Mumbai Indians v New South Wales, CLT20, Chennai October 1, 2011

Can NSW ride on Super Over success?

Match facts

Mumbai Indians v New South Wales, October 2, Chennai
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

A Super Over win against Trinidad & Tobago has revived New South Wales after a poor start to the tournament. A defeat in that game, which looked very likely, would have put the former title-winners on the brink of elimination but Moises Henriques engineered a thrilling victory that has kept their hopes of qualification alive. Wins in their next two games would guarantee their progress, but they are up against a team on the verge of making it to the semi-finals. Should New South Wales lose, they leave themselves at the mercy of other results.

Mumbai Indians have had to field a side missing a few big names due to injuries but are undefeated thus far. Sarul Kanwar took full advantage of the vacancy created by the injury to Davy Jacobs and attacked the Cabe Cobras in Mumbai Indians' previous game. The match was washed out after the first innings but Mumbai Indians would have backed themselves to win after posting 176. On a superb batting track in Bangalore, Mumbai Indians were able to score at a good clip despite losing wickets as Kieron Pollard muscled his way to a half-century. In a way, Pollard owes his bumper signing with Mumbai Indians to New South Wales; they were at the receiving end of his brutality with the bat two years ago in the same tournament. And it was Henriques who bore the brunt of it.

A win will ensure Mumbai's qualification; a defeat, especially a big one, would continue to leave the group open.

Watch out for …

David Warner: Like the rest of the New South Wales top order, Warner has got the starts but hasn't quite pushed on. He struck 20 in his team's opening game and 38 against Trinidad and Tobago but the domineering approach that he introduced himself with more than two years ago against South Africa is yet to be put on show this tournament.

Andrew Symonds: He's had a low-key tournament so far. In two games, he came in with his side in some trouble but didn't last long in either. He didn't have much time in the previous game but blasted an unbeaten 14 in eight balls, with Harbhajan Singh for company at the other end. Symonds came into this tournament having not played any competitive cricket since the IPL, and needs to prove he can still be a match-winner.

Team news

Mumbai Indians are unlikely to make any changes given Kanwar's bright start with the franchise. Ben Rohrer has an impressive record for New South Wales, but has been dismissed cheaply twice in as many games at No.6. Whether his team addresses that with a change in the line-up remains to be seen.

Stats and trivia

  • New South Wales were involved in a tie, and then a Super Over win, for the first time in their Twenty20 history. There have been eight T20 ties this year; last year had the most ties in T20 history, 11 in all.

  • Kieron Pollard and Jacques Kallis are the joint-leading run-getters over the three seasons of the Champions League Twenty20, tied on exactly 362 runs each. Pollard has a chance to edge ahead.


"We've got to come up with a better batting effort through that middle phase. If no-one bats through [the innings] it's very difficult."
Simon Katich, the New South Wales captain, has a clear message for the top order.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo