Mumbai Indians take on Rajasthan Royals in the Match 56 which is the last league match in IPL 2014. The numbers favour Rajasthan Royals in this match as they have 14 points from 13 games with a net run rate of 0.247 while Mumbai Indians has 12 points from 13 games with a net run rate of -0.086. What these numbers essentially mean is that Mumbai Indians can still make it to the playoffs with a win against Rajasthan Royals but it has to be a huge win.
Rajasthan Royals need to be defeated by 42 runs or Mumbai Indians has to finish the game within 14.3 overs for Mumbai Indians to qualify to the playoffs according to cricketcountry. If Rajasthan Royals wins or can restrict their loss to over 14.3 overs of Mumbai Indians batting innings or lose by less than 42 runs then Rajasthan Royals will retain their spot and go to the playoffs.
It will be nothing short of miraculous of Mumbai Indians can pull off a stunning victory and not only defeat Rajasthan Royals but also take the fourth spot on the points table and move on to the Playoffs especially after their dismal performance in the UAE leg of the IPL 2014.
Mumbai Indians win the match and qualify for the Playoffs.
OVER 15: Mumbai 195/4
James Faulkner comes into the attack to restrict Mumbai to under 9 runs in 3 balls or Mumbai Indians qualify for the playoffs. The first ball goes to third man for a single. MI needs 8 runs from 2 balls to qualify. A full toss from James Faulkner gets slammed by Ambati Rayudu for a 6. Mumbai Indians need 2 runs to win from 1 ball to qualify for the Playoffs. there is a run, a run out but there is still confusion as Mumbai Indians tie the score with Rajasthan Royals. Mumbai Indians need a 4 boundary at this stage to have the dominant net run rate and qualify. Ambati Rayudu has been Run OUT and Aditya Tare comes out to bat. Mumbai Indians can still qualify if they get a 4 or a 6. There is a lot of confusion with Rajasthan Royals asking the umpire. A full toss and Aditya Tare slams the ball for a 6.
OVER 14: Mumbai 181/4
Pravin Tambe comes into the attack. A full toss from Pravin Tambe and Corey Anderson misses it as he swings too quickly. MI needs 21 runs to qualify from 8 balls. Corey Anderson slams the ball back at the bowler and it races away for a 4 as he reaches 88 runs from 40 balls. Mumbai needs 15 runs from 6 balls to qualify. Ambati Rayudu slams the ball away for a single to bring Corey Anderson on to the strike. Pravin Tambe cannot believe it as he gets slammed for another 4 by Anderson.
OVER 13: Mumbai 170/4
Kevon Cooper comes into the attack for Rajasthan Royals but gets slammed for a 4 right from the first ball. A misfield by James Faulkner lets Corey Anderson get 2 runs instead of a single. A good short ball from Kevon Cooper gets Rajasthan Royals a much needed dot ball. A chance of a run out and the umpire refers the third umpire. The replay shows that the batsman is safe. Mumbai needs 25 runs from 11 balls to qualify for the playoffs.
OVER 12: Mumbai 157/4
Mumbai needs 51 runs from 21 balls to qualify. Shane Watson comes into the attack and a thick edge off of Ambati Rayudu’s bat runs away for a 4. Rayudu slams the next ball away for another 4. Ambati Rayudu finds the gap again and another 4 off of skipper, Shane Watson. Shane Watson bowls a wide-ish delivery and Corey Anderson gets an outside edge which runs away for another 4 taking him to 74 runs off of 32 balls.
OVER 11: Mumbai 139/4
James Faulkner comes back into the attack ad gets slammed for a 4 right down the field. Corey Anderson slams the ball away for a couple of runs. Mumbai needs 72 runs from 22 balls to qualify at this point in the match. James Faulkner has a word with Shane Watson to move the field but he bowls a slower ball that is called a wide. Corey Anderson slams another delivery for a 6 as he moves to 66 runs off of 30 balls. An outside edge and the ball runs away for a 4.
OVER 10: Mumbai 120/4
Mumbai needs 86 runs from 33 balls at this stage to qualify. Dhawal Kulkarni comes into the attack for Rajasthan Royals and Rohit Sharma gets an inside edge that runs away for 4. Rohit Sharma slams the ball but the fielder gets under it and Rohit Sharma is OUT. Dhawal Kulkarni has been expensive in this match but he gets rid of the Mumbai Indians skipper. Ambati Rayudu comes out to replace Rohit Sharma. Dhawal Kulkarni tries an off beat ball for Rayudu but it is called a wide by the umpire. A wide ball played by Corey Anderson goes straight to the fielder who throws it to Dhawal Kulkarni but he misses the stumps or Rayudu could have been run out without scoring a run. Corey Anderson slams a 6 to reach his 50. Corey Anderson has 52 runs off of 28 balls. Ambati Rayudu finishes the over with a straight 4 down the ground.
