Mumbai Indians v Perth Scorchers, CLT20, Delhi

Explosive Mumbai thrash Perth, knock out Otago

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

October 2, 2013

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Mumbai Indians 152 for 4 (Rohit 51*, Smith 48) beat Perth Scorchers 149 for 6 (Whiteman 51*, Coulter-Nile 3-19) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Dwayne Smith smashed five fours and three sixes, Mumbai Indians v Perth Scorchers, Champions League 2013,  Group A, Delhi, October 2, 2013
Dwayne Smith powered the chase with 48 off 25 balls © BCCI

Mumbai Indians boast of some of the biggest hitters in T20 cricket in their line-up and they fired in unison to storm into the semi-final of the Champions League, achieving their target in just 13.2 overs. The target was 150, but in order to topple Otago on net run rate, they needed to achieve it within 14.2 overs. The strategy was clear and Dwayne Smith and Rohit Sharma made it look ridiculously simple against a Perth Scorchers attack that failed to contain a determined top order. It meant that the semi-final line-up had three IPL teams in it.

The scenarios were clearly spelt out for Mumbai ahead of the game as to what they required to keep Otago out of the semi-final race. It's common for captains to prefer to chase in such situations and Rohit decided to do just that. The required rate for qualification was over ten an over and Mumbai approached it as a 14-over game.

Sachin Tendulkar wasn't in the best of form but he was sent to open anyway. There was the possibility that this would be his last T20 match in the event of them failing to qualify. He fell for a second-ball duck, flicking to deep square leg and there was a hush around the Kotla as he walked back. Smith provided the big hits starting from the second ball of the innings, which he slogged over mid-on before dispatching another over the rope at long-on.

Scorchers had three left-arm spinners in their line-up, including the experienced Brad Hogg, but their one-dimensional spin attack was demolished by a rampaging Smith. Flighted deliveries were slogged and smashed over the covers and anything dropped short was pulled over the leg side at breakneck speed. The flatter and quicker deliveries kept him quiet on occasion but Scorchers were guilty of bowling the wrong lengths.

The left-arm seamers, Joel Paris and Jason Behrendorff, came in for similar punishment. Paris' first over leaked 19, with an effortless six by Rohit over fine leg followed by an outside edge past the wicketkeeper. Hogg bowled two long hops, the first of which was smashed by Smith over deep midwicket. The second was pulled flatter, but Behrendorff timed his jump to perfection at deep square leg to pull off a sharp catch to send back Smith for 48.

Another hush enveloped the ground as Smith walked back but Rohit was in sublime form at the other end. He ensured the run rate stayed around ten an over, slogging the spinners and launching Paris several rows over long-off to speed towards his fifty. At the end of ten overs, Mumbai raced to 117 for 3 and held the edge. Kieron Pollard had moved to a relatively pedestrian 12 off 12 balls but two solid blows in an over off Behrendorff eased any pressure that may have crept up. Tension started to build in the dugout when Pollard was bowled in the 13th over with Mumbai still needing 13 off 11. Ambati Rayudu sealed the win with consecutive sixes and Mumbai qualified with an over to spare.

Scorchers were already knocked out of the competition but their batsmen did their bit to make it difficult for Mumbai. Two half-century stands pushed Scorchers to what looked like a competitive 149 on a typically slow Kotla track. The openers Ashton Agar and Simon Katich added 55, helped by some ordinary fielding and catching by Mumbai. Sam Whiteman, making his T20 debut, and Hilton Cartwright added a half-century stand in just 30 balls after Mumbai pulled things back with quick wickets. Given the slowness of the pitch, 149 looked respectable but Scorchers didn't have the bowling to keep Mumbai down.

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Posted by   on (October 4, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

If only The Scorchers could have had Mitchell Johnson (rested by MI !!) and Nathan Coulter-Nile in their team

Posted by shane-oh on (October 3, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

@ Shashank Pandey - could be sour grapes, although there aren't any teams in the competition that I support, so it seems somewhere between extremely unlikely and impossible. Of course nobody 'owns' the word 'Champion' - but that doesn't mean that it doesn't have a meaning. We can change a meaning of a word if we want and see if it catches on; more likely people will look at you and wonder what is wrong with you. The comparison to somebody's name is so demonstrably absurd that it doesn't warrant any real response. I find it interesting to watch these debates wander wildly off topic and and up at a slanging match whereby anybody who dares to question the management of the game in certain nations becomes a target for rampant abuse. As I have said earlier, when you resort to this, you confirm to people such as myself that we are hitting a sore spot.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

@Anand Jakhotia By "Chamions League" sic, I presume you mean UEFA Champion's League. Excluding possibly Faroe Is., etc... all European nations are represented. Also, no club can use another club's player and country's seeding are determined by past performances. The tournament is also held home and away or, at a neutral venue for the final

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

dear alexander rehmanov, this is club cricket, not world cricket. by ur comments even chamions league football should'nt be called so bcos there's no brazil, argentina, co. grow up man !think before u ink something.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

Great win for MI but their fielding was litle off-color which allowed perth to put 149 on board despite a sedate start. All in all 2 ipl teams in knock-outs sounds good for an indian fan but nothing much should be read into it. Remember none of the ipl teams qualified in inaugural champions league played in india pretty much around same time. So comments irt imbalance between teams regarding star power is pretty absurd. Players r at liberty to play for whichever club team they wish, so nothing sinister. IF Real madrid & most of the EPL teams have star players u cant say champions league football is rubbish. So enjoy the slam bang cricket rather cribbling abt teams which have been knocked out.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

@shane-oh...Sour grapes? lol. Anyway. For people who question "champions" in the league's name, there is no copyright on it by anyone as far as I know. Neither does it mean including the whole cricketing fraternity. If someone's name is victor, doesn't mean that person never lost. Even in world cup tournament, there are only a few qualified teams which participate. I've never seen people complaining on the fact that full members don't have to play qualifiers like associates. Then why complaining here?! That is absurd ain't it?

