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    I'm supporting Mumbai all the way, like I have done for 4 years.
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    So, Gujarat finish seventh. They were among the best Powerplay outfits this term - largely thanks to B-Mac, Raina, D Smith and Finch - and they hit 28 sixes in the Powerplay, the most by any team, and scored 50-plus in 10 out of 14 Powerplays. But they struggled for consistency. Raina was good, and he finished with 442 runs in 14 innings. He had a strike rate of 143.97 and made seven 30-plus scores. Likewise, Tye shone - failing to take a wicket in only two of the six matches he played. He took 12 wickets at an economy of 6.71. Their middle order was just woeful, though. They had five specialist openers in the squad, and all of them were given a chance at the top - they used five opening combinations this season. This meant at least three players were always out of their favoured position in the batting order: Finch and D Smith averaged less than 25 for the season. Lions' spinners were the worst in the league by a long way - they took nine wickets at an average of 85. Spinners for every other team apart from Delhi Daredevils took at least 25 wickets. Jadeja had a poor tournament, taking only five wickets in 38 overs at an economy rate of 9.18.

    Lions were hampered by injuries to key players. Bravo missed the entire season, Faulkner came in with an injury and was only available for eight games, and Jadeja also became available for selection only after their first two games. They then lost Tye and McCullum to injuries in the second half of the season. But the real essence of why they failed all comes down to the bowlers, and their lack of being able to field the right combination.

    Delhi Daredevils failed to qualify for the IPL playoffs for the fifth year in succession, finishing like they did in 2016 - in sixth place, but with two fewer points. While three of the Daredevils top four - Nair, Sanju Samson, Iyer and Pant - aggregated over 300 runs, none of them made defining contributions. Samson scored the first century of IPL 2017 - a match-winning 102 off 63 balls - he only made two more 50-plus scores and finished with 386 runs at an average of 27.57. He scored 0, 2, 10 and 0 in his last four games. Some of Daredevils' tactics came in for criticism this year. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, who eventually was their most economical bowler, played only half the games. And while Karun Nair was given an extended run despite his poor form, Pant wasn't batted at the top of the order in the early games.

    DD's bowlers - Cummins, Morris, Rabada, Zaheer, Shami - were the most effective in the Powerplay, taking 18 wickets at an average of 29 - the best among all teams in the league stage. Pant hit 24 sixes in 14 innings, and only Glenn Maxwell had struck more. But Pant also made three ducks - the joint most by a player this season - and three single-digit scores; five such scores contributed to defeats. Daredevils were particularly poor with the bat between overs six and 15. They played out 286 dots in the middle overs - the most by any team - while also losing 39 wickets, again the joint most by any team. Daredevils were the only side to be bowled out under 70 on two occasions this year, too.

    For RCB, their bowling shone - they managed to take 37 wickets in six home matches, at an average of 23 and an economy just under eight per over. Two of their three victories - against Delhi Daredevils - came while defending relatively sub-par scores. Negi and Chahal topped their wicket-takers list - with 16 and 14 wickets. But their big-names were woeful: in 2016, Kohli and ABDV had scored a combined 1660 runs in 32 innings, an average of 66.40 per game. This year, their tally was 524 in 19 innings, an average of 29 per game. Gayle was also a no-show, with only 200 runs in nine innings at a strike-rate of 123.Jadhav was the best of the rest: 267 runs in 13 games at an average of 22.25 and strike rate of 143. RCB was the only team to average less than 20 runs per wicket and score at less than 7.50 runs per over during the league stage. They were also the worst team in the Powerplay, averaging 41 runs in the first six overs. Every other team averaged more than 48. vs KKR, they collapsed spectacularly for 49, the lowest IPL total and 10th lowest in all T20s. No Royal Challengers batsman reached double digits. S Watson was dire, Head struggled, Rahul didn't play a game, Kohli missed the first three matches. De Villiers didn't play four game and Mills, on whom RCB splurged INR 12 crores at the auction, played only five games.

    For KXIP, Amla made 420 runs at an average of 60 and strike rate of 146 but Punjab missed him once he was gone. Sandeep and Axar impressed, the former with 4-20 vs DD and dismissing Gayle, Kohli and AB against RCB. He finished with 17 wickets, and was the joint highest wicket-taker in the Powerplay - nine and an economy of less than seven - along with McClenaghan. Axar was Kings XIs second highest wicket-taker with 15, and scored his 227 runs at a strike rate of 140. But they struggled to finish well with the ball. They conceded 10.37 an over in the last five overs. Only Gujarat Lions were worse. They also lost 25 wickets in the first six overs of the innings. Only RCB and Daredevils lost more. The 17 wickets they took in the Powerplay was the lowest after KKR's 16. They also slumped to 73 - their lowest IPL total - against Rising Pune.
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    Sunrisers vs KKR tomorrow. In the group phase, KKR defended 172 at Eden Gardens in the first meeting. Warner fired Sunrisers with a 59-ball 126 in Hyderabad, though. In truth, both teams peaked too soon: Sunrisers won six of their first 10 games. KKR won seven in the same period. In eight games since, both teams won three in total. For Sunrisers, Ashish Nehra will play no further part this season with a hamstring injury and Yuvraj Singh will undergo a fitness test on Tuesday evening. Nabi, with a finger injury, is also doubtful. They may call on their reserves - Williamson, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Siraj, Vijay Shankar and Bipul Sharma. KKR have lost Woakes and Shakib to international duty, and S Yadav and Nathan Coulter-Nile to injuries.

