In what will be a record fourth clash between the two maharashtrian heavyweights, the Mumbai Indians and the Rising Pune Supergiant will face off against each other in the all important final of the VIVO IPL 2017. The Supergiant are the only team that Mumbai have lost to thrice this season and the final cannot be a better opportunity to take revenge.
India Bet Prediction:
- Mumbai Indians to win - Bet now
The Mumbai Indians have been the most consistent side of the tournament so far and despite Pune having beaten them thrice in the tournament, they will back themselves against a strong opposition. Their thumping win over KKR will give them immense confidence and they will go hard at a strong supergiant team.
RPS on the other hand have been riveting as compared to last year. With Ben Stokes leaving, there was bound to be a huge void, but the likes of Christian and Lockie Ferguson have filled that gap pretty well. But its Washington Sundar who has been the find of the IPL so far. The young offie from Chennai was the wrecker in chief against the same opposition at the Wankhede and will be keen to repeat that feat.
India Bet Bookmaker Picks
- Mumbai Indians to win - 1.70 with bet365
- Lendl Simmons to top score for Mumbai Indians - 4.33 with Betfair
- Steve Smith to top score for Rising Pune Supergiant - 3.75 with Betfair
The Mumbai indians have batted well throughout the tournament except for its business end where they have stumbled a bit. They failed to chase down 160 twice against the Suoergiant and that will be on the back of Rohit Sharma's mind. The likes of Krunal Pandya got back to form in the last game against KKR and that is one of the biggest positive for MI. Simmons, Parthiv Patel and Ambati Rayudu are a formidable top 3 and will look to be back amongst the runs.
RPS will be beamed that MS Dhoni has roared back to form. He is known to be a big match player and will be keen to repeat that feat in the final. Steve Smith is yet to be amongst the runs and that will worry Pune a bit. Dan Christian can ideally be termed as a replacement for Ben Stokes and he will need to prove his worth. Rahane and Tripathi will be key to get them off to a good start once again.
India Bet Picks
- Lendl Simmons to top score for Mumbai Indians - Bet now
- Steve Smith to top score for Rising Pune Supergiant - Bet now
The Mumbai Indians decimated the Kolkata knight Riders and it was the result of some terrific bowling. Karn Sharma was the unlikely hero and he will back himself to do well in the final. McCleneghan was replaced by Johnson and i am not sure that this will happen in the final too. Bumrah has been outstanding at the death and will be keen to finish off on a high as a good match practice for the Champions Trophy.
Rising Pune Supergiant have been terrific in the bowling department as well. Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar and Jaydev Unadkat have been terrific for them and they need them to fire in the final. The three aussies, Ferguson, Zampa and Dan Christian have contributed well for the teams success and they will need to produce a similar kind of performance for Pune to have a crack at their maiden IPL title.
What has been another thrilling IPL will culminate into a hopefully riveting contest Maharshtra will celebrate no matter who lifts the trophy.
India Bet Picks:
- Jasprit Bumrah to be top bowler for Mumbai Indians - Bet now
- Shardul Thakur to be top bowler for Rising Pune Supergiant. - Bet now
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
May 21, 2017.