Mumbai Indians v Royals, IPL 2014, Mumbai

Mumbai pull off stunning jailbreak

The Report by George Binoy

May 25, 2014

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Mumbai Indians 195 for 5 in 14.4 overs (Anderson 95*) beat Rajasthan Royals 189 for 4 (Samson 74, Nair 50) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Isa Guha: Rajasthan deserved to lose

The scenes at the Wankhede Stadium were scarcely believable as Mumbai Indians' turnaround of a campaign that had begun so disastrously culminated in the most fairy-tale of finishes. As Aditya Tare swung his first ball - James Faulkner's leg-stump full toss - over long leg to give Mumbai the boundary they needed to claw into the playoffs, Rahul Dravid rose from the dugout and flung his Rajasthan Royals cap to the ground as the team he was mentoring completed the most spectacular of meltdowns to lose an un-loseable game.

The shambles that caused Dravid to lose his temper would have broken less-composed men much sooner. Despite the mad-scientist experiments in their last few matches, Royals had gone into this game with a hand full of aces. Mumbai Indians, having decided to chase, needed to achieve whatever target they were set in 14.3 overs to get ahead on net run rate. Royals set them 190.

Corey Anderson, whom Mumbai picked in place of fast bowler Marchant de Lange, played the attack-shredding innings he had been bought to play but had failed to produce so far in the tournament. However, when Mumbai needed nine off three deliveries to win in 14.3 overs and qualify for the playoffs, Anderson could manage only a single off Faulkner's first to move to 95 off 44 balls and take his place at the non-striker's end.

Faulkner had eight runs to defend off two balls, but that equation lurched heavily in favour of Mumbai when he delivered a leg-stump full toss that Ambati Rayudu smacked over the long-leg boundary. Rayudu then mis-timed what should have been the decisive ball of the match into the covers and would have been run out had Shane Watson hit at the bowler's end. But the throw was inaccurate and Rayudu was eventually run out attempting the overthrow that would have given Mumbai all they needed.

That moment in the field capped a horrendous match for the Royals captain. Watson's timing had been incredibly poor during his struggle for 8 off 18 balls after opening the innings, and then he conceded 33 off two wicketless overs. As Mumbai began building the momentum of a runaway train, Watson looked listless and frazzled, and at times Brad Hodge was seen marshalling fielders to their positions.

As Rayudu sank to his knees after his dismissal, gutted because he thought Mumbai had fallen so agonisingly short, chaos broke out around him. Calculators went to work off the field, the batsmen and fielders crowded the umpires for clarification, and play halted for several minutes. Some Royals players had begun to celebrate - 14.3 overs had been bowled and the scores were only tied, Mumbai had not won - but substitutes ran out with the message that it was not done yet. If Mumbai hit a boundary off the next ball, they would make it. And then Faulkner bowled a staggeringly loose full toss, Tare hit it for six, got in Watson's face, tugged his jersey over his head and celebrated like a footballer. Beyond the boundary, Dravid threw down his cap.

The hero on the night was the man striding off the field, chest puffed, and wearing a smile as broad as his shoulders. Anderson had played only because Mumbai were in desperate need of men who could hit a long ball. His team-mates - Lendl Simmons, Michael Hussey, Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma - came out swinging but soon ran out of steam. Anderson's guns never stopped firing.

Coming in at 19 for 1, he hammered his first ball - from Watson - to the cover boundary and pulled his second into the crowd beyond deep midwicket. Anderson then watched Kevon Cooper york Hussey and pocket Pollard with a slower ball. Cooper conceded only four runs in the seventh over, leaving Mumbai needing 115 off 45 balls to qualify. They scored more than 14 in all but two of the remaining overs, and never less than 11.

Anderson slog-swept Tambe's legbreaks and googlies to and over the deep-midwicket boundary and repeatedly pummeled the seamers between long on and long off. Only 11 of his 95 runs came behind the wicket. In Rayudu, Anderson found an equally aggressive partner and they put on 81 in 5.1 overs. When Mumbai needed 51 off 21, Rayudu hit three fours and Anderson a fourth in a Watson over to turn the game. Cooper, Tambe and Faulkner were entrusted with the remaining overs to delay Mumbai beyond 14.3, but a battered Royals outfit had no self-belief. Mumbai had it all.

The despair Royals felt at the end of the night had rendered the achievements of their two youngest batsmen all but forgotten. Having watched their captain Watson flounder on a pitch that made the ball grip, Sanju Samson and Karun Nair batted fluently, repairing the innings to 59 for 1 after 10 overs before launching an unexpected salvo.

Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai captain, used five bowlers between overs 11 and 15 and Samson and Nair took more than 10 runs of everyone, scoring 75 runs in this period. They carved over the off side and slog-swept over the leg, they played reverse and orthodox shots and they timed everything sweetly. Samson brought up his 50 off 36 balls and Nair got his in 26; the century stand took only 9.2 overs.