    KKR's opening partnership has been remarkable, but Narine has struggled against short-pitched bowling. He has scored 214 runs in 120 balls, but just 18 off 18 short-pitched deliveries and has been dismissed four times. Narine is the only batsman to have been dismissed four times to short balls this season. That length may not work against Lynn though; he has scored 77 runs off 28 short balls, a strike rate of 275. Lynn has scored 178 runs off 85 balls against pace, but 107 runs off 68 balls against spin.

    Warner and Dhawan have scored 50.07% of Sunrisers' runs (1072 of 2141). In the previous season, they contributed 53% of the team's runs. No other team has had two players who contributed even 40%. Sunrisers' top-three batsmen have averaged 45.06, the best for any team. KKR have the next-best average with 36.83. Their top two wicket-takers - Woakes (17) and Umesh Yadav (14) - have taken 38.75% of their wickets, the lowest contributions from the top-two bowlers for any team.

    Kuldeep has taken seven wickets in the last five overs of an innings - the joint most for a spinner - and KKR have scored the most runs in the Powerplay, with an average of 58.74 per game. They have the highest run-rate in the middle overs too - 1079 runs at 8.57 runs per over. They fade away towards the end overs though, scoring just 427 runs at 8.45 runs per over, the least among all teams.
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    Boom! Pune win. They racked up 162 for 4 to beat Mumbai Indians, who made 142 for 9. Sharma trapped Rahane in front for 56, after McCleneghan bowled Tripathi for a second-ball duck. Dhoni ended not out on 40, after Tiwary was ran out on 58, following Smith holing out to Hardik off Malinga for 1. In reply, Thakur claimed 3-37: Patel and Krunal caught by Christian, for 52 and 15, and McCleneghan caught by Unadkat for 12. Sundar claimed 3-16: Rohit trapped for 1, and Rayudu and Pollard both caught by Smith for a three-ball duck and 7 respectively. Simmons was run out for 5, Christian caught Hardik off Ferguson for 14, and Dhoni snaffled Sharma off Unadkat for 4.

    Mumbai will have a second chance in Bengaluru in the second qualifier on Friday. Pune recovered magnificently after they were 9 for 2 in two overs. They had laboured to 121 for 3 after 18 overs. The five overs prior to that saw Pune score just 32 without a wicket as Mumbai's bowlers found the right length to Dhoni and Tiwary. Dhoni's SR in his first 10 balls in the IPL, before this game, was 88.52. Against Mumbai, he could only manage 14 off his first 17 balls. But Dhoni smashed two sixes off one over, from McCleneghan, and Pune plundered 41 off the last 12 balls. Their score of 162 was below par at this ground, but they had momentum and confidence - Unadkat brought out his offcutters in the first over and conceded just one run. Fair enough, Parthiv managed to hit 33 off 16 in the Powerplay, but Mumbai lost three wickets. MI were 42 for 3 inside the fielding restrictions and significantly behind the asking rate.

    That Pune won without Stokes is remarkable. Losing Stokes is effectively like losing your two best players. He scores runs and bowls key overs. Pune opted to deploy Ferguson, rather than Khawaja, and he returned figures of 3-0-21-1. But my men of the match are Thakur and Dhoni, who was on 14 of 17 before the final 12 balls of the innings. He finished 40 not out off 26. Rising Pune made 41 runs in the last two overs against Mumbai Indians. Dhoni's contribution was 26, with four sixes. Dhoni has hit 191 of his 280 runs in the IPL against pace bowling at a strike-rate of 146. Against Mumbai, he struck them at 182.
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    Well, well, well. KKR beat Sunrisers in a rain-plagued match, winning via D/L after posting 49-3 in reply to 128-7. KKR win by seven wickets.

    KKR were 5.2 overs into the chase, and had recovered well from 12-3, after they lost Lynn for 6 - caught by Ohja off Kumar - and Pathan, ran out first ball, inside the first over. Gambhir finished unbeaten on 32 off 19, alongside Jaggi, not out on 5, after Uthappa fended one off Jordan to Dhawan to fall for 1. Earlier in the night, Coulter-Nile claimed 3-20: Williamson caught by S Yadav for 24, Shankar by the same fielder for 22, and catching and bowling Jordan for 16. Umesh claimed 2-21: Dhawan caught by Uthappa for 11, Yuvraj by Chawla for 9. Warner was clean bowled by Chawla for 37, and Lynn caught Ohja off Boult for 16.

    The Warner-Williamson partnership moved Sunrisers to 75 for 1 in 11.5 overs, but Sunrisers only managed 53 in their last 49 balls. But Coulter-Nile's wickets came at important points in Sunrisers' innings. His 19th over only went for three runs, too. It's his fourth three-for in seven matches, most by a bowler, and he was granted MOTM. His Williamson scalp was his 100th T20 wicket. He choked the flow, strangling Warner and Bipul to SRs of just 50, while Jordan and Shankar failed to score off him.

    To be honest, 48 in six overs wasn't tough - but KKR made it so. Lynn allayed nerves by slashing his first ball off the tournament's best bowler - B Kumar - for six. But he fell next ball, Pathan was sent in at No. 3 and his stumps were disrupted by Bhuvneshwar, Uthappa silenced the crowd when he pulled one straight to the deep-square leg fielder. Three down - for 12, seven balls into the chase. Jaggi - who until now has been a mere bystander, playing five matches - was integral. He held his composure, and hit the winning runs with four balls to spare.

    Just another word on last night: Dhoni and Tiwary's 73-run stand for the fourth wicket won Pune the game. Pune actually struggled for fluency throughout their innings, owing to the slow-paced Mumbai pitch. The hosts' seamers struck early and dismissed an in form Tripathi and Steve Smith in the first two overs. Rahane and Tiwary provided stability: the duo scored at 7.38 in the 10.5 overs they batted together and their 80-run stand set the platform for a late onslaught. Rahane's departure in the 12th over brought Dhoni to the fore. Initially, he and Tiwary struggled to push the tempo as Pune limped to 121 for 3 after 18 overs. The five overs prior to that yielded just 32 without a wicket but Dhoni - with only 14 off 18 balls at that stage - eventually cut loose and clubbed McClenaghan for two sixes in the same over. He did the same vs Bumrah in the final over as Pune made 162. Tiwary and Dhoni scored at 9.95 runs in the 7.2 overs that they batted together. Tiwary fell in the 20th over for a 48-ball 58, while Dhoni remained unbeaten on a 26-ball 40.

    At 9-2, I feared the worst for Pune. They were on a shaky 89 for 3 in the 13th over, too. In Stokes and Tahir's absence from the lower order, the Pune top order was expected to step up. Instead, Tripathi got out for a duck and the run rate was under seven when Rahane departed for 56. Rohit brought on Jasprit Bumrah, who has a good T20 record against Dhoni, and Krunal and McClenaghan combined in the 16th and 17th overs to concede only four runs off six balls legitimate to him. But Tiwary and Dhoni clubbed 41 runs in the last two overs to lift Pune to 162 for 4.

    Credit to Sundar, too. He's 17, but he went for just 7.09 an over in the league stage. Sundar had bowled 14 of his 22 overs inside the Powerplay in the league stage. Among spinners, only Narine - with vast experience and variations at his disposal - had done it more often. He has bowled 22 balls to David Warner just for 24 runs, 14 balls to Shikhar Dhawan for 14, 10 balls to Ishan Kishan for 11, five balls to Virat Kohli for three, four balls to Jos Buttler for one, and 11 balls to Karun Nair for 14. Yesterday, at a ground with tiny boundaries and scores of 230-200 being regular, Sundar delivered a spell of 4-0-26-1 in a successful defence of 160.
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    Mumbai vs KKR tomorrow, for the right to face Pune. KKR have lost on both occasions these sides met this season from a position of strength. At the Wankhede, they failed to defend 59 off the last 23 balls after removing the cream of Mumbai's batting line-up. In their last league game at Eden Gardens, they failed to chase down 25 off the last three overs. MI racked up 9 wins in their first 11 matches, but have lost three of their last four. Obviously, the pitch will be similar to Wednesday night. That means spinners will be tough to fashion through the covers, meaning Harbhajan, who has picked up seven wickets in the middle overs, could be the go-to man, meaning one of Karn Sharma or Krunal Pandya, is omitted. Krunal is likely to get the nod.

    KRR have middle-order issues: Pandey injured his ribs and missed the Eliminator is doubtful once again. As such, they could bring back Kuldeep, their most successful spinner this season, and leave out either Ishank Jaggi or S Yadav. They could consider opening the bowling with Narine. Simmons has fallen to him once previously and has scored just five off the nine balls he has faced. Parthiv has also been unable to score well against him, scoring 17 off 19. In comparison, Simmons and Parthiv have struck at 143.59 and 146.20 respectively against pace this season. Rohit has been dismissed by legspinners five times this season. KKR have two wristspinners in their squad: PChawla and Kuldeep, who can exploit this weakness.

