Mumbai were set 190 to win by Rajasthan Royals in the final game of the regular season at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday but needed to reach the target in 14.3 overs to overtake their opponents on net run rate and progress to the finals.
Sharma’s men looked to have fallen a run short in their quest when Ambati Rayudu (30) had been run out following the 87th delivery of the match, leaving Mumbai on 189-5 and ending his partnership with Corey Anderson (95 not out) after they had put on 81 in just 31 balls.
However, after some confusion it was confirmed that Mumbai could qualify by hitting a boundary off the next ball, a feat that was achieved by Aditya Tare when he smashed a full toss from James Faulkner (0-54 from 3.4 overs) over the boundary rope for six, taking the hosts to 195-5.
That six moved Mumbai’s run rate ahead of that of the Royals and sparked wild celebrations among players and fans and leaving Rohit to reflect on an incredible achievement.
“We showed today that nothing is impossible,” he said. “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.”
It was New Zealand all-rounder Anderson who set the platform for the win as he showcased the talent that led him to record the fastest one-day international century in history in January.
“I’m glad I could do something to bring them (Mumbai supporters) to their feet,” Anderson said.
“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.”
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