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    I prayed Tare would strike a boundary: Anderson

    MI’s man of the moment, Corey Anderson, relives a ‘sensational’ run-chase

    Mumbai 26 May 2014
    You will fall short of adjectives to describe this game of cricket. Just when Eden Gardens was attaining normalcy after the Yusuf Pathan show on Saturday night, Wankhede staged one of the most dramatic finishes ever witnessed, in front of a sea of blue on Sunday. A herculean task at hand with a priceless Playoffs spot on offer – it required something special from a man in the Mumbai Indians side to turn things in their favour.

    It was that man, Corey Anderson, who had been silent throughout the tournament, who played a no-holds-barred innings to help his team cross the finish line. His innings would be etched in his cricketing career and the minds of thousands of Mumbai Indians fans who had thronged the gates of Wankhede Stadium to cheer their team on.

    In this post-match chat with IPLT20.com, Anderson takes us through the run-chase and his joy, which knew no bounds, as Aditya Tare hit the winning six.

    Excerpts from his interview:

    What are you going through at the moment? Please go ahead and express your emotions.

    What do I say! It is an unbelievable feeling, you know. I can only look back to the UAE, where we got written off, and then, look at our remarkable turnaround when we landed in India. When we came to Mumbai, we began to roll and there was a sense that we would qualify for the Playoffs. But to do it in such dramatic fashion in front of our home crowd is an awesome feeling.

    You had to hunt down a total of 190 in 87 balls. How much positivity was there in the dressing room to chase that total?

    It was a massive total to chase and the feeling in the change room was optimistic. We knew it would be tough, but we also knew that if we backed ourselves and gave our 100 percent, we would come out on top. Personally, you always want to capitalise on making a big score. Some days it comes off and sometimes it doesn’t. But tonight was one of those days when I could go ahead and get a big one for the team. There were times I could not hit the middle of the bat, but managed to find the gaps. It makes the innings a lot more special when your team wins at the end of it.

    Talk us through your innings when you were the only constant at the crease as wickets kept tumbling at the other end.

    I had faith in the batsmen to follow. Ambati Rayudu came out to bat and blasted every delivery he faced. It was a beautiful cameo from him, and credit to all the other batsmen who contributed to the win. It wasn’t an easy job getting boundaries off every delivery, but the guys stuck to the plan and executed it beautifully.

    How nervous were you when the team needed 2 off 1 and Rayudu was facing the most crucial delivery of the match?

    I wasn’t nervous, to be honest. I just told myself, whatever happens, happens and you will have to move on if we don’t qualify, and if we can get the team a win, nothing like it.

    When Rayudu was run out, there was a slight confusion over the target. What was the calculation from the dressing room that was sent out to you and Aditya Tare?

    The scores were tied at that time, and it came down to needing a boundary of the next ball to qualify. The calculation was simple – If Tare gets a boundary or a six, we would have sealed a Playoffs spot. It just boiled down to that delivery and hats off to Tare to come at that moment and do what he did in a pressure situation. We were fortunate enough to get the ball through for a six on that delivery in a crunch situation, and it feels splendid to end up on the winning side after that.

    Did you break into a small prayer from the other end when Tare faced that James Faulkner delivery?

    Yes! I was just hoping for a boundary, some kind of force that will help us cross the line. As soon as I heard the noise off the bat and saw the ball going over the boundary for a six into the crowds, it felt special.

    What a time to get a match-winning knock. The crowd sure seems to have found a new hero.

    (Smiles) It looks that way as of now and hopefully it stays like that. I haven’t fully fulfilled what I probably should have done all this while and I only hope tonight is a start for bigger and better things to come. It is an amazing feeling to see the crowd come and support us even when we were a bit down in the tournament. Hopefully, we will give them a lot more to cheer.

    This is it then, it is Chennai Super Kings against the Mumbai Indians in Mumbai.

    It is perfectly set for us. We play in front of our home crowd next, and if we take this winning momentum to the next few games, we have a good chance of winning the tournament.

    How would you describe this match in one word?


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