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IPL 2014: Rohit Sharma dedicates ‘fantastic’ win to people of Mumbai

Rohit Sharma (left) said Mumbai Indians had the belief to chase down the near impossible target © PTI
Rohit Sharma (left) said Mumbai Indians had the belief to chase down the near impossible target © PTI

Mumbai: May 26, 2014

Such was the impact of the mind-boggling hitting from Corey Anderson that Mumbai Indian captain Rohit Sharma could not believe that they pulled off one of the most dramatic wins in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. Anderson smashed six sixes and nine fours in his unbeaten 95-run knock that enabled Mumbai Indians chase off an improbable target of 190 in just 14.4 overs against Rajasthan Royals.

“It will take a little while to get my heartbeat down. Nothing is impossible. This kind of performance, doesn’t come every day. This is for the people of Mumbai. It was a fantastic victory. Anderson was unbelievable,” Rohit said.

The Mumbai captain was all praise for Ambati Rayudu and Aditya Tare, who smacked a six to finish the match in style.

“Rayudu played a little cameo there and hats off to Tare. We knew whatever target we see in front of us, we got 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 T20, so we had the belief. And only brighter things are yet to come,” he said.

Anderson, who was Man of the Match, 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.”

The Kiwi batsman added: “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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