’s the Johnson we know, rocked back into the crease and struck that one over the bowler’s head for a maximum. He plays the next ball towards long on, takes a single. Krunal cuts the ball away for a single. 100 up for MI! Swing and a miss, Dhoni could not collect that, a run taken through byes. FOUR! Good over for MI as Krunal ends it with a boundary. Mi 105/7.
21:22 IST Jaydev Unadkat comes back to bowl, he has bowled brilliantly well so far. Krunal tries to pull the ball could not get bat on it, a couple of runs taken. Slower short ball from Unadkat, Krunal tries to pull it but could only inside edge it. Another pull shot mistimed, a single taken. Johnson flicks the ball towards square leg for a single. Krunal swings the bat but could not get bat on it, a dot ball. A couple of runs off the last ball. MI 92/7.
21:20 IST Krunal on strike, Christian bowls a dot ball to start with. He pushes the ball towards covers, takes a single. A slower one to follow from Thakur, a dot ball as Johnson could not get it on the bat. Johnson takes a single towards mid-on. Krunal mistimes the next ball towards point, takes a couple of runs. He guides the last ball of the over, 5 runs from it. MI 86/7.
21:15 IST Mitchell Johnson comes to bat, will he be able to get MI over 100. Johnson defends the first one on the front foot. He takes a single off the next ball. Krunal takes a single, he is running out of partners. Johnson tries to play the straight drive but could not get it past Thakur, a dot ball. Another dot ball to end the over. MI 81/7.
21:08 IST WICKET! Karn Sharma run out (Christian/Thakur) 1(5)
21:07 IST Karn Sharma comes to bat, he goes for the drive, a dot ball as he misses the ball. Swing and a miss, he is having trouble against Christian. Another swing and a miss, Karn has not been able to connect bat with ball yet. Last ball of the over, pulls the ball but could not get it past midwicket fielder. MI 79/6.
21:04 IST Daniel Christian comes to bowl, Hardik shuffles across and guides the ball towards the fine leg, takes a couple of runs. A huge lbw shout off the next ball, given out. Hardik departs. MI 78/6.
21:02 IST Zampa continues, Krunal takes a single off the first ball. Hardik on strike, SIX! He goes inside out, hits a mammoth hit over covers, that’s an exquisite shot from him. A dot ball to follow as a cracking shot from Hardik goes straight to the fielder. A single taken on the next ball. Krunal works the ball towards fine leg, takes a single. Hardik takes a single off the last ball, retains strike. MI 76/5.
20:59 IST Sundar continues, it will be the last over of the match. Two dot balls to start with to Krunal. He takes a single towards midwicket. Hardik on strike, the other Pandya is in the middle. He is struggling straight away, survived a runout scare. MI 66/5.
20:55 IST WICKET! Pollard c Manoj Tiwary b Zampa 7(3)
20:55 IST Kieron Pollard comes to bat but he is offstrike. Krunal takes a single towards long off. SIX! I could not believe my eyes, he has struck the ball miles into the crowd. That is the first ball he has faced in this inning. Pollard takes a single towards long off. Krunal works the ball towards midwicket takes a single. Last ball of the over, Pollard on strike, he hits the ball down the ground, OUT! MI 65/5.
20:50 IST WICKET! Rohit c Thakur b Zampa 12(15) That was an amazing catch by Thakur on the ropes, the skipper has to depart. MI 56/4.
20:49 IST Sundar back into the attack, a dot ball to Krunal, he might look for another wicket here and put MI in deep trouble. Krunal takes a single off the next ball. A dot ball to follow, Sundar has bowled exceptionally well today. Rohit flicks the ball towards square leg. Another dot ball, this time to Krunal. He goes down the track, chips it towards deep cover, FOUR! A much needed one for them. MI 56/3.
20:43 IST Zampa continues, Krunal defends the first ball, a stock delivery from the leg-spinner. Krunal comes down the track, Zampa drops back the length, a dot ball. WIDE! That was down the leg side, Krunal tried to pull it, a dot ball. Krunal pushes the ball towards long on, takes a single. A slight mix-up between Rohit-Krunal, a dot ball. Rohit takes a single towards long on. Last ball of the over, he takes a single towards short fine leg. MI 50/3.
20:40 IST Ferguson continues his over, Rohit takes a single towards the third man. Krunal Pandya comes to bat, he times the first ball with perfection, a couple of runs taken towards deep midwicket. He was in trouble for a while but survives. Krunal takes a single towards fine leg, he is looking in good form like he was in the previous game. WIDE! Ferguson bowls a bouncer which was a little off the target. A dot ball to end the over. MI 46/3.
20:35 IST WICKET! Rayudu run out (Smith) 12(15)
20:35 IST Ferguson continues after an expensive over, Rayudu could not get the first ball past the fielder. Rayudu comes down the track, hits the ball towards deep mid-off, Smith hits the stumps, that’s OUT! MI 41/3.
20:33 IST Adam Zampa comes to bowl, Rayudu could not get bat on the first ball, misses, a dot ball. FOUR! Zampa bowls a loosener of a delivery, Rayudu hits the ball past the point fielder for a boundary. A flurry of boundaries for MI. That is sheer timing from Rayudu, takes a couple of runs towards sweeper cover. The ball takes an inside edge on the next ball as it goes towards the fine leg, takes a single. Rohit takes a single towards covers. Another single to end the over. MI 41/2.
