Mumbai Indians v Yorkshire, Group B, CLT20, Cape Town

Rain ends successive evening games

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

October 18, 2012

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Mumbai Indians 156 for 6 (Pollard 37*, Smith 37) v Yorkshire No result
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Dwayne Smith heaves one down the ground, Mumbai Indians v Yorkshire, Group B, Champions League T20, Cape Town, October 18, 2012
Dwayne Smith heaved four sixes during his 37 © Getty Images
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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, 21:44 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, 21:44 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, 17:26 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, 13:14 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, 13:14 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, 13:10 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, 12:21 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, 11:23 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, 8:16 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, 5:40 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.

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