Champions League Twenty20, 1st Match, Group B: Lions v Mumbai Indians at Johannesburg, Sep 10, 2010
Champions League Twenty20 - 1st match, Group B
Lions won by 9 runs
10 September 2010 - day/night match (20-over match)

5.30pm Alviro Petersen and Jonathan Vandiar, the Lions openers, stride out. Ryan McLaren to start for Mumbai.

"Batsmen are you ready?, Sachin are you ready?, scorers are you ready? South Africa lets start Super League Twenty20," says Rudi Koertzen, managing to forget what tournament he's standing in.

5.25pm For those of you asking, IPL teams can have a maximum of four overseas players in their XI.

Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating. We're nearly set for the start, the umpires are walking onto the field right now.

This is Siddarth Ravindran bringing you the commentary, Sanjay Murari is the scorer.

5.15pm Still 15 minutes away from the first ball. Check out Sidharth Monga's match preview.

Nick from UK: "I can't believe the Lions have left out Jean Symes. His batting style is ideal for T20." My mailbox flooded with people complaining about the line-ups.

5.10pm Enrique Iglesias, the star of the opening ceremony, is treating the crowd to "Just wanna be with you" (at least that's what I think the song is called).

Ajay from India sends in the first feedback of the tournament: "Surprising to see Ali Murtaza in place of Saurabh Tiwary! Is Abhishek Nayar not available?" Abhishek Nayar isn't in Mumbai's 15-man squad.

And now Iglesias is belting out "I like it" which is the tournament's theme song. Meanwhile, Pakistan have made a solid start to their chase in Chester-le-Street, reaching 43 for 0 in the ninth over. Click here for ball-by-ball description of that match.

5.00pm We are getting set for the toss. President Jacob Zuma is on the field.

Sachin Tendulkar: "It's a fabulous experience, we look forward to the tournament, since we meet all the top teams in the world."

Alviro Petersen: "The boys are ready for the tournament, we have spent a lot of time preparing for the event. We'll hopefully bring our A game today. We stuck to the same team that played in the final of the Pro20."

President Jacob Zuma flips the coin, Mumbai Indians win the toss, a loud roar from the crowd on hearing that. Mumbai to bowl.

Tendulkar: "We were forced to leave out Sourabh Tiwary since he has a niggle."

Lions 1 Jonathan Vandiar, 2 Neil McKenzie, 3 Alviro Petersen (capt.), 4 Richard Cameron, 5 Vaughn van Jaarsveld, 6 Zander de Bruyn, 7 Thami Tsolekile (wk), 8 Robert Frylinck, 9 Shane Burger, 10 Aaron Phangiso, 11 Ethan O'Reilly

Mumbai Indians Shikhar Dhawan, Sachin Tendulkar (capt), Ambati Rayudu (wk), JP Duminy, R Sathish, Kieron Pollard, Ryan McLaren, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga, Ali Murtuza.

4.50pm Mumbai have plenty of guys coming back from injury - Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Kieron Pollard - so it will be interesting to see how they perform.

I'm told the average first-innings total at the Wanderers is 153, but there might be some assistance off the pitch early on.

Ten minutes to go for the toss.

4.40pm It looks like a bit of a mismatch looking at the squads - Mumbai crammed with big stars while Lions have only a few names most readers will recognise. Lions captain Alviro Petersen has said all those big names means the pressure will be on Mumbai. Also, the Lions will know the pitch at the Wanderers inside out, and the IPL teams didn't do particularly well in the inaugural CLT20 which means an interesting game lies ahead.

It's early summer in South Africa, the outfield has a tinge of green and the pitch may not be as quick as the traditional Wanderers track.

4.30pm Hello and welcome to the second Champions League Twenty20. The first game is between the Mumbai Indians and the home team, Highveld Lions.


