"That's what we spoke about at the start of the tournament, if you look at all three titles we won, we had probably one batsman in the top five winning the first two titles and no batsmen this year in the top five". That's a little bit sad, but that shows different individuals have stepped up at different times and taken up responsibility.
Pune, who ended seventh in the eight-team Twenty20 tournament past year, had a mixed start this season only to pick up momentum towards the business end.
Veteran paceman Mitchell Johnson, who took key wickets in Mumbai Indians' IPL final triumph over Rising Pune Supergiant, has been hailed as an influential force off the field too by captain Rohit Sharma.
While RPS needed four runs off the last ball to win the game, Daniel Christian struck it on the leg side and signalled Washington Sundar to run for three, which would tie the game.
"I am very proud of the combination we put together and the campaign we ran. We mixed it up nicely", Rohit explained.
Similarly, when Rohit opted to bat first on Sunday night, they were merely sticking to a tried and tested plan. But yea, in the first half things didn't go well for us. Pune team maintained their cool and Ajinkya Rahane and captain Smith stiched a good partnership worth 54 runs.
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Rinne, who shut out the Blackhawks twice in Chicago to open this postseason, played arguably his best game yet. Louis Blues in the second round and when it played Game 1 against the Ducks.
Kieron Pollard ... failed to get a big score in the final.
Still their total was not thought to be enough and not being able to chase down the runs left Smith exceedingly frustrated at the result.
"It was a tough wicket to get runs, everyone could see that". And he reproduced that touch to capture the two important wickets of Rahul Tripathi (3) and MS Dhoni (10). Malinga was unable to pick any wicket but he gave away just 21 runs.
Earlier, Pune had choked the Mumbai Indians fabled batting line up while restricting them to a paltry score of 129 runs.The clash between the two sides was rightfully dubbed as the "Maharashtra Derby" by fans across the IPL fraternity.
"It would be great in the future if maybe the whole England team could be out there", said Stokes, who scored his maiden Twenty20 century while in India.
"I think both Pandya brothers have something special in them", Rohit said.
Pune improved their tournament record but may have played their last game of the cash-rich league.