And it is the big game tonight RPS taking on the Mumbai Indians in the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, Hyderabad. Much is expected by the two teams and their fans definitely want to see some serious action tonight
They won’t bat as deep as Mumbai do, so Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane and Smith will need to shore up the top-order, leaving MS Dhoni with as little rebuilding work to do as possible. Mumbai know all about this collective ingenuity. It’s a rare virtue in T20 cricket – but one that has been the hallmark of their 2017 season.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Lendl Simmons, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma (c), Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Johnson/Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steve Smith (c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni (wk), Daniel Christian, Lockie Ferguson, Washington Sundar, Adam Zampa, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur
What they said:
“He’s one of the more successful players in the last decade. Another opportunity to win the IPL. I know he’s up for it. He’s been good this year with cameos. He’s been criticised but you have to appreciate how he has done it time and time again.”
– Stephen Fleming is hopeful of a strong show from MS Dhoni in the final
“It’s important that all of us are playing cricket that we expected to play. As a captain, it’s my duty and responsibility to make sure we do that and don’t get too excited. We have to focus on the job at hand”
– Rohit Sharma is unwilling to let the prospect of a third title deter the processes that go into building up for the big game.