Mumbai Indians vs. Rajasthan Royals, IPL 7: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMay 25, 2014

CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH - MARCH 29:  Corey Anderson of New Zealand bats during the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 Group 1 match between New Zealand and the Netherlands at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on March 29, 2014 in Chittagong, Bangladesh.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Mumbai Indians stunned Rajasthan Royals in an IPL game for the ages—winning a place in the play-offs at Rajasthan's expense after chasing 190 in 14.4 overs.

The teams were playing for the final spot in next week's play-offs, although the Royals went in with a superior net run rate, which meant that only a mountainous win would suffice for Mumbai.

When Rajasthan posted 189-4 in their 20 overs, it meant Mumbai were thought to need to win in 14.3 overs.

The Indians attacked gamely, but with wickets falling at regular intervals as they gave chase, it looked as if they would run out of steam. 

They did not—not even when, at 189-5 from 14.3 overs, the game was tied. A boundary, it was calculated, would still be enough to improve their run rate. Aditya Tare obliged with a six from his first delivery.

It would have been dismissed as too fanciful had it been scripted, but the upshot was simple—Mumbai meet Chennai Super Kings in next week's eliminator.

Rajasthan Royals Innings
BATSMENRUNSBALLSSR4S6S
Shane Watsonc Kieron Pollard b Harbhajan Singh81844.4410
Sanju Samsonc Harbhajan Singh b Shreyas Gopal7447157.4473
Karun Nairc Lendl Simmons b Jasprit Bumrah5027185.1872
Brad HodgeNOT OUT2916181.2521
James Faulknerc Corey Anderson b Kieron Pollard2312191.6603
Kevon CooperNOT OUT000.0000
EXTRAS (w 3, lb 2)5
TOTAL (4 wickets; 20 overs)189
BOWLERORWECONDOTS
Corey Anderson21407.006
Jasprit Bumrah43017.5011
Pragyan Ojha43107.7510
Harbhajan Singh443110.757
Shreyas Gopal336112.003
Kieron Pollard333111.003
IPL Official

Rajasthan switched their batting order around for the final game, with opener Ajinkya Rahane shunted down so far that he ended up not batting.

A pedestrian start, in which the Royals limped to 59-1 by the midpoint of their innings, looked to have opened the game up. 

Kieron Pollard took a fine catch to remove Shane Watson as Mumbai exerted control.

Rajasthan hit back, however, with Sanju Samson exploding into life as Karun Nair crashed a 27-ball half-century.

They both fell in quick succession, Samson exiting for 74—but the momentum did not dissipate.

Instead, Australian duo Brad Hodge and James Faulkner went out guns blazing, adding 49 runs in 24 balls together.

If the Royals had thrown down the gauntlet, the Indians accepted the challenge and played without inhibition.

Mumbai Indians Innings
BATSMENRUNSBALLSSR4S6S
Lendl Simmonsc James Faulkner b Dhawal Kulkarni128150.0030
Michael Husseyb Kevon Cooper2211200.0012
Corey AndersonNOT OUT9544215.9096
Kieron Pollardc Brad Hodge b Kevon Cooper73233.3301
Rohit Sharmac Karun Nair b Dhawal Kulkarni1611145.4511
Ambati Rayudurun out (Karun Nair)3010300.0051
Aditya TareNOT OUT61600.0001
EXTRAS (w 4, lb 3)7
TOTAL (5 wickets; 14.4 overs)195
BOWLERORWECONDOTS
James Faulkner3.454014.724
Dhawal Kulkarni342214.007
Shane Watson233016.502
Kevon Cooper43829.507
Pravin Tambe225012.502
IPL Official

Lendl Simmons, fresh off a century, mustered just 12, while Mike Hussey fired an 11-ball 22 before joining him in the pavilion.

When the dangerous Pollard came and went for seven runs, it seemed as if Rajasthan had control, despite the run rate.

Corey Anderson had other ideas. His big-money entrance to the IPL this year had seen few successes, but he saved the best for when it was needed, launching every Rajasthan bowler to all parts. At one stage, Kevon Cooper was the only man to boast an economy rate under 13 runs an over.

Such was the impetus the Indians had, as Ambati Rayudu and Anderson fired, that victory looked inevitable—but nonetheless, as the target for qualification slipped to 20 from eight balls, Rajasthan still had every chance.

The equation became nine from three balls, with Faulkner thrown the ball.

A single from the first ball put Rayudu on strike—and when he dispatched a full toss for six over fine leg they gave themselves every chance.

In the game within a game, it came down to the final ball, and Rayadu could not make a clear contact, run out chasing two runs.

The celebrations began, but the calculators had one last twist—a boundary from the next ball could still see Mumbai through.

Minutes of remonstrations and working out followed. Had Faulkner not been sporting, he could have simply bowled a wide, which would have sealed the game.

Instead, his full toss was picked off by Tare for a maximum, and the impossible was achieved.