first_imgMumbai Indians reached their fourth Indian Premier League final in the history of the tournament after they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in the Qualifier 2 at the M. Chinnaswamy in Bengaluru, to meet the Rising Pune Supergiant final in Hyderabad on Sunday.In their previous three finals, they have won twice in 2013 and 2015 against the Chennai Super Kings and lost once to the same team back in 2010.They now are second in the list of most finals played by a team in the IPL after CSK, who have played six out of the first eight seasons. They were suspended for two seasons in 2015 by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee for spot-fixing and betting scam that rocked the Indian cricket in 2013.The Mumbai team has been in brilliant form this season as they topped the table with 20 points and looked in sublime touch throughout the extravaganza before hitting a rough patch. But they beat Kolkata in their final league game to confirm their top spot and march on to the qualifiers.However, their joy was short lived as they lost to the Pune at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Qualifier 1 and had to play the second qualifier where they steamrolled Kolkata to book a place in the final for the third time in five years.But their task is cut out as Mumbai have failed to beat Pune in this year’s IPL. The teams have met thrice and lost in all the three occasions prior to the big final on Sunday.advertisementIncidentally, Rohit’s men will come across a familiar face in the final once again — Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Dhoni, who was earlier dropped as the captain of the Pune franchise, had led CSK each time the two teams faced each other in the final. This time however, it’s Steve Smith who will lead the team but his presence in the team has and will play a huge factor when the two teams meet at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.last_img

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