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

All those who are against the notion of something like a CLT20 tournament, what is the pain u have if all top t20 teams of the top cricket playing nations come together to one forum? What makes you feel amazed and sad? just because County cricket news doesn't attract the newspapers in India anymore?? -are you sad because of that? Or, is it that no longer WORLD 11 comes to play agains AUS 11? Does that hurt you? - Have been following cricket since decades now. Loved the AUS versus WORLD battles, still follow county and love CLT20 too. Guys, stop mourning if India has attracted the world cricket players to itself. You had your days, we are having ours. Enjoy the game :)

Posted by shane-oh on (October 3, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

Seems to be some confusion about the stake that each of the 3 boards have...I've read at least 4 different configurations on here. Anyway, personally, all this argument about who controls the tournament and who gets x number of teams misses the real point. Clearly it's a private competition and clearly India, Australia, South Africa and India (again) can allow who they want to participate. No argument there. The point is, as a Champion's League, it's a joke and an embarrassment. As a side issue, while the exposure for young players for teams like Perth or Otago is a positive, this is possibly out-weighed by the potentially exposure to the murky dark side of cricket, which we know is common is these types of tournament in this part of the world. Perhaps it's worth thinking about not taking the risk until the tournament is run properly.

Posted by KnightTemplar on (October 3, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

Guys please understand that this is club level tournament and not a country level, so players have there choice to select the club. please understand this fact and do comment....

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

for me rr vs mi in final.hope mi win for their their fans not sachin

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (October 3, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

JG2704 on October 3, 2013, 7:45 GMT

You are genuine post maker on espncricinfo forums. How do you mix many things & formulate extreme picture over here? Boss, you should keep in mind that those players have a liberty to choose in between home & IPL teams. IPL franchise never ever imposed on them to play for themselves only. In fact, if they agree to play for IPL franchise, the affected home team gets reimbursement from IPL TEAMS. You can't blame IPL organizers or teams all the time & putting fingers on money all the time. Similarly if player chooses to play for home, he is liable to cut his professional fees from an original contract. It is a natural justice for the overseas teams as well as players. OSTENTATIOUSNESS of frustrations should be avoided as far as possible.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 3, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

@Shashank Pandey - They're doing sides from other nations a favour? Yes and no - mainly no. Yes because these sides will be gaining some wealth from these games. To the other sides individual players there is the incentive there that if they have a good tournament they could be in line for some of that wealth. But the reality is that by individual players from the other sides performing well , those players are likely to gain interest from IPL sides which benefits the individual player but the consequences for the team are that they may lose a star player to an IPL team for future events. Also you can hardly call a tournament "Champions League" with teams from just one nation. It would just be another mini IPL. It could also be seen that the organisers are using the tournament to show the dominance of IPL sides. One could say that IPL sides did really well with 3 qualifying but if compare the squads then it could also be seen as a disappointment that all 4 did not qualify

Posted by Rajeshj on (October 3, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

RR won only because of their home advantage.. CSK won only because they played all their matches in just one ground.. I don't think MI really deserve to be in the semis.. the best in the pack were Otago and how can they be missed out??.. Titans were quite good.. T&T, in spite of playing good cricket should think they are lucky, because rain spoilt the chance of the 4th ipl team to be in semis... the champions trophy is quite sickening with not much of merit around.. it would be better if the champions trophy atleast be run by ICC and not BCCI.. I don't think I would be watching the semis or finals.. because it doesn't look good...

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Royals deserves to win the title.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

@CorzaNZ: Why don't you guys put some money into the tournament then? Oh wait, the Indians sponsor 50% of it, and the Aussies and SA pullup for 50% together, and I hope one day NZ has enough money on their own (without the IPL) to pay their players :)

Posted by Aashir.B on (October 3, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

Many comments about how the IPL teams have many of their international players who should have been playing for their franchises; lets not forget that the players made their own choices. Look at Sangakara, he was not swayed by money or the fact that there was a greater chance of winning the tournament with his IPL team. At the end of the day Mumbai Indians played amazingly to win this match the way that they did!! GO MUMBAI INDIANS!!

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

@ corzaNZ:

You are forgetting that this is NOT an ICC tournament. (If you ask me, it should not be there)

It is a private-club arrangements among CSA, CA & BCCI. Of course money is the only common factor & motive. Finding and crowning a Champion is a teeny-weeny facade. Of course two of these three are currently indulging in quarreling is an unsavory sub-plot! If you and a couple of your friendly neighbours arrange a dinner-dance party; you don't have to invite a representative family from ALL housing societies, No?

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

When it comes to their respective countries, the two stars in this match are at the opposite ends of the spectrum.

SMITH: His country doesn't pick him often enough: What a shame!

ROHIT: When his country picks him: he doesn't perform, like what he does in IPL: What a shame!.

Posted by StevieS on (October 3, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

Cant they make it next year that all 3 IPL teams automatically qualify and teams from NZ, SL and PAK have to run a marathon through crocodile invested swamps before the start of each game vs IPL teams?

Better yet could the SA, AU or England boards please introduce a competition where the top team from each of the 8 test playing nations play, I don't know what we could call this comp, maybe a champions league.

Posted by vipinchirackal on (October 3, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

i wonder how overseas people blame Indian teams without any genuine reason.i hope you people watch champions league football also.there also not only domestic people are playing for one team.this is not world cup or champions league cricket.this is champions league T20.First understand fact it is a fact that india won both the above mentioned trophies this please don't blame just because of the desperation that your team couldn't play well.And for pakistani fans first you improve the situation in your country that teams can play there without fear of terrorists then start blaming of ipl

Posted by sachinisawesome on (October 3, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

@ cnksnk When u point out SRT would you also say that Rahul Dravid should also drop himself. He is also doing as bad as sachin.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

@People complaining about the format...Do you complain for Aus and SA having more than 1 team? NO! FYI. BCCI holds a majority of stakes in this event. Thats why they are allowed to field 4 teams. Maybe it'll sound brutal. But I will be honest. Teams from NZ and Pakistan and SL were given a chance to come in and showcase their talent as a favor and not because they could claim a place here legally. And as per people complaining about foreign players. The talent in IPL teams is distributed. If we go ahead and put back Gambhir and Kohli and others even in Delhi team, it'll have enough firepower to thrash any team. And we know that it ended in the bottom of the table in IPL 2013. In the end, its money that matters for players on some level as well. Else they won't choose to play for IPL teams. Its not the IPL. Its the players at fault here too. We need to understand that before anything else here. :)

Posted by anver777 on (October 3, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

The power packed knock by Smith made MI easy in the end..... Rohit also played a much needed knock !!!!

