Nokia Champions League T20 - Group A

Mumbai Indians v Trinidad & Tobago

Mumbai Indians won by 1 wicket (with 0 balls remaining)

We are about to start. Malinga has the ball, Simmons and Barath have the bats. One wide slip in place

7.30pm T&T have won the toss and are going to bat first. They are playing the same XI that took them through the qualifiers. Ganga says they gave a thought to playing an extra seamer because of the Bangalore pitch, but they trust their spinners to do well on all pitches. Harbhajan Singh says he would have fielded first had he won the toss. The big news is, Davy Jacobs injured himself during training yesterday and is out of the tournament. Ambati Rayudu will keep in Jacobs's absence, and James Franklin is the extra man in

7.20pm Day seven of Champions League. It's Trinidad & Tobago coming up against their own Kieron Pollard and Mumbai Indians. Two years ago both T&T and Pollard were the darlings of India. Now Pollard doesn't play for T&T. It's a very interesting relationship between the two, and how T&T react to playing against Pollard. Said Darren Ganga: "We are looking forward to meeting the Mumbai Indians with Kieron Pollard on board, and also the Chennai Super Kings with Dwayne Bravo on board, and we will be coming hard at them. We are hoping to pull off a victory over both teams, and the boys are looking forward to playing against players who were part of our set-up. I think getting victory over those guys in this tournament will be feathers in our caps." Toss in 10 minutes

0.1

Malinga to Simmons, 1 run, full on the pads, pushed to midwicket, and they don't even need to call, they just look up and go for the single and make it easily

0.2

Malinga to Barath, no run, outswinger this time, starts just outside off, beats the edge. No feet from Barath

0.3

Malinga to Barath, FOUR, low full toss on the pads, and he has flicked it straight down the ground, to the left of the diving mid-on. Inches shorter, and it would have been a perfect yorker

0.4

Malinga to Barath, no run, sharp bouncer, 136ks, overt the top of middle, beats the pull

0.5

Malinga to Barath, no run, slower ball, 115ks, middle and off, really full, defended

"Even calling yourself an Indian can injure you." Karn, although I don't even think the name Indians suits the Mumbai team. They are playing five foreigners even though they have seven Indians in the squad

0.6

Malinga to Barath, 1 wide, bouncer again, but down the leg side

0.6

Malinga to Barath, FOUR, superb start for T&T, this is a length ball outside off, he stays back, and opens the face late, past slip. The third man is too square

End of over 1 (10 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 10/0 (RR: 10.00)
AB Barath    8* (5b 2x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-10-0
LMP Simmons    1* (1b)     

Abu Nechim will share the new ball

1.1

Ahmed to Simmons, FOUR, a horrible start for Nechim, bowls a gentle long hom that would have been a wide down the leg side had he not tickled it fine of the keeper

1.2

Ahmed to Simmons, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to point

1.3

Ahmed to Simmons, 1 wide, big wide down the leg side

Not sure why Symonds is in the dugout. The team sheet that I got had his name in the Mumbai Indians line-up

1.3

Ahmed to Simmons, no run, length ball, on off, no room, defended back

"We have 12 players on the field from Trinidad, how many on field players are from Mumbai?" Sherwin, the answer to that question is an entity invented by the "Indians". It is called zero

1.4

Ahmed to Simmons, no run, another accurate delivery, defended back to the bowler

1.5

Ahmed to Simmons, 1 run, short of a length, into the body, pushed into the leg side for one

1.6

Ahmed to Barath, 2 runs, short on the pads, pulled away past fine leg, but not time exceptionally well so deep backward square gets around and fields

End of over 2 (8 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 18/0 (RR: 9.00)
AB Barath    10* (6b 2x4)      AN Ahmed    1-0-8-0
LMP Simmons    6* (6b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-10-0

"How come Mumbai are allowed to break the "maximum foreign players" rule? Is everyone else? Does the CLT rules say an Indian team must win?" James, ever heard of unwritten understanding? Anyway why is this even named Champions League when the fourth-placed team from India is playing?