McLaren to Vandiar, no run, back of a length, defended to the off side


McLaren to Vandiar, 2 runs, on the pads this time, nudged towards midwicket for the first run of the tournament


McLaren to Vandiar, 1 wide, down the leg side, Vandiar looks to glance it behind square, he misses, it's a wide


McLaren to Vandiar, 1 wide, that's a massive wide down the leg side, seemed to slip out of his hand, a loopy full delivery yards outside leg, well kept by Rayudu


McLaren to Vandiar, 4 leg byes, on the pads again, looking to tuck it to fine leg, off the pads and runs away fine, Malinga could have stopped that at fine leg, overruns it and that's four


McLaren to Vandiar, no run, full and on the pads again, pushed towards midwicket


McLaren to Vandiar, no run, much better line this time, angling across the batsman, who fishes at the short of length delivery, beaten


McLaren to Vandiar, no run, pitching just outside leg and heading for middle stump, batsman shuffles across and clips it towards square leg

End of over 1 (8 runs) Lions 8/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • JD Vandiar 2 (6b)
    • AN Petersen 0 (0b)
    • R McLaren 1-0-4-0

Ali Murtaza, left-arm spinner, into the attack


Murtaza to Petersen, 1 run, turned to the leg side for a single


Murtaza to Vandiar, no run, flat on middle and leg, defended towards the leg side, no turn so far


Murtaza to Vandiar, no run, fuller and well outside off, driven firmly to short mid-off


Murtaza to Vandiar, 1 run, heading for offstump, batsman charges down the pitch and looks to smash it towards wide long-on, gets it towards midwicket


Murtaza to Petersen, 2 runs, who's going to catch this? No one. Petersen swiped mishit that towards mid-on, three fielders converge but no one called and it landed in the middle of all three


Murtaza to Petersen, FOUR, ends the over with a smash over mid-on for four

End of over 2 (8 runs) Lions 16/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • AN Petersen 7 (3b 1x4)
    • JD Vandiar 3 (9b)
    • AG Murtaza 1-0-8-0
    • R McLaren 1-0-4-0

Zaheer takes over from McLaren, it's his first competitive game since his shoulder injury which ruled him out of the Sri Lanka series


Khan to Vandiar, no run, starts with a length ball well outside off, left alone


Khan to Vandiar, 1 run, back of a length, closer to off, steered towards backward point for a single


Khan to Petersen, FOUR, Shot! Petersen waltzes down the track and cracks a back of length delivery past mid-off for four


Khan to Petersen, 1 run, a bit of width for Petersen, who stays in the crease and cuts it towards point


Khan to Vandiar, 2 runs, full and wide, Vandiar throws his bat at it, gets it off the outside edge, the ball swirls over point and Sathish slips but manages to pull the ball back before it reaches the boundary


Khan to Vandiar, no run, short of length ball, defended to the off side

End of over 3 (8 runs) Lions 24/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • JD Vandiar 6 (13b)
    • AN Petersen 12 (5b 2x4)
    • Z Khan 1-0-8-0
    • AG Murtaza 1-0-8-0

Murtaza to Petersen, no run, shortish ball heading down leg, batsman looks to play it towards midwicket, misses


Murtaza to Petersen, no run, pushed towards mid-on this time


Murtaza to Petersen, OUT, a massive mix-up, and that's the first wicket, Petersen shuffled across and tucked the ball towards square leg, Vandiar set off for a single, Petersen took a few paces before deciding to turn back, he had his eye on the ball and wasn't seeing where Vandiar was, both men meet at the keeper's end, easy run-out, big confusion as to who is out, it was touch and go to decide which of the two grounded his bat at the keeper's end, many replays later Petersen is sent on his way

AN Petersen run out 12 (14m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 150.00


Murtaza to Vandiar, 3 runs, Vandiar continues to throw his bat around, clears mid-on, Pollard chases and dives, did he pull the ball back in time, plenty of replays needed again, the third umpire is being kept busy here, he's saved a run for his team


Murtaza to Cameron, 1 run


Murtaza to Vandiar, 1 wide, speared down the leg side, that's a wide


Murtaza to Vandiar, no run, 'bowled Ali,' Rayudu says as Murtaza sends it onto legstump, batsman tips it towards midwicket

End of over 4 (5 runs) Lions 29/1 (RR: 7.25)