    Actually, the stats prove this has been Rohit's poorest IPL season by a distance: he has scored 283 runs at a strike rate of 124.66, while being dismissed for 10 or less nine times - the most times in any of his IPL seasons. KKR's batsmen have scored the most runs in the Powerplay among all the teams, because of Lynn (187.74) and Narine (178.33). But they have scored the fewest runs of all the teams in the end overs. To counter-act KKR's two left-handers in the top six, MI could deploy Harbhajan, rather than Karn Sharma or Krunal. He conceded 45 off three overs against Kings XI Punjab - but it was the only time in 11 games this season that he had conceded more than 6.75 an over. His economy of 5.30 in the Powerplay, meanwhile, is the best among all bowlers who have bowled five or more overs.

    Harbhajan has 14 wickets in knockout matches, the most by any spinner and second only to Dwayne Bravo among all bowlers, and has the experience of winning two IPL titles. Gambhir, who hit an unbeaten 32 on Wednesday night, is the second-highest run-getter in the tournament with 486 runs in 15 innings. 381 of his runs have come in 10 run chases. Mumbai lost their only previous knockout match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, an Eliminator against Chennai Super Kings in 2012, but won their only previous knockout fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders, in 2011, before losing to Chennai Super Kings in the final.
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    Come on Kolkata !
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    Narine's elevation to opener is very interesting. Before he opened for Melbourne at the BBL, in his entire T20 career, Narine had scored 382 runs in 195 games - fewer than two per match - and had never previously batted in the top four. But after being promoted, Narine crunched 21 off 13 balls, and it triggered Narine's transformation from a player who only batted once every three innings to a regular opener who smacked a 15-ball half-century earlier this IPL season. Narine has scored 420 runs in T20s this year - more than in his entire career before. Unfortunately, this IPL season he has been dismissed every ten balls. His average is only 17.83. But 178.33 is his strike rate this season.

    His average innings, then, is 18 off ten balls, which doesn't sound particularly impressive. But the average IPL score since 2014 is 166 - so a team of Narines would score 14 runs more, even though they would be bowled out with 20 balls remaining. He only averages 8.00 in Tests and 11.00 in ODIs, but he attacks with an impulsiveness that remains rare in T20 top-order batsmen. The way he is being used is potentially game-changing. In the last four IPL seasons, the average team loses only 5.80 wickets an innings, so that leaves a lot of batting talent wasted. In T20, a higher proportion of balls are faced by the top three than in ODI cricket - 52% compared to 48%. So it makes sense to go with somebody - like Narine - who is essentially a bowler but can hit big.

    As for Sunrisers... well, they were unlucky. It has been another week of great partnerships: Warner and Shankar’s 133-run stand vs Gujarat, where they scored at 8.76 runs an over and guided their side home with 11 balls to spare, and Iyer and Cummins’ rescue act for DD. They came in when Delhi was still 75 runs adrift from an imposing Gujarat target of 196, with only 36 balls remaining. When their 61-run stand, for the seventh wicket, finally ended in the 19th over, the deficit stood at just 14 off 10. Cummins finally fell for a 13-ball 24 and Iyer followed for a 57-ball 96. And a 61-run stand between Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayadu helped Mumbai beat KKR by nine runs. Tiwary departed for a 43-ball 52. Rayadu finally fell for a 37-ball 63, which included six fours and three sixes.


    Last year, Sunrisers won largely thanks to Mustafizur and Rashid, but they weren't available enough this campaign. B Kumar shone - he ended his tournament with 26 wickets - and his nearest challenger Jaydev Unadkat, has 22. They have spread the batting order well this year.
    While Sunrisers' batting was exaggeratedly top-heavy in 2016, responsibilities were distributed far better this season. Williamson struck 256 runs at a strike rate of 151.47, Yuvraj at 252 runs at 142.37 and Henriques at 277 at 136.45, which help Warner (641 at 141.81) and Dhawan (479 at 127.39). The former scored four fifties and a brutal 59-ball 126 against Kolkata Knight Riders, and ended the tournament with a 155-run gap from his nearest rival, Gambhir.