Posted by Rohit... on (October 3, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

It feels really bad to see De-Villers and Otago team out of the tournament... While Otago will rue their Super Over finish which didn't fetch them any NRR,,,, Titans must be wondering how to change the D/L method which will allow them to account for De-Villiers impact in the final overs.... Still MI knew what was in demand and Rohit led the way... It seems as if MI picked up the ante just at the right time to win the Champions League just as they picked it up at the last minute to win the IPL.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

I understand your frustration Richard but the logic that you give is also the same for the Mumbai Indians, they lost one close match to the Royals and won all the others very comfortably and the one against volts being washed out so cant say which way that result would have gone..... Also remember that volts had a tied match which was not won even in the super over but was decided based on the number of Boundaries hit during the match and this again i would say was unfair means of judging... ideally if its a tie in the super over boths teams should be handed equal number of points and if this was done the volts would not have made it at all based on the point system itself.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

@ Sandip Manjrekar - kudos to ur cricketing skills - same pitch but didn't the pitch get slower as time passes!!!! anyways i agree 100% that CKS didn't perform well against TT ,can admit that RS is only good for MI ... anyways looking forward to MI CKS finals

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (October 3, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

congrats to mumbai, perth are pretty woefull but they had to go big to get ahead of otago and they did so well done. shame otago have been knocked out under these circumstances, they deserved better, they played so well and would of pushed any semi finalist hard and i think they were a real chance to win the whole thing. if only mumbai and otago could play to see who really deserved to go through, that would be one helluva game, not to be though, real shame, nz cricket needs that prize money more than the ipl franchises.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (October 3, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

@Cpt. Meanster, What you fail to understand is that a national side is picked from the best players across the whole country, regardless of what region. Where as in the champs league, it's a domestic side. The thing about the IL teams is that they cherry pick some of the best t20 players and some of their best indian players such that they basically have an international strength lineup while others are simply and purely domestic.

None of they Australian sides this champions league fielded even a SINGLE member of their current national T20 side while the IPL teams can field numerous from other countries first choice t20 sides. Even then however, a fullstrength Sydney Sixers smashed all your sides undefeated last year, shows you ain't that good.

Posted by srinideva on (October 3, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

@They.Ra.S, yeah i know about cricket. And i've seen many international're saying raina performed poorly in international matches for india..i doubt you have ever seen an international match...raina won many matches for india in limited overs cricket..he sacrificed his batting positio for the likes of kohli and rohit...sleep well..

Posted by srinideva on (October 3, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

@Sandip Manjrekar, i think you misunderstood everything...last time i checked that chennai also part of is about passion...i love the you have any problem with that?

Posted by shripadk on (October 3, 2013, 2:17 GMT)

@John Evans Dude, did you even think before posting that. Just think about it for a minute. You do know how NRR works right. You talk about Otago scoring 100 runs more than their opponents, but at the same time you forget that they have conceded 50+ runs more in same number of overs than Mumbai Indians, and also MI have faced 8 overs less than them in tournament. And that means MI restricted their opponents better. That is why their NRR Is higher. It is not some arbitrary made up number. Or do you think bowling should not count at all? Like Otago MI too only lost to RR and they won other match comfortably and yesterday's match by absolutely crushing their opponent. Otago won hearts here in India, but at the end of the day MI did what they needed to do to be in Semi finals. It was purely on merit. Nothing more, nothing less.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

How do you call it the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE? Where is England, Sri Lanka and Pakistan?

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 1:19 GMT)

@CptMeanster - You raise very valid points about the financial aspects of the CLT20 justifying the inclusion of extra teams from the IPL, Aus and SA and it is indeed very gracious of them to extend an invitation to WI, NZ teams, etc. Also, if as you say CSK didn't insist that their foreign exports play for them over their own country's team and the players themselves chose to put their loyalties where the money was greatest, then we can hardly blame the IPL teams. The two issues, however, do expose one of the sad facts about modern cricket...that money is allowed to do all the talking, perhaps at the expense of the true health of cricket worldwide, which would surely be improved if minor nations had an equal chance of success. Yes, money DOES make the world go round, and life ISN'T fair, and I AM being far too naïve, but I think more effort to make the CLT20 a true and fair competition would give it greater claim to presenting us with a team we can call World Club Champions.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 0:36 GMT)

This is the issue with a currently non-performing super star of the past, the team's cause will be forgotten in favor of the individual stature. Mumbai Indians needed to score 150 from 14.2 overs to qualify and everyone knew that Sachin Tendulkar is not the right person to be an opener for this match.

Thats right; everyone knew, but, who will tell him that? who will bell the cat? So, he opened the innings as usual!!

Posted by cricketlover111 on (October 2, 2013, 23:48 GMT)

I never said Otago was the better team, I said it is a shame we will never know because of the weather. I follow a number of sports and there are few that you can get to end of tournament and ask what might have happened if all the games had actually taken place. It is a weakness of cricket as a game and probably one of the reasons it is not the number 1 sport in very many countries.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 23:32 GMT)

For all those asking Sachin to drop himself for team sake in semis must also advise same to self less Dravid coz he has done no different as a batsman. He can forward his captaincy advice to the acting captain while sitting in dugout too.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 23:30 GMT)

