Mumbai Indians v T&T, 2nd semi-final, CLT20, Delhi October 5, 2013

Smith puts Mumbai in all-IPL final


Mumbai Indians 157 for 4 (Smith 59, Narine 3-17) beat Trinidad & Tobago 153 for 5 (Lewis 62, Ottley 41*) by six wickets
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Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkar provided the searing start that set Mumbai Indians on course for a second Champions League T20 final in three years, a final which will now be an all-IPL affair. Smith bludgeoned 59 from 38 as the pair made 90 together in 11 overs, in pursuit of T&T's middling 153 for 5. Though the openers' demise in the space of an over comprised a stutter, they had done enough to ensure the middle order could see out the dangerous Sunil Narine, and complete a straightforward victory, made easier by the injury to Rayad Emrit, who hurt his shoulder in the first over.

Nathan Coulter-Nile had earlier been instrumental in subduing T&T, who had their own blazing start courtesy Evin Lewis' 46-ball 62. Coulter-Nile conceded only 20 in his four overs, in which he also took one wicket, while both Kieron Pollard and Pragyan Ojha also took one apiece and gave away less than a run a ball in their three-over spells.

Smith bludgeoned one back past the bowler and struck one sweetly in front of point to begin his onslaught, in the second over, and then, having ambled to three off seven balls, Tendulkar found form for the first time in the tournament. A crisp straight drive on the up off Rampaul was a throwback to his heyday, but the slog over long-on and a back-away inside-out drive that yielded consecutive sixes soon after were more a product of the present age than a bygone one.

The pair took 49 runs from the Powerplay, but even the onset of spin only brought a slight dip in the run rate, as they were only made to deal with one over from Sunil Narine, even as they took the game away from T&T. Tendulkar crossed the 50,000-run aggregate for recognised cricket across all formats in the eighth over, to the crowd's delight, while Smith doled out boundaries fashioned from power and touch in equal measure.

Tendulkar was caught behind for 35 from 31, before Narine struck twice in the following over, to give rise to T&T hopes, but Mumbai needed only 58 runs from the last eight overs, and Dinesh Karthik's unbeaten 33 ensured not even Narine would derail the chase. A six over extra cover off Lendl Simmons off the first ball of the 20th over sealed the victory.

Lewis' first boundary in T&T's innings was off a Mitchell Johnson edge through second slip, but he slapped the next one over the third-man boundary and rarely erred again until his demise. Lewis took a liking to Johnson's next over as well, carving two off side boundaries off it, but though Darren Bravo's early strokeplay suggested he too had the Mumbai attack's measure, he walked past Pragyan Ojha's legside wide to have himself stumped for 14.

Having hit 61 off the first eight overs, T&T slowed significantly against Ojha, Coulter-Nile and Pollard, who bowled tight lines and mixed up their pace to good effect on a dry Delhi surface. Yannick Ottley's unbeaten 41 off 30 pushed T&T beyond 150, which seemed a competitive total despite the mediocre returns from the middle overs, but with one bowler down and the remaining quicks far from their best on the night, T&T could not deny the IPL champions.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Thank You Sachin + Dravid; 2 of the best cricketer's one will ever see. You guys will be missed.

  • vas on October 7, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    In Champions league or whatever name you call it, the players should play for their home team and franchises should not penalise them monetarily.

  • vas on October 7, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    @Gagg, with just one IPL team participating, the competition won't be viable due to lack of interest from Indian fans. With multiple teams from few countries and single team from other countries, the competition loses it's credibility as a champions league. Champions leaque cricket in parallel to champions league football will never work.

    Only alternative is to completely revamp the competition. As I commented on another article all 8 IPL teams + 8 champions invited from other countries will not be a bad idea. It will be india inviting other countries and treating all the guests equally. 4groups of 4 teams play the group stage. 2 IPL teams + 2 non IPL teams in each group. Then QF, SF and finals will make 31 matches played for 3 weeks, the same duration as the current so called champions league.

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    how T&T lost the plot? they were short of 40 runs, how?

    ottley - 41 off 3o balls. it in a semi-final he should have batted well. 55 off 30 balls was good Ramdin wasted 8 balls and took 9 runs. expected at least 20 from 8 balls

    Pooran wasted 14 balls took 15...should have taken 30 runs out of 14 balls

    Stewart 2 runs off 2 balls ...a late six was expected

    add 14+11+15+4 =44

  • Tahir on October 6, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    As the little master hits another milestone, Lewis and Ottley announced themselves to the world. Their heroic innings will be remembered by cricket lovers in the future. They were so brave on one hand Johnson, Pollard, Nile, Ojha, Bhajji and on the other hand these two youngsters 21 & 22 yrs of age.

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    The 'Plays" section refers to "Vintage Tendulkar". Just ONE vintage shot does NOT bring back the vintage Tendulkar.

    Hope, Sachin is sensible enough to make the best use of his 200th Test (the kind of opportunity he missed immediately after the ODI World Cup win), for 'riding into the sunset' of international cricket..."The greatest living cricketer" enjoying his post retirement days; that's the image I would like to preserve and cherish. Not a struggling caricature! When I saw Brian Lara on the TV screen, that desire got furtherintensified.

  • Shajahan on October 6, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    DK played 13 innings in the IPL at 1 down. Why DK is degraded to no 5?? If he plays well that would be problem for Rohit in team India. Great game MI captain.

  • Garry on October 6, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Insult_2_Injury yes it is, but it shouldn't be called the champions trophy. I personally would love to see a proper champions trophy where only one team from the 8 test playing nations play. As it is it's just IPL 2 with a few token teams stripped of their good players.

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    it was a match T&T could win easily. they were short of 20 runs. batsmen (Bravo, Ramdin, pooran and ottley) forgot that they are playing a semi-final. Poooran batting was poor and he is not suited to t20 cricket. ramdin is never a captain material and even he does not know how to bat.

    it is hard to believe, pooran and co. could not clear small boundary that even SRT cleared with easel. It is difficult to be a WI fan because these irresponsible players always let us loose. Poor carribeans, no confidence and fighting is funny to watch Ramdins sorry figure.

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas your comments make sense this time around ,but u don't apply same logic to Laxman or Dravid vs Sachin..U bring excuses to say Dravid or Laxman were better than Sachin..Simply accept Sachin had far superior ODI career than other 2 & Sachin has slightly superior record than Dravid in Tests. Winning or losing is not player's responsibility in a team game of 11 players. I am Paki & Inzi is my favorite batsman & despite the fact that 70% of Inzamam's test 100's are match winning, I don't rate him among top 20 batsmen. Lara's 60% 100's won games for WI in Walsh & Ambrose era but none of his 7 100's were match winning afterwards. WHY.Bcz in WI great bowler's era, avg total against WI was 240..Avg total's against Pk have been 250 despite playing on so called dead pitches but avg totals against Ind have been 300..A batsman's job is to enable team to achieve par total & it is bowler's job to defend par totals..All Indian batters have had to be content with poor Indian bowling

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