IPL 2014 Match 56: Anderson delivers in the right place at the right time to hand Mumbai playoffs berth

The Mumbai Indians go ballistic after qualifying for the playoffs

The Mumbai Indians go ballistic after qualifying for the playoffs

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New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson delivered in the right place at the right time, smashing an unbeaten 95 to not only knock the Rajasthan Royals out of the Indian Premier League (IPL), but also hand the Mumbai Indians a spot in the playoffs.

However, Rajasthan’s batting duo of Sanju Samson and Karun Nair deserve a lot of credit as they both hammered valiant half-centuries.

Mumbai captain Rohti Sharma would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first early on after Rajasthan skipper Shane Watson was caught by Kieron Pollard, who celebrated with a hilarious air guitar performance, off the bowling of Harbhajan Singh for eight runs.

Nair and Samson made up for the early loss of Watson with a brilliant 100-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Nair was caught by Lendl Simmons at short midwicket off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah.

Samson and Nair both scored gutsy half-centuries

Samson and Nair both scored gutsy half-centuries

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Nair’s fantastic knock of 50 came off 27 balls and included seven boundaries and two sixes.

Samson ended up making 74 off 47 deliveries, which included seven boundaries and three sixes, before he was caught by Singh at point off the bowling of Shreyas Gopal.

James Faulkner and Brad Hodge gave Rajasthan a much-needed boost as they put together a 49-run partnership before Faulkner was caught by Anderson at deep midwicket off the bowling of Pollard for 23.

Hodge went on to score an unbeaten 29.

Thanks to Samson and Nair, Rajasthan finished on 189/4 off their 20 overs.

Bumrah, Singh, Gopal and Pollard picked up one wicket apiece.

Needing to chase 190 off just 87 balls to qualify for the playoffs, Mumbai got off to a poor start as Simmons was caught by Faulkner at mid-on off the bowling of Dhawal Kulkarni for 12.

Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey managed to make 22 runs before he was clean bowled by Kevon Cooper.

Cooper struck again just four balls later when Pollard was caught by Hodge at square leg for seven runs.

Sharma failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Nair off the bowling of Kulkarni.

Anderson and Ambati Rayudu amassed a vital 81-run partnership, during which Anderson registered his half-century, before Rayudu was run out by Nair for 30, which came off 10 balls and included five boundaries and a six.

Needing a boundary to win off the very next ball, Aditya Tare did his best Mahendra Singh Dhoni impersonation by launching Faulkner for a huge six.

Anderson remained undefeated on 95 off 44 balls, which included nine boundaries and an incredible six sixes.

Anderson hammered nine boundaries and six sixes during his match-winning knock of 95

Anderson hammered nine boundaries and six sixes during his match-winning knock of 95

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Kulkarni and Cooper claimed two wickets each.

Sharma was over the moon at having qualified for the playoffs, and said: “It will take a little while to get my hearbeat down.┬áNothing is impossible. That performance doesn’t come every day. This is for the people of Mumbai. It was a fantastic victory. Anderson was unbelievable. Rayudu played a little cameo there and hats off to Tare. We knew whatever target we see in front of us, we [had to] go and chase it. 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, so we had the belief. Only brighter things are yet to come.”

Anderson was named Man of the Match, and said: “We knew what we needed. We let them get too many runs. I’m glad I could do something to bring them to their feet. Rayudu came in and smashed it and that last ball from tare as well. It was about staying still and backing yourself. The thing is when you complicate things you get in trouble. People started realising we had a chance here and I wanted to be out there in the end. It doesn’t get any better than this. The Mumbai crowd are unbelievable. Now I do feel at home here.”

 

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