Chasing 190 to win off just 14.3 overs to qualify for the playoffs, Corey Anderson smashed off and Ambati Rayudu played a cameo of 30 off 10 as duo helped Mumbai Indians register a sensational 5-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in just 14.4 overs.
Rajasthan Royals scored 189 in their 20 overs and Mumbai needed to chase it down in 14.3 overs. The scored were tied at 14.3 overs when Aditya Tare hit a six to take Mumbai’s net run rate above Rajasthan.
It was a humongous task to score 190 runs in 14.3 overs as the target was initially but Anderson, who holds the world record of scoring fastest hundred in One-dayers, showed his worth with one of the most destructive knocks in IPL.
Michael Hussey and Lendl Simmons made their intent clear early, though the latter was dismissed in the second over. Mumbai then made the inspired move of promoting Anderon to No 3.
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Mumbai brought up their fifty in 23 balls and ere looking in control. But in the middle overs, Mumbai lost a few wickets and when they lost Rohit at 108 for 4 in the 10th over, it looked all over but Anderson had other plans.
With this win, Mumbai edged out Royals on Net-Run-Rate to book a Eliminator match against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday at Braborn stadium here. Earlier, put into bat young Samson and Nair conjured up responsible knocks under pressure as Rajasthan overcame a slow start to post an imposing 189 for 4 on the board. Samson scored 74 off 47 balls while Nair took 27 balls for his 50-run knock as the two young batsmen shared a 100-run stand in 57 balls after early departure of Shane Watson.
Samson, who opened the innings instead of Ajinkya Rahane, hit three sixes and seven fours, while Nair’s knock was studded with two sixes and seven fours. Australians Brad Hodge (29 not out) and James Faulkner (23 off 12 balls) then joined hands in the last five overs to add 49 runs for the fourth wicket.
RR were 59 for 1 at half-way mark and went on to score 130 runs in the last 10 overs. The tall Faulker swung Harbhajan Singh for successive sixes over mid wicket and a square cut four in his final over, 17th of the innings, to take the score past 150. Faulkner then slammed one more six before holing out to Corey Anderson in the deep off Pollard while Hodge remained unbeaten at the other end.
Mumbai felt the absence of the injured Praveen Kumar and death-bowling expert Lasith Malinga. Main hope Harbhajan was carted for 43 runs for the wicket of Watson while the others too failed to stop the flow of runs.
Samson showed aggressive intent from the first ball and played a blinder. When it was looking that Mumbai might hold Rajasthan to belw-par score then Karun Nair played a sensational cameo to lift Rajasthan. Samson and Nair showed real maturity and played proper cricketing shots. Ojha was targeted by Nair after his second wicket partner Samson reached his 50 in 36 balls. The left arm slow bowler was hit for six and two fours, including off a switch hit, to help Royals cross the 100 mark in the 13th over.
When Bhajji was brought back to stem the run flow, Nair struck him for a four and a pulled six to reach his 50 off just 26 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes. He left immediately afterwards, caught at short mid wicket and his partner Samson followed suit in the next over by mis-hitting leg spinner Shreyas to be caught.