2.1

Malinga to Simmons, no run, slower ball outside off, beats his attempt at a dab

2.2

Malinga to Simmons, 1 run, slower again, on the pads, worked away for a single

Well well well. "Indians" might be walking into another injury. Symonds walked off the field after the first over

2.3

Malinga to Barath, 1 run, yorker outside off, squeezed past point

2.4

Malinga to Simmons, no run, slower ball, on a length, on off, defended back

That solitary slip has gone really wide and deep too

2.5

Malinga to Simmons, 1 run, yorker on leg, pushed wide of midwicket for one

2.6

Malinga to Barath, OUT, Timber. Malinga squeezes one under the bat again. Aimed at the base of off. Barath's bat is late to come down. Too good from Malinga

AB Barath b Malinga 11 (13m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 137.50

End of over 3 (3 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 21/1 (RR: 7.00)
     SL Malinga    2-0-13-1
LMP Simmons    8* (10b 1x4)      AN Ahmed    1-0-8-0

Symonds is back on the field. Darren Bravo is the new batsman in. Chahal to bowl his quick legbreaks

3.1

Chahal to Simmons, FOUR, and his pace is his enemy here... he bowls a flat legbreak on off, Simmons backs away and back-cuts it pretty late, past short extra

"Maybe the Mumbai Indians - with no players from Mumbai - should be called the Ambani Anywheres." Makes sense, Vivek

3.2

Chahal to Simmons, 1 run, fired into the pads, pushed square on on side

3.3

Chahal to Bravo, 1 run, length ball on the pads, Bravo clips it into the leg side

3.4

Chahal to Simmons, 1 run, fuller, on off, tips and runs

3.5

Chahal to Bravo, no run, length ball, middle and leg, pushed back

3.6

Chahal to Bravo, SIX, Slightly uncharacteristic but works a treat. Bravo usually doesn't go for big ones early on, but he lofts this full delivery over long-on. Sweet connection, and what flourish. There is a long-on in place, but he has taken him on

End of over 4 (13 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 34/1 (RR: 8.50)
DM Bravo    7* (3b 1x6)      YS Chahal    1-0-13-0
LMP Simmons    14* (13b 2x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-13-1

4.1

Ahmed to Simmons, no run, length ball on pads, pushed to midwicket

4.2

Ahmed to Simmons, no run, backs away to try to upper-cut, is beaten by the extra bounce

4.3

Ahmed to Simmons, SIX, this is straight from the West Indies. A length ball on off, and he flicks it with a mighty flourish, over wide long-on. Clears the fence easily

4.4

Ahmed to Simmons, no run, Misses out. Short, down the leg side, he pulls fine but finds short fine leg, the only man behind square on the leg side

4.5

Ahmed to Simmons, 1 run, OUT, beats short fine leg this time, but to his left, so deep square can come around and prevent the boundary. And what has Simmons done here? He is not even trying to put/slide his bat in. The bat is three feet in the air as he tries to complete the second. The body is past the line in the air, but his foot is on the line. The bails are taken off, the umpire is alert and wants to check with the third umpire. Simmons is gone. Lazy lazy cricket

LMP Simmons run out 21 (23m 18b 2x4 1x6) SR: 116.66

D Ganga comes in to bat

4.6

Ahmed to D Ganga, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to cover

End of over 5 (7 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 41/2 (RR: 8.20)
D Ganga    0* (1b)      AN Ahmed    2-0-15-0
DM Bravo    7* (3b 1x6)      YS Chahal    1-0-13-0

"That was ridiculous on the part of Simmons. He will have to find a place to hide from his captain and coach. He was playing so well." Arjun, at least the captain has come out to bat. Talking of captains, here is Harbhajan Singh

5.1

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, SIX, Bravo is in the mood tonight. First ball from Harbhajan he slog-sweeps majestically over midwicket

5.2

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, 1 run, fast full toss, pushed wide of mid-on for one

5.3

Harbhajan Singh to D Ganga, 2 runs, swept away past square leg for two

5.4

Harbhajan Singh to D Ganga, 2 runs, Harbhajan is flat and quick, and he waits for it to arrive before opening the face and guiding it past point

5.5

Harbhajan Singh to D Ganga, no run, the topspinner on middle and leg, defended back to Harbhajan

5.6

Harbhajan Singh to D Ganga, no run, offbreak, middle and off, turning in, defended to leg