After they fell in the space of four balls in the 15th and 16th over, Royals finally abandoned their inexplicable tactic of preserving Hodge and Faulkner for later. The Australians finished strongly, and had Royals used them better the previous games, they might have already had their playoff spot before tonight. But they had given Mumbai an opening, and fell to pieces as Anderson broke the door down.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Headbandenator on (May 26, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

Today has witnessed something I never thought I'd see. Rahul Dravid, a true gentleman of the game, losing his temper. Justifiably...

Posted by AshwinMS on (May 26, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

I feel bad for Sanju and Karun.Their great partnership gone in vain.

Posted by Twinkie on (May 26, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

Happy birthday to me! Mumbai Indians and Sri Lanka thanks for the gifts!. Exciting cricket, lovely lunch and beach time. What a combination! But now it's playoff time and I'll be supporting my countryman Dwayne Smith and Chennai. Love to see his buddy Kieron Pollard earn his money with the bat as well as he has in the field though. Many people were wondering at Lendl Simmons' late inclusion but he sure shut them up! Totally changed Mumbai's fortunes. Remember, before the IPL, Windies cricket already had the music, the dancing cheerleaders, drummers and band led by Mac Fingall, the costumed characters (Gravy and King Dyal) and the original Master Blaster and innovator Viv Richards, and Mr. Yorker himself, Joel "Big Bird' Garner. T20 is just deliberate "Calypso Cricket" and that's in our blood. Now if we could just discipline ourselves we could bring the crowds back to test cricket. We've got the talent. style and flair but not the discipline. Come on, Windies! Cricket needs you!

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

Those who are still criticizing Rohit is just not good. It's not a single match but since last IPL whenever he got leadesrship chance he proved himself. After loosing 5 opening matches in a row, it is only leaders duty to rebuild confidence in team mates. This year MI doesn't have any big names like Maxwell, Smith or Johnson etc. other teams like RCB, HYB, RR & DD are having big international players. But only difference was they don't have leader. Virat, Peterson, Dhavan, Watson are very good batsmen but they are not good leaders. Rohit is having tremendous leadership qualities. He is proving it repeatedly. At least for coming BD tour he must be tried as captain of India especially in the absence of MSD & Virat. Rohit made great efforts in rebuilding MI team after very disoppointing start. Great work Rohit. All the best MI & Rohit

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

Can anyone tell me if the last ball which went for a six would have been a wide ball then what would happen?

Posted by ani.. on (May 26, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

@wakenaam1103- what do you mean???? Corey Anderson is in MI while Binny is in RR

Posted by PRaj1 on (May 26, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

Unbelivable Turn of events , When i Simmons got out , i was thinking to cancel plan and watch Suspense/Action movie instead - I could project it as , everybody getting out trying to hit hard . I am glad i stayed on , It did beat any suspense/action flick . Did you ever see any team celebrating on brick of lossing match - RR was doing that since they qualified. This one match stopped heart beats for both RR fan as well as MI fans in those 3 balls of flip flop fortune...

And Even after match discussin was equally entertaining , Wide bowl therory calculations to discussions on Aditya tare's shirtless soccer style roar :-)

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

those saying Rahul Dravid failed but can u say that he can only guide and motivate these guys but it's the player who perform not a coach or mentor. in the end Dravid did good job off and on the field( representing India & Rajasthan Royals)

Posted by anver777 on (May 26, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

Its Corey & Pathan show on Sat & Sun !!! what a stunning 2 games during past weekend.... wish the play offs will have even more thrilling finishes !!!! HAIL IPL !!!!!!!!

Posted by eng_mdkhan on (May 26, 2014, 10:08 GMT)

To be honest I am happy that RR did not make it to the playoffs because I felt they got away with a few matches which they should have lost. However, not giving P. Tambe another bowl albeit till the very end begs a question. By taking him out immediately Watson showed how low he was on confidence in general I guess the pressure got to him and he stopped thinking altogether. Also note that the bowlers who replaced Tambe werer 9th-Cooper-15 runs, 10th-Kulkarni-16 runs, 11th-Faulkner-19 runs, 12th-Watson-18runs, 13th-Cooper-13runs...therefore there was no reason not to bowl Tamber earlier than the 14th Over. With left handed Anderson in where was Hodge's off spin, not a ball bowled. Anyways its history now and Anderson pulled Yusuf on RR through consistent big deserved MOM but lets not forget Rayudu's crucial cameo of 30 off 10 who kept up the momentum from the other end as well. So the two best teams and two deserving teams make up the last four, all the best to them.

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

Its going to be KKR vs CSK.