    Unfortunately for them, they were overreliant on B Kumar and Rashid. Kaul and Siraj couldn't make up for Nehra's injury. Henriques disappointed, too. Last season, he took 12 wickets at an economy rate of 7.98. This season, he took one wicket in 12 matches and conceded 10.33 runs per over. Sunrisers' Powerplay run-rate, 7.73, was the second-lowest in the league, above only RCB. It was an unusually cautious approach: Sunrisers only lost 11 wickets in 14 Powerplays - the least among all teams. Why so cautious? Maybe due to a lack of faith in the middle order, but I've no idea why. Sunrisers' top five had, by far, the best average, 42.32, in the tournament. This meant Sunrisers' Nos. 6 and 7, only faced 88 balls in the tournament. They lacked a proper lower-order hitter, and they can rue the rain for last night's defeat.
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    Come on Kolkata !
    c'mon mumbai
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    vs Pune in the Qualifier, McClenaghan sent back Tripathiin his first over. His first three overs went for 20, and he came on to bowl the 19th over with Rising Pune at 121 for 3. But he leaked 26 runs and suddenly the game changed. He aimed for the yorkers but his execution was well off. McClenaghan is the third-highest wicket-taker this season with 19 wickets in 14 matches, but is prone to leaking runs in the slog overs. His five most expensive overs have all come between overs 15 and 20, and he has an economy rate of 9.50 in this phase of the innings, the second highest among bowlers who have bowled at least 15 overs. He has also bowled 15 extras in the end overs; only Bhuvneshwar Kumar (17) has bowled more. In the middle overs, his returns are worse: one wicket at an economy rate of 12.60. McClenaghan has been most penetrative in the Powerplay, claiming 10 of his 19 wickets in this period at an economy rate of 7.95.

    So, should he take the new ball instead? Remember, he opened the bowling in the first 22 ODIs he played for New Zealand, and claimed 48 wickets at an economy rate of 5.82 and strike-rate of 23.5. The issue is: who replaces him? Malinga is conceding at an economy rate of 12 in the slog overs, so Mumbai have needed McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah. Of the pair, Bumrah has easily been the more impressive, giving away only 8.91 runs an over in this phase.

    India, meanwhile, have recalled Karthik for the CT squad, replacing Pandey. Karthik has played 71 ODIs since his debut in 2004 - keeping wicket in 24 of them - scoring 1313 runs at 27.93. He was part of India's victorious 2013 Champions Trophy campaign, and last played international cricket during the 2014 Asia Cup in Bangladesh. He scored 704 runs in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy at 54.15, with one hundred and five fifties, and was a vital cog in Tamil Nadu's run to a 50-overs title double, scoring a combined 854 runs at 85.40 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and Deodhar Trophy. In the IPL, Karthik was Gujarat Lions' second-highest run-getter with 361 at a strike rate of 139.38.

    Tye won't be joining Gloucs for the T20 Blast. He injured his left shoulder playing for the Gujarat Lions in the IPL and his recovery takes him beyond the timetable for the tournament, which starts in early July.
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    ugh gutted for KKR

    Now MI better win the final.. cannot deal with RPS winning this
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    Yay! Go Mumbai. They must have learnt how to best RPS in three losses right?
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    ugh gutted for KKR

    Now MI better win the final.. cannot deal with RPS winning this
    Whilst the Marathi in me is gleeful that both Maharasthra teams are in the final, the west-maharastrian in me wants mumbai to own those purple prats once and for all this year. how on earth pune beat mumbai 3 times this year is beyond me.

    now for match highlights (hopefully will get to beat Mackay to the punch).

    Mumbai dominated KKR today. KKR got bowled out for 107 in 18.5 overs. Man of the match Karn Sharma got 4-16 in 4 overs, Bumrah got 3-7 in 3 overs, Mitch Johnson got 2-28 in 4 overs and malinga the final wicket (1-24 in 3.5 overs). Narine got 10 off 10 in the venue he got 50 off 15 against RCB. most of Kolkota's opeining quarter went cheaply (Gambhir got 12 runs). Suryakumar Yadav + Inshank Jaggy both top scored for KKR with 31 and 28 respectively.

    In response, Chawla dominated in the 1st 2 overs (2-7 including simmons and Rauyudu's wickets) but KKR got hammered within 14 and a half overs. Krunal Pandya top scored for mumbai with 45 off 30 not out, with Rohit supporting him with 26 off 24. Sharma rather foolishly attempted a 6 when he just needed to keep rotating strike every other ball but pollard helped steer the innings 9 off 7 (not out). Parthiv made another contribution at the top of the order with 14 off 9 (should have been 17 off 9 but his 1st 4 was technically a leg by) and got caught off umesh yadav's bowling.


    The match against Pune, like I have said, is an ideal finale for me as both my ethnic home teams are in the final (Maharasthra is the richest state in India yet most people outside of india have never heard of it). Mumbai is technically my home team and hope they finally beat Pune this year. Mumbai have been the stronger team throughout the tournament and should deserve the win. Me and my dad suspected some of Mumbais wickets looked a bit dodgy (fixed) against KKR and there is a chance the final could be won by mumbai due to a story fix (a la WWE) and hopefully it is an excellent honest finale on Sunday.


    All I know is bring on the Final Maharashtra Derby of 2017!!!
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    Whilst the Marathi in me is gleeful that both Maharasthra teams are in the final, the west-maharastrian in me wants mumbai to own those purple prats once and for all this year. how on earth pune beat mumbai 3 times this year is beyond me.

    now for match highlights (hopefully will get to beat Mackay to the punch).