    • JD Vandiar 9 (15b)
    • R Cameron 1 (1b)
    • AG Murtaza 2-0-13-0
    • Z Khan 1-0-8-0

Mumbai shuffling their pack, Malinga in


Malinga to Cameron, no run, length ball moving a touch away from new man Cameron, who swishes at it and misses


Malinga to Cameron, no run, a low full toss this time, swung away, leading edge as the batsman looks to play to the leg side, ball goes towards mid-off


Malinga to Cameron, FOUR, Malinga showing off his variation already, this one is very slow, on a length, Cameron smashes it high over mid-on to get a boundary


Malinga to Cameron, no run, super response from Malinga, a yorker that was hunting Cameron's toes, batsman just about gets bat on it to dig the ball out


Malinga to Cameron, no run, again some movement as Malinga goes for a legstump yorker, Cameron backs away and defends it


Malinga to Cameron, 1 run, keeps it full, heading for middle this time, Cameron gets his front leg out of the way and strikes the ball towards mid-off

End of over 5 (5 runs) Lions 34/1 (RR: 6.80)

    • R Cameron 6 (7b 1x4)
    • JD Vandiar 9 (15b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-0
    • AG Murtaza 2-0-13-0

Murtaza starts his third


Murtaza to Cameron, 3 runs, Cameron goes for a big sweep, top-edges it over the keeper, the ball trickles towards the fine leg boundary, Tendulkar does the fielding


Murtaza to Vandiar, 1 leg bye, Vandiar looks to sweep from well outside off, doesn't connect too well, gets a single behind square leg


Murtaza to Cameron, OUT, Murtaza strikes, Cameron's stay is over, he wants to smash a delivery into the stands beyond long-on but can only get it as far as Zaheer Khan, who pedals back from mid-on and takes it just outside the ring

R Cameron c Khan b Murtaza 9 (11m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Murtaza to Vandiar, 1 run, punched the ball towards mid-on, Murtaza screams "bowler's end, bowler's end" as the batsmen contemplated a second, they don't take it


Murtaza to van Jaarsveld, no run, clipped towards midwicket


Murtaza to van Jaarsveld, no run, length ball heading for offstump, pushed back towards the bowler, Murtaza has done a superb job for Mumbai so far

End of over 6 (5 runs) Lions 39/2 (RR: 6.50)

    • VB van Jaarsveld 0 (2b)
    • JD Vandiar 10 (17b)
    • AG Murtaza 3-0-17-1
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-0

Harbhajan Singh into the attack, fourth over from this end and the fourth different bowler. Harbhajan slips as he enters his delivery stride, his back leg slides and he collapses on the crease, he's smiling now but that could have caused a nasty injury


Harbhajan Singh to Vandiar, FOUR, starts short and wide, thank you says the batsman and smashes it in front of the point


Harbhajan Singh to Vandiar, no run, shortish again, closer to the offstump, goes for the cut again but misses


Harbhajan Singh to Vandiar, 2 runs, an awkward looking shot from Vandiar, the ball was well outside off, Vandiar swings it towards midwicket


Harbhajan Singh to Vandiar, 1 run, plenty of width again, slapped towards deep point


Harbhajan Singh to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, a touch fuller, but similar line, guided towards deep point again


Harbhajan Singh to Vandiar, 1 run, heading for offstump this time, batsman shuffles across and taps the ball towards mid-on

End of over 7 (9 runs) Lions 48/2 (RR: 6.85)

    • JD Vandiar 18 (22b 1x4)
    • VB van Jaarsveld 1 (3b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-9-0
    • AG Murtaza 3-0-17-1

Khan to Vandiar, no run, length ball outside off, just outside off, batsman is beaten outside off


Khan to Vandiar, 2 runs, short of length, on offstump, batsman squeezes it towards third man and gets a couple to bring up the 50


Khan to Vandiar, FOUR, back of length again, Vandiar waltzes down the pitch and smacks it over mid-off, cracking hit


Khan to Vandiar, FOUR, four more but not such a cracking shot this time, it was a shortish ball, Vandiar tried to shovel it to midwicket, gets a bottom edge which zips past the keeper for four