Posted by Chandramouli.G on (May 26, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

I really appreciate your reports about the efforts of Sanju Samson and Karun Nair in paragraphs 10 and 11. The way they rescued their team inspite of RR's struggle in the powerplay overs managing only 35/1 and then constructing the innings slowly and strongly, they surely deserved to be there in the Playoffs and worth a chance in the Indian Cricket Team.

Posted by Azizul84 on (May 26, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

To be honest RR was very lucky to escape loss against both the league games against kkr. In Both games KKR lost the match, not RR won. In this case they were some extent over hyped and there for their result is deserving.

Posted by srinideva on (May 26, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

There you go. Rohit became a candidate for Indian captaincy after this one game. After all it was Corey Anderson who won the game for them.. The way rohit is playing in last 6 months, he doesn`t deserve a slot in any format of the game for India leave alone captainship...

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 26, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

@BLACK_BIRD This is ridiculous. A fluke win in an IPL match (so many question if this is really a sport, let alone a cricket match) qualifies Rohit Sharma to be India captain? LOL

Posted by Karan_cricketfan on (May 26, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

Don't think you can compare mumbai india's chase to KKR's. KKR only had to go around at 10 an over while mumbai needed 13+ and kkr relied on a yusuf blinder while mumbai's was mainly a team effort.

Posted by Wakenaam1103 on (May 26, 2014, 8:35 GMT)

RR only have themselves to blame. A useless Binny should have been dropped long ago for Corey Anderson.

Posted by black_bird on (May 26, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

Rohit sharma should be the captain of india immediately. What a great batsman/fielder/bowler he is. Hats off to MI and rohit. Hope you guys will win the world cup in this season at ipl.

Posted by niazbhi on (May 26, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

MEK Hussey, Simmons, Anderson, Pollard.. Mumbai got their strategy right. Those who have high SR in international cricket can create a huge score in IPL if they fail bring your indian bats. Many teams lost matches thinking that we need to build the innings by sending a low SR bat at 3 or 4. Opponent would send their 4 or 5 bowler to fill in the quota.. at the end the great batsmen have a few balls against the top two bowlers who balls in a strategy of stopping the run (wicket taking is not a target). Send top bats at the top. ODI strategy would not work in 20/20. KKR has survived sending Pandey ahead of RTD, Yusuf and Sakib. They are a bowling oriented team and Uthappa is giving them a dream start on many matches.. so Pandey can afford to play for dot balls. More and more 165 or 170 runs are easily chased. So send top bats first.

Posted by srinideva on (May 26, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

Very good chance for CSK to set things straight this time by beating MI and KKR (if not in Eliminator 2) in final. Hope the bowling backs the batting power. MI and KKR have better momentum into the playoff. For CSK, there is MSD factor. KXIP have MM.

Posted by real26_03 on (May 26, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

Well I always had this belief that MI and KKR will go to the playoffs! There is something different in these two teams that make them special. I don't know whether this is true or that I like these 2 teams more! Whatever it is I am quite sure we are gonna see a KKR Vs MI fianls this time.

Posted by PPL11 on (May 26, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

We all have heard story of Rabbit and Tortoise, RR management proved us they never heard the same story !!

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

Here I want to point out one important thing about Indian cricket. Leadership qualities of Rohit Sharma. After winning last years IPL & CL last year, Rohit Sharma showing great qualities of leadership in current IPL again. Comparing all other menjor teams, MI is definately suffering weaker team than last years IPL. Opting out Maxwell, Smith & Johnson prooving too costly for MI. And after loosing 5 opening matches, it was considered as MI is definately not making playoffs. But here Rohit played mejor role to combine all MI and he started making belief everybody. And that belief only today MI succeeded to enter in playoffs. RCB, HYB having bigger names than MI. But lack of leadership qualities only they couldn't make playoffs. Last IPL Rohit played masters trick giving Malinga opening over against CSK. Today he played another master struck including Anderson in playing 11. Great Rohit. Definately Rohit is marching towards leader post for team India after MSD. All the best MI & Rohit.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 26, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

T20 is shifting more and more towards batsman. Teams are packing themselves with big hitters. If two fail other two will win the games. Only the likes of Narine and Malinga will be match winners. Other bowlers, well, humans are better to watch than bowling machines.

Four exciting teams in the playoffs. MI watch out. You needed a Herculean effort to beat somewhat demoralised RR. You need even better performance to beat CSK super power.

Finals: KXIP v CSK

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

@ymora003 mate you cant take 2 runs when you have only a run to win. Match ends when the single is completed

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (May 26, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

@No.444. Bowling a wide after 14.3 was not an option and I never said that. However, as some commentators suggest that MI had 2 more balls left i.e., till 15.0 for a 4 and 3 more balls or till 15.1 for a 6 is technically correct but then assuming 14.4 was not a six and should MI choose not to take a single (in 14.4), then RR could have bowled a wide (after 14.4) and lose but still qualify.