    Mumbai dominated KKR today. KKR got bowled out for 107 in 18.5 overs. Man of the match Karn Sharma got 4-16 in 4 overs, Bumrah got 3-7 in 3 overs, Mitch Johnson got 2-28 in 4 overs and malinga the final wicket (1-24 in 3.5 overs). Narine got 10 off 10 in the venue he got 50 off 15 against RCB. most of Kolkota's opeining quarter went cheaply (Gambhir got 12 runs). Suryakumar Yadav + Inshank Jaggy both top scored for KKR with 31 and 28 respectively.

    In response, Chawla dominated in the 1st 2 overs (2-7 including simmons and Rauyudu's wickets) but KKR got hammered within 14 and a half overs. Krunal Pandya top scored for mumbai with 45 off 30 not out, with Rohit supporting him with 26 off 24. Sharma rather foolishly attempted a 6 when he just needed to keep rotating strike every other ball but pollard helped steer the innings 9 off 7 (not out). Parthiv made another contribution at the top of the order with 14 off 9 (should have been 17 off 9 but his 1st 4 was technically a leg by) and got caught off umesh yadav's bowling.


    The match against Pune, like I have said, is an ideal finale for me as both my ethnic home teams are in the final (Maharasthra is the richest state in India yet most people outside of india have never heard of it). Mumbai is technically my home team and hope they finally beat Pune this year. Mumbai have been the stronger team throughout the tournament and should deserve the win. Me and my dad suspected some of Mumbais wickets looked a bit dodgy (fixed) against KKR and there is a chance the final could be won by mumbai due to a story fix (a la WWE) and hopefully it is an excellent honest finale on Sunday.


    All I know is bring on the Final Maharashtra Derby of 2017!!!
    I hope the IPL isn't fixed like the world cup. World cup seems way too fixed in my opinion.
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    (Original post by ssharma123)
    I hope the IPL isn't fixed like the world cup. World cup seems way too fixed in my opinion.
    The chances of the IPL being fixed is wayyy higher than the world cup being fixed (which imo is not)
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    Fair play to MI - I can't say I'm not disappointed, though. They posted 111-4 to win, KKR made 107 all out, after Karn claimed 4-16: Narine stumped by Patel for 10, Gambhir caught by Pandya for 12, Jaggi by Johnson for 28, and de Grandhomme trapped in front for a golden duck. Bumrah claimed 3-7: Lynn caught by Pollard for 4, Uthappa trapped in front for 1, and Yadav caught by Malinga for 30+. Johnson dismissed Chawla and Coulter-Nile, via Rayudu and Hardik catches, and Malinga clean bowled Rajpoot before Krunal made an unbeaten 45 in the chase. He finished alongside Pollard, 9 not out, after Chawla trapped Simmons and bowled Rayudu for 3 and 6 respectively. Uthappa snaffled Patel off Umesh for 14, and Rajpoot managed to take Rohit off Coulter-Nile for 26.

    It was Karn's night. He and Bumrah produced a match-defining display of bowling - with combined figures of 7 for 23 in seven overs, to lift Mumbai into their fourth final. Rohit won the toss and chose to bowl first and his bowlers did the job on a surface that favoured bowlers. The aggressive KKR openers scored just three in the first over: Bumrah sent back Lynn in the second an Narine, had scored the bulk of his runs this season through mid-off, at a blistering pace: 78 - 36.45% of his 214 - off 24 balls - managed just 10 off seven balls. He was stumped, Sharma then dismissed Gambhir and de Grandhomme off successive deliveries an over later. Kolkata, at 31 for 5 at that stage, never recovered of the early collapse. They scored just 107, which MI notched up with 33 balls remaining. Sharma ended with figures of 4 for 16, and Bumrah with figures of 3 for 7.

    Sharma had a wicketless 2016 IPL after 16.2 overs across five matches. His economy rate of 10.46 was the worst among the Sunrisers bowlers and he was duly released after three years with the franchise. This season, he has spent the first half of the league on the bench as Harbhajan was deployed. But injury forced Krunal out and Karn got a chance. He conceded 39 runs in four overs vs Pune but recovered to registere nine wickets in seven games, heading into the second Qualifier, with an economy rate of 7.94. His 4 for 16, which included 12 dots and just one four, ensured Knight Riders were limited to a below-par total, which took Mumbai just 14.3 overs to chase down. Karn's 4 for 16 are his best figures in the IPL. His previous best - 4 for 38 - had also come against the same opposition in 2014. Karn's figures are the joint third-best in the IPL's playoff and knockout games, alongside Anil Kumble. The record belongs to Doug Bollinger who returned 4 for 13 in 2010, followed by Kulkarni, who claimed 4 for 14 last season. Karn bowled 12 out of his 24 balls on the stumps for three wickets after he was called to bowl the fourth over.