@ StraightHit WC matches, Tournament finals & ICC championship are the ones that matter the most & Sachin has 50 + avg in all 3 of those. For your info Sachin was Man of the Match (MOM) in 6 of the 9 tournament finals that Ind won during his playing days in ODI's. LARA the big match winner has meager WC avg of 40 & tournament finals avg of 35 & with just 1 MOM in the 8 tournament finals that WI won..To remind you a few recent ones of those 115 & 93 CB series finals 2008: Defeated AUS in AUS when Aus legends were present, Asia cup final 138..The only finals that Ind won without Sachin's brilliance (with sachin in team) were Natwest 2002 & WC2011. He even scored a 50 of 40 balls in his last Asia match match against PK to keep Indian hopes alive. Ya in few series matches when Sachin would have been dismissed early chasing 300+ score is what u remember . . If romantic league matches with Ind chasing 300 are more imp for you then good for you that you have your priorities for life wrong

Posted by maddy20 on (October 2, 2013, 22:54 GMT)

@corzaNZ It might be worth noting that what you referred as complete losers(RR) has discharged the voltage from the so called champions of NZ, Otago volts and sent them packing. SL and Pak could not even compete with a 4th ranked IPL team and were duly knocked out. Including them in the main fray will make the tourney a laughing stock @Phantom96 Albie has been playing terrible cricket, Morne is already playing for Titans. So you mean that Faf would make the Titans invincible or something? Besides its a voluntary choice made by the players(which franchise to play for). Sanga chose to play for the maroons instead of SRH with no objection from SRH owners.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 2, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

@corzaNZ: You make a valid point. But if you had read my earlier comment, I have clearly explained why the IPL has 4 teams, the Aussies 2, and the Saffers 2 teams each for this tournament. These 3 countries have invested lots of money into the conception and sustainability of the CLT20 tournament. Obviously, the BCCI has put in the majority of the funds, followed by Cricket Australia and South Africa. The rest of the world have NO stakes in this league, which means they are 'invited' to participate for FREE. Such an alliance also has its share of compromises. The BCCI on the basis of having a larger share has the authority to field up to 4 IPL teams followed by 2 teams from AUS and 2 from SA. The others due to their lack of investment don't have any say in how the tournament is structured. Instead they accept the invitation to participate in the qualifying round and IF they make it to the final draw, they expect to go all the way. I hope I have explained it all

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 22:24 GMT)

People are saying Volts were deserving. I say on what logic. Both MI and Volts lost narrowly to Royals. Both won narrowly against Lions and both thrashed Scorchers. Their match went to rain and they shared points. Where is the logic of Volts better than MI coming from? It is because few people are blaming IPL and home condition advantage to MI. Come on if Volt were deserving then they should have defeated Royals or should have won comfortably against Lions but in actual they were good in qualifiers but in all league matches they were struggling against SA and Ind teams. Also people who cribbing for number of teams please get air.. this tournament is own by BCCI, ACB and CSA board in ratio of 60:20:20. Any team playing for qualifier like SL, NZ, Pak, WI, etc should say thank to CLT team for allowing them to participate and win. It is not ICC own tournament. Its private tournament.

Posted by corzaNZ on (October 2, 2013, 22:23 GMT)

Sorry about my earlier comment. realised i missed counted there already is ten teams without adding the runner up of the IPL. so its perfect winner of each domestic comp plays the champions league. sorry again about the mistake

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

@anshu.s on (October 2, 2013, 14:31 GMT) IPL and EPL have many similarities. Wealth,hype and foreign players happy to warm the benches for big bucks.

Where the football/cricket comparison ends (and it becomes more complicated) is when (in cricket) you have a player who is a player for 2 or more CLT20 clubs.

I think that the year Somerset last played , Pollard was a player for T+T , Mumbai and Somerset and maybe had another Aus or SA club he had played for too.

It would be nice if these players played for their home country domestic clubs (if that club has qualified). Not sure if Bravo,Pollard and Cooper are still T+T players but how strong would they be if they had those players as well as the ones they have?

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2013, 22:08 GMT)

I see there's the usual debate re IPL teams and their 4 overseas players per side.

I don't have an issue with it at all personally.

However I do have an issue with small minded folk who try to belittle other country's domestic sides who do not have the wealth and array/quality of overseas player to call upon.

I wonder what would happen if guys like Pollard,Sammy,Steyn,Bravo,Hussey etc were taken out of the IPL sides and put in some of the other sides? If all the overseas players were all drawn out so that each team had the same amount/quality of overseas player.

It'll never happen and fair play to the IPL sides for playing all that money for their stars services but hey come on , why not have a bit more respect for other nation's domestic sides who are probably all assembled on a fraction of the money the IPL sides spent?

Posted by regofpicton on (October 2, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

I would have liked to see Otago progress to the semis, just to get the llocal players more exposure, but i don't think they were one of the bertter teams, or that they were unlucky. They WERE competitive, but no more than that. And they had more than their share of the luck. The wash-out meant they were not exposed to Mumbai, who on today's showing would have crushed them, and they won the game against the Lions because the Lions had 2 brain explosions in 3 balls in the super-over.

And as for "TBCIWC" attributing his poor scores in the group to "only facing 8 balls", surely the point is he got out 3 times in those 8 balls. Twice he misses straight ones, & the third time he chips a slower ball to mid-on. You see shots like this in school playgrounds every day. This is the same kind of self-delusiuon that leads him to waste DRS reviews time & again, because he cannot believe that anyone as talented as he obviously thinks he is could possibly get out in such dumb ways.

Posted by corzaNZ on (October 2, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

4 IPL teams, 2 Australian, 2 South African, 1 NZ and 1 West Indian team. i still dont know how they can call it Champions League.You have 3 runners up and 2 complete losers, from the IPL who didnt even make that competitions final. Winner from each domestic T20 competition should be automatic. Ind, Pak, SL, Ban, WI, NZ, Aus, SA, Eng, Zim and to keep the Indians happy might aswell give the 10th and final spot to the runner up of the IPL. Thats a Champions League not this!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 2, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

@Phantom96: Fair enough. But CSK never forced anyone to play for them and the same goes to all the IPL teams. These players voluntarily chose to represent their IPL sides. This has been made clear many times. In fact, I am one of those people who don't like this notion of overseas players having a conflict of interest when it comes to the CLT20. So this is my verdict: next year, the IPL teams should ONLY field INDIAN players from 1 to 11 UNLESS a certain overseas player has no conflict of interest with his native team. For example, somebody like a Darren Sammy is welcome to play for SRH because he's not from T&T. Having said that, you cannot say the IPL teams will be pushovers without these international stars. Please remember that the Indian team is the best ODI team in the world and 3rd in T20 + test cricket. So we have quality players to make up for any loss of these 'stars' from overseas.

Posted by Phantom96 on (October 2, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster take away hussey, dhoni, raina and ashwin, and chennai would be nothing, they would not have even reached the knockout stage of any IPL. the strength of a team isnt determined by their bench at all, put faf du plessis, albie and morne morkel in the titans, and they would be favourites. put bravo and pollard into T and T and they would have a strong chance of winning. It is so unfair that you comment on how poorly the aus teams have done, when players have been stolen off them. if the CLT20 wants to be a fair tournament, then players sghould play for their home country's team and not all for ipl. didnt realise that chennai and mumbai, both winners of clt20, were not in the ipl

Posted by Witty365ca on (October 2, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

With due respects to all the sympathizers of Ottago Volts including cricket Lover 111; the game between MI and Ottago didn't take place . For all you know Ottago could have lost to MI and hence one cannot take away the credit from other qualifying teams and cannot conclusively say that Ottago Volts were among the best 4 semifinalists. T20 is such a format that majority of the games (even in IPL if you look at the last year's IPL qualifying results closely between the teams) were and have always been close games.Thus the point is that "It is quite normal for any strong team to lose out on a berth to semis". What has happened is similar to a rain truncated final match where the team winning the toss decides to bat 2nd and knows exactly what is needed to win & has an advantage to win the trophy when both teams are strong teams. This type of phenomenon is COMMON IN CRICKET. THEREFORE DON"T TAKE AWAY THE CREDIT FROM OTHER TEAMS

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 2, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

@menon_v: My dear Menon, we have already been through this before. The reason why there are no English teams is because the ECB has an ego. They don't like the IPL, it's that simple. The reason why there are only single teams from Pakistan, NZ, WI, and none from others is because all these countries have ZERO stakes financially into the creation and maintenance of the CLT20. The major shares are held by the BCCI (40%), Australia (30%) and SA (30%) which is why these teams can field 2 or more teams. The rest are 'invited' out of goodwill which is an option. This is a fantastic tournament except for 1 thing. I do not approve of any team other than a champion or runner-up to participate in this competition. So I have to agree with you on the 4 IPL teams issue. Hopefully, they can do something about that in the future.

Posted by CrudeOilTrini on (October 2, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

3 out of 4 IPL teams are all that would have been possible because when last I checked it is mathematically impossible for 8 point to better 12 which would have been the case had SRH played and beat Brisbane Heat. The fact remains that although they beat T&T, they lost 2 games and with T&T win over CSK leaves them topping the group with 3 wins so I am amazed how some people can claim they SRH could have got in if not for the washed out game. Baffling!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 2, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

@John Evans: John, dear oh dear John ! What's up ? Mumbai won fair and square. They had one more game at hand compared to the Volts. It all came down to net run rates. Had Otago done the same thing in this situation, you wouldn't be here ranting about it all and blaming Indian supporters. It was bad luck for Otago. Gee, I was looking forward to seeing them in the semis; boy, they won a billion hearts here in India and Jimmy Neesham will definitely play for an IPL franchise next year. What else can you ask for ? This system that you blame is the same used at the international level. So what's the point in your frustration ?

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

The best two teams there were the royals and the volts, the crazy system that has been used to determine that the mumbai imposters scored less runs than were scored against it and Otago crushed all but the Royals who narrowly beat them and scored over 100 runs more than their opponents. You Indian supporters need to get the blinkers off and get a dose of reality.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 2, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

While it is a shame that the Aussie and NZ teams couldn't progress any further, let's remember that BOTH the Aussie teams were poor in this tournament. Otago can hold their heads high because they only lost 1 game that cost them the championship. Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat were miserable. Their coaches called them 'professional' outfits but we all saw how professional they were. Sure, they can blame the Indian conditions, the weather, loss of players etc but a team's real strength is determined by the bench. And boy, the bench strength or lack of it hurt both the Aussie teams. On the side note, it's unfair for Australian fans to come here and rant about the IPL or Indian cricket in general. Every team were given an opportunity to compete fairly. If all 4 IPL teams were to lose, so be it. In fact, the CLT20 has been previously won by non-IPL teams. So it would be better if we all appreciate good cricket instead of meaningless in-fighting. Best of luck next year.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

Great sympathy for the Otago Volts. They have been the team of the tournament and have been completely shafted. There is no way that it is a fair for one team to have the benefit of playing later and hence being totally aware of what they need to do to get their net run-rate up to a level where they can qualify ahead of another. In other competitions final matches in groups are all played simultaneously for just this reason. It reminds me of the 1978 Football World Cup when Argentina needed to beat Peru by 6 goals in their final group game to go through. Magically, that's exactly what they did, and strangely, the game was later found to have been fixed. The fact that the team benefitting then was the home team The fact that the MI were as well, of course, is purely coincidental! Otago demolished all opposition in the qualifiers, had no chance to beat MI because of the weather, have only lost one game, narrowly, in the entire tournament, yet have to accept this..shocking luck? Maybe...!

Posted by cricketlover111 on (October 2, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

What a shame the MI vs Otago Volts game didn't happen due to the weather. Both teams had similar results against the others and as a result we will never know which team was actually better and whether we have the best teams in the finals.

Posted by gsingh7 on (October 2, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

well done mi. three ipl teams in semis. woo hooo!! dont see anyone complaining now seeing the real strength of ipl sides. if not for washed out matches, srh too wud have qualified and it wud have been clean sweep to ipl teams. rr- mi finals and rr will win. hala bol

Posted by CricketChat on (October 2, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

At the rate Sachin is going, he will need another 10-20 innings to get to 50,000 runs in all FC. So, we can hope to see him play for another year or so. Good for his die hard fans!