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 6:39 GMT)

A pure cricket entertainment could never be better. Hats off to MI who has shown that nothing is impossible in cricket.

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

it was wonderful to watch, although anderson's innings was not as breathtaking as pathan's the previous day. he just slogged from ball one, while pathan was dropped off it and then just overpowered the bowling in a way i have not seen since david miller's hundred last year (i missed gayle's). this ipl has been so enjoyable, so much so that the concept of watching feeble, gutless england this summer does not appeal. i have a horrible idea that cricket 2014 has already peaked (although cricket, being cricket, will doubtless throw up other excitements to keep us all going)

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 26, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

In t20 nothing is impossible. Amazing match. Rajasthan panicked . Watson was a nervous captain after all the happenings in the last week. All the criticism over team selection, the momentum shifting towards MI, letting slip of a strong position in the table , all combined RR looked lack of confidence. MI had all the belief they could do it. Yousuf's knock would've given hope that they could do as well. For RR, Samson and Nair partner was a gem. Future stars of india.

Posted by mak8874 on (May 26, 2014, 6:27 GMT)

4 best deserving teams are in play-offs ..... hyderabad, rajisthan and banglore were not in a mood to hold those positions ,,,,

its gonna be thrilling last 3 matches ....

my prediction is that kkr and kxi will be in finals

Posted by santhoshg016 on (May 26, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

Oh congrats mumbai, its was magnificent win after 5 straight losses in UAE, if you are csk fan get ready for the play off, on Wednesday Csk is gonna make MI last years revenge in final, and what about kkr and punjab, if KKR losses then Csk will face KKR in Eliminator, oh now its time to CSK to get revenge on both MI and KKR which they lost 2 years consecutively, waiting for the nail biting matches this week.. cheerss

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

RR seriously dug their own grave. they were pathetic the last week of the league phase... appreciate their efforts to promote youngsters but they took their experiments too far... in a tourney where finishing bet 2 and 3 has do much of a diff RR just became too confident and complacent and started experimenting way too early..experimenting should not come at the cost of winning... unwanted resting of key players... unnecessary shuffling of the batting order... Karun and rahane were needlessly dropped down the order...Watson himself is so patchy with both bat and ball and he himself was not clear on his position ... and rajat bhatia.. only god knows where he went... bringing a wayward kulkarni and dropping bhatia and tewatia who were performing well was mindlessly... its a lesson for every IPL team... never take things for granted unless ur confirmed of the top 2 slots... and not to mention pathetic 4 balls by Faulkner... full toss to the pad!!! twice!!

Posted by Chennai_Cricket on (May 26, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

One of the best matches in IPL. Rohit is having good captaincy skills and he will suit for captainship for bangladesh tour. 3 indian captains are in playoff but the ultimate captain is Dhoni. csk will definitely going to rock.

Posted by No.444 on (May 26, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

Well done to MI and KKR for some truly mind over matter stuff. The KKR performance was one man, but the MI was a whole team who believed. Really great entertainment and perhaps evidence that batting, like golf, is 80% in the head. I have never seen so many delirious people in one place. Lovely to watch.

@Siva_Bala75: if RR bowled a wide on the last ball they still would have lost. Score would have gone to 190, overs would have stayed on 14.3... Lost. Should not have come to this. If Faulkner/Hodge face more balls this IPL, they would have been through ages ago. Must have a Saffer coach. (I'm a Saffer btw).

Posted by Marcel_Ci on (May 26, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

Rahul dravid failed to inspire & motivate RR players during critical times in this tournament. Hoping to see another mentor in next season for betterment of RR team.

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

Anyway MI wins takes them to Playoffs. See the stats.. MI lose all 2 games to CSK in playoffs. Let see what will happen. Mi won the final last year. Any how now its going to be playoff. CSk gonna ROCK...No doubt !!!!!!!!!

Posted by Baundele on (May 26, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

Luck favors the brave Mumbai. In the last few days, no result went against Mumbai. RR kept resting key players and losing, Hyderabad kept losing, and Mumbai kept winning. Job well done.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 26, 2014, 4:42 GMT)

Agree with you @ROBTYSON. It would be perfect to have MI Vs KKR final. Would be nice to see Gopal bowling to Uthappa and Pandey and Vinay bowling for KKR. Hope Gautham gets a chance to play for MI thought that is doubtful. However what is even better would be to see Malya watch 3-5 Karnataka players in final. The players whom he could have picked and would be hard to get in coming seasons!

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 26, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

Forget all the calculations that were worked out. Allowing MI to come close itself even after 20 overs was ridiculous after scoring 190+. Something terribly wrong with selection. Binny gets dropped (thats OK), but no equivalent fall back bowler. Why did Bhatia no get in? Why was Hodge brought in? Steve Smith would have been perfect with great fielding, spin bowling apart from his explosive batting displays. Watson has been short of form the whole series - why suddenly come to open and eat up so many deliveries? The normal Rahane, Karun Nair with Samson on 1 drop would have been perfect.