    Karn completely frustrated Narine: he started with a flat legbreak, which thudded into the pad. The next ball was fired on leg stump as well, and Narine only managed a leg bye. He denied Narine swinging room through his most productive region - mid-off - and forced him to jump down the track and have an almighty leg-side slog at a googly, which ended in a stumping. To remove Gambhir and de Grandhomme, you can see Karn's quick-arm action makes it difficult to pick the variation. It was only when Karn was taken out of the attack in the ninth over that KKR mounted a recovery through a 56-run partnership between S Yadav and Jaggi. Krunal was taken for back-to-back boundaries but Rohit turned back to Karn in the 15th, and he delivered again. Seeing Jaggi venture down the track, Karn aimed it flat, and ensured that Jaggi did not get under the ball. The batsman only skied a loft into the hands of long-on. KKR were 88 for 6 by the end of the 15th over as a result.

    For KKR, they made a mistake opening with Narine. Twice, he has done exceedingly well as an opener in this IPL and on both occasions, it was against RCB. Against slightly better bowling units, he struggled. MI's bowling is one of the best units in the IPL and the pitch at the Chinnaswamy dictated caution in the first six overs. It's also worth mentioning how much last night marked a changing of the guard: Pathan and Harbhajan both dropped, Malinga having minimal overs. The latter didn't bowl his quota of four overs (despite bowling well) in the last game v Pune and even against Knight Riders, Rohit brought him to bowl the easier overs. He bowled the fourth over when the scoreboard read 13 for 1, then the 10th over at 39 for 5, the 14th over at 71 for 5 and the 19th over once nine wickets were down.

    Interestingly, there have been more than 25 umpiring errors during the 59 games played so far this IPL. Four of those gaffes went against Mumbai Indians while five went in favour of Kolkata Knight Riders. More here: http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-p...y/1092368.html
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    So, it all comes down to tomorrow. Pune have won home and away vs MI this term, and boast a 4-1 W/L record vs Mumbai. But Mumbai are two-time champions. Rising Pune won't even exist in the IPL after Sunday. Team news: Pandya was seen receiving treatment to his groin during the second qualifier but Rohit has said he should be okay to play. McClenaghan, who did not play that game, will be assessed on the morning of the final in Hyderabad. Karn and Krunal will be crucial for MI. But they have been hit for 20 runs off nine balls by Tripathi and 25 runs off 13 balls by Stev Smith. But they have managed five dots in nine balls to MS Dhoni and 11 dots in 22 balls to Manoj Tiwary, at an economy rate of six or less. So, should they be saved fore the middle order?

    Typically, Pune have kept a lid on MI's key batsmen: Rohit and Kieron Pollard average 20.66 and 14.33 against them this season. Pune have only allowed Mumbai to hit 23 sixes and 35 fours. In comparison, Mumbai thrashed 29 sixes against Kings XI after only two meetings, and 47 fours after three rounds against KKR.

    It really is a tough one to call - but Pune can strangle teams in the middle overs. They have taken the most wickets - 41 - established the lowest run-rate - 7.16 - and accumulated the most dots - 321 - between overs seven and 15 this IPL. Mumbai, with 10, have the record for the most fifty-plus scores from the middle order in 2017. But only one of them has come vs Pune. Rohit's batsmen from No. 3 to No. 7 average only 13.86 and strike at 113 against Smith's bowlers. In 12 innings this season, Krunal has conceded runs at only 6.72 per over. Here are the strike-rates of batsmen who have faced at least 10 balls from him. Tiwary (83), Manish Pandey (117), AB de Villiers (118), Hashim Amla (133), Rahane (135) and Suryakumar Yadav (161).

    Rahane has struggled all season, but he has contributed two of the four fifties Pune have against Mumbai. No other team has managed more than two 50-plus scores against MI. But remember MI are big-match specialists. Simmons had three successive fifties in IPL play-off and knockout games before this year. MI definitely have the experience. Dhoni, who will be playing his seventh final in ten IPLs, averages 64.66 and strikes at 161.66 against Mumbai in IPL playoff and knockout matches. Sundar's economy-rate of 5.25 is the second best in the IPL this term, behind Rashid's 5.12. Bumrah has bowled more deliveries (152) in the last five overs than anyone else, and recorded his best figures in T20s - 3-1-7-3 - in the second qualifier against KKR on Friday. Pollard has faced 273 balls in the 2017 season - his second-highest tally in 10 IPLs.

