Mumbai Indians v Yorkshire, Group B, CLT20, Cape Town October 18, 2012

Rain ends successive evening games

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Mumbai Indians 156 for 6 (Pollard 37*, Smith 37) v Yorkshire No result
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Persistent rain has now washed out successive evening games in the Champions League Twenty20. Both involved Indian sides. The first, in Durban on Wednesday, sent IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders out of the tournament. The second, in Cape Town today, did not end Mumbai Indians' chances of making the semi-finals but it did force a no-result with the IPL side having worked itself into a strong position despite all their batsmen, barring the unbeaten Kieron Pollard, gifting their wickets away.

Despite injuries to two of their quick bowlers, Ryan Sidebottom and Moin Ashraf, and despite their spinners, particularly Adil Rashid, dishing out hit-me stuff, Yorkshire were able to limit the might of the Mumbai Indians line-up to 109 for 5 in the 15th over. Pollard and Harbhajan Singh combined to finally give the Yorkshire spinners the treatment they deserved, in a sequence of 6, 6, 4, 6, 4. To complete the chaos, Pollard was also dropped off the third ball of that sequence.

With two overs to go, Mumbai Indians would have eyed a total in excess of 180, and would feel hard done by the downpour, though the drizzle would have affected the Yorkshire bowlers adversely as well.

When Dwayne Smith walloped the second and third deliveries of Joe Root's opening over of innocuous offspin over the leg side boundary for sixes, Yorkshire looked headed for some serious punishment. But Mumbai Indians would soon begin to even the stakes by self-destructing. Sachin Tendulkar took the lead by running himself out in the third over.

Yorkshire's misfortune now decided to restore the equation in favour of Mumbai Indians again. In his second over, Ryan Sidebottom pulled up with what appeared to be a stiff hamstring and left the field, after manfully completing the over. He did return later to bowl one more.

To Yorkshire's horror, Moin Ashraf, who replaced Sidebottom, did his hamstring after sending down three deliveries of the sixth over, and left the field too.

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale grimaced and brought back Root in the eighth over, and Smith promptly heaved him for successive sixes. Probably Mumbai Indians felt for Yorkshire's situation, for they went back to self-destructing.

Smith received a leg-side full toss from Root and swung it straight to deep square leg to depart for 37 off 26. Rohit Sharma, having smacked Azeem Rafiq's offspin for six the previous ball, contrived to try and squeeze a flighted yorker to third man only to see his stumps rattled. Dinesh Karthik outdid Rohit next ball, the first of the 12th, hitting a very wide Rashid delivery to short cover. Ambati Rayudu stepped out to Rafiq and found short cover again.

Rashid, bowling a mix of long hops, wide deliveries and assorted poor stuff, was fortunate to go for just under eleven runs an over. With Pollard finding his range, Yorkshire could have suffered more, but the rain grew from a drizzle to a steady downpour to limit the comedy of errors to 17.5 overs.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 19, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    @Sachin_the_god_forever on (October 18 2012, 20:35 PM GMT) It's only a game. Not worth getting so bitter about it.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 19, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    @Anna Adelle on (October 19 2012, 04:40 AM GMT) Nice idea , only we all have our domestic leagues and different timezones and different seasons

  • POSTED BY aby_prasad on | October 19, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    @ayush chauhan, big salutes! . Wish some one eyed monsters wud stop abusing ipl teams whenever they lose! but its ok when yorkshire loses, if an asian team lose, can hear a snobbish comment about flat/oval/square pitches. Anywys, take a bow ayush :)

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | October 19, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Apart from DD, I hope none of the IPL team are going to be in SF. With teams not doing well and rain is also doing it's part. It is BORING.....