Posted by jain84 on (May 26, 2014, 4:26 GMT)

Stunning chase by MI..well after Pathan's innings and MI's unbelievable chase, one this is remaining matches, captain who wins the toss, will be scared to bat first

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (May 26, 2014, 4:08 GMT)

RR did not deserve to qualify for play-offs. They lost the plot when the rested 4 key players in the first match against MI. At that point of time, one win and they weret through. Instead of securing the position they went on to experiment. They gave MI a sniff and MI took the opportunity!

Posted by Robtyson on (May 26, 2014, 3:55 GMT)

It'll be KKR vs MI in the final. I want KKR to win but MI will be the winners!!

Posted by Hrolf on (May 26, 2014, 3:52 GMT)

RR has had some crazy management decisions in the last few games. Don't know who was responsible, but Watson needs to take some of the blame. Epitomised by having Faulkner bowl the last over. His bowling has been horribly out of form this IPL and worst during the death overs. As soon as I saw he was handed the ball I knew MI was through. Two full tosses on the pads - no surprise there. Hope the Oz selectors were watching and don't let Watson anywhere near the Australian captaincy again.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (May 26, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

Let's face it. Watson is washed up already. How many times has he reached double figures this IPL? He's done almost nothing for Australia in short formats in the last year or two either. He is slow of body and slow of mind. Have you ever seen anybody do so many dumb things on a cricket field? I haven't, and this is coming from an Aussie. He's the last guy you'd want captaining any team. No surprise his team has been a leaderless shambles in the last few games.

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (May 26, 2014, 3:36 GMT)

In 14.4 MI will not take a single because it will fail to qualify. If a six is scored MI has up to 15.1. If a boundary is scored then MI has up to 15 overs. But then, if MI does not take a single in 14.4, then RR can give a wide and lose to qualify!!

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 3:27 GMT)

Harsha Bhogle did say after 5 minutes on air that he was wrong about the wide theory.

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 3:15 GMT)

people have talked about the youngsters of RR and KXIP but what about guys like bumrah (especially) and then gautam and gopal ( only yesterday he was expensive but so was every other bowler). Bumrah has taken up malingas role and has obviously learnt a lot from him .Yesterday his five balls to hodge and falkner were very important as bhajji had gone for 17 runs. This guy could be an asset a death overs specialist which india is lacking and he is also mid 130 s with an awkward action .So he should be considered for limited overs .Overseas stalwarts have a good effect on Indian youngsters and overseas youngsters also learn a ton from the support staff.This is the best thing about ipl.

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 2:54 GMT)

Great comeback by MI, most people thought they are out of the tournament after getting hammered in Middle East. Simply amazing!

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

even if we don't go into these fanatic net run rates, the match belonged to Mumbai Indians the way they destroyed the RR team. what flow of sixes and fours with unusual consistency. They deservingly won the match and a poetic justice to get pushed in to play offs.

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

To all those who are saying that a wide or a noball could have saved RR: it would still have been a win for MI, as they would have reached the target in 14.3 overs...wides/ noballs dont count...but the extra runs do..

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 2:36 GMT)

Having read all the comments stating that RR could've qualified if Faulkner bowled a wide or noball, I didn't get the logic behind that.... Scores were tied at 14.3 overs and if Faulkner bowled a wide, MI should've won in 14.3 overs itself, because the wide bowl doesn't count as a legal delivery... I heard commentators of the match also commenting about this wide ball theory and was wondering what happened to them as well!!

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

I do not understand why people in below comments are saying Faulkner should have bowled last bowl as a wide... guys if he had bowled a wide that means MI would have won in 14.3 overs hence qualified...MI needed a boundary last because they dint finish the game in 14.3 overs

Posted by a1234s on (May 26, 2014, 2:32 GMT)

all those of you saying that RR should havebowled a wide...I am sure Dravid must have thought about it... but bowling a wide wouldn't have helped... because the score would still have been 190/5 off 14.3 overs... remember wides are not counted as legit deliveries!!

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 2:27 GMT)

Watson was kind of arrogant in the field, He is not at all a captain material. I saw Ajinkiya Rahane was approaching to give some suggestions to watto, but he simply didn't care it and was just discussing with his other two aussie mates. RR would have gone with either Hodge or Ajinkya for the captaincy..

Posted by BhaskarHajong on (May 26, 2014, 2:23 GMT)

Some comments says that RR would have qualified if faulkner had bowled a wide or no ball of the delivery tare hit a six. Thats a brainless calculation. It would have give mumbai 190 runs in 14.3 overs as wide or no ball is not a legal delivery.

Posted by RambunctuousRex on (May 26, 2014, 2:09 GMT)

Rajasthan would have qualified had Faulkner bowled an unhittable wide and the keeper (or someone at the boundary) had collected it.

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 2:04 GMT)

If the last bowl was a no ball or a wide, MI would have still qualified for the playoffs coz the score would have been 190 in 14.3 overs. Simple logic! :P Between, great game of nerves for the viewers.

Posted by Jack_Russo on (May 26, 2014, 1:58 GMT)

I don't understand someone please explain . 14.3 overs and the scores are tied . Mumbai need a 4 or a 6 off the 14.4 ball to qualify correct?

Why did Faulkner not bowl a WIDE ball? the score would have been 190 Mumbai would have won but Rajasthan would have qualified correct? Why did they not do this? Can someone please explain?

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 1:52 GMT)

all people who are saying Faulkner should have bowled wide or no ball, RR would have lost it if they bowled wide or no ball since MI was already ahead of RR in NRR when the scores were tied. just read the other article on the calculation. BTW what happened to playing the game in right spirit ?

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

it's ridiculous to see people commentating here that why he has not bowled wide or no ball, my friends it would have been win for MI then in 14.3 overs only... u all are missing the point here that wide or no ball is not taken into account.

Posted by   on (May 26, 2014, 0:47 GMT)

In all this brouhaha, we Indian cricket fans, should not forget the fact that we saw three young players for the "future Team India" in action in this match: Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, and Jasprit Bumrah. If the administrators don't see it and nurture them, it will be highly unpardonable. Jose Puliampatta.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 23:59 GMT)

Just caught the highlights of RR v Mumbai > An amazing win for Mumbai as they chase 190 in 14.3 overs! Great game that will stay in the T20 archives :)

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 23:28 GMT)

adtiya tare's covered face = face of the ipl

Posted by Snambidi on (May 25, 2014, 21:35 GMT)

The comments from ESPNCRICINFOMOBILE posted at 16-04 GMT is a very interesting Coincidence happened recently just with difference of One over.This kind of bringing out Statistics of Stunning Coincidences is indeed highly welcome which adds to the treasure of our knowledge on Cricket.Thanks to the writer of the comment

Posted by Snambidi on (May 25, 2014, 21:28 GMT)

Yes indeed a great Jail break for Bombay Cricket in the presence of Sachin .

This IPL season 7 began with a bang from MAXMILLS& ended with yet another fromCOREY ANDERSON.What I mean is the Runrains accompanied by Thunder& Lightnings.In between Smith,Yuvraj,YusufPathan& DeVilliers joined the run festival though the run rains most expected from Chris Gayle was absent this time.A Gail from Gayle could have contributed more Thunders& Lightning to the run rains.Let us hope the next season would be still better with with new stars rising in the Horizon of the IPL.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 20:20 GMT)

Lol... Not quite in the spirit of the game, but Faulkner could have sent down a wide with that last ball. Then he really would have been public enemy number 1 in Mumbai !

Posted by kunderanengineer on (May 25, 2014, 20:14 GMT)

Great knock by CA and a well deserved and historic victory for MI. But as a RR fan I really have to question their poor strategy and strange decision making in recent weeks including today's match. Just for starters, why was Ankit whose primary role is bowler and who was so effective against this same MI team just last week, included in the line up but not given a single over to bowl? Why pick someone if you're not going to use him? I would have preferred to see Tambe bowl his full quota as he has done throughout the tournament rather than Watson bowling his second over especially after just being massacred in his first one. Kudos to Tare but I think almost anybody could have hit that one out. After all the discussions and meetings on the field on how to bowl that last delivery, the best they could come up with was a full toss on the leg side, especially after he had just delivered the same ball a ball or two before? Really??! And Watson's 8 off 18 was also a masterpiece.

Posted by ymora003 on (May 25, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

ERROR IN NET RUN RATE CALCULATION by the officials !!! MI needed only 2 run of the last ball (after the scores were level) to win, NOT 4. Those who understand the NRR calculation can check it themselves. Here is the calculation if MI had score 2 runs off the last ball instead of 6.

MI: [For] 2176 runs off 271.3 overs; RR: 8.015, [Against] 2170 runs off 273.3 overs; RR: 7.934 = NRR of 0.081 RR: [For] 2155 runs off 269.5 overs; RR: 7.986, [Against] 2160 runs off 273.0 overs; RR: 7.912 = NRR of 0.074

[Remark: 271 overs + 3 balls is mathematically 271.50 overs] MI would have won with 2 runs off the last ball (after the scores were level).

Posted by kkotnana on (May 25, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

Surprised that the players didn't know the NRR situation before going into the last ball (or so we thought). If they did, they wouldn't have attempted that suicidal overthrow and Corey would have kept strike to attempt a boundary.

Looks like Mumbai would have had better NRR even if they took an extra ball to hit a boundary. But then, RR could intentionally bowl a wide to concede a win and qualify.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

What a disaster by RR. All they wanted was to qualify somehow to playoffs and guess what, they failed to restrict MI for reaching 190 in 14.3 overs. Some great batting by MI and some equally poor stuff from RR.

Posted by harshthakor on (May 25, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

The greatest run chase I have ever seen in an like an unexpected climax to a Hollywood epic.The organization and spirit of the Mumbai run chase of 195 runs in 13.3 overs reminded you of a military batallion ressurecting itself from the grave and defeating the ememy.Mumbai Royals were virtually dead and buried before the chase and after Pollard was dismissed it looked all over bar the shouting.Ironically Mumbai had lost the first 5 games in Sharjah and at that stage were virtually in the same position as they were placed when chasing 195 run sin 13.3 overs.There could be no illustration about how much the game is played in the mind and Mumbai came out like cornered tigers from the ambush.Overall what won was t-20 cricket which reached it's absolute zenith in terms of performance today.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

MI with the style , quality and swagger of the champion team that it is have pulled off this astounding win ! Salaam Mumbai . like Yusuf's power blitz of Saturday , Corey Anderson did justice to his fame and his ranking due justice by his 44 ball 95 on Sunday

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

today Anderson gave his base price valves with reputable finings congratulations mi

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (May 25, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

Rahane took 48.3 overs (291 deliveries) to score a meager 38 boundaries. THIS when he has all the advantage in powerplay overs. If this doesn't give it away, then wonder what does! RR wrapped Hodge and Faulkner in cotton-wool at 7-9 (Hodge barely played any matches) while Binny keeps coming up the order and keeps making contact with thin air at a critical juncture in every match - 20.1 overs (121 deliveries) to score a meager 4 boundaries. A pathetic season of utterly boorish experimentation, a mind-blowingly confusing snaily approach by an opener aka Rahane coupled with mindless rigidity with regards to promoting a woefully out of form Binny comes to an end, at last; and rightly so. Watto did a Rahane and Binny rolled into one with his 8 off 18. Karun has been a revelation as opener. Out of form Watto can't give a blazing start as opposed to keeping the momentum going from a strong foundation set by openers. Only Rahane should have been displaced as opener. Simple! A gutted RR fan...

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

Mumbai has played a stunner. Win or Lose from now on wards we don't care. They have given the fans every reason to rejoice after losing 5 games on the trot. Proud of you guys for qualifying for the play offs. All the best against CSK

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

Improbable, Impossible win, Well done Mumbai Indians

Posted by Blackholesun on (May 25, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Awesome ! Awesome ! Two Incredible innings in two days !

What happened is indescribable. It was insanity that ruled the two games.

Every minute it was worth watching. Cheers !!! :-D

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

this match has got to be one of the best match in IPL history

Posted by S_R_Kannan on (May 25, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

Wonderful Great Effort by Team Mumbai.There cannot be a better finish than this in the history of Cricket.A Real Nail Biting.The Sixer of the Season by Tare in Mumbai's last ball.Beware Chennai.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

For all the fans of RR it has been a heart breaking ipl-7 for them. I sure that RR has paid a heavy price of playing the rotation policy. And that is how pathetic it was. After two defete whole season you can't afford to disqualify yourself and then hope others will not come at you. This only reminds me of the fairytale : "the race between rabbit& turtle!"

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

Following Mumbai Indians is like waiting for a heart attack

Posted by Roleplay on (May 25, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

Absolute gutted for the Purest soul of cricket " Rahul Dravid ".I am an indian but sometimes i really hate the fact that indians have never felt or realized the contribution of dravid to the world and indian cricket and always keep on shouting about Sachin Sachin.RR lost last time in champions league and it was all made about sachin though it was dravids last game too.RR have themselves to blame too with some weired selections in last few games but still the whole season's performance came to last 3 balls which was pretty easy until faulkners two leg side full tosses made a mockery of it.First was a mistake but second full toss was absolute stupid.Dravid threw his cap in anger in the dugout.Faulkner if you are reading this then u OWE to dravid to win the next IPL or CHAMPIONS LEAGUE .Rajasthan royals nurtured talent superbly but god knows what happenned in last few games.Rahane also seems selfish with his strike rate and doesnt seem to play for team.Samson,karun nair,tambe bright stars

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

The sight of Rahul Dravid throwing away his cap and showing disbelief shows it all. They definitely weren't losing side and deserved better ... Truly amazing stuff and a fairy tale ending!!

