Anderson powers Mumbai into play-offs

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A whirlwind cameo from New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson powered the Mumbai Indians into the play-offs stage of the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

A whirlwind cameo from New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson powered the Mumbai Indians into the play-offs stage of the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

Anderson's cavalier 95 not out, achieved off a mere 44 deliveries, saw Mumbai successfully pursue a daunting 190-run target in just 14.4 overs.

Solid half-centuries from the talented Karun Nair and opener Sanju Sansom had earlier pushed the Royals to a hefty 189 for four, which the opposition had to reach with more than five overs to spare.

Anderson, with complementary vigils from Australian Michale Hussey and the homegrown Ambati Rayudu along for the ride, duly obliged.

The result finalised the final four teams – Mumbai, Chennai, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata – of of the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.

The left-handed Anderson was ruthless, striking nine boundaries and six sixes en route to the highest score of a burgeoning Twenty20 career.

No Rajasthan bowler was spared, with Aussie pair James Faulkner and Shane Watson proving particularly expensive. Anderson was, of course, named Man of the Match.

The Kings XI Punjab will meet the Knight Riders in the first qualifier at Eden Gardens on Tuesday, while the Super Kings and Mumbai will contest the eliminator at the Wankhede Stadium 24 hours later.

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