20:29 IST Lockie Ferguson comes to bowl, Rohit on strike, FOUR! First boundary for Rohit as he uses the pace of the ball past point fielder for a boundary, first one for MI in the inning. A dot ball to follow. FOUR! That ball was asking to be hit, that was directed towards pads, another boundary for Rohit as it goes towards the fine leg boundary. Rohit drives the next ball towards deep mid on, a dot ball. FOUR! Edged and the ball runs towards the boundary, unlucky for Ferguson, this is turning out to be a good over for MI. FOUR! Here’s the fourth boundary of the over, Rohit is underway! MI 32/2.
20:25 IST Thakur continues, Rayudu takes a single towards mid-off, he needs to stick there. Rohit nudges the next ball for a single towards backward point. WIDE! That one went down the leg side. Rayudu takes a single off the next ball. Rohit plays the next ball towards short midwicket, a dot ball. Rohit works the ball towards third man but Christian puts in a dive to save it. A dot ball to end the over. Mi 16/2.
20:20 IST Sundar continues, Rohit pushes the ball straight to the fielder, a dot ball. Another tight one from Sundar, a dot ball. Rohit takes a single towards long on, not looking to attack Sundar straight away. Rayudu on strike, misses the bat, Dhoni appeals for a stump out! Is that out? The replay shows Rayudu’s back leg was just inside the crease. Rayudu survives Dhoni’s swiftness behind the stumps. A dot ball to follow, Mumbai batsmen are under pressure. A single off the last ball, MI 10/2.
20:15 IST Rohit Sharma comes to bat, he defends the first ball he faces from Unadkat, he looks charged up today. A single off the last ball. MI 9/2.
20:13 IST WICKET! Simmons c and b Unadkat 3(8)
20:13 IST Ambati Rayudu comes to bat, he tries to hit the ball past covers but denied, a dot ball to start with. Unadkat has taken 23 wickets in the season so far. Rayudu plays the ball with soft hands, takes a single towards point. What a catch? Unadkat takes an unbelievable catch on follow through! MI 8/2
20:10 IST WICKET! Parthiv Patel c Thakur b Unadkat 4(6)
20:09 IST Washington Sundar opens from the other end, starts off with a dot ball to Simmons. He turns the next ball, takes a single towards midwicket. Parthiv goes off the back foot and pushes the ball towards covers, another dot ball. Back-to-back dot balls, Parthiv under pressure. This is not the start MI wanted. Parthiv hits the ball going on the back foot, takes a couple of runs as the fielder puts in a dive. A single off the last ball as it takes an inside edge. MI 7/0.
20:05 IST Unadkat starts off with a perfect ball, beats Simmons straight away. Second ball, Simmons beaten again, Unadkat is bowling well, taking the ball away from the batsman. Another dot ball to follow as Simmons just pushes the ball towards short cover. Simmons gets off the mark, takes a single off the fourth ball. Parthiv on strike, he gets off the mark straight away. Last ball of the over, Simmons takes a single off the last ball, retains strike. MI 3/0.
20:01 IST Jaydev Unadkat will be opening the bowling in the final!
20:00 IST Meanwhile, the crowd is chanting Dhoni-Dhoni right from the start.
19:59 IST Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons come out to bat!
19:57 IST Meanwhile, Jonty Rhodes has been blessed with baby boy Nathan!
19:51 IST Both the teams have decided to go with the winning combination! No changes on both the sides.
Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni(wk), Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa
Mumbai Indians: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel(wk), Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma(c), Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
19:30 IST Rohit Sharma wins toss elects to bat first!
19:30 IST TOSS TIME!
19:28 IST Get ready for the IPL 2017 finale’s toss!
19:17 IST An MS Dhoni-special awaited for the big game, probably the last one for RPS Side.
19:12 IST Will Jaydev Unadkat fire again and claim the purple cap of the season. Find out soon enough!
19:08 IST Will MI replace Lendl Simmons after his inconsistency in the top order, stay tuned toe find out!
Welcome to inUth’s live digital coverage of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017’s final showdown at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad between the top two of the IPL standings Table, Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Mumbai Indians (MI). It is expected to be one hell of a final as table toppers MI go up against one team they have not been able to beat the RPS side whether it is the league matches or the first qualifier. But, they will be looking for a turnaround this time around whereas RPS will be looking for their first IPL title as they might not play in IPL 2018.
The pitch is expected to help both the batsmen and the bowlers. We have seen a topsy-turvy graph on the Hyderabad pitch over the league games as there have been 200-plus scores and a few low scoring as well. It is a big match and fans will be hoping for a high scoring game which will conclude this year’s season before the reshuffle next year.
— RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 21, 2017
This season’s ritual has been winning the toss and bowl first. It seems like this fixture is going to be no different. Both Steve Smith and Rohit Sharma will be looking to chase on this wicket.
RPS have dominated MI as they have beaten them in four out of five times. MI are yet to beat RPS in this season and they will have an upper hand going into the tournament’s finale.
MS Dhoni’s rare feat
Dhoni will be playing his 7th final in IPL over the decade. For the first time, he will be not be captaining the side in the final. He will be playing his fourth final against MI.
Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Daniel Christian will have an effect in the game with their all-round performance games like they have done in the season.
Mumbai Indians: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel(wk), Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma(c), Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Vinay Kumar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya
Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni(wk), Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon