IPL: Mumbai Indians Edge Rajasthan Royals in Thriller to Make Playoffs
Defending champions Mumbai Indians scripted a scintillating journey into the playoffs with a miraculous win over Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.
Mumbai Indians' highly-anticipated recent recruit Corey Anderson finally came to the party! What better time than this, most fans would say! With a mind-boggling knock of 95 (44 balls), Anderson steered his side to an unexpected win to scrape through to the playoffs (All images: BCCI)
Earlier, Sanju Samson's 74 off 47 balls seemed good enough to put Rajasthan Royals on course to a playoff spot.
Another uncapped Indian youngster rose to the occasion for the Rajasthan as Karun Nair smashed 50 off 27 balls to take Rajasthan to 189/4 in 20 overs.
Needing to chase the total in 14.3 for victory, it was Anderson's blitzkrieg that led Mumbai's chances and slowly but steadily faded Rajasthan's hopes of making it to the playoffs.
In what can only be described as perhaps the best T20 game ever, Ambati Rayudu's 10-ball cameo of 30 runs took Mumbai level with Rajasthan Royals in 14.3 overs. From thereon, Mumbai needed a four or a six off the next ball to clinch victory with Aditya Tare walking out to bat next.
In a dream finish for the Mumbai Indians, Aditya Tare smashed the first ball he faced for a six to take his team to the playoffs
A visibly elated Rohit Sharma ran onto the field as Mumbai Indians scripted a miraculous entry into the playoffs