Two legends, but only one perfect finish | PunterPolls Prediction
CLT20 2013 - A chance to see two legends play the T20 format for the last time was one of the things to look forward to at the start of this Champions League, but by some design and because of the quality of cricket played by Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians, the two players have got an opportunity to finish in style. The 2013 Champions League began with the Dravid v Tendulkar show, and it is ending the same way.
Despite being light-years away from their best form, they continue to inspire their respective teams - Rahul Dravid, in an active and visible role as the passionate leader and Tendulkar, as every Mumbai Indians player concedes, for being the guiding light.
Dravid joined the franchise three years ago and has managed to successfully convert Warne's Royals into Rahul's Royals after a topsy-turvy year that brought exhilarating highs and crushing lows. He had said at the start of the tournament that the team was closer because of the spot-fixing crisis they faced and that has shown in their undefeated campaign in this tournament. Their non-flashy players excelled playing a similar non-flashy brand of cricket. Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Brad Hodge, Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson have collectively stood up to every batting challenge efficiently, but it's their bowling that has surprised most, with inspirational performances from inexperienced players like Pravin Tambe, Rahul Shukla and Vikramjeet Malik.
We are bit late today, but we are hoping that things will go according to our experts. Two best team of the tournament are facing each other in the decider. What a co-incidence that both team had also played the opener at Jaipur. Again; Royals have won the toss and elected to bowl first. Just like they did in their first encounter.
While analysing both the teams we can see that Royals chasing in this match is bit unsure in the absence of Brad Hodge and the venue changed to Delhi. Like to remind you all that Royals are playing very first time out of Jaipur. Though Mumbai Indians have already played two games on this pitch; this is the first time they have been asked to bat first on this track.
According to our experts, at this stage batting first is always an advantage and we have seen MI do struggle while chasing at the big stage. On the other hand, Royals in the absence of Hodge can struggle while chasing anything more than 155.
So to keep everything in mind, our experts have decided to go with Mumbai Indians in this match. We are also expecting a good match here and chasing team will play with sum pressure on their shoulders. So keep your figures cross. 🙂
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Final: Mum Indians v Royals at Delhi, 6 Oct
- Rajasthan Royals (62% Votes)
- Mumbai Indians (38% Votes)