Posted by cnksnk on (October 2, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Now that MI have qualified , let us see if john wright and kumble have the guts to drop SRT in the semis. Or let us see if SRT proves to be a team man by dropping himself. After all other greats like punter and sanga have dropped themselves when their form dipped. I still it is too much to expect from MI or from SRT

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

@Swamynadh Gandhi R

All of your 5 comments have one common point or agenda which is nothing but bash Rohit Sharma as far as possible. You seem be worst hit by his performance early in a day and still couldn't digest it yet. If you say whole country has consensus on him of being most talented, then why do get derail from the same track. It suggests nothing but a laughing stock to read your comments. Stop criticising him and review your opinion as CSK couldn't score 120 on same track & ultimately lost the match comprehensively in 15 overs only. It doubts you have any idea of cricketing skills.

Posted by maddy20 on (October 2, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

@ shane-oh Looks like some's deeply hurt that the mighty Aussie teams have been used by other teams to qualify for the semis. If the IPL teams perform exceptionally well and win the owners do get the right to pat them on the back. Why? Don't you do that in Aus?Anyways the result is in line with the OZ performance in India, this summer. Guess what, there's more to come in a week's time against the number one ranked ODI team. You'll see!

Posted by thecricketcritic on (October 2, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Three out of the eight spots in the CLT20 are from IPL!!!And the fourth team gets a chance to play in the Qualifying round.. This is just a show of power by the IPL,nothing else...How can you name it 'champions league' when there is no English team participating,the champions from Sri lanka ,Pakistan and New zealand are not even given an automatic qualification,there is no chance for a team from the Bangladesh Premier league or for someone from Zimbabwe and just one team qualifies from ICC T20 champions - the West Indies...Three test playing nations out of 10 has no representation, and teams from 4 have bare minimum opportunity and still its called the tournament to choose the champion of champions in t20, shame..Its like the Americans calling their baseball or American football leagues the 'World Series' when the reality is its contested by American teams itself.... For me this tournament has zero credibility especially B'coz its only held in India or South Africa and no where else..

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (October 2, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Agent Smith does it yet again ! what a player absolutely murdered it and Rohit was also outstanding incredible batting power !

Posted by shane-oh on (October 2, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

@ Alpansh Banerjee - apologies, I clearly hit a sore spot there, which is probably a sign that I am pretty well correct. I try not to talk about where I'm from (i.e. which country I 'belong' to), partly because this will invite petty insults, and partly because I am afraid of sinking to the same level that you are debating at. Just face the fact that this tournament is an embarrassment to the game, designed to allow the owners of IPL teams to pat each other on the back. Thanks for pointing out that you have teams winning unrelated 2-bit series, because that's so relevant to our discussion! Anyway, apologies again for bringing up something that clearly cuts so deep for you.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

@RS heoics against Perth Scorchers really !!!have u seen the match their bowling felding and u r a fan of RS, if you r a real fan , u will appreciate his performance agianst strong teams i suspect if there is any.. whole country is saying "he is talented" wat will u do with that "flashy tag" pls understand the fact!! End of the day indian win that matters.. hope CSK MI meet in semis or finals

Posted by azhar44 on (October 2, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Rohit sharma cannot play this kind of innings at international level remember his innings in last t20 worldcup against sa we need to win that game by big margin he comes and scores 25 off 27 balls at the end of his career he will be remembered only for his ipl heroics

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

@They.Ra.S bro u define luck -- i said fluke coz MI never played like a unit rather they depend on individual performances!! CSK home jus named as ranchi they didnt trained or played 100 matches there and u can called Ahmedabad the real home of MI coz if matches would have happened there MI will lose to Volts for sure, bro pls appreciate that MI reached semis huffing and puffing!! no comparison to CSK. CSK and RR got local talent so they shine not like MI SRT for ticket sales and if those WI click then only batting will shine!!!

Posted by vardhanrk on (October 2, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Rohit has shown his class once again..i cant understnd why people cant digest when he is in great touch..he played will in champions trophy,WI and done well with south africa A..and in chmp league t20 too..he had proven enough to be in indian team.. guys give him a break..stop criticising him..

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

"@Shane-oh" I don't care whichever country you belong to...!!!! But this is not the case. CSK won the Champions league in 2011 in South Africa ; which was'nt the home ground for them.So , instead of expressing any noxious views for Indian teams ; just try to grow up!! Indians are one of the best players. We are currently playing 3 tournaments n almost winning each and every one- Indian u-19 (in quadrangular series) , India A (vs WestIndies) , n 3 teams in Champions league (although all players are not Indians ; but majority of players belong to INDIA) !!! So please!!! Grow up!!!

Posted by shane-oh on (October 2, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

@ Ravi Raman - I think you are confusing the run rate with the required run rate. Commentators do seem to be saying 'scoring rate' a lot these days but it has always traditionally been known as the 'run rate'.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

CSK is scoring at 6 per over for the loss of 5 wkts in 14 overs against T&T on the same pitch where Rohit played fabulous inning @12 per over throughout 13 overs. One should applaud for his work than posting silly views here. @abhiyog The best joke of 2013 is only Rohit delivered & others freeze. He was at opening slot in different conditions (seamers) which demanded to stay on those pitches. @srinideva There is nothing like revenge as Raina(UP), MS(Jharkhand), Jadeja(Saurashtra), Saha(Bengal) playing for CSK....True INDIAN pic. Any team can win but still I say my Indian Team win.

Best Luck for Both MI & CSK.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

feeling sorry for Otago Volts. They played some good cricket in the Tournament but have to take this bitter reality.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 2, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

In last 2-3 years, I have noticed that whenever Sachin makes a low score (or a duck) his team wins. But whenever he scores a century, his team loses.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (October 2, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Scorchers didn't have the bowling .... that's right Nathan Coulter-Nile was hooked to play for the other side!