Khan to Vandiar, 1 run, dabbed towards extra cover for a single


Khan to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, much fuller, angling into the pads, the batsman had backed away and is struck on the pads outside leg, the ball dribbles towards the off side

End of over 8 (12 runs) Lions 60/2 (RR: 7.50)

    • VB van Jaarsveld 2 (4b)
    • JD Vandiar 29 (27b 3x4)
    • Z Khan 2-0-20-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-9-0

JP Duminy into the attack, slightly surprising move


Duminy to van Jaarsveld, FOUR, flighted ball, full and outside off, dismissed to the sweeper cover boundary for four


Duminy to van Jaarsveld, no run, loopy delivery again, inside-edge onto the pads


Duminy to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, just a bit of width, tapped towards point


Duminy to Vandiar, SIX, length ball on middle and leg, Vandiar takes a couple of strides out and hammers the ball over long-on for six, super shot that


Duminy to Vandiar, 1 run, Vandiar was down the track again, had to adjust to that wide delivery, pokes the ball towards point


Duminy to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, an expensive over comes to an end with a single towards midwicket, the ball dribbled there after Jaarsveld looked to shovel that one

End of over 9 (13 runs) Lions 73/2 (RR: 8.11)

    • VB van Jaarsveld 8 (8b 1x4)
    • JD Vandiar 36 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • JP Duminy 1-0-13-0
    • Z Khan 2-0-20-0

Harbhajan Singh to van Jaarsveld, no run, short and wide, flatbatted towards extra cover, straight at the fielder


Harbhajan Singh to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, length ball just outside off, pushed towards cover


Harbhajan Singh to Vandiar, 1 run, full toss well outside off, batsman throws his bat at it, a bit of a mishit but he gets it away past extra cover


Harbhajan Singh to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, down the leg side, turned behind square leg


Harbhajan Singh to Vandiar, 1 run, Vandiar again goes for a big mow, but gets an inside edge that sends the ball along the ground towards midwicket


Harbhajan Singh to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, end of a quiet over, dabbed towards backward point for a single

Right, Nitin Sundar to take over commentary now.

End of over 10 (5 runs) Lions 78/2 (RR: 7.80)

    • VB van Jaarsveld 11 (12b 1x4)
    • JD Vandiar 38 (31b 3x4 1x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-14-0
    • JP Duminy 1-0-13-0

Thanks Sid R. Frenetic start here.. Malinga comes on, can he make a breakthrough?


Malinga to van Jaarsveld, 2 runs, searing yorker, slightly mis-directed ended on the left-hander's pads and he clipped it nicely to deep midwicket.. a little uppish, but safe


Malinga to van Jaarsveld, 1 wide, goes for the bouncer, hurls it very short and it goes high and down the leg-side, rightly called a wide by ump Koertzen


Malinga to van Jaarsveld, no run, slower ball, 120.1 kph, and pitched up on off stump line, the batsman picked it, waited for it and opened the face but could not get it past point


Malinga to van Jaarsveld, no run, again very fullish on the toes, crunched down the ground but straight to mid on


Malinga to van Jaarsveld, OUT, seeya later! Malinga has made a crucial breakthrough, sending back van Jaarsveld here. Pitched up on off stump line, the batsman took up the challenge and looked to launch it down the ground, but ended up scooping it straight up and high.. When it came down, Ryan McLaren was under it.

VB van Jaarsveld c McLaren b Malinga 13 (21m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.25

Firdoose Moonda, who at the Wanderers, says: "Its still not full, but the people are enjoying it and seem to be cheering both sides equally. Suprising cheers for that dismissal!"

Niel McKenzie comes in.


