Mumbai Indians v Royals, IPL 2014, Mumbai May 25, 2014

We showed that nothing is impossible - Rohit

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mumbai Indians were the defending IPL champions, but their performance in the UAE leg of the tournament barely lent justice to that seeding. Five successive losses were how they began their campaign but since the shift to India, Mumbai knocked off seven wins, the last of which was achieved facing humongous odds and in an incredible blaze of glory.

The equation before them was 190 in 14.3 overs. By the end of the 10th over, Mumbai were tackling a required rate of 15.5. But Corey Anderson's frenetic 44-ball 95 kept Wankhede rumbling. It became 9 off 3 balls and Anderson was stranded in the non-strikers' end after failing to beat long-off.

Ambati Rayudu lurched between euphoria and agony when he struck the next ball - a leg stump full toss from James Faulkner - for six but then was run out looking for the winning runs. He sank to his knees thinking Mumbai had fallen short of the playoffs. The 14.3 overs were up and Mumbai could only tie with the target. However, the net-run rate equation allowed for one more ball, one more shot for the home side. If this was sent to the boundary, they would progress. In came Aditya Tare and smote another leg-stump full toss over square leg to cue manic celebrations.

"We showed today that nothing is impossible," said the Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma, "A performance like this doesn't come everyday. This is for the people of Mumbai and our supporters all across [the world]. Anderson was just unbelievable. The kind of shots he played was amazing, and Rayudu came in and played a little cameo there, and hats off to Tare because hitting a six in the last ball and it was simply superb."

Rohit said his team had been inspired by their recent Champions League T20 triumph. After an initial loss and one game rained out, Mumbai required a perfect sheet to get into the final and that is what they accomplished to complete the double of a CLT20 title to go along with the IPL.

I think it gave hope to us in the middle and to the boys in the change room as well
Corey Anderson on the Wankhede crowd

"We did it in the Champions League too. We were in the same situation to qualify [for the final], so we had that belief in ourselves that we can do it and we proved it today. At the start of the tournament I said that this team has got all the potential to come out and perform like that and we showed it tonight. The first half is done [having qualified for the playoffs]. The remaining half is still there so brighter things are yet to come."

Anderson, on whom Mumbai shelled $750,000, never found his feet in the tournament. Noted for his power-hitting, his strike rate languished at 118 until the night that mattered most for his side. He came out with the score on 19 for 1 and relied solely on his power to enact one of the most poignant victories in seven years for Mumbai. Anderson believed the energy of a roaring Wankhede spurred their side towards victory as that 14.3-over mark approached.

"Little bit before [the last 10 balls] some of them started realising we've got a chance here," Anderson said. "I think it gave hope to us in the middle and to the boys in the change room as well. It was just nice to be out there when it all finished as well.

"I'm glad I could do something to bring them [Mumbai supporters] to their feet. Some other boys played some massive knocks tonight. Rayudu came in and smashed it and that last ball from Tare as well. It sort of never stopped the whole way.

"It was just about staying still and backing yourself. I think when you complicate things is when it starts getting frustrating and you miss balls and I think I did that a couple of ones near the end. It's a pretty special feeling to do it in front of the home crowd."

Rajasthan Royals had entered this match requiring a victory, or a narrow-enough loss to pip their opponents on net run-rate. They were noticeably buoyed when Michael Hussey and the dangerous Kieron Pollard were sent back in the sixth over. But in the face of a steady onslaught, the bowlers unravelled and the dugout grew tenser as they watched ball after poor ball being clobbered to the boundary. Rahul Dravid, the team mentor, said they could not execute their lengths but conceded reining a man like Anderson after he had got on a roll was always going to be difficult.

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  • Steve on May 27, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Corey Anderson played his second astounding innings in 2014. In Queenstown NZ scored 283 in 21 overs, in this game the target was 190 in 14.3 overs. While young and still learning the game, he has shown the ability to excel in impossible situations when the expectation is low. Just imagine how good he will be when he learns to play like Maxwell in every innings! Now he has the confidence in the IPL, the sky is the limit.

  • niaz on May 26, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Mumbai team is becoming dangerous... RR have too many fast bowling allrounders and they want to play them all. Strength in the late batting hardly matters, specially if you have a low SR bat gobbling up balls at the start. In one match they had Bhatia playing at 10. They should have played Thumbe on that match. It hardly helps if your number 10 has FC average more than 50.

  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    If RR want to left Binny why they take abishek nair, who do nothing in this ipl...Hooda should have given a chance....Watson did not bowl in first 6 overs in ipl...yesterday he bowl 3rd over..if they want to change openers, Rahane was the best choice to play with Watson..they wasted Rahane...they score 61 runs only in first 10 overs...why Tambe was not given more than two overs inside 14 overs?.. cooper also should have bowled his 4 overs in 14 overs

  • Rupak on May 26, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    A lesson in poor management, complacency and lack of discipline. You can't win such matches unless you have a very poor and lethargic opposition. RR was very lucky that they won few matches from losing position (2 matches against KKR, 1 match against RCB). They became complacent after that. They started taking things lightly after this point. Last 3 matches effectively showed their nature. How can people become so lethargic and lazy? This is madness, people pay you a lot to play professional sports. One should be serious in their role, not take it so lightly. I am happy that they lost and are out, serves them perfectly good. You can't be so callous and win.

  • Harsh on May 26, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    A night when David took on the Goliath making the impossible look possible. 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.Anderson played one of t-20's epic knocks combining the skill of a surgeon with the power of a boxer.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.

  • ESPN on May 25, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    More than MI deserving to win, the RR deserved to lose for being over-confident in their previous game and not aging three in-form players. While KKR fought to have the top two place even after qualifying, RR thought they had already won.

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