    MI have made the final four times - 2010, 2013 and 2015, all against Chennai Super Kings. They won in 2013 and 2015. Dhoni has 7 final appearances and has won two titles: in 2010 and 2011. He has 168 runs in six previous finals at a strike rate of 150. Sundar, at 17, will be the youngest to play an IPL final. The previous youngest was R Jadeja, who was 19 in 2008. The only other teenager to play a final was Pandey, for RCB in 2009. MI's RR in the last five overs this season, 10.71, is the best among all teams. They have hit more sixes (45) than fours (43) in that period. Pune's run rate in the middle overs (seventh to 15th) is the second lowest this season, at just 7. MI have also had struggled - their run rate is a middling 7.72. Mumbai have also lost 40 wickets - the most. While Pune's batting has struggled in the middle overs, they are the most economical bowling side in the middle overs with an economy of 7.17 an over. They have also taken 40 wickets. MI's economy in the Powerplay, 7.45, is the best for any team this season. All other teams have conceded more than eight an over. Pune are second best - 8.06 per over. McClenaghan is the most prolific bowler in the first six overs, with 10 wickets.

    Pollard's strike rate in three IPL finals is 205. He hit 27 off 10 in 2010, 60 not out off 32 balls in 2013, and 36 off 18 in 2015. He was Man of the Match in 2013. Pollard has the most runs, sixes and the highest strike rate for Mumbai in IPL finals. Tiwary has 180 runs between the 16th and 20th overs this season. This is the most - and his three closest challengers on the list are also in the final: Hardik Pandya (176), Dhoni (162) and Pollard (158). Pandya has hit the most sixes in that phase (15). Unadkat's wickets in the end overs, 16, is second only to B Kumar this season, at an average 8.68. The other Rising Pune bowlers have picked up 18 wickets in total in the last five overs. Their most economical bowler in the death has been Christian - 7.60 in 10 overs.
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    I have to say, I've been impressed by Pune this season, and I'll be rooting for them. They seem a real tight-knit group, and the gesture to Tiwary after his father died - wearing black armbands - was second to none. Remember, they lost three of their first four matches. Pune don't lack of confidence, lack belief, or lack fun. After a dodgy start, Pune won nine out of their next 11 games. In Tripathi, the team's second highest run-scorer, they found the perfect makeshift replacement to make up for Rahane's off-colour season. In Unadkat, who had played only two IPL games, for Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils, in the last two years, they found 22 wickets. And the bravery to pick teenage Sundar allowed them to have a bowler for the tough overs; he was Man of the Match in the first qualifier. Christian and Lockie Ferguson stepped up as well.

    Unlike some other franchises, Pune's big names struck too: Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir, who was signed as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh and finished with 18 wickets. Stokes finished with 316 runs from 11 innings, including a hundred and a fifty, at a strike-rate of nearly 143 and claimed 12 wickets. He was Man of the Match thrice and had an important role in at least two other wins. Smith, who replaced Dhoni as captain, has been excellent, and there seems to be respect between the pair. Smith has made big calls, and largely got them right. Against Mumbai Indians, Unadkat was trusted with the final over to defend 17, and dismissed Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma and Rising Pune won by three runs. Despite their qualification for the final, Rising Pune won't exist next year. Their contract with the IPL was for two years only. It's a real shame.

    As for KKR, I'm gutted my team failed at the final hurdle. They were excellent in the Powerplay this season, scoring at 9.39 per over. They also hit the most boundaries in the first six overs - 117 fours. After the league stage, that figure was 115, comfortably ahead of DD and KXIP, both of whom had 92 fours. It was a significant improvement to their Powerplay performance last season, where they scored at 7.96 per over. In 2016, Andre Russell and Yusuf Pathan were the only KKR batsmen - with a minimum of five innings - to score at a SR of more than 140. This season, given Russell's absence and Yusuf's poor form, KKR promoted Narine, and he, Lynn and Robin Uthappa all finished with SRs of 165+.

    Umesh, Woakes and Coulter-Nile posted 17, 17 and 15 wickets respectively, which meant KKR became less spin reliant. Seamers took 53% of the wickets. Gambhir finished as their top scorer - 498 runs with four fifties. Only Warner (641 runs) had scored more than Gambhir before the final.

    So, what went wrong? Narine, originally a replacement for the injured Lynn, retained the opening slot even when the Australian returned. This created imbalance in the middle order. Uthappa, who scored three fifties in a row at No. 3 before picking up an injury, returned to the squad at No. 4 and made scores of 0, 2 and 1 in the position. Gambhir also dropped down the order, and made only one 30-plus score in his last five innings. They also had the third poorest economy rate - 10.18 - in the slog overs, after Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab, in the league stage. While they also took the most wickets between overs 16 and 20 (28), the fact that they conceded the most runs among all sides (496) undermined that success. They also lacked a game-changing all-rounder. Narine took only 10 wickets in 16 innings at 41.20. In seven innings against the other teams that finished in the top four, Narine made five single-digit scores and his highest was 16, against Rising Pune. In these matches, he managed only four wickets in eight innings at an average of 54.25. Man, what I'd have done for Stokes!
    de Grandhomme and Pathan both returned unflattering figures with bat and ball, while Woakes was used as a frontline bowler. Shakib got only one match, and Lynn and Uthappa were injured, while Russell was banned.
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