The Mumbai Indians began the defence of their Indian Premier League trophy in disastrous fashion this season but they finished the group stage spectacularly as they clinched the final Play-off place in one of the most amazing finishes seen in IPL history.
Mumbai had to beat Rajasthan Royals and also overtake their net run rate in order to progress in the competition. The Royals, batting first, set a score of 189-4 with Sanju Samson hitting 74 and Karun Nair 50.
In normal circumstances a total of 190 would be a challenging target for any side but Mumbai knew that they had to do it under severe pressure and they only had 14.3 overs to do it if they were to overtake Rajasthan's net run rate.
Kiwi Corey Anderson was the catalyst for Mumbai's run chase as his phenomenal innings of 95 from 44 balls single-handedly catapulted his side to within sight of their target. However, the game did not end without drama.
With the match tied Mumbai had to hit a boundary to ensure that they progressed in the competition and it was left to Adithya Tare who hit the winning boundary as he hoisted Australian James Faulkner for six to clinch a remarkable victory.
The ending to this match was without doubt one of the most dramatic finishes ever seen in IPL history and was also a great advert for the game.
The Mumbai Indians will now face Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday in the eliminator. Before that, in the qualifier on Tuesday, the top two sides Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab come face to face.
Meanwhile the Mumbai Indians joy was in stark contrast to that of Kevin Pietersen's Delhi Daredevils who ended the competition bottom of the table after losing their ninth game in a row, losing by seven wickets to Kings XI Punjab.
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