Anxiety causes chaos, it causes the entropy in the system to rise, forces people to do things out of the ordinary just to get rid of the restlessness that creeps into the setup. Individuals who conquer anxiety are the ones who are able to fight the opposition head on, all others are left fighting anxiety itself, leaving no room to focus on the opponent.
The one who deals with anxiety better will flourish, the one who doesn’t, will stumble. And flourishing in these big games is what separates the great from the good. Both Mumbai and Pune would be hoping to conquer anxiety tonight, if they can do that, half the battle would be in the bag.
Mumbai Indians have had a brilliant IPL this far. They have pulled all the right strings, have been clear with their ideas, and have executed them to perfection on the field. They rested their core during the last game and thus a rejuvenated bunch should be taking the field today at the Wankhede, where the home support would be itching to inspire their team to reach the IPL finals.
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Rising Pune Supergiant have had a mixed bag season. But a late flourish has helped them finish 2nd, thereby providing them with two shots at the final. Ben Stokes’ resurgence, Smith’s solidity, Dhoni’s wicketkeeping brilliance and Unadkat’s trickery have been all on display at different times during the league campaign, and they would be hoping that all of them comes together tonight, to help them edge past the Mumbai Indians.
Let’s get to business now!
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