Somerset v MI, 2nd semi-final, CLT20, Chennai October 8, 2011

Mumbai Indians win big moments and the semi-final

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Mumbai Indians 160 for 5 (Blizzard 54, Sathish 25*) beat Somerset 150 for 7 (Kieswetter 62, Hildreth 39, Malinga 4-20, Franklin 2-16) by 10 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

Mumbai Indians refuse to go away. Missing half their side, struggling to put an XI on the field, courting controversy every step of the way, they have still managed to win most of the big moments they have encountered to make it to the final of the Champions League.

MI won all the decisive moments of the night. They ran away at the top through Aiden Blizzard's 54 off 39. They scored 52 off their last five, after the middle overs slowed them down, through a 43-run stand off 22 between the unheralded R Sathish and Suryakumar Yadav. Lasith Malinga then took out Somerset's two biggest batsmen of the tournament with devilish yorkers and changes of pace. And when Craig Kieswetter threatened to mastermind a cool chase, with the MI fielders blundering all around him, Malinga and James Franklin defended - just as coolly - 28 runs in the last three overs.

MI chose a fine time to put up their best batting effort of the tournament. On a pitch that was slow but much better than the mud-wrestling arena it had been in the earlier stages of the tournament, Blizzard did what their opponents have been doing: capitalise with the hard new ball. He enjoyed the pace on it, and tried to make use of all quick length balls. Adam Dibble came on and took the pace off with his cutters, but Blizzard was quick to spot whenever he bowled quick. Off the 20 runs that Dibble conceded in his four overs, Blizzard took 10 in two hits, both off quick and full deliveries. One of his other sixes came off a free hit, but that was about all the luck he enjoyed.

Somerset's left-arm spinners, though, pulled things back with the wickets of both the threatening men, Blizzard and Franklin. Blizzard had in particular been frustrated, with only 20 coming off the last 18 balls he faced. With MI 92 for 4 in the 13th over, it seemed it was all about Pollard. It couldn't have seemed more wrong. After Pollard flattered and deceived, Sathish and Yadav gave MI a target to bowl at.

The two men don't enjoy what can be termed a flattering history with the IPL side. It has often been said that Sathish wouldn't even make the side but for the injuries. One of those "injured" players was Yadav, whose injury had allowed MI five overseas players but whose subsequent playing for other teams had brought MI embarrassment. Now back ahead of the unimpressive Andrew Symonds, he put together a busy partnership with Sathish. Yadav tried the adventurous shots behind the stumps, and Sathish was more orthodox trying to drive down the ground, but it somehow worked a treat for them.

Whatever you say of the pitch, it doesn't matter to Malinga. Somerset have usually won games by hitting the new ball hard, and Peter Trego and Roelof van der Merwe have been the main destroyers at the top. Both of them fell to the genius of Malinga before they could make a contribution. A late outswinging yorker at the base of the off stump accounted for Trego, and a bewitching slower full toss that dipped on van der Merwe reduced Somerset to 17 for 2 after three overs.

Somerset refused to capitulate. Kieswetter played like a man who knew he would win the match if he took it deep. He was soon on that route, helped by the average fielding. He was missed on 31 and 50, and MI's part-time keeper Ambati Rayudu seemed to miss more than he collected. Kieswetter began the acceleration even as his associate James Hildreth fell with 61 left to score off 39.

Kieswetter knocked it around until it was 45 needed off four overs, two of which would be bowled by Malinga. He then took Abu Nechim Ahmed on and brought it down to 29 off three. Malinga now had to bowl two of the last three. No question of change of ends or plans if things went wrong. Perish the thought. Malinga responded with a seven-run over.

The over of the devil in this tournament, the 19th, was the event of the match. First off, Harbhajan Singh gambled by not only giving the ball to Franklin ahead of himself and Pollard, but also risked potential criticism that he was not prepared to bowl the big over himself. Harbhajan went with brain over heart, and Franklin responded too. The first ball was drilled wide of long-on. Only Pollard could have kept it from going for four. He did. The next ball was a sure four until it hit Kieswetter flush on, giving him no time to react and get out of the way. Jos Buttler would have thought he deserved eight off those two balls; he got two. Frustrated, he played the blind slog. Bowled.

Finally Kieswetter came back on strike to the fifth ball of the over. He had faced only six deliveries out of the last 27, batting with a man who went at a strike-rate of under 100. Now with 19 required off eight, six of which would be bowled by Malinga, Kieswetter had no choice. He went after this short-of-a-length ball, and top-edged. Game over.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Naresh28 on October 10, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    At last an Indian team has beaten an ENGLISH team in months. To all you English fans remember its sport. You win some and lose some. The Indian National team lacks quality pacers (like Malinga) Mumbai won the CLT20 against RCB. There is lots of talent in India for batting, even feilding. Its in the pace department that we are vulnerable and hence teams refuse to believe we were the Test and ODI current champs. The team will always try to make for deficiences by going to their strengths. It is also a matter of time before we unearth fast bowling talent. Another pointer is we have just won the U19 ODI tournament and we also won the emerging players in Australia recently.

  • RandyOZ on October 10, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Bad luck South Africa. NSW were the only true national team anyway

  • on October 9, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    A lot of stupid comments, as usual. A deserved win for Mumbai. Kudos to Somerset for playing so well to get here with a relatively depleted side in the qualifiers. Depleted or not, getting to semi finals is still an achievement. RwdM at three was always going to be a reasonable gamble; it didn't come off this time, but he surely played his part to get Somerset to this position. They can leave with their heads high. Regarding Mumbai Indians: again, too much dependence on Malinga--not just in this occasion. But again, with so many of their front-line players missing, someone had to be THE stand-out player Lasith did just that. Bhajji's gamble did pay off. Educated one it was, regarding Franklin is a decent bowler. They don't always pay off, but it did last night. Enough said on this topic. The final would be an intriguing one. Mumbai would have to give their all, in terms of bowling, to get rid of the top three for the RCB. RCB should give their all to negate the Malinga effect. Game on!

  • on October 9, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    The funny thing is that the Indian teams seem desperate to play as few indians as possible.

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    JMCILHINNEY - Sorry , but I think on this occasion you're being really harsh on Craig. It was the other batsmen that didn't do it. Trego , who seems less able to get the ball away was out for 0 off 2 balls. RVDM scored 10/9 - and I feel maybe for once Hilds or Compo could have come in while Mallinga was on. Hilds played much better this time 39/33 but how many would RVDM have scored of the bowlers that were bowling to JH? Somerset fell 10 runs short. I think it was 18.2 ovs when Buttler hit Craig with the shot that was 4 bound. Had that gone for 4 they'd have been on 145. With momentum from that I'd have fancied SS getting 10 off the final 4 balls leaving 6 off the final over.JB was again less fluent than usual.If you add up the SR's of JB + bm from below him it would = 29/29. Somerset fell 10/11 short of the tie/win. If Buttler had been as fluent as per normal and found his rhythm earlier apu then scoring 40 off 29 would be at least the norm we'd expect from him

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    SPORTSMANSPIRIT - Thought it was a brave decision by HS to bowl Franklin. I would certainly say that they were fortunate that Jos hit Craig with a boundary bound shot which he got no runs from. Also in such a fast flowing game that could have given Jos the impetus to go on and put the game back in Somerset's favour - The runs lost from that combined with the minute or 2 lost from Craig being attended to was IMO a possible crucial thing. But I'm not going to say it was a LUCKY decision to bowl Franklin

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    On hindsight - and Somerset did extremely well to qualify for the group stages without 3 of their big draws and get through to the final without Trescothick. If you look at the Somerset side which played yesterday , they had one international regular in Kieswetter and one fringe player in Buttler so I feel that puts things into perspective. Just thinking , I'm not sure how the rules work for this tournament but IPL sides were regularly fielding 4 overseas players per match. Now could Somerset not have signed another overseas star for this comp? . Could Somerset - with the financial rewards from this not have signed a top batsman to replace Tres? IMO this could have made a huge difference. Suppiah with his bowling was a key player in the domestic campaign with his bowling but was wasted as 7 and didn't bowl. Still maybe they wanted to show loyalty/give experience to the players who got them there which has to be applauded.In that case they could have kept Waller over Dockerell out there

  • v.i.g.n.e.s.h on October 9, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    A perfect finale in store.. Can't wait to see Malinga come steaming in to Gayle.. My prediction, a tie. And RCB will win it in the super over..

  • emarald on October 9, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    @vineet joy the pro is 4/10 *3/9 which is 12/90 or 2/15 .

  • inshad on October 9, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    I am so happy that, for the first time my comment published in cricinfo....Thanks for the administrators.....

    my comment was "4 foreign players from the same nation.......Malinga and Dilshan, Gayle and Pollard, Nennis and Blizzard, Vittori and Franklin..........gonna be interesting to watch......"

  • Naresh28 on October 10, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    At last an Indian team has beaten an ENGLISH team in months. To all you English fans remember its sport. You win some and lose some. The Indian National team lacks quality pacers (like Malinga) Mumbai won the CLT20 against RCB. There is lots of talent in India for batting, even feilding. Its in the pace department that we are vulnerable and hence teams refuse to believe we were the Test and ODI current champs. The team will always try to make for deficiences by going to their strengths. It is also a matter of time before we unearth fast bowling talent. Another pointer is we have just won the U19 ODI tournament and we also won the emerging players in Australia recently.

  • RandyOZ on October 10, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Bad luck South Africa. NSW were the only true national team anyway

  • on October 9, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    A lot of stupid comments, as usual. A deserved win for Mumbai. Kudos to Somerset for playing so well to get here with a relatively depleted side in the qualifiers. Depleted or not, getting to semi finals is still an achievement. RwdM at three was always going to be a reasonable gamble; it didn't come off this time, but he surely played his part to get Somerset to this position. They can leave with their heads high. Regarding Mumbai Indians: again, too much dependence on Malinga--not just in this occasion. But again, with so many of their front-line players missing, someone had to be THE stand-out player Lasith did just that. Bhajji's gamble did pay off. Educated one it was, regarding Franklin is a decent bowler. They don't always pay off, but it did last night. Enough said on this topic. The final would be an intriguing one. Mumbai would have to give their all, in terms of bowling, to get rid of the top three for the RCB. RCB should give their all to negate the Malinga effect. Game on!

  • on October 9, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    The funny thing is that the Indian teams seem desperate to play as few indians as possible.

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    JMCILHINNEY - Sorry , but I think on this occasion you're being really harsh on Craig. It was the other batsmen that didn't do it. Trego , who seems less able to get the ball away was out for 0 off 2 balls. RVDM scored 10/9 - and I feel maybe for once Hilds or Compo could have come in while Mallinga was on. Hilds played much better this time 39/33 but how many would RVDM have scored of the bowlers that were bowling to JH? Somerset fell 10 runs short. I think it was 18.2 ovs when Buttler hit Craig with the shot that was 4 bound. Had that gone for 4 they'd have been on 145. With momentum from that I'd have fancied SS getting 10 off the final 4 balls leaving 6 off the final over.JB was again less fluent than usual.If you add up the SR's of JB + bm from below him it would = 29/29. Somerset fell 10/11 short of the tie/win. If Buttler had been as fluent as per normal and found his rhythm earlier apu then scoring 40 off 29 would be at least the norm we'd expect from him

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    SPORTSMANSPIRIT - Thought it was a brave decision by HS to bowl Franklin. I would certainly say that they were fortunate that Jos hit Craig with a boundary bound shot which he got no runs from. Also in such a fast flowing game that could have given Jos the impetus to go on and put the game back in Somerset's favour - The runs lost from that combined with the minute or 2 lost from Craig being attended to was IMO a possible crucial thing. But I'm not going to say it was a LUCKY decision to bowl Franklin

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    On hindsight - and Somerset did extremely well to qualify for the group stages without 3 of their big draws and get through to the final without Trescothick. If you look at the Somerset side which played yesterday , they had one international regular in Kieswetter and one fringe player in Buttler so I feel that puts things into perspective. Just thinking , I'm not sure how the rules work for this tournament but IPL sides were regularly fielding 4 overseas players per match. Now could Somerset not have signed another overseas star for this comp? . Could Somerset - with the financial rewards from this not have signed a top batsman to replace Tres? IMO this could have made a huge difference. Suppiah with his bowling was a key player in the domestic campaign with his bowling but was wasted as 7 and didn't bowl. Still maybe they wanted to show loyalty/give experience to the players who got them there which has to be applauded.In that case they could have kept Waller over Dockerell out there

  • v.i.g.n.e.s.h on October 9, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    A perfect finale in store.. Can't wait to see Malinga come steaming in to Gayle.. My prediction, a tie. And RCB will win it in the super over..

  • emarald on October 9, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    @vineet joy the pro is 4/10 *3/9 which is 12/90 or 2/15 .

  • inshad on October 9, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    I am so happy that, for the first time my comment published in cricinfo....Thanks for the administrators.....

    my comment was "4 foreign players from the same nation.......Malinga and Dilshan, Gayle and Pollard, Nennis and Blizzard, Vittori and Franklin..........gonna be interesting to watch......"

  • on October 9, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    it was all about Malinga for MI in this CL.....It's good to have Blizzard back in form,we really needed that....It's time for MI to get revenge as RCB destroyed(particularly Gayle) them in the IPL semi...YADAV has to be a better team man,he performed well last night but i didn't like his attitude to the game in the field......Come on MI........

  • inshad on October 9, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    I am so happy that, for the first time my comment published in cricinfo....Thanks for the administrators.....

    my comment was "4 foreign players from the same nation.......Malinga and Dilshan, Gayle and Pollard, Nennis and Blizzard, Vittori and Franklin..........gonna be interesting to watch......"

  • on October 9, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    I think Dilshan is the one who gonna rock the final. not gayle for sure, if gayle attack malinga he wont survive two balls, mumbai bat 1st get 160 then RCB dream is over, coz we can guarantee there will be no flying start for rcb since malinga ball 2 at the top. then all have to do is come back rattle Rcb stupid middle order. watch out for dilshan anyway..

  • RalphVaughanWilliams on October 9, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    English county missing the captain and best player Trescothick against team of international players. Yep, sounds like a fair comparison to me. MI should have flattened us, obviously not.

  • avani on October 9, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    I have a suggestion to all T20 teams. I feel Malinga's effectiveness is definitely becse of his bowling action which is very unique. Why cant other teams/countries produce bowlers with similar action? Then I am sure T20 will become bowlers game rather than batsmens' as perceived now. (Any team taking up this suggestion should first take my permission as this suggestion has my copy right!!!)

  • on October 9, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    I say Credits to Polly Khaka..

  • inshad on October 9, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    4 foreign players from the same nation.......Malinga and Dilshan, Gayle and Pollard, Nennis and Blizzard, Vittori and Franklin..........gonna be interesting to watch......

  • samp1988 on October 9, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    well done MI! I am sure the finals is going to be a very tough game for both teams. RCB are very strong with their batting where as MI too very strong with their bowling. It will be a good fight between bat and ball.we will see how gayle's and kohli's excellent batting face malinga's superb blowling.

  • kristee on October 9, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Actually the decision to bowl Franklin the penultimate over was as much frustrated as was to do Christian and Starc some crucial overs in the earlier matches resp'ly. But then MI, strangely, ride on luck more than anybody and it eventually turned out to be a fantastic one (not forgetting Pollard's typically brilliant fielding). How else to describe Simmons's stupid run-out and Ramdin's silly throw against a rookie player's typical No11 shot!

  • 0xay0 on October 9, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    well done bhajji, by believing frankin more than urself for 19th over.

  • on October 9, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    @Vineet JOY it is 4 out of 10(excluding qualifiers) so your maths is wrong ,though 4 teams are too many.

  • on October 9, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Anyone win or loose the final...be it anyone..the thing is 2 indian teams have made it to finals..great joy for all indians..everyone will get a chance to celebrate though..match will be interesting..hope pollard has saved his best perormane for the big match..in the lights of gayle,kohli,dilshan..its not going to be easy for mumbai bowlers..hoping for a good match..