OVER 9: Mumbai 104/3
comes into the attack. Mumbai Indians need 101 runs from 39 balls to qualify for the Playoffs and 101 runs from 72 balls to win this match. Anderson smashes another ball away for a 4 and he has to continue this way for Mumbai to have a chance at qualifying for the playoffs. Corey Anderson gets a hold of another ball and it sails all the way for a 6.
OVER 8: Mumbai 89/3
Pravin Tambe comes into the attack. Rohit Sharma and Corey Anderson have to fight it out for Mumbai Indians to stand a chance at not only winning but winning within 14.3 overs to go on to the Playoffs. A good ball by Pravin Tambe to beat Corey Anderson. A good effort in the field but a better shot that goes all the way for a 4. An even better shot from Corey Anderson that goes all the way for a 6. Pressure getting to Tambe as he tries to bowl a googly but gets a wide ball in. Tambe improves his line. The umpire signals for a strategic time out.
OVER 7: Mumbai 75/3
Kevon Cooper comes into the attack after his blitzkrieg in the previous over. Corey Anderson is trying to muscle the ball away for 4s and 6s but Kevon Cooper is bowling smartly.
OVER 6: Mumbai 71/3
James Faulkner comes into the attack. Rohit Sharma comes in to replace Kieron Pollard after he departed in the previous over after scoring just 7 runs. Rohit Sharma smashes the ball for a huge 6 as it keeps sailing over the crowd.
OVER 5: Mumbai 61/3
Kevon Cooper comes into the attack and strikes in the form of Michael Hussey’s wicket with a good swinging ball. Michael Hussey OUT for 22 runs and Kieron Pollard comes out to replace him. Kieron Pollard starts his job at the middle with a massive 6. Kieron Pollard OUT after getting decieved by the slower ball and caught by Brad Hodge.
OVER 4: Mumbai 53/1
Dhawal Kulkarni comes into the attack and gets smashed for a 6. Anderson and Hussey are knocking the ball around to get the score board ticking.
OVER 3: Mumbai 34/1
Shane Watson comes into the attack.
OVER 2: Mumbai 19/1
Michael Hussey starts the over with a massive 6 against Dhawal Kulkarni. Kulkarni comes back with a good ball. Lendl Simmons swings and gets very little power on the ball which sails over to James Faulkner. Lendl Simmons OUT after scoring just 8 runs. Corey Anderson comes out to replace Lendl Simmons.
OVER 1: Mumbai 8/0
Lendl Simmons and Michael Hussey open the batting for Mumbai Indians and James Faulkner comes out to open the bowling for Rajasthan Royals.
—END OF 1st INNINGS—
OVER 20: Rajasthan 189/4
Kieron Pollard comes into the attack for the final over. Brad Hodge strats the over with a powerful shot away for a couple of runs. Brilliant effort by Corey Anderson to pull the ball which was going for a certain 4 and saved 4 runs. The batsmen run a couple of runs so Anderson saved a couple of runs but Brad Hodge picks the slower ball by Pollard and smashes it away for a 6. Pollard has to bowl a better couple of deliveries and he tries a bouncer which goes for a wide. Another short ball and Pollard gets the wicket of James Faulkner. James Faulkner OUT for 23 runs. The last ball is a full toss and Brad Hodge smashes it away for a 4 to end the innings.
OVER 19: Rajasthan 173/3
Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack. A good yorker followed by a wide ball by Bumrah. A bad ball and gets smacked away for 6.
OVER 18: Rajasthan 161/3
Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack and gets smashed for a 6 by James Faulkner. James Faulkner goes big again and gets another 6. Another good shot to smack the arm ball away for a 4.
OVER 17: Rajasthan 143/3
Pragyan Ojha comes into the attack. Ojha beats Faulkner with spin but Faulkner swing and connects the next delivery only to hit it right to the fielder. Another good ball from Pragyan Ojha as he bowls his last ball of the match.
OVER 16: Rajasthan 141/3
Shreyas Gopal comes back into the attack. Brad Hodge comes into the middle to replace Karun Nair. Samju Samson swings but gets a top edge and the ball goes straight to Harbhajan Singh as Samson departs after scoring 74 runs from 47 balls. Sanju Samson OUT after a brilliant innings and James Faulkner comes out to replace him.
OVER 15: Rajasthan 134/1
Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack. Sanju Samson guides the ball away for 4 runs to third man. Sanju Samson gets another good shot but well fielded to keep it from crossing the boundary. A full toss ball from Jasprit Bumrah and Samson smashes the ball away for the a 4. The 100 runs partnership comes up for Sanju Samson and Karun Nair. Karun Nair tries to smash another one away but gets caught by Lendl Simmons as he departs after scoring 50 runs from 27 balls. Karun Nair is OUT but after a brilliant and well timed innings.
OVER 14: Rajasthan 121/1
Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack to try and stop the fantastic partnership that Sanju Samson and Karun Nair are building for Rajasthan Royals against Mumbai Indians hopes of making it to the Playoffs. Sanju Samson gives himself some room and smacks the ball away but stopped right at the boundary rope by Lendl Simmons. An agressive ball by Harbhajan Singh flicked away for a 4 over the fielder. Karun nair reaches
OVER 13: Rajasthan 106/1
Pragyan Ojha back comes into the attack. Sanju Samson pushes the ball away for a single and picks up his 50. Karun Nair swings and gets a 6 in the same region as before. Karun Nair is in the zone and slashes the ball to get a 4. A reverse sweep and Karun nair gets another 4 to get to 45 runs from just 20 balls. Strategic Time Out has been called by the Umpire.
OVER 12: Rajasthan 90/1
Kieron Pollard comes into the attack. Karun Nair swings and gets another 4. Kieron Pollard pulls another dastardly bowling action without bowling the delivery. Sanju Samson and Karun Nair have hit a higher gear and are scoring well now as they end the over with a 4.
OVER 11: Rajasthan 78/1
Shreyas Gopal comes back into the attack. Karun Nair connects and the ball sails over the crowd away for a 6.
OVER 10: Rajasthan 59/1
Kieron Pollard comes into the attack. Karun Nair gets a top edge but lands safely as Bumrah tried to chase it down for the catch. Karun Nair pulls and gets the ball away for a 4 between the fielders at mid on and mid wicket.
OVER 9: Rajasthan 53/1
Shreyas Gopal comes into the attack. A direct hit and the umpire refers the third umpire for a decision but the replay shows that the batsman will be safe. Sanju Samson sweeps and gets the ball sailing away for a 6.
OVER 8: Rajasthan 43/1
Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack. A reverse sweep from Sanju Samson beats the fielder and gets a couple of runs. Sanju Samson swings and misses a faster delivery from Harbhajan Singh.
OVER 7: Rajasthan 38/1
Pragyan Ojha comes into the attack. Another good over from Ojha as he keeps the scoring down.
OVER 6: Rajasthan 35/1
Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack. Shane Watson sweeps the ball away for a 4. Harbhajan comes back and almost gets Shane Watson LBW but the delivery is too high. Kieron Pollard gets down and gets a brilliant catch to dismiss Shane Watson. Shane Watson gets OUT after scoring 8 runs. Karun Nair comes into the middle to replace the skipper.
OVER 5: Rajasthan 30/0
Pragyan Ojha comes into the attack to bring spin into the innings. Pragyan Ojha has beat Sanju Samson in the 4 balls of the over. Sanju Samson sweeps the ball and gets a flat 6.
OVER 4: Rajasthan 20/0
Jasprit Bhumrah comes back into the attack. Shane Watson has been very careful but he scoring very slow here after scoring just 1 run from 10 balls. A square flick and straight to Kieron Pollard who is quick to get a hold of the ball. Shane Watson just can’t seem to get the ball away for runs. Watson hits the ball to third man and gets a single to bring Sanju Samson on strike. Bhumrah is bowling a brilliant line to the right handers with the ball coming towards them. Samson finishes it off with a 4.
OVER 3: Rajasthan 15/0
Corey Anderson comes back into the attack. An edge flies off the handle and the ball races to the boundary fence for a 4 and another 4 to end the over.
OVER 2: Rajasthan 5/0
Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack for the second over. A well bowled ball swinging inside left alone by Shane Watson. Kieron Pollard is on his toes with every ball hit to his side of the field. A maiden over by Bumrah.
OVER 1: Rajasthan 5/0
Shane Watson and Sanju Samson open the batting for Rajasthan Royals while Corey Anderson opens the bowling attack for Mumbai Indians. Shane Watson opens the batting and Corey Anderson starts off the match with a good swinging ball. Sanju Samson gets a well timed shot away for 4. Anderson comes back with a ball that almost went away for wide. The atmosphere in the stadium is absolutely electric with the crowd cheering every well fielded ball.
Rohit Sharma flips the coin and wins the toss, he elects to field first.
Rohit Sharma and Shane Watson walk out to the middle for the toss.