Malinga to Vandiar, 2 runs, another yorker off target, clipped away off the pads, Vandiar is looking good and sends it behind square leg.. good fielding by Dhawan patrolling long leg


Malinga to Vandiar, 2 runs, similar line and this time Vandiar gets it in front of square, big run around for Dhawan who cleans up again, a couple more to the score

End of over 11 (7 runs) Lions 85/3 (RR: 7.72)

    • JD Vandiar 42 (33b 3x4 1x6)
    • ND McKenzie 0 (0b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-12-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-14-0

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, 1 run, doosra from Harbhajan, McKenzie gets it away towards the off side with soft hands, Rayudu hares across, slides and misfields, so the single is taken easily


Harbhajan Singh to Vandiar, 1 run, good stuff from Harbhajan, that went through straight, gets an inside edge that stayed away from the stumps. A single to the leg side


Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, 1 run, worked away with the spin towards square leg, another single for McKenzie


Harbhajan Singh to Vandiar, 2 wides, speared well down the leg and Rayudu can't save that, two wides conceded.. Poor ball


Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, 1 run, Mckenzie reaches out and works it with the spin to the leg side for another single


Harbhajan Singh to Vandiar, 1 run, Vandiar punches it towards long on, Harbhajan hares down the ground to field it but it long on comes in and cleans up


Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, 1 run, whoa, the reverse sweep from McKenzie, gets it past a diving short third man for a single

End of over 12 (8 runs) Lions 93/3 (RR: 7.75)

    • ND McKenzie 4 (4b)
    • JD Vandiar 44 (35b 3x4 1x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-22-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-12-1

Sourav 'Dada' Ganguly in the commentary box, and he sounds eerily similar to Russel Arnold.. Ho hum.

Kieron Pollard to bowl.


Pollard to McKenzie, 1 run, slow and short, finishes on the pads and it is pulled down to square leg.. could have done more damage with that


Pollard to Vandiar, 1 run, tucked away off the pads towards lon leg, another single for Vandiar


Pollard to McKenzie, FOUR, shot! A rare non-violent boundary in this foimat. Short and just wide outside off, McKenzie waited, rose with the bounce and cut it between point and cover and it raced across the turf for four


Pollard to McKenzie, 1 run, slow and short outside off, 110 kph, McKenzie taps it in front of point for another single


Pollard to Vandiar, 1 run, Vandiar drives into the off side for another single into the covers. Good recovery from an indifferent start for the Lions, 100 is up.


Pollard to McKenzie, no run, innovative from Pollard, darts away wide of the crease at the last instant and angles it inwards, finishes outside off, McKenzie looks for the airy-fairy cover drive but is nowhere near connecting it

End of over 13 (8 runs) Lions 101/3 (RR: 7.76)

    • ND McKenzie 10 (8b 1x4)
    • JD Vandiar 46 (37b 3x4 1x6)
    • KA Pollard 1-0-8-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-22-0

Rajagopal Satish to bowl his medium pacers..


Sathish to Vandiar, 1 run, begins on Vandiar's pads and he tucks it towards midwicket to pick a single


Sathish to McKenzie, 1 run, good line, back of a length outside off, McKenzie taps it expertly behind square on the off side to turn the strike


Sathish to Vandiar, SIX, Up, up and oooover!! Vandiar picks the length early, it was a nothing ball well wide outside off and Vandiar launched it over extra cover, smooth, elegant flow of the arms, reminiscent of Ganguly who is in the commentary box. That's his fifty!


Sathish to Vandiar, 2 runs, played between long on and midwicket for a couple.. Good innings this and ominous.


Sathish to Vandiar, 1 run, slower ball on off, and he gets something on it despite not picking the lack of pace.. single straight to point


Sathish to McKenzie, FOUR, whoa, very slow from Satish and still McKenzie was late on the hoick-swipe to the leg side.. Gets a top edge that flies very fine towards third man for four

End of over 14 (15 runs) Lions 116/3 (RR: 8.28)

    • ND McKenzie 15 (10b 2x4)
    • JD Vandiar 56 (41b 3x4 2x6)
    • R Sathish 1-0-15-0
    • KA Pollard 1-0-8-0

Pollard to Vandiar, FOUR, shot! Vandiar reminds me of two left-handers - Alistair Campbell and Chris Harris - and there were shades of both in that shot.. He hops out of the crease to full ball, converts it into a half-volley and lofts it confidently straight over Pollard's head. Supa shot.