  • 0xay0 on October 9, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    malinga"superb". he can make difference in any game.

  • on October 9, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    good luck to both teams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 9, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    Its very very SIMPLE on how you BEAT MUMBAI ,,, DON'T TRY to ATTACK MALINGA,,MANY batsmen have been making this MISTAKE ,, Play him like you would a TEST match... see him off for his first couple OVERS even if they are MAIDENS,,You can ALWAYS make up those RUNS by ATTACKING the other BOWLERS,, Second!!! Try NOT to leave anything to risk at the DEATH because he will BOWL at the DEATH,,Remember he only BOWLS 12 balls in the beginning so see him off safely and get your runs from the other bowlers.

  • Patchmaster on October 9, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Its astounding that Franklin can't get in the Hew Zealand side - what are they thinking ? This guys great, with both bat and ball.

  • jmcilhinney on October 9, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    It's easy to sit back and criticise but I do think that, for the second game in a row, Craig Kieswetter coasted for too long. I know that he was trying to build partnerships after the loss of early wickets but, with Malinga still having two to bowl, waiting until the 17th over to attack was more of a risk than going for big shots earlier. It was certainly unlucky for Buttler to hit Kieswetter, although it was Buttler who hit it so he should have hit it somewhere else. They missed out on four off that ball, that would have put more pressure on Buttler and could have contributed to his getting out next ball, plus I'm sure the blow affected Kieswetter. None of that may have changed the result though. In the end, well done Somerset for making it so far and well done MI for making the final with several big names missing.

  • kristee on October 9, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    The crucial Franklin over y'day alone is enough indicator of how lucky the MI have been with this edition! Anyway, Malinga, rather unsurprisingly, was the difference!

  • on October 9, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Somerset gave it their all, and to fall 10 runs short in the end was hard justice. The game was lost in the 19th over of both innings for Somerset. Those 20 runs and 2 wickets Mumbai took was crucial to them getting through. Had the 20 runs not been taken, I feel Somerset would've been home. Malinga was devastating, no doubt about that, and all in all it was a fantastic game of T20 Cricket.

    Somerset however will receive a hero's welcome when they return to England. They've flown the flag and were mostly unfancied. I'm certain they've entertained the Indians as they have the world, but they do come back with $500K due to making it to the Semi's. I hope Mumbai win, but I fancy Bangalore.

    Even though they haven't won anything, Somerset are probably the best team in County Cricket, and let's be honest, they haven't done themselves any disservice whatsoever.

  • on October 9, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    What is the probability of 2 ipl teams getting into final when 4 teams of the the 8 are playing in the champions league??? = 4/8 multiplied by 4/7 = 16/56.... stupid rules, it just doesnt make sense

  • maddy20 on October 8, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    @Bilal If you go by law of averages then atleast one of the other 8 teams should have made it to the final. Its not about how many teams you put into play, its about how many teams that deserve to go for the full monty.

  • ahweak on October 8, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Well done MI. The finals should be a good one.

  • Akshay_AAG on October 8, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Now we'll see the real action in the final clash...Malinga vs Gayle...Bhajji vs kohli...matter of fact- RCB is favourites because of their big names...But we cant predict the result...This is the real taste of T20 cricket...T-20 is unpredictable game of cricket...

  • on October 8, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    It is beyond me how 4 Indian teams of IPL took part in the Champions League whereas only one Sri Lankan and Trinidad and 2 teams were allowed for everyone else. Pakistan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe perhaps do not exist? Even if Australia,England and Indian boards arranged the tournament, I cannot understand the philosophy of adding 4 Indian teams in the tournament whose result as we have seen is obvious, 2 Indian teams are in final. Tournament must have one side or maximum 2 sides from every country to make it interesting for cricket lovers around the world.

  • on October 8, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Interesting final...best batting line up vs best bowling attack...anything could happen...would give RCB the edge though..

  • Guernica on October 8, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    Gutted - Malinga was the difference really, but Somerset still could have won it: those wild last few overs of the MI innings ultimately cost them.

  • on October 8, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    no joking this is not football, nor rugby or base ball this is cricket, malinga and gayle,

  • on October 8, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    MI=Malinga & RCB = Gayle................

  • SanjivAwesome on October 8, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Somerset played their heart out. I feel either team coiuld have won. I am rather enjoying this CLT.

  • KingOwl on October 8, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Lasith Malinga is an absolute phenomenon. Nothing better in cricket than to watch Malinga in full flight.

  • on October 8, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Although Somerset lost today, they should be eternally proud of themselves. No-one really gave them a chance in this competition yet they managed to qualify top of their group in the qualifying stage, and then finish top of their group to qualify for the semi finals. Well done Somerset, well done

  • JG2704 on October 8, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    GUTTED but still proud of the sabres without resourses of the IPL sides. On paper they were one of the weakest sides in the CL so they did well and if they had Tres might've gone further still. For me there were several pivotal moments/periods. 1st when Kirby bowled a couple of loose overs at the beginning when Dibble / Thomas bowled a tight line at the other end.2, there was the last few overs of the MI which went for many more runs than you'd usually expect esp as Thomas was bowling and Pollard was out. RVDM out early's never a good thing. Really could have done with a few more overs of him. I like him coming in early but maybe just on this occasion it would have been good for Hilds/ Compo to face the dangerous Mallinga.The final pivotal moment was Jos whacking the boundary bound ball at CK. Had that gone for 4 we'd've been 4 runs closer and JB who was looking scratchy may have had the momentum to carry on the fireworks. A huge plus is the experience this tourn will give Dibble

  • on October 8, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    M-A-L-I-N-G-A the S-L-I-N-G-A RULZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PLAYMAKERSASYLUM on October 8, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    What a final for the CLT20 RCB VS MUMBAI The most destructive batsman in world cricket Christopher Henry Gayle versus the most destructive bowler in world cricket Malinga , RCB bringing this one home

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 8, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Wonderful performance by MI.........even with 8 main players down......you perform so well........congrats and keep going......

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  • Gupta.Ankur on October 8, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Wonderful performance by MI.........even with 8 main players down......you perform so well........congrats and keep going......

  • PLAYMAKERSASYLUM on October 8, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    What a final for the CLT20 RCB VS MUMBAI The most destructive batsman in world cricket Christopher Henry Gayle versus the most destructive bowler in world cricket Malinga , RCB bringing this one home

  • on October 8, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    M-A-L-I-N-G-A the S-L-I-N-G-A RULZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JG2704 on October 8, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    GUTTED but still proud of the sabres without resourses of the IPL sides. On paper they were one of the weakest sides in the CL so they did well and if they had Tres might've gone further still. For me there were several pivotal moments/periods. 1st when Kirby bowled a couple of loose overs at the beginning when Dibble / Thomas bowled a tight line at the other end.2, there was the last few overs of the MI which went for many more runs than you'd usually expect esp as Thomas was bowling and Pollard was out. RVDM out early's never a good thing. Really could have done with a few more overs of him. I like him coming in early but maybe just on this occasion it would have been good for Hilds/ Compo to face the dangerous Mallinga.The final pivotal moment was Jos whacking the boundary bound ball at CK. Had that gone for 4 we'd've been 4 runs closer and JB who was looking scratchy may have had the momentum to carry on the fireworks. A huge plus is the experience this tourn will give Dibble

  • on October 8, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Although Somerset lost today, they should be eternally proud of themselves. No-one really gave them a chance in this competition yet they managed to qualify top of their group in the qualifying stage, and then finish top of their group to qualify for the semi finals. Well done Somerset, well done

  • KingOwl on October 8, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Lasith Malinga is an absolute phenomenon. Nothing better in cricket than to watch Malinga in full flight.

  • SanjivAwesome on October 8, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Somerset played their heart out. I feel either team coiuld have won. I am rather enjoying this CLT.

  • on October 8, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    MI=Malinga & RCB = Gayle................

  • on October 8, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    no joking this is not football, nor rugby or base ball this is cricket, malinga and gayle,

  • Guernica on October 8, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    Gutted - Malinga was the difference really, but Somerset still could have won it: those wild last few overs of the MI innings ultimately cost them.