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IPL 2017 final just another game for Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene

Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene said that they are following the same training and planning that they utilised throughout the IPL 2017 season which helped them reach the final.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 21, 2017 15:28 IST
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Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene (R) with his skipper Rohit Sharma address the press on the eve of the IPL 2017 final against Rising Pune Supergiant in Hyderabad.(PTI)

To prepare for the 2017 Indian Premier League final, like it is any other match, is Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene’s approach. Mumbai Indians face Rising Pune Supergiant in the final of IPL 2017 in Hyderabad on Sunday night.

Rising Pune Supergiant had first booked their spot in the final by beating Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in Qualifier 1 after finishing second in the group standings.

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Mumbai Indians topped the group but the Qualifier 1 loss put them through to Qualifier 2, which they won by six wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday.

The head-to-head record between the finalists tilts the tie in favour of Rising Pune Supergiant, who have won all three matches between the two sides this season.

However, Mumbai Indians boast more experience, having participated in three IPL finals in the past - and won two of them.

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In a video published on Mumbai Indians’ social media profiles — Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — Jayawardene discusses his plans for the final.

“We’ll prepare ourselves the way we’ve prepared throughout the season and make sure that we give ourselves the best chance to win. But at the end of the day, it’s another game of cricket and that’s how we are going to treat it,” he said.

First Published: May 21, 2017 15:05 IST