Champions League Twenty20, Group B: Mumbai Indians v Yorkshire at Cape Town, Oct 18, 2012
Played at Newlands, Cape Town (neutral venue)
18 October 2012 - day/night match (20-over match)

5.30pm We're all set for play. Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith walk out. Once again, Yorkshire begin with the gentle spin of Joe Root.

5.15pm It is expected to be a decent batting surface in Cape Town. James: "Arun, Pink Floyd sang that "Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way". It's obviously now the CSK way too!"

SanjayN's mail drips with sarcasm: "Wow, an unchanged MI side. So, we get to see 8 overs from Kulkarni and Pollard. Yorkshire must be quaking in their boots."

And for those of you who missed the big news of the hour: Kevin Pietersen has been added to England's squad for the India Tests.

5.00pm Toss Yorkshire to bowl."This is a fantastic experience for our players, and we need to stand up today."

Mumbai are playing an unchanged side. "We are playing five bowlers, so we should be able to defend a total," Harbhajan says. He isn't drawn into whether Mumbai need to win all their remaining games. "We definitely need to win today's game."

Can't overstate the importance of today's result for these two teams as Lions already have two wins, and Sydney already have three. A defeat today will mean both Yorkshire and Mumbai will need to win every remaining match to have a shot at qualification.

Here's Devashish Fuloria's preview for this game. And Sid Monga has the report for the afternoon match, when Sydney won their third match in a row.

Ben, an eagle-eyed reader, points out that Sixers could still lose out. "Not so fast. If Lions beat Yorkshire, and Mumbai win all three of their remaining games, then you will have three teams on 12 points and it will come down to NRR. The Sixers can still miss out on the semi's." Which has prompted a flurry of corrections.

And Arun has some more pemutations: "For all those CSK fans out there. It's not over for CSK yet; The equation is simple. If CSK wins the next two matches with better N.R.R. than Lions, Sixers win against MI, Yorkshire win against Lions and MI win against Yorkshire.

The point table will then look like 16 8 8 4 4. CSK will get into Semis with better run rate than lions. Hoping for a miracle !! For all that to happen, MI should win today !!"

Here's a reminder of what the points table looks like.

4.55pm Greetings, toss for game two is five minutes away. Yorkshire were handed a shellacking by Sydney Sixers, who have all but qualified for the semi-finals. Mumbai Indians have also not had the best of starts, and were taken apart by Neil McKenzie and Quinton de Kock in their opening game.


Root to Smith, no run, starts with a length ball on the pads, pushed towards mid-on


Root to Smith, SIX, enough of all that blocking nonsense, Smith sees the second ball is one a length, he gets on one knee and swipes that over the square leg boundary for six


Root to Smith, SIX, Mumbai up and running here, Smith swings his arms to a length ball, a clean hit launches that into the sky, the ball lands well into the stands beyond long-on


Root to Smith, no run, clipped towards midwicket, thinks of a single, sent back by SRT

Amit notes: "In accordance with Sachin's profile, his team are Mumbai Indians and Yorkshire. Who is he playing for today?"


Root to Smith, 1 run, length ball on the pads, lashed towards long-on, reaches the fielder on the bounce


Root to Tendulkar, 1 run, length ball is eased towards mid-on for a single making it 14 off the opening over

End of over 1 (14 runs) Mumbai Indians 14/0 (RR: 14.00)

    • SR Tendulkar 1 (1b)
    • DR Smith 13 (5b 2x6)
    • JE Root 1-0-14-0

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, 1 run, full and wide, Tendulkar bends as he reaches out for that one, squeezes it towards short third man


Sidebottom to Smith, no run, length ball snakes back in towards the off stump, left alone by Smith, not a sight you see often in T20s when Smith is on strike


Sidebottom to Smith, 1 run, a touch shorter, driven on the up towards extra cover for an easy single


Sidebottom to Tendulkar, FOUR, on the up lofted drive and Tendulkar gets his first boundary, gets well forward and punches that short of length ball over extra cover, one bounce before it reaches the rope


Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, short of length ball outside off, defended to the off side


Sidebottom to Tendulkar, 1 run, on the pads this time, worked towards square leg for a single

End of over 2 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 21/0 (RR: 10.50)

    • SR Tendulkar 7 (5b 1x4)
    • DR Smith 14 (7b 2x6)
    • RJ Sidebottom 1-0-7-0
    • JE Root 1-0-14-0

Steven Patterson to bowl


Patterson to Tendulkar, no run, starts with a length ball on off stump, blocked back towards the bowler


Patterson to Tendulkar, no run, defended once more

Harshal Salvi puns: "Sachin was 1st overseas player to play for Yorkshire. "M I" right?"


Patterson to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length ball on off stump, opens the face to deflect the ball towards point


Patterson to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, jags in off a back of a length, tucked behind square leg


Patterson to Smith, 1 run, on the pads once more, short of length again, worked towards midwicket


Patterson to Tendulkar, OUT, Is Tendulkar run-out here? Yes he is, he charged down the track and mistimed a stroke towards mid-on, he took off for the single, it was his call whether to take the run or not, Smith decided very late that there wasn't a run, he was watching the ball instead of listening to his partner, and Sachin was close to the non-striker's end by then, with Smith next to him, he has to turn back to try beat the throw, he can't and he is on his way. At least, he's not bowled this time

SR Tendulkar run out 7 (13m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

End of over 3 (2 runs) Mumbai Indians 23/1 (RR: 7.66)

    • DR Smith 15 (8b 2x6)
    • SA Patterson 1-0-1-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 1-0-7-0

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, outside off, safely negotiated


Sidebottom to Smith, 2 runs, short of length ball on off stump, worked towards midwicket for a single


Sidebottom to Smith, no run, looks to whip that to the leg side, but misses and is hit on the thigh pad

I'm amazed by the things our readers notice. Here's Ramesh: "Looking up Steven Patterson's profile. Unlike most other players, they have mentioned the name of the hospital where he was born."


Sidebottom to Smith, 1 run, clipped to square leg for a single

Rohit Sharma on strike now


Sidebottom to Sharma, 1 run, back of length ball on the pads, nudged behind square leg for a single


Sidebottom to Smith, 1 run, length ball on the pads, another single to square leg

End of over 4 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 28/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • DR Smith 19 (13b 2x6)
    • RG Sharma 1 (1b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 2-0-12-0
    • SA Patterson 1-0-1-0

Patterson to Smith, 4 leg byes, charges out, the back of a length ball is angled into him, and even as he misses with the bat, it pings the thigh pad and races fine

Keeper standing up


Patterson to Smith, no run, pushed down the track


Patterson to Smith, 1 run, pulled hard but straight to deep square leg


Patterson to Sharma, no run, Rohit gets forward and pushes in the air, he does that early in his innings at times, on the bounce to mid off


Patterson to Sharma, 1 run, angled in, good length, worked square on the leg side


Patterson to Smith, no run, nips back in and catches him high on the pad, but was going down leg, too high as well

Motown: "Even more interesting than the hospital where he was born is Patterson's nickname - 'Dead'. Any ideas?"

End of over 5 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 34/1 (RR: 6.80)

    • DR Smith 20 (17b 2x6)
    • RG Sharma 2 (3b)
    • SA Patterson 2-0-3-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 2-0-12-0

Ashraf to Sharma, 2 runs, moves forward and nudges in the air behind square leg, two taken


Ashraf to Sharma, no run, tries to lift a length ball down the ground, ends up swinging inside the line


Ashraf to Sharma, 2 runs, eased elegantly from the crease, point takes pace off it with a dive, covers fields

Now Ashraf pulls up before his delivery stride. Feeling his hamstring too. Same end from which Sidebottom bowled. Ashraf's given the ball away, what does the captain do now? Ashraf is leaving the field. Lyth has got the ball now, and his hamstring is still intact


Lyth to Sharma, 2 runs, tosses up an offspinner from round the stumps, it is pushed crisply past extra cover


Lyth to Sharma, 1 run, full, pushed down to long on


Lyth to Smith, 1 run, low full toss, hit hard down to long on again

End of over 6 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 42/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • DR Smith 21 (18b 2x6)
    • RG Sharma 9 (8b)
    • A Lyth 0.3-0-4-0
    • SA Patterson 2-0-3-0

ray: "These TV commentators need to stop saying "talented" every time they mention rohit sharma's name.what talent are they talking about?" The unfulfilled kind


Azeem Rafiq to Smith, 3 runs, paddles a very full one to short fine leg, who fails to stop it


Azeem Rafiq to Sharma, no run, pushed back to the bowler


Azeem Rafiq to Sharma, no run, walks out, he shortens the length, worked to midwicket


Azeem Rafiq to Sharma, 1 run, driven to wide long off for a single


Azeem Rafiq to Smith, 1 run, drills a full delivery to long on


Azeem Rafiq to Sharma, no run, comes down the track, too close to the pitch and knocks it back to the bowler

End of over 7 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 47/1 (RR: 6.71)

    • RG Sharma 10 (12b)
    • DR Smith 25 (20b 2x6)
    • Azeem Rafiq 1-0-5-0
    • A Lyth 0.3-0-4-0

Root to Smith, no run, full flat and on the pads, worked towards midwicket


Root to Smith, no run


Root to Smith, SIX, overpitched from round the wicket, gets on one knee and hammers that into the crowd beyond midwicket


Root to Smith, SIX, six more, Smith has sent that soaring into the empty seats beyond long-on, that was a huge hit, Gale has his hands on his head


Root to Smith, no run, full ball is pushed towards mid-on


Root to Smith, OUT, he's gone this time, a full toss on leg stump and that is slammed straight to deep square leg, Smith can't believe he has holed out to such an awful delivery

DR Smith c Patterson b Root 37 (35m 26b 0x4 4x6) SR: 142.30

End of over 8 (12 runs) Mumbai Indians 59/2 (RR: 7.37)

    • RG Sharma 10 (12b)
    • JE Root 2-0-26-1
    • Azeem Rafiq 1-0-5-0

Sidebottom is back on the field


Azeem Rafiq to Karthik, no run, length ball outside of, reaches out and pushes that back to the bowler


Azeem Rafiq to Karthik, 1 run, flighted length ball, the sort Smith was pummelling, Karthik defends off the front foot to the off side


Azeem Rafiq to Sharma, no run, full and outside off, guided to backward point


Azeem Rafiq to Sharma, FOUR, drops it a bit short, that's enough for Rohit, he gets on the back foot and slices it behind point for four, doesn't look to power it, just making sure the placement is right


Azeem Rafiq to Sharma, no run


Azeem Rafiq to Sharma, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven towards extra cover

End of over 9 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 65/2 (RR: 7.22)

    • RG Sharma 15 (16b 1x4)
    • KD Karthik 1 (2b)
    • Azeem Rafiq 2-0-11-0
    • JE Root 2-0-26-1

Lyth to Sharma, no run, on the pads, helped behind square leg


Lyth to Sharma, no run, big wind-up, Rohit looks to thrash that but ends up driving it back towards the bowler


Lyth to Sharma, 1 run, length ball is thumped towards deep midwicket, lands a couple of paces before the fielder there


Lyth to Karthik, FOUR, low full toss outside leg stump, instead of the Smith slap to square leg Karthik pulls out the reverse-sweep, places it behind point for four


Lyth to Karthik, FOUR, length ball on the pads, thumped towards wide long-on, two fielders converge on that one, but can't stop that one, despite a dive from the man at deep midwicket


Lyth to Karthik, 1 run, a single to end the over, 10 off it

End of over 10 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 75/2 (RR: 7.50)

    • KD Karthik 10 (5b 2x4)
    • RG Sharma 16 (19b 1x4)
    • A Lyth 1.3-0-14-0
    • Azeem Rafiq 2-0-11-0

Azeem Rafiq to Karthik, 1 run, flighted and full, eased towards long-on for a single


Azeem Rafiq to Sharma, 2 runs, length ball is thumped towards sweeper cover for a couple


Azeem Rafiq to Sharma, 1 run, looks to work that to the leg side, edges it back towards the bowler


Azeem Rafiq to Karthik, 1 run, down the leg side, swept but not past short fine leg


Azeem Rafiq to Sharma, SIX, bang! Rohit Sharma shimmies down the track and pummels that over midwicket for six


Azeem Rafiq to Sharma, OUT, full ball on the stumps, Rohit is cramped even as he tries to make room, can't get his bat in line with that yorker from Rafiq, and that thuds into the base of leg stump

RG Sharma b Azeem Rafiq 25 (31m 23b 1x4 1x6) SR: 108.69

End of over 11 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 86/3 (RR: 7.81)

    • KD Karthik 12 (7b 2x4)
    • Azeem Rafiq 3-0-22-1
    • A Lyth 1.3-0-14-0

Rashid to Karthik, OUT, two in two for Yorkshire, suicide from Karthik, who thumps a harmless delivery towards short cover, this game has turned

KD Karthik c Azeem Rafiq b Rashid 12 (12m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Pollard has no helmet on, but has a beanie instead. First time I have seen someone batting with a beanie on.


Rashid to Pollard, 1 run, smacked towards midwicket for a single

Martin: "Patterson's nickname is actually Dead Man. At a guess I'll suggest this has something to do with Dead Man Walking and perhaps his honest approach to edges behind?"


Rashid to Rayudu, 1 run, off the back foot towards cover for one more


Rashid to Pollard, 1 run


Rashid to Rayudu, 1 run, another half-tracker, and once more he escapes, slapped towards midwicket


Rashid to Pollard, 1 run, utterly poor bowling here, but Rashid getting away with it, he has bowled plenty of half-trackers this over, this was also short, swung towards midwicket

End of over 12 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 91/4 (RR: 7.58)

    • KA Pollard 3 (3b)
    • AT Rayudu 2 (2b)
    • AU Rashid 1-0-5-1
    • Azeem Rafiq 3-0-22-1

Ryan Sidebottom has the ball in hand


Sidebottom to Pollard, 1 wide, spears that down the leg side

Sharath: "Coming to nicknames .. Adam Lyth is called as peanut..thats interesting."


Sidebottom to Pollard, no run, angled in towards the pad, inside-edged onto the pad


Sidebottom to Pollard, 1 run, full ball on the pads, whipped towards midwicket for a single


Sidebottom to Rayudu, 1 run, full and outside off, pushed towards long-off for a single


Sidebottom to Pollard, 1 run, swings in a yorker, on off stump, dug out to the off side for a single


Sidebottom to Rayudu, 1 run, slower ball from Sidebottom, Rayudu helps it towards midwicket for the fourth single of the over


Sidebottom to Pollard, no run, full toss outside off, Pollard swishes at that and misses

End of over 13 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 96/4 (RR: 7.38)

    • KA Pollard 5 (7b)
    • AT Rayudu 4 (4b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 3-0-17-0
    • AU Rashid 1-0-5-1

Rashid to Rayudu, FOUR, length ball is thumped through extra cover for a boundary, doesn't bother too much with his footwork


Rashid to Rayudu, 1 run, length ball well outside off, driven towards extra cover


Rashid to Pollard, no run, full and wide, steered towards backward point

Dhanoop C: "Smith started with 0, 6, 6 and ends with 6, 6, 0"


Rashid to Pollard, 1 run, shortish and outside off, once again Rashid escapes, instead of sailing into the stands, it bounces to the deep midwicket fielder


Rashid to Rayudu, FOUR, this time Rayudu puts it away, it was short once more, Rayudu gets his front leg out of the way and pummels that to the midwicket boundary


Rashid to Rayudu, 1 run, eased towards midwicket for one more

End of over 14 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 107/4 (RR: 7.64)

    • AT Rayudu 14 (8b 2x4)
    • KA Pollard 6 (9b)
    • AU Rashid 2-0-16-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 3-0-17-0

Azeem Rafiq to Rayudu, 1 run, short of length ball is drilled past the bowler towards long-on


Azeem Rafiq to Pollard, 1 run, full toss on the stumps, eased towards long-on for a single


Azeem Rafiq to Rayudu, OUT, shortish ball outside off, Rayudu takes a couple of steps down the track and chips it towards short cover where Gale dives to his left and takes a low catch, so low that the umpires decide to take a look at the replay to confirm it was taken cleanly, it was, and another needless Mumbai wicket, how many have they thrown away today?

AT Rayudu c Gale b Azeem Rafiq 15 (17m 10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Some rain around but play continues


Azeem Rafiq to Harbhajan Singh, no run, defended to the off side by Harbhajan

Ominous clouds around Cape Town


Azeem Rafiq to Harbhajan Singh, SIX, a typical Harbhajan hit, gets a good stride in and clubs that over long-on for six


Azeem Rafiq to Harbhajan Singh, SIX, Harbhajan showing his side's batsmen how it is done, another clean, free-swinging hit sends the ball way beyond long-on

End of over 15 (14 runs) Mumbai Indians 121/5 (RR: 8.06)

    • Harbhajan Singh 12 (3b 2x6)
    • KA Pollard 7 (10b)
    • Azeem Rafiq 4-0-36-2
    • AU Rashid 2-0-16-1

Rashid to Pollard, FOUR, dropped, short of length ball way outside off, Pollard nearly holed out there as he looked to clear the sweeper cover, who gets his hands on an overhead chance but can't latch on, should have though


Rashid to Pollard, SIX, much better from Pollard, giving Rashid the treatment his bowling has deserved today, length and is pummelled dead straight for six


Rashid to Pollard, FOUR, full and way outside off, powered off the front foot over backward point for four, Mumbai switches gears here


Rashid to Pollard, 1 run, thumps this full ball towards long-off for a single


Rashid to Harbhajan Singh, no run, again nearly a half-tracker, Harbhajan can only under-edge that on the bounce to the keeper, who says "Well bowled."


Rashid to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, another wicket for Rashid, this time it is Harbhajan, who wants to smash it over long-off but can only slice it to cover, Harbhajan's all-action stay is over

Harbhajan Singh c Azeem Rafiq b Rashid 12 (5m 5b 0x4 2x6) SR: 240.00

End of over 16 (15 runs) Mumbai Indians 136/6 (RR: 8.50)

    • KA Pollard 22 (14b 2x4 1x6)
    • AU Rashid 3-0-31-2
    • Azeem Rafiq 4-0-36-2

Mitchell Johnson in at No. 8, after batting No. 4 in the previous game


Patterson to Johnson, 1 run, punched towards long-off for a single


Patterson to Pollard, 1 run, full ball is drilled towards long-on


Patterson to Johnson, 1 run, low full toss on the pads, worked to midwicket


Patterson to Pollard, FOUR, Pollard power! a length ball is absolutely creamed down the ground, a scorching hit that the bowler wisely evaded, that had some serious speed as it went to the straight boundary


Patterson to Pollard, 1 run, a stylish flick sends the ball towards midwicket


Patterson to Johnson, 1 run, on the pads and that is worked to midwicket for one more

6.48pm Players going off, it's raining again. Mitchell Johnson was just marking his guard the showers started once more. It doesn't seem to be too heavy. Pollard is in no rush to go off, he's hanging around in the middle.

Sumith: "Only one word can encompass how i feel about this innings. BIZZARE!" Hasn't been the highest quality of cricket so far in this game.

Also, I missed this milestone which Arun and several others have pointed out: "Meanwhile Pollard completes 3000 Twenty20 runs."

6.47pm The covers are coming off, the umpires signal he players to come back on. Still some thick dark clouds around the stadium, so we might have more delays.

Alaithiran: "I don't understand why it's called a 'beanie'. When I was growing up, we called it a 'tea cosy'." 6.42pm Covers are on. Half an hour of time allowed for the rain delay before the overs start to get chopped off. Cut-off time is around 8.40pm. A steady drizzle now in Cape Town.

End of over 17 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 145/6 (RR: 8.52)

    • MG Johnson 3 (3b)
    • KA Pollard 28 (17b 3x4 1x6)
    • SA Patterson 3-0-12-0
    • AU Rashid 3-0-31-2

6.51pm Play resumes


Rashid to Johnson, 1 run, Johnson hits the first ball towards long-on for a single


Rashid to Pollard, SIX, a mammoth hit from Pollard, gets a huge stride in and clobbers that over long-on for six


Rashid to Pollard, 2 runs, horrible bowling here, short and that was miles outside off stump, would have been a wide if Pollard let it go, he doesn't like letting the ball go though, so he swings hard at it and top-edges it past backward point


Rashid to Pollard, 1 run, pushed towards mid-off


Rashid to Johnson, 1 run, defended towards cover for a single

8.10pm With this game looking more and more like a washout, all teams in the group (except perhaps Sydney Sixers who will already have qualified) will be looking to the Lions v Yorkshire game on Saturday. If Lions win that, they too will be through and this group will be filled with dead games.

And here's confirmation. The match has been called off.

Mumbai and Yorkshire both get their first points of this stage, but both would have wanted to get two more than they did today. Now they are left hoping results in other matches go their way. IPL bashers will gleefully point out that an IPL team is yet to win against a non-IPL team, while Sydney Sixers fans will be thrilled their team's place in the semi-final is confirmed.

It's been fun chatting with you all. Thanks for the many, many mails. See you at tomorrow's games. G'night!

8.00pm The latest from our intrepid reporter Liam Brickhill. "The wind has died down a little, but that means the rain looks like it's here to stay. Yep, it's still coming down. The groundsman has told us he needs 40 minutes to get the outfield dry, which means it'll have to stop completely in the next couple of minutes in order for their to be any chance of a match. That really doesn't look like it's going to happen, so I think this match is a write-off."

Franklin seems to think he has figured out how to get his comment posted: "Ways to get your comment published: 1. Ask a highly statistical question 2. Or Ask a dumb question 3. Pretend to live near the ground when it rains 4. Have a girl friend who is so curious to have your name published 5. Copy my technique." Worked for him this time.

7.30pm Still a drizzle over the ground. Cut-off is 8.40pm.

Pollard at No. 3 and not a power-hitter down the order? Yes says mngc: "Pollard scores 7 in first 10 balls then 30 in next 10. He has always played better when he has an opportunity to get his eye in without pressure like today. This is crying out to bat at # 3."

Not sure whether this is just a tall tale to get his comment published, but here goes. Rohit: "Can you please cover me on commentary page. My girl friend (preeti) promised me to allow all further matches on TV and she wont touch remote if my name flashes on cricinfo commentary page."

Deepak: "whats the amount to be paid to post my comment?" Are people willing to pay? How much?

Jorge: "Just checked the weather for the next few days in Cape Town. Awful. Group A should begin to worry."

Andy F: "im from lancashire and i will bet yorkshire fans and players had the same thought as me....we will travel 1000s 0f miles to escape the rain .....and then it rains."

James:"I think the point Simon was making was not that T20 (or even CLT20) was bad. It was that this match has been a very poor exhibition of cricket (including T20) skills. If so, that's a fair point. These 2 sides do not deserve to progress."

7.25pm The unstoppable Liam Brickhill, who is pondering a career as a weatherman. "The rain is starting to ease. It's still coming down, but it's mizzle now rather than actual rain."

Hang on, a couple of minutes later he adds: "Lol, now it's getting heavier again!"

Praneet: "Liam Brickhill , really ? I thought he retired. Correct me if i am wrong. Anyways nice to see his name back on cricinfo." Liam's freelancing with us for this tournament but not back with us full-time (yet?).

Kumar: "@Srinivasan Janardhanam ... it looks like this picture was taken after he took the tendulkar wicket."

Priyashrav: "Give the Man-of-the-Match award to that Streaker,I say!" I agree.

Deepak P:"@Deepak, I understand corruption has engulfed India, but leave the holy cricinfo alone!"

Rashid Fahim: "Off the topic: World Eleven team reached pakistan. I am excited to see international cricket resume in my country." Here's what the captain of the Ineternational XI Sanath Jayasuriya had to say.

Simon: "@James Bang on. T20 at it's best is great. You get bowlers testing batsmen who are trying to score quickly and force them on the defensive. Fast singles to rotate the strike, fielders saving every run they can. Not people chucking pies at sloggers for a couple of hours."

7.20pm More from Liam: "It's really bucketing down. There are a few hardy souls seeking shelter beneath the trees behind the grass banks, but the ground has largely cleared of people. They've retreated to the bars, I suspect."

Even more from Liam: "We've just witnessed a streaker braving the freezing cold and rain to sprint around the outfield. He managed almost a full circuit before the security guards worked up the gumption to run out after him into the rain. They did eventually catch and tackle him to the ground, just before he escaped back to the grass banks. He's being escorted out now."

I'm not quite sure I agree with Sam, but he seems quite worked up here: "@Simon So what if garbage bowlers get wickets? Heck, isn't that the point of the shortened format. Score as many runs and in doing so give the bowlers a fair chance. Even underdogs have a fair chance against strong teams. This is how I like my cricket."

Swarnava Maitra: ". So many people complaining about so many things about the CLT20. Well, if you find it so bad, why are you watching it then? MIght as well go and catch some good movie on cable."

7.10pm Liam Brickhill, who is covering this game for us, has some bad weather news. "The rain is coming down in sheets. There are even more covers being brought out now. The whole square is being covered. Visibility is very poor, and unfortunately it looks like this rain is really setting in. Having said that, this is Cape Town, and with the wind here there's always a (small) chance that the rainclouds will blow over. Slim chance."

Srinivasan Janardhanam: "Talking of Profiles, I liked Phangiso's profile picture."

Pankaj: "How to post comment in live commentary." You just did.

6.55pm Rain stops play. Fickle English weather? Yorkshire will be calling their climate consistent compared to this.

Subbu: "So, Harbajan starts with 0, 6 and ends with 6,0?"

Grylls: "With all the attention on the points table, maybe someone can help me undertand the reason 4 & 2 points were chosen for win/nr instead of 2 & 1 - what difference does it make other than higher numbers?" Anyone?

Pete: "Well permutators, if these two get two points each for an N/R, Sydney IS through."

Anand Gautam: "Continuing yesterday's escapade boldly....if there is a washout, Lions would be the happiest, Chennai will be marginally happy, and Mumbai and Yorkshire devastated."

Ajay has some wise words: "both pollard and this rain are extremely unpredictable!!"

Simon: "This innings has summed up everything wrong with T20 cricket. Absolute garbage getting wickets, wild slogging getting runs, drops and misfields, bad calling..." Totally. I can't believe Rashid got two wickets with his half-trackers.

Nabhan Ahmad: "How much stats does one have to post to get there comment published?" Sometimes rhetorical questions are also enough.

Dude has a theory I'm not convinced by: "@Grylls: Psychology. People tend to like even numbers more than the odd. I do too."

Manak: "@Grylls: Its a 20-20 room for ones and twos even in the points column." Good one.

More scenarios from Shuvam: "This equation is this simple- If this match ends in a No result, and if Lions beat Yorkshire on Saturday, then the entire group is dead. Lions and Sixers will make it through, and no one will have to break a sweat in watching the remaining matches of this group."

Krishna: "Well with the Bonus point I think it makes sense to have 4 and 2 instead of 2 & 1." It would, if this tournament had bonus points.

Shad: "Really? Does anyone really feel "devastated" in the CLT20? The quality of cricket seems sub-par after the World T20. The teams seem sleepy. The players look indifferent." Domestic/club sides who miss out on a chance to win US$2m or so will perhaps be devastated if they get knocked out.






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