End of over 6 (11 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 52/2 (RR: 8.66)
D Ganga    4* (5b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-11-0
DM Bravo    14* (5b 2x6)      AN Ahmed    2-0-15-0

James Franklin to bowl now

6.1

Franklin to Bravo, 1 wide, and he starts off with a wide down the leg side

6.1

Franklin to Bravo, 1 run, full on off, pushed wide of extra cover for one

6.2

Franklin to D Ganga, no run, back of a length, fourth-stump line, pushed back to Franklin

6.3

Franklin to D Ganga, 1 wide, called wide as this is angled across and beats the booming drive. A touch harsh, but it's a batsman's game

6.3

Franklin to D Ganga, 1 run, pushed square with an open face

"If Harbhajan Singh was Simmons' captain, would he get a slap?" Jonesy, Harbhajan would have made it large

6.4

Franklin to Bravo, no run, slower ball, short of a length, pushed back to the bowler

6.5

Franklin to Bravo, 1 run, steered to third man for a single

6.6

Franklin to D Ganga, OUT, Mumbai keep striking. This time it is all down to Sathish, arguably the best fielder in Indian domestic cricket. Not the smartest of shots as he hits in the air even though there is a long-off in place. He mis-hits, Sathish comes charging in, dives in front, and completes the catch

D Ganga c Sathish b Franklin 5 (8m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

End of over 7 (5 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 57/3 (RR: 8.14)
     JEC Franklin    1-0-5-1
DM Bravo    16* (8b 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-11-0

Denesh Ramdin to face

7.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ramdin, OUT, Denesh Ramdin to walk back. Harbhajan Singh can't believe this, but he has done really well here. Tosses this outside off, Ramdin tries the big sweep, but ends up hitting it back at Harbhajan's face, who gets his hands out and catches it with fingers pointing skywards. Harbhajan's reaction suggests he didn't see this one coming

D Ramdin c & b Harbhajan Singh 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Jason Mohamed is the new batsman

7.2

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammed, 1 run, slow through the air, worked away off the pads for one

7.3

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, no run, flat, on off, cut away to point

7.4

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, no run, that's well bowled, Bhajan bowls the slider, which he does really well when he is in form. Bravo plays for the turn, is beaten. Harbhajan appeals, but the bounce might have saved him

7.5

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, no run, another slider, another lbw appeal survived, Bravo wants a suicidal leg-bye, Jason sends him back, and he makes it just in time

7.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, no run, pushed through, Bravo punches, but straight to extra cover

End of over 8 (1 run) Trinidad & Tobago 58/4 (RR: 7.25)
DM Bravo    16* (12b 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-12-1
JN Mohammed    1* (1b)      JEC Franklin    1-0-5-1

8.1

Franklin to Mohammed, 1 run, short, on the hips, worked away to long leg for one

8.2

Franklin to Bravo, 1 run, slower ball, full on middle and leg, driven to long-on for one

8.3

Franklin to Mohammed, no run, short of a length, punched to point

8.4

Franklin to Mohammed, 1 run, mis-times this pull, which is just as well because this doesn't carry to long leg

8.5

Franklin to Bravo, 1 run, slower one outside off, driven to long-off for one

8.6

Franklin to Mohammed, 1 run, Dropped by Harbhajan. He caught one he didn't see last over, but has put down one he saw right into his hands. Mohamed drives in front of his body, the slower one lobs high to the right of extra cover, Harbhajan gets both hands to it, but parries it over the bar

End of over 9 (5 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 63/4 (RR: 7.00)
JN Mohammed    4* (5b)      JEC Franklin    2-0-10-1
DM Bravo    18* (14b 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-12-1

9.1

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammed, 1 run, turning into the pads, worked away for a single

9.2

Harbhajan Singh to Bravo, OUT, Harbhajan roars, T&T sink further. Another reckless shot. Bravo's back lift goes real high, Harbhajan fires a yorker on middle and leg. The stumps are shattered. Bravo was going for a six here

DM Bravo b Harbhajan Singh 18 (28m 15b 0x4 2x6) SR: 120.00

Sherwin Ganga to bat now

9.3

Harbhajan Singh to S Ganga, 1 run, full, on the pads, pushed to long-on for one

9.4

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammed, no run, the straighter one, Mohamed is playing for the offbreak, and is beaten outside off

9.5

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammed, 1 run, short and pulled away for one

9.6

Harbhajan Singh to S Ganga, no run, slower through the air, Ganga defends this offbreak outside off with soft hands

End of over 10 (3 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 66/5 (RR: 6.60)
S Ganga    1* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-15-2
JN Mohammed    6* (8b)      JEC Franklin    2-0-10-1

10.1

Franklin to Mohammed, no run, short, no room, pulled into his own pads

10.2

Franklin to Mohammed, no run, short of a length, around off, pushed back to the bowler

10.3

Franklin to Mohammed, 1 run, flicked away off the hip for a single

10.4

Franklin to S Ganga, 1 wide, big wide down the leg side

10.4

Franklin to S Ganga, no run, short of a length, accurate, pushed to midwicket

10.5

Franklin to S Ganga, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side - too many wides from Franklin even though he hasn't gone for many

10.5

Franklin to S Ganga, 1 run, worked away with the angle, gets a single to deep midwicket

10.6

Franklin to Mohammed, 1 run, pushed away on the run, gets a single to deep cover

End of over 11 (5 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 71/5 (RR: 6.45)
JN Mohammed    8* (12b)      JEC Franklin    3-0-15-1
S Ganga    2* (4b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-15-2

11.1

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammed, SIX, T&T are still going for the big one. This is flighted on middle and off, within his swinging arc, and he goes straight over the bowler's head. Top shot

11.2

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammed, 1 run, opens the face, runs it past point for one

11.3

Harbhajan Singh to S Ganga, OUT, The Harbhajan silder does it for him again. Sherwin Ganga stays back, punches, playing for the turn. The ball skids on, and carries on with the arm. Hit smack in front of the stumps

S Ganga lbw b Harbhajan Singh 2 (8m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

A slip and a silly point in for Cooper

11.4

Harbhajan Singh to Cooper, no run, turning into the pads, defended to leg

11.5

Harbhajan Singh to Cooper, no run, slower through the air, pushed to cover

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to Cooper, no run, the doosra, squares him up, Cooper defends

Top spell from Harbhajan: four overs for 22 and three wickets

End of over 12 (7 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 78/6 (RR: 6.50)
KK Cooper    0* (3b)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-22-3
JN Mohammed    15* (14b 1x6)      JEC Franklin    3-0-15-1

Malinga comes back now

12.1

Malinga to Mohammed, FOUR, low full toss, no back lift from Mohamed, and he flicks this late, over midwicket. Gets good timing behind it

12.2

Malinga to Mohammed, no run, slower ball, Malinga dives forward in his follow-through, gets only a hand to it. Would have been a screamer had it stuck

12.3

Malinga to Mohammed, 1 run, inches short of being a yorker, pushed to long-off for one

12.4

Malinga to Cooper, OUT, Another one bites the dust. Cooper moves across, misses a full toss on leg stump. Plumb lbw. Don't think he picked the trajectory at all

KK Cooper lbw b Malinga 0 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Ravi Rampaul is the new batsman

12.5

Malinga to Rampaul, OUT, low full toss again. Hang on, T&T are crumbling here. This is hit straight to midwicket, Rampaul wants the single, is sent back and is left stranded midway down the track. Blizzard does it smartly from there. He waits for Rayudu to run up to the stumps, throws it on the bounce, over the stumps. Easy does it

R Rampaul run out 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sunil Narine is the new man

12.6

Malinga to Narine, 2 runs, gives himself room, not sure it is the smartest thing to do. He squeezes this full delivery past square leg for a couple

End of over 13 (7 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 85/8 (RR: 6.53)
SP Narine    2* (1b)      SL Malinga    3-0-20-2
JN Mohammed    20* (17b 1x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-22-3

Pollard to bowl now

13.1

Pollard to Mohammed, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, defended back

13.2

Pollard to Mohammed, 1 run, short and wide, cut away for a single to deep cover

13.3

Pollard to Narine, 1 run, short of a length, just outside off, cut into the toes of short extra. On half-volley

