2. MI vs T&T (Champions league, 26 September 2011)- When a 99 run chase lasted 20 overs.
It was the Champions Trophy of 2011, IPL side Mumbai Indians facing the Caribbean giants Trinidad and Tobago. It was a group stage match. T&T, giants of the shortest format were filled with West Indian power hitters. Choosing to bat, T&T were expected to set a high total for Mumbai to chase down, but mind you they were up against a disciplined Mumbai Indians bowling line up on a sticky wicket. Some economical and accurate bowling from Bhajji and Malinga ensured that T&T were bundled up for just 98.
99 in 20 overs wasn’t very difficult, it was Mumbai’s game but something stood between them, a spirited Ravi Rampaul! The mighty West Indian along with Kevon Cooper bowled his heart out and the chase was dragged onto the last over. Yuzvendra Chahal was on strike two runs needed of the last ball, some sloppy fielding and smart running ensured Mumbai were home. It was a heart stopping game, a chase of 99 dragged till the 20th over and Mumbai won it by a solitary wicket. It was thriller of its kind.
- MI vs RR (25th May 2014)- When a Corey Anderson special shattered RR hopes
IPL 2014, a tight match as the result would decide which of the two of these would qualify for the playoffs. Rajasthan Royals were a step ahead, with two points higher than Mumbai’s points tally and a notch higher in run rate, if Mumbai has to win the match and hope to qualify they had to do it with a big margin to ensure that they march ahead in the net run rate race. Mumbai won the toss and Captain Rohit Sharma chose to chase.
If Mumbai had to win the match they had to chase it in under 14.3 overs, Rajasthan Royals put one of their finest batting on display with some special stroke play by Sanju Samson (74 of 47) and Karun Nair (50 of 27). Royals had set Mumbai a target of 190. What happened next was scarcely believable. Corey Anderson, in his debut season IPL hadn’t quite clicked, came out to bat at no.3.
He played an impossible knock of 95* of 44 studded with 9 boundaries and 6 sixes, Mumbai managed to chase down the total in 14.4 the additional ball didn’t make a difference courtesy a misguided strategy from RR to bowl a wide, Aditya Tare hit a six of the next ball taking his side through. Scenes from Wankhede were unbelievable.
Well it isn’t easy to pick top five when a team has created so many memories to look back at; but we’ve tried, do let us know which one has been your favourite in the comment section.