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    We should have more teams from other countries in Champions league. Although MI looked good yesterday, the overall performance of IPL teams until now has been shabby. They do not look like champions at all. An ideal champions league will be when teams from at least 8 nations participate. SL, Pak, and WI also have very good teams. They should consider this tournament with 16 teams divided in to 4 groups.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @Greg Green Chill mate they are Anti-IPLians who made a fun of IPL teams. Tough being a Indian cant deny the fact our boys volunteered to SA for receive this kind of beating especially MI. Hope DD makes Semi and CSK win the remaining two match to avoid whopping of IPL teams in CL. Btw MI and Rohit Sharma(Alwasy on form in T20 lol) deserves it.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | October 19, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Mumbai Indians would have won if there had been no rains because at the point the play was called off they were poised to get to 190 or even 200 since Pollard was in his punishing mood. But more importantly, Rohit Sharma's dismisal after getting set is what comes to mind. He was bowled by an off spinner. He has been out in a similar fashion on many occasions recently to the incoming ball. This points to a technical flaw that has crept into his much touted technique. It is quite likely that someone may have pointed out this to him earlier. But it is for him to concentrate on just playing inswing and off spin endlessly in the nets and get over this problem. I say this because in recent times he has looked to be batting well and in good nick each time he has been bowled. Sometimes even batsmen of the calibre of Gavaskar may miss noticing such things which may be the reason this has not been pointed out. Maybe he is playing this shot more late than is needed.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @anton & @omairhr....you have the IPL where your teams can play each other for local pride. Just because the IPL teams are not winning in CLT20 you want the other teams excluded? The Lions beat both CSK and Mumbai fair and square out on the pitch and not by default or duckworth so accept the results and move on. :)

  • POSTED BY Ayush_Chauhan on | October 19, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Cricinfo should just create a Facebook page where people can complain about 4 IPL teams. Enough already... @JG2704 yes MI is like that isn't it, when it come off it looks beautiful, when it doesn't it looks mediocre, that's why Sachin is an important cog in that wheel,even when he is so hopelessly out of form. @SIRSOBERZ I agree with the dot balls, and with the fact that they won't change the 11, but I think it's because Sachin playing style suits that slot. @aby_manu agreed CSK is probably the most balanced and consistent team out there, and I mean in all domestic competitions (AUS, NZ, WI etc)

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    In fact, why do we even need domestic T20 leagues? Let every T20 club, from every T20 league, play in a 2 month Champions League. It will be similar to the Football World Cup, and would need to happen just once every 4 years. That way, there will be no scheduling conflicts, nor any reason for cricketers to choose club over country.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 19, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    @Sachin_the_god_forever on (October 18 2012, 20:35 PM GMT) It's only a game. Not worth getting so bitter about it.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 19, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    @Anna Adelle on (October 19 2012, 04:40 AM GMT) Nice idea , only we all have our domestic leagues and different timezones and different seasons

  • POSTED BY aby_prasad on | October 19, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    @ayush chauhan, big salutes! . Wish some one eyed monsters wud stop abusing ipl teams whenever they lose! but its ok when yorkshire loses, if an asian team lose, can hear a snobbish comment about flat/oval/square pitches. Anywys, take a bow ayush :)

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | October 19, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Apart from DD, I hope none of the IPL team are going to be in SF. With teams not doing well and rain is also doing it's part. It is BORING.....

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    We should have more teams from other countries in Champions league. Although MI looked good yesterday, the overall performance of IPL teams until now has been shabby. They do not look like champions at all. An ideal champions league will be when teams from at least 8 nations participate. SL, Pak, and WI also have very good teams. They should consider this tournament with 16 teams divided in to 4 groups.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @Greg Green Chill mate they are Anti-IPLians who made a fun of IPL teams. Tough being a Indian cant deny the fact our boys volunteered to SA for receive this kind of beating especially MI. Hope DD makes Semi and CSK win the remaining two match to avoid whopping of IPL teams in CL. Btw MI and Rohit Sharma(Alwasy on form in T20 lol) deserves it.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | October 19, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Mumbai Indians would have won if there had been no rains because at the point the play was called off they were poised to get to 190 or even 200 since Pollard was in his punishing mood. But more importantly, Rohit Sharma's dismisal after getting set is what comes to mind. He was bowled by an off spinner. He has been out in a similar fashion on many occasions recently to the incoming ball. This points to a technical flaw that has crept into his much touted technique. It is quite likely that someone may have pointed out this to him earlier. But it is for him to concentrate on just playing inswing and off spin endlessly in the nets and get over this problem. I say this because in recent times he has looked to be batting well and in good nick each time he has been bowled. Sometimes even batsmen of the calibre of Gavaskar may miss noticing such things which may be the reason this has not been pointed out. Maybe he is playing this shot more late than is needed.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @anton & @omairhr....you have the IPL where your teams can play each other for local pride. Just because the IPL teams are not winning in CLT20 you want the other teams excluded? The Lions beat both CSK and Mumbai fair and square out on the pitch and not by default or duckworth so accept the results and move on. :)

