MI have also an another reason to cheer in IPL10 as they have become first IPL team to win 100 matches in the league.
Although Smith's side lost the Test series 1-2, and there was uncertainty over whether the Australians would seamlessly fit into their respective IPL teams, the RPS skipper was warmly welcomed into the franchise league.
Nitish Rana has been one of the finds but when Ambati Rayudu came back from injury, he was equally effective.
Mumbai could never recover from those early jolts and only a gritty 47 by Krunal Pandya ensured the two-time champions escaped the embarrassment of posting the lowest-ever score in an IPL final.
Jaydev Unadkat's (2/19 in 4 overs) dream edition just got better as he dealt twin blows in the third over removing both Parthiv Patel (4) and Lendl Simmons (3) within a space of three deliveries.
Chasing is another aspect that hasn't been Mumbai's forte. The bowling department, though, is an embarrassment of riches. He has been one of the outstanding contributors of their campaign as the team's top run-getter with 421 runs.
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.
On the other hand, Pune looks like a very confident unit and would be fresh after a small break.
Neutral cricket lovers would love to see Pune win simply because any underdog team triumphing in a league adds to the aura of the tournament. The onus of scoring runs will once again be on the three big names: Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith and MS Dhoni but Mumbai would be aware of what Manoj Tiwary can do as well. If you did watch the first qualifier between RSP vs Mumbai, you must be knowing what kind of a damage he can do the opposition. "Of course he has had great help from Dhoni", former India captain Sunil Gavaskar wrote in a column in The Times of India. The services of their English all-rounder Ben Stokes, their finest performer, and the prolific wicket-taker Imran Tahir will be sorely missed by Pune but they have shown the ability to win even in their absence.
He eased out of the opening role, giving Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine the go-ahead, but still garnered the second most number of runs this season (498), employing his new-found open stance to great effect. If Pune need some real pace, they have Lockie Ferguson to unleash. Mumbai were given a little bit of a wake up call, losing their qualifier to Rising Pune Supergiants but recovered strongly to beat Kolkata Knight Riders in the second qualifier to make it to their fourth IPL finals.
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