Posted by They.Ra.S on (October 2, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

@Swamynadh Gandhi R dei naye Swamynadh Gandhi R, what you say fluke doesn't work for MI, thats why we (MI) won 9 matches against your strong team (csk) losing only 6 in IPL???? you are the only team with captain having depends everything on luck, getting sudden changes breakthroughs as luck not like other teams who are working hard from start to end of the match.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

MS, Raina, Mohit, Ashwin & Jadeja as Local Players with Hussey, Bravo, Morris, Morkel Albie, Faf, Holder as Overseas make CSK an awesome unit. Invincible!! Until it faces MI. It makes CSK a cup of tea for MI when these two clash against each other and I am always surprised about this fact. Rohit, Oza, Rayudu, Bhajji, Rishi Dhawan make nice local outfit for MI. Some CSK fans can't digest about the Rohit heroics today but he does it so many times. They should remember that all these are Indians before making malicious views. DK fans should realize now why Rayudu gets preference over him. All in all it is sad news for BCCI/IND bashers. Lucky for T&T/ Titans that game was washed out for Sunrisers. If not, they might be forth team in the semis.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Sachin scored zero but he looked good unlike last game when he was struggling for defense & timing both.................Good signs for Mumbai & Sachin

Posted by abhiyog on (October 2, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

@geminianrahul if a player is past his prime form pls retire. Its like an organization reataining a worst employee despite multiple failures at work just because he was their best employee for many years a decade back......

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

I think this sentence does not make sense - "He ensured the run-rate stayed above ten an over.........". This makes more sense for a bowling side. The correct sentence should have read - " He ensured that the scoring rate scoring rate stayed above ten an over....."

Posted by betubond on (October 2, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

MI is played very well they have not played single match in home grounf like mother did RR played all game in home,csk got chance in Ranchi(3 mathces) clt20 home ground.MI played all away game after taht they r in semisssssssssssssssssss love u MI...........MI is second most successful team after CSK ,,,now they have to play against them on spin pitch not a easy job to MI they totally depend on batting csk team is very hard to beat ,,,Rohit's new inn,hhas been started,,,now he is doing opening for india and he played well in t20 and champions and WI tour good luck rohit

Posted by abhiyog on (October 2, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

@pavinasen thats the best joke of 2013 he is Rohit when playing for MI and Nohit for India...

Posted by abhiyog on (October 2, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

@srinideva rohit sharma does this forver plays well only for his franchise but flops for India hope he proves me wrong in future. Look at dhoni,ashwin,jaddu,kohli,raina playing well for franchise as well as country hoping for CSK v RR final.....

Posted by shane-oh on (October 2, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

@samvarma - are you joking? Mumbai made it because of a combination of rain and suspect bowling by a team that was already eliminated. That's without talking about the fact that these Indian teams get the obvious advantage of playing all their games in their own country, in most cases at their home ground! The 'Champions League' is openly designed to make it easy for IPL teams to win!

Posted by shane-oh on (October 2, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

Suspect bowling in this game. Worked out pretty well for the power brokers of the IPL however!

Posted by Cyril_Knight on (October 2, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

The competition has panned out exactly as the organisers hoped. 3 IPL teams in the semi guarantee big crowds and big TV audiences, but with the romance of an underdog for a twist.

The non-IPL sides are not weak, many are weakened by the fines players face if they do not choose to play for the IPL team. The Indian conditions and home crowds also of course benefit the IPL franchises. Non-Indian teams have a total of ONE overseas international between them!

Of course it would be a better competition if it was played on a level playing field and had English teams. But it would not make the same amount of money. A great concept is currently ruined by the money-makers of Indian cricket.

Posted by jimbond on (October 2, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Good to see that Mumbai are now trusting Rishi Dhawan with the final over. Hope they also give him a chance to bat higher sometime (though in this batting order, that seems a bit tough). He is just the kind of allrounder that India is looking for in tests and ODIs.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

MI SRH were never there MI lucky to be get their game washed out against Volts.. really felt sorry for volts anyways as usual SRT failed when it matters.Dwayne smith's joke ""If Perth give us a chance and we qualify, we're going to be hard to stop going into the finals" probably he doesn't know fluke doesn't work always against CSK... RS most over rated cricket in IND ever!!!!

Posted by anshu.s on (October 2, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

@ landl47 , i respect you because of your age and amount of time you have spent watching cricket and still do with great passion , but you are way off the mak regarding your comments about Mitch Johnson ...IPL money ..

At least in IPL we make it mandatory to field 7 Indian players in starting line up while the so called biggest football league in the world English premier league is totally dominated by foriegn players ,managers and owners , English football team has not won anything since 1966 and won't do so for another 50 years , Amount of hype,money power on show in EPL is just unreal ,big English clubs like Man United ,Arsenal instead of playing local clubs like Oldham prefer to play there pre -season friendlies in Asia and United States because it is financially very lucrative.

Things people will do for EPL money .I wish all English clubs are knocked out of CL this season , i fully agree with comments of @ Sandip Manjrekar .

Posted by They.Ra.S on (October 2, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

@srinideva I know very well that you are csk fan. Do you know what is mean by cricket, did you watch India matches when you raina played who played more matches than rohit. did you compare him also like this atleast once whenever he is playing for csk & getting more runs. of course every time he is laying for csk he is scoring more runs. compare him also if you know what is meant by cricket & comparison.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

@Pavinsen u made my day with ur jokes really funny man.RS doesn't deserve a place in team if he is not from mumbai acknowledge the fact Dhawan the real talent which paysoff the team not like RS only with tag "talented but" playing for MI making happy so called "fans" of him not cricket.

@Straight hit i agree with u always got disappointed to see in my school days when it matters sachin in the hut b4 5th over

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

Volts giving high voltage current to others have suffered a shock from d hand of Mumbai Indians. Its revenge time in semis. Will Chennai get their revenge or Mumbai once again will have d last laugh

Posted by srinideva on (October 2, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

The time has come for the CSK to get the revenge for the IPL final...let show the world that mi is the best, but chennai is Super King of T20..

Posted by deadite11 on (October 2, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

The Mumbai team are lucky to be in that group with the weakest teams except RR. And they are enjoying like anything as they achieved many.

Posted by Haleos on (October 2, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

@AricentHarish - which he should have but for some walls and specials holding places for longer than expected. He should have been selected for tests(his best format) before ODIs. Same with Rahane. BCCI is known to select wrong horses for courses.