  • POSTED BY Ayush_Chauhan on | October 19, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Cricinfo should just create a Facebook page where people can complain about 4 IPL teams. Enough already... @JG2704 yes MI is like that isn't it, when it come off it looks beautiful, when it doesn't it looks mediocre, that's why Sachin is an important cog in that wheel,even when he is so hopelessly out of form. @SIRSOBERZ I agree with the dot balls, and with the fact that they won't change the 11, but I think it's because Sachin playing style suits that slot. @aby_manu agreed CSK is probably the most balanced and consistent team out there, and I mean in all domestic competitions (AUS, NZ, WI etc)

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    In fact, why do we even need domestic T20 leagues? Let every T20 club, from every T20 league, play in a 2 month Champions League. It will be similar to the Football World Cup, and would need to happen just once every 4 years. That way, there will be no scheduling conflicts, nor any reason for cricketers to choose club over country.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | October 19, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    From next year 3 of the IPL teams are getting direct entry to semis with others competing in the league matches with 3 more IPL teams for the 4th semi final spot..

  • POSTED BY aravind077 on | October 19, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    mumbai has full bad luck.maximum mumbai is out of clt20

  • POSTED BY omairhr on | October 19, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    We should have 4 IPL teams in Champions league with direct qualification into the semi finals. The rest of the teams can play for pride.

  • POSTED BY hnlns on | October 19, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    To be fair to MI, they were robbed of another 2 points by the weather, now the road ahead looks terribly difficult for them. Daredevils seem to be the one IPL team who have the best chance to move further. The other two are as good as out of it now itself.

  • POSTED BY patilyogs on | October 19, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    as this game washed out.....Out of 4 IPL teams three are already out of CLT20...between CSK or MI only team have hope if Lions lose against Yorkshire....if Lions win against Yorkshire then MI and CSK both will since Sydney and Lions will have three wins each.......so Only team in a fray DD...hope they will do good

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | October 19, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    @anton111 Why not just ask for all the IPL teams & no one else?

  • POSTED BY anton111 on | October 18, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Please lets have 6 IPL teams next year instead of 4

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | October 18, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    I enjoy watching the two WIndians blast the ball into orbit, Dwayne is no slouch as his debut Test century (almost 10 yrs ago in SA) proves. His issue is that he invariably gets out once he reaches a quick 20/30. As an opener, he needs to think big. If he can get past this obstacle, he's good enough to help MI post a massive score more often than not. Pollard came in early 2day - only because the others threw their wickets away. However, it's too much to expect the MI strategists to engage their thinking caps, I don't believe they have one, they will continue to play Pollard too far down the order, he needs to get his eye in as the opposition captain will always have men on the fence when he arrives.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | October 18, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    @SIR Soberz: Agreed, the dot balls leading up to the dismissal forced him into a desperate, untimed shot. In T20s, he needs to accept that he will fail sometimes. It's his fear of failure that leads to him playing far too many dot balls. Bowlers are no longer afraid either. Indeed, a sad sight, nay painful for us fans!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 18, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Shame the game was abandoned with it being so nicely poised although Gale might be the happier captain because of his 2 main pacemen being at best restricted by injuries.MI looked like they were either going to score a mass of runs in the remaining overs or implode and not even bat the inns out with their do or die batting style. Looks like SA have imported some of our weather

  • POSTED BY Sachin_the_god_forever on | October 18, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Now all indian team and Ipl team criticizers are going to critize in the following way 1) rain saved mumbai 2)mumbai is an overrated team because it cannot play in rain 3)harbhajan is the reason for rain and sachin criticizers is going to criticize in the following way 1) Sachin reflexes are slow 2)sachin ran himself out because he scared of yorkshire 3)sachin can run fast only at home because the pitches are flat..outside home he cannot run fast and very slow because it is a green pitch 4)sachin should retire...cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY aby_prasad on | October 18, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    yorkshire lost, highveld lions lost, mi lost, csk lost, so all of em are flat pitch bullies. pity some of u who think s.a. and aus are the only countries where pitches r acceptable and nothing in subcontinent or asia for that matter, matters! u hv to play n win in all pitches 'mates' like csk has shown, and nottttttttttt sydney sixes or lions or any others. only csk did that, win inside india and in s.a. and elsewhere!

  • POSTED BY Lahori92 on | October 18, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    sachin should hang up his cricket bat with dignity while the going is good. he's been around for such a long time and its about time to bid fare well

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | October 18, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    It's painful to see Sachin struggling and he now always seems prone to run outs today was Smith fault but the dots leading up to it was what made Sachin push for the hurried single where in the past he would find the gaps or boundaries against such mediocre bowling. Someone else mentioned M.I opening with Raydu and Smith I think that could work but doubtful they would ever go with it I think they will continue with this 11. Smith again had a great start showing what W.I missed all WorldCup ! he has to open with Gayle for the upcoming W.I Odi's and T20 in Australia

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  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | October 18, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    It's painful to see Sachin struggling and he now always seems prone to run outs today was Smith fault but the dots leading up to it was what made Sachin push for the hurried single where in the past he would find the gaps or boundaries against such mediocre bowling. Someone else mentioned M.I opening with Raydu and Smith I think that could work but doubtful they would ever go with it I think they will continue with this 11. Smith again had a great start showing what W.I missed all WorldCup ! he has to open with Gayle for the upcoming W.I Odi's and T20 in Australia

  • POSTED BY Lahori92 on | October 18, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    sachin should hang up his cricket bat with dignity while the going is good. he's been around for such a long time and its about time to bid fare well

  • POSTED BY aby_prasad on | October 18, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    yorkshire lost, highveld lions lost, mi lost, csk lost, so all of em are flat pitch bullies. pity some of u who think s.a. and aus are the only countries where pitches r acceptable and nothing in subcontinent or asia for that matter, matters! u hv to play n win in all pitches 'mates' like csk has shown, and nottttttttttt sydney sixes or lions or any others. only csk did that, win inside india and in s.a. and elsewhere!

  • POSTED BY Sachin_the_god_forever on | October 18, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Now all indian team and Ipl team criticizers are going to critize in the following way 1) rain saved mumbai 2)mumbai is an overrated team because it cannot play in rain 3)harbhajan is the reason for rain and sachin criticizers is going to criticize in the following way 1) Sachin reflexes are slow 2)sachin ran himself out because he scared of yorkshire 3)sachin can run fast only at home because the pitches are flat..outside home he cannot run fast and very slow because it is a green pitch 4)sachin should retire...cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 18, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Shame the game was abandoned with it being so nicely poised although Gale might be the happier captain because of his 2 main pacemen being at best restricted by injuries.MI looked like they were either going to score a mass of runs in the remaining overs or implode and not even bat the inns out with their do or die batting style. Looks like SA have imported some of our weather

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | October 18, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    @SIR Soberz: Agreed, the dot balls leading up to the dismissal forced him into a desperate, untimed shot. In T20s, he needs to accept that he will fail sometimes. It's his fear of failure that leads to him playing far too many dot balls. Bowlers are no longer afraid either. Indeed, a sad sight, nay painful for us fans!

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | October 18, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    I enjoy watching the two WIndians blast the ball into orbit, Dwayne is no slouch as his debut Test century (almost 10 yrs ago in SA) proves. His issue is that he invariably gets out once he reaches a quick 20/30. As an opener, he needs to think big. If he can get past this obstacle, he's good enough to help MI post a massive score more often than not. Pollard came in early 2day - only because the others threw their wickets away. However, it's too much to expect the MI strategists to engage their thinking caps, I don't believe they have one, they will continue to play Pollard too far down the order, he needs to get his eye in as the opposition captain will always have men on the fence when he arrives.

  • POSTED BY anton111 on | October 18, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Please lets have 6 IPL teams next year instead of 4

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | October 19, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    @anton111 Why not just ask for all the IPL teams & no one else?

  • POSTED BY patilyogs on | October 19, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    as this game washed out.....Out of 4 IPL teams three are already out of CLT20...between CSK or MI only team have hope if Lions lose against Yorkshire....if Lions win against Yorkshire then MI and CSK both will since Sydney and Lions will have three wins each.......so Only team in a fray DD...hope they will do good