Impossible is nothing. After the Kolkata Knight Riders wowed on Saturday, it was the Mumbai Indians’ turn to do the impossible on Sunday. The Rohit Sharma-led side, who had lost the first five matches of IPL VII, stunned the Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede to storm into the play-offs.
Mumbai Indians had to score 190 runs in 14.3 overs to topple the Royals. And they did so with aplomb, courtesy some blistering blows by New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson. After 14.3 overs, the scores were tied at 189. They needed a run to win and a boundary to pip the Royals on net run rate.
Wicket-keeper batsman Aditya Tare hit a six off the very next ball by James Faulkner to send the jam-packed Wankhede into delirium. The Royals camp were left in utter disbelief.
Such was the impact of the mind-boggling hitting from Anderson that MI captain Rohit Sharma could not believe that they had pulled off one of the most dramatic wins of the IPL. “My heartbeat has not settled yet,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Rohit Sharma: My heartbeat has not settled yet. The performance was such that it will take a little while. Such performances don’t come every day. So I want to dedicate this win to the people of Mumbai. Anderson was outstanding, and so was Rayudu’s knock ... Credit to Tare as well, hitting a six off the very first ball is very tough. We had the belief in us… We had pulled off such chases before as well. We knew we could chase this one down. It was tough after the UAE leg, but I knew we had the team to do well.
There was no pressure on us and we knew we had hit our stride quickly. We were in a similar situation in the Champions League T20, so we had the belief. And only brighter things are to come. We are looking forward to playing well in the play-offs.
Corey Anderson (MoM): I went there with a clear mind. We knew we simply had to go for the chase… We knew what we needed. We let them get too many runs. I am glad I could do something to bring them to their feet. Rayudu also smashed around and Tare hit the last ball for a six.
That’s amazing! As far as my batting is concerned, I just wanted to stay still, and not over-complicate things. During the latter part of the chase, I realised that we had a chance. It was about staying still and backing yourself. I wanted to be out there till the end.
This is definitely one of my best innings and I am feeling nice about my knock... Thanks to this massive crowd for all the support. It doesn’t get any better than this. Now, I do feel at home here.
Kieron Pollard: It’s a fantastic win. Coming out of UAE, no one thought that it was possible. Even at half-time, we knew it was going to be difficult. Anderson coming into this game was amazing, and Rayudu as well. We initially thought that the team composition was working against us. But we have a never say die attitude, and soon we started winning matches. Words aren’t enough to describe the feeling.