Posted by mngc on (May 25, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

Keeping Pollard too low in the order in earlier matches almost cost MI today, Those games where he went in with only 2 overs to go hurt but Anderson who had failed all along made up his price tag today. KKR yesterday and MI today have shown us what fun it is to watch a good T20 game.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

The sight of Rahul Dravid throwing away his cap tells it all. They were better side and deserved definitely better ... its truly a fairy tale finish as you said.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

It was an unbelievable match by Mumbai Indian.

Posted by CodandChips on (May 25, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Awesome game. It never ceases to amaze me how close T20 matches, IPL in particular, consistently get.

I don't really like Mumbai but if you scored nearly 200 in 15 overs you deserve to win. Who would have thought that at the end of the UAE leg that Mumbai would have a decent chance of winning the tournament?

Anderson may not have done much this IPL but he delivered when needed with that sensational innings. If Mumbai go on to win, that innings alone would be worth his price tag. Like Gareth Bale in football yesterday, the big money man has delivered when needed.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

When the score were tied and Mumbai needed a boundary in the next ball to qualify, then why Faulkner didn't throw a wide?? That way Rajasthan would have qualified for playoffs... But pressure situation makes you forget such simple calculations that sometimes throwing wides helps you in progressing through the tournament!!! Eventhough not a diehard Mumbai fan but they played well today and thoroughly desreved a play off berth today. Congrats Mumbai, well done....

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

Today look at how RR bowled so ppl blaming Bhajji and ojha should note that this was a slog fest .Nothing for bowlers here .

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

pretty poor bowling by faulkner in the death...two leg side full tosses..all batsmen need to do was to make contact with ball..never seen dravid with so much anger as well...RR match to losr and they lost it more than mumbai heart goes witg Rajasthan and dravid...All the very best for next season.!!

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

complacency on part of RR...they should have sealed their place last week ....before trying out new combinations.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

MI means Mission Impossible

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

wooow...what a match dat is..after UAE leg they doesn't seem to make it to d play-offs..but they done it.dis is what MI is..

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

great calculation+perfect temper+impossible= possible. tendulker proved again!! great match MI..

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

if faulkner had bowled a wide in the last delivery RR would have qualified !!!

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Mr. Faulkner a "no ball" in the last delivery could have secured the playoff berth for you.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

Superb batting today MI all the way

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

How ppl could say Simmons hundred have them in this position. If it wasnt for his innings them you think MI would have had a chance and his hindred came in 60 balls so its not like he wasted any

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

congrates MI. one ques will malinga come in 28 th may? i will like it more.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

Mumbai Indians great job. they have lost first five matches in dubai. what a come back by Mumbai Indians. others need to learn from you.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

my BP raised on watchng this excellent match... congrats to anderson and tare... all the very best for playoffs....

Posted by Tom1m on (May 25, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

Shane Watson's failure with bat & ball cost RR the game. Watson's performance in the qualifier last year too was dismal. Really disappointed that RR could make it.

Posted by mzm149 on (May 25, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

I don't get it what prevented Faulkner from bowling the last ball as wide when only boundary would disqualify his team.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

The session didn't come down to those last few balls. Terrible team choices and general poor death bowling over most games cost RR tonight. A big lesson hopefully learnt

Posted by ModernUmpiresPlz on (May 25, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

I'm not a big IPL fan but that was crazy. And a clip of Rahul Dravid throwing his hat in anger to ice the cake. Many firsts were had.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

what if bowler bowls wide? in that point MI or RR is won?

Posted by Fawmy on (May 25, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

WoW WoW WoW... Another beauty of cricket... Mumbai Indians deserved to win this match.. Corey Anderson you beauty

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

What a best way to qualify for the playoffs! It cant get anything bigger than this for #MI #Paltans...Corey gave his Money worth back to Mumbai.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Mumbai has the momentum going to the playoffs. The might as well defend their title this year.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

All hails for MI and Corey Anderson

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (May 25, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

Pathetic experimentation throughout the season culminates in rightly being kicked-out of the tournament. I'm gutted today.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Hussey could be the Stephen Myburgh today

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

This is crazy but since Netherlands have chased a target like this recently so MI should at least come close

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

MI need to open with Pollard and Simmonds, ten Sharma at third if not Hussey. That's the only way they can do it great setting to test Simmonds attacking skills. Great match!

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (May 25, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Lendl Simmons 100 is costing Mumbai Indians today as they should have won that match earlier instead on playing for 100 Simmons should have played like Maxwell for his team instead of achieving his personal milestone. I doubt he can makeup for that lost today.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

MI really misses Malingas 4 overs today.

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Remember, Ireland scored 189-4 in 20 overs. Netherlands chased them in 13.5 overs.

Posted by Prakmca on (May 25, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

Pathetic to see 3 spinners in the MI squad for all important game. Harbajan showed what he is capable of... Ohja should not be part of any form of limited overs match.......

Posted by   on (May 25, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Smith is not in the playing 11.He would have made great contribution. Wosh RR a facile win . All the best

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