Mumbai Indians v Cape Cobras, CLT20, Bangalore September 30, 2011

Washout after Mumbai make 176

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Match abandoned Mumbai Indians 176 for 5 (Pollard 58, Kanwar 45) v Cape Cobras
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Two men at different ends of the Twenty20 spectrum powered Mumbai Indians to their best batting performance in the tournament after which heavy rain wiped out the match. One of the biggest names in the format, Kieron Pollard, and a debutant, Sarul Kanwar, went on a six-hitting spree as Mumbai put up a strong 176 against Cape Cobras.

Aiden Blizzard was expected to be the fire starter at the top of the order for Mumbai, instead it was the little known Kanwar who provided the pyrotechnics. Kanwar, a 23-year-old Punjab opener with only one season of domestic cricket behind him, showed no fear in his first big game, clouting the Cobras fast bowlers.

The first shot to make people sit up was a clean swing that sent Charl Langeveldt over the midwicket boundary in the second over. Langeveldt was taken for a four and a six square on the leg side in his next over, and JP Duminy disappeared for 17 in the fifth, before Kanwar showed he can hit straight as well by thumping Vernon Philander over long-off. After five sixes and three fours, he nearly got to his half-century with a stylish hit over deep extra cover but the shot lacked a few yards and was caught.

Kanwar's effort solved Mumbai's headache at the top of the order, and they will also be pleased with the return to form of one of their middle-order stars, Pollard. With Blizzard and Ambati Rayudu falling soon after Kanwar, Mumbai were in danger of losing their way before Pollard intervened. He warmed up with two monstrous straight sixes off JP Duminy, before backing it up with a couple of fours behind square leg. James Franklin joined in by launching Robin Peterson for two more sixes. By the time Pollard completed Langeveldt's horror day by scoring 18 in the 16th over, Mumbai had surged to 143 for 3.

Cobras managed to pull it back a bit in the final overs, with Justin Kemp giving away only two runs in the 17th, but some more boundaries from Andrew Symonds pushed Mumbai to 176. Even as the Mumbai innings wound to an end, the rains arrived and stayed for several hours, forcing the team to split points.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 30-30-150 on October 1, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Bad luck for Cobras in fact. They had to win this one. It was like do or die.. But look what happened. Now they need to win their last game and hope other results go as per their liking.

  • dummy4fb on October 1, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    bad luck for mumbai indians.

  • Shaitan_Zindabad on October 1, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    The best part was that Pollard scored off balls that were not hit-able all the time. For me, in spite of all the sixes, his best shot was the one when he intentionally dug-edged one towards third man for four. Brilliant. Wish he could be as level headed all the time. Mumbai should sail through.

  • SRAM20 on September 30, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Mumbai is not safe yet. If they lose to NSW in their next match, they can be eliminated if Cobras win their next game against T&T and if NSW beat Chennai also (or if Chennai beat both T&T and NSW, Chennai go to semis with Cobras)

  • Shaitan_Zindabad on September 30, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Am i the only one who noticed Harbhajan's lack of passion and genuine happiness while applauding his team mates efforts from the dug out? Bad luck Mumbai. They did really well against a team that's slated as one of the favorites to lift the cup.

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Sarul Kanwar made a splash in his first game for Mumbai

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Hard Luck for the Mumbai Indians Team - The Batting Department showed the power they have. Good Clean Hitting by Pollard and Franklin. Good 1st Game for Sarul. Rayudu needs to be more patient and anchor the innings as he is the most consistent player Mumbai Camp has.... Lets hope on Sunday we see a good innings from him and the rest of the Gang.

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    @davidpk: wish u saw the cricket matches played in the UK earlier this month and may be u wud have had a better.

  • bumsonseats on September 30, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    thought u guys said it only rains at cricket games in the uk. dpk

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    I like it :) ..................................... .....................................

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