Posted by Haleos on (October 2, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

@landl47 - you would do the same for money. There are hardly saints in this world anymore. He would have earned more sitting on bench than playing fr Sorchers. Man has to provide for his family.

Posted by paraslodaya on (October 2, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

mumbai has qualified the semis only to be beaten by csk. watch out mumbaikars. from a fan of csk and resident of mumbai.

Posted by srinideva on (October 2, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

anybody can remember the WC T20 2012 in srilanka...when india in the similar position against south africa, the same man rohit played a test match there...give him the jersey of mi for his internationals...

Posted by samvarma on (October 2, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

As a cricket fan, it is disappointing to see the strength and quality of the foreign sides in the champions league. The event is turning out to be show of strength of IPL teams with 4 playing in a 10 team competition and cash in more money with TV and ground audience. Somewhere I feel the tournament lack the right balance.

Posted by PPL11 on (October 2, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

@JG2704 - No chance of all IPL teams in Semis, 3 spots booked by IPL Teams, Chennai, Mumbai and Rajasthan, 1 place to go that will be either Titans or T&T depends on todays final match

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

Rain ruined the chances of the 4th IPL team to be in the semifinals.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

Otago was one of the best team of the tournament hopefully we will see them next time and sure their couple of players will be in the ipl squad especially Nesham,Broom and tendo

Posted by geminianrahul on (October 2, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

@abhiyog.. If it is so boring to see Sachin bat, then don't watch him bat. As simple as that. The way you have your freedom to express your views by posting comments here, the same way Sachin has freedom to do whatever he wants in his life. Just give that guy a break. Let him live his life. I agree that he is past his prime but let him do what he wants. He is the same guy who carried the hopeless Indian batting line up in the 90's on his shoulders before Dravid and Ganguly blossomed. Even Virat Kohli who might be one of the legends of the game acknowledged this fact.

Posted by CricketChat on (October 2, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

In line with his career track record, Sachin got out for low score when it really mattered for his team. MI should play him down the order. They are straight away 1 down next to nothing in most of their matches.

Posted by AricentHarish on (October 2, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

@ Pavinasen, let Rohit play a test first.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Unbelievable stuff by MI!! It will be batting who can do the tricks for MI and it did. Johnson left out against NM Coulter-Nile who is always better bet than him. Some English fans smell different but it is Limited Overs Cricket not a Test Cricket and they don't have any taste. How IPL teams play T20 different way than county or other premier league Teams. Feel sad for Otago to go out very late but had match against MI not washed out, they might knew earlier about their exit. How things look different when 2 Ozees & 2 West Indians play for MI other than their nations. MI is such a stronger unit that it makes no difference even if these overseas were omitted from the squad. Chasing 150 in 13 overs with 12 fences & 10 maximums is surely not to be called as boring game on a boring dead pitch. It will be the Ultimate Irony if you comment about negatives only.

Posted by Pavinasen on (October 2, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Mumbai are the new CL champions,guaranteed or else Roith wiil shave his head.Roith is the new superstar of India and is ready to take over from MSD in the international games.Probally they should also try him as test captain.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

I'd like to have seen Otago remain as it would be good to see more non IPL sides get to the semi stage. I'm guessing it could quite easily be an all IPL final. Not followed this too much but is there a chance of all 4 IPL sides making it to the semis?

Also a question re Agar. Is this purely an experiment re him opening batting or has he done it for a while in shorter fmts?

Posted by TheDarkKnight1988 on (October 2, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

As a MI fan i am delighted the way they played,hats off, CHAMPION stuff,hoping to play CSK in semifinal,great match it will be

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

@ landl47:

Under CLT20 rules, Johnson was FORCED to play for Mumbai (and he actually played for the Brisbane Heat in last year's BBL, so it would have been them he would be playing for in the CLT20).

But I see where you're coming from given he's been predominantly a West Australian player...

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

@ashik khan-well said bro...i think his thought process suddenly becomes positive playing for mi,but he disappoints on international level.

Posted by abhiyog on (October 2, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

Gotta feel for Otago they had to qualify played the best cricket of all teams barring CSK.RR won mainly bcoz of home advantage and MI never deserved to be in semis, 3 IPL teams in semis makes it a miny IPL and even more worse thing is to see sachin bat again. Otago u lost the race to semis but won a lot of hearts hoping to see Neesham,Broom,Butler,Rutherford etc.. get good IPL contracts and doing well for NZ as well.....

Posted by senator333 on (October 2, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

@scarab666 why should we take the 2 aussies and 2 west indians or any other foreign players out of the Mumbai side? Mumbai Indians paid millions of dollars to play for their side.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

mi owe rr and especially hodge bigtime. .feel sorry 4 volts as a cricket fan..but as an indian happy for mi.-from rr fan

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (October 2, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

sad to see ottago voltage out

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

Never seen rohit play like this for India..!! May be they should allow him to wear ipl jersey while playing for India

Posted by landl47 on (October 2, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

The ultimate irony- Johnson elects to play for the Mumbai Indians instead of his own team and is then left out by Mumbai.

The things people will do for IPL money.

Posted by Haleos on (October 2, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Best thing to happen for Mumbai. SRT gone quickly. He is not the attacker he once was so would have wasted precious balls. Look at dravids 9 off 17 yesterday.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Tendulkar flopped again lol. he should retire. when he plays his 200 test he should mske zero :-)

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

The australia-Kiwi rivalry comes to fore again!!. The other it was brad hodge and this innings it was counternile and maxwell with least exit the Otago

Posted by   on (October 2, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

@scarab666...If its that boring then dont watch it...but i bet u will..!!

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (October 2, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Well played young Whiteman, a couple of the young scorchers batsmen have stood up in this competition to be fair and it's good to know that they arn't going to be a walkover this game, the mumbai indians need to go at over 10 an over from the outset to qualify, it's going to take a good innings from one or two of their players.

Posted by scarab666 on (October 2, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

Another boring game on a boring dead pitch. Take the 2 aussies and 2 west indians out of the Mumbai side and then lets see how competitive they are !!!!

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