"Hmmmm .... Simmons is lucky . Ganga , after that shot , is in no position to blame him !" True, Sunil

13.4

Pollard to Mohammed, 1 run, slower ball, appeals for leg-before, but he has got an inside edge

13.5

Pollard to Narine, no run, slower ball again, beats the heave-ho from Narine

13.6

Pollard to Narine, no run, length ball, driven, but straight to mid-on

End of over 14 (3 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 88/8 (RR: 6.28)
SP Narine    3* (4b)      KA Pollard    1-0-3-0
JN Mohammed    22* (20b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-20-2

Malinga to bowl out. Good aggressive thinking from Mumbai

14.1

Malinga to Mohammed, 1 run, slower ball, Mohamed gets the bottom hand off the bat, takes the single off the inside edge

14.2

Malinga to Narine, 1 run, slower ball, ends up being a full toss, pushed to point for one

14.3

Malinga to Mohammed, no run, bouncer this time off, outside off, he stays outside the line of the ball

14.4

Malinga to Mohammed, no run, outswinger, starts just outside off, pitches on a length, beats the edge

"Come on...3 more dot balls and it'll be 88-8 off 88 balls.....its the sort of thing you live for !" Apologies, Simon, your dream didn't come true

14.5

Malinga to Mohammed, no run, full on the pads, inches short of being a yorker, pushed down the ground

14.6

Malinga to Mohammed, no run, slower one, full on the pads, defended from deep inside the crease

End of over 15 (2 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 90/8 (RR: 6.00)
JN Mohammed    23* (25b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-22-2
SP Narine    4* (5b)      KA Pollard    1-0-3-0

15.1

Pollard to Narine, FOUR, one slower ball too many, he sets himself up for this one, and lofts it over extra cover. Too full too

15.2

Pollard to Narine, 1 run, short not, cut to deep point for one

15.3

Pollard to Mohammed, no run, short of a length, into the body, pushed to midwicket

15.4

Pollard to Mohammed, OUT, Then there were nine. This is full and wide, Mohamed gives it a big drive, gets a solid edge, gobbled up by Rayudu

JN Mohammed c †Rayudu b Pollard 23 (36m 27b 1x4 1x6) SR: 85.18

"I am waiting for 99/9 in 99 balls now!" Ravi, we need four runs off the next five deliveries. here is Samuel Badree

15.5

Pollard to Badree, no run, short ball, bounces viciously towards the chest, he fends, but it falls safe

15.6

Pollard to Badree, 1 wide, short and wide, beats the cut, but it is too wide

15.6

Pollard to Badree, no run, goes wide of the crease, gets it to hold its line, and beats the outside edge. That's a handy delivery

End of over 16 (6 runs) Trinidad & Tobago 96/9 (RR: 6.00)
S Badree    0* (2b)      KA Pollard    2-0-9-1
SP Narine    9* (7b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-22-2

Chahal is getting ready to bowl, but Harbhajan decides at the last moment that he wants Nechim to bowl

16.1

Ahmed to Narine, 2 runs, good bouncer, on middle and leg, chest high, fended over the keeper's head. Just over

16.2

Ahmed to Narine, OUT, we won't have 99 for 9 off 99 balls. Because they are bowled out for 98. This is short and wide, the upper-cut is on, but he has hit it straight towards third man where Chahal takes a nice catch diving forward

SP Narine c Chahal b Ahmed 11 (15m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 122.22

Disappointing stuff from T&T. No specialist batsman other than Adrian Barath can claim that he was worked out. You get a feeling they overaimed considering the flat pitch and short boundaries. Still Simmons has no excuses after that run-out. This should be a straightforward chase now. Will Mumbai go for a run-rate boost?

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Sep 26, 2011

Ravi Rampaul is despondent after T&T's loss, Mumbai Indians v Trinidad & Tobago, Champions League T20, Bangalore, 26 September, 2011

Ravi Rampaul is despondent after T&T's loss

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Sep 26, 2011

Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates after hitting the winnings runs, Mumbai Indians v Trinidad & Tobago, Champions League T20, Bangalore, 26 September, 2011

Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates after hitting the winnings runs

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