Mumbai boy Shreyas Iyer who plays for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, said: "Fans have seen more worldwide cricket over the years and they respect people like Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli for what they have achieved for the country. But the way Dhoni is playing with those 40 runs he got in the last two overs, he can help them win the final", he predicts.
Karn was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Bumrah snapped up three, Mitchell Johnson got two and Lasith Malinga chipped in with one.
Speaking about M. S. Dhoni, Smith reminded that the former is one of the most successful players and felt that the final tomorrow is another opportunity for him.
Harbhajan Singh is the other big talking point as far as team selection is concerned, with the off-spinner missing both of MI's playoff games so far.
Disciplined bowling from Delhi Daredevils, led by Zaheer Khan, saw them beat Rising Pune Supergiant by 7 runs in their IPL 2017 match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.
He has played six finals between 2008 and 2015 for the Chennai Super Kings, winning the 2010 and 2011 editions.
However Pune, whose two-year run along with the Gujarat Lions ends this season, may be playing their last game in the cash-rich league after being denied an extension by the league's governing council early this month. Rising Pune are second best - 8.06 per over. "What we have to appreciate is that he has been around for so long and has always been sharing his views which have been really helpful to the team", said Smith. "Yeah, those guys are quite young and haven't played these kinds of high-pressure final games", Smith felt.
On the other hand, each and every single member of the Pune team, right from skipper Steve Smith to rookies Washington Sundar and Rahul Tripathi have done their job to perfection. I am sure the game tomorrow is going to be not an easy one."The fact that we had a couple of days to relax and regroup after a very good game against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai, it's been very nice".
Another performer for Rising Pune has been Manoj Tiwary.
4 Number of times Mumbai Indians have made the IPL final.
Rising Pune Supergiant registered a third consecutive win over Mumbai Indians in the qualifier game in Mumbai.
In the bowling department, a lot will be depending on left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat and off-spinner Washington Sundar.
Under Smith's captaincy, RPS not only look good on paper, but have managed to impress everyone on the field as well. Captain Rohit himself, along with Parthiv Patel, Ambati Rayudu, Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard are big threats with the bat.
Sri Lankan batting great Mahela Jayawardene is Mumbai Indians' coach. Karn Sharma was the destroyer for MI, while Krunal Pandya's performance stood out in the run-chase.