Pollard to Vandiar, 1 run, shortens the length, wise decision, Vandiar opens the face and runs it behind point for one


Pollard to McKenzie, FOUR, the Lions are-a-roaring! Poor ball from Pollard, short and standing up - McKenzie tucks in greedily, pulls it expertly and along the carpet in front of square and it scurries over the ropes at midwicket


Pollard to McKenzie, 1 run, slightly fuller outside off, McKenzie cuts it in front of point for one more


Pollard to Vandiar, 1 run, on Vandiar's pads, and he does not seem to be the kind that cashes in on those.. just works it off the legs for one


Pollard to McKenzie, 1 wide, whoa, McKenzie was moving about in the crease, Pollard saw him and followed him, but ended up pushing it wide down the leg side, Rayudu jumps across like a goallie to save it


Pollard to McKenzie, 1 run, finishes with one on his pads and McKenzie works it to long on for a single

End of over 15 (13 runs) Lions 129/3 (RR: 8.60)

    • ND McKenzie 21 (13b 3x4)
    • JD Vandiar 62 (44b 4x4 2x6)
    • KA Pollard 2-0-21-0
    • R Sathish 1-0-15-0

Koushik sends a fair comment. "wonder why SRT is rotating with all his part-timers when his frontline bowlers still have their quota of overs. Zak n Slinga have 2 overs each and Mclaren has 3 !!" Even I am befuddled, friend.

Zaheer comes on.


Khan to McKenzie, no run, super yorker to begin proceedings, McKenzie tried to bring the bat down at the last moment, but he was late on it.. Good for him that it was not directed at the stumps, just outside off


Khan to McKenzie, 2 runs, a hint of room outside off, McKenzie reaches out and drives behind square, Satish fumbles at point and concedes a couple. Fifty stand up, well played!


Khan to McKenzie, no run, another yorker and again McKenzie can't do much outside off. Expert stuff from Zaheer


Khan to McKenzie, 1 run, goes for yet another yorker, finishes a slow fulltoss on middle and leg, McKenzie manages to dig it out and Zaheer can't stop it.. Single to long on


Khan to Vandiar, 1 run, pacy short ball, 137.4 kph from Zaheer and Vandiar was hurried into the pull, just about saved it from crashing into his midriff and picked a single to midwicket


Khan to McKenzie, FOUR, well played Neil McKenzie! He has struggled to deal with Zaheer's yorkers, but this time he was waiting for it.. Just a hint of room on this yorker outside off, McKenzie stayed his ground and opened the face to redirect it to the third man fence.

Meanwhile, Pakistan need 111 in 11 overs at Chester le Street.

End of over 16 (8 runs) Lions 137/3 (RR: 8.56)

    • ND McKenzie 28 (18b 4x4)
    • JD Vandiar 63 (45b 4x4 2x6)
    • Z Khan 3-0-28-0
    • KA Pollard 2-0-21-0

Malinga comes on.


Malinga to Vandiar, 2 runs, whangs it full and fast but outside off, crunched out straight to Pollard at point who goes for a direct hit at the bowler's end and misses.. And ythey pick the overthrow!


Malinga to Vandiar, SIX, 1..2..3..4..5.. and it lands! It stayed in the air for five full seconds by my reckoning and covered 87 metres in the process! Malinga was looking for the yorker but eneded up serving a half-volley on middle, Vandiar picked it, and with one violent swish of the wrists, sent it halfway to the moon, before it landed miles behind midwicket. SHOT!


Malinga to Vandiar, OUT, and gone! Another half-volley on middle stump, Vandiar generated tremendous power with his carve, but could not get it past Tendulkar who pouched it without fuss. Super knock comes to an end.

JD Vandiar c Tendulkar b Malinga 71 (75m 48b 4x4 3x6) SR: 147.91

Frylinck is the new man in.


Malinga to Frylinck, 1 run, Thunderbolt of a yorker! Frylinck did all he could to make that count and has done well to pick a single behind point


Malinga to McKenzie, 1 run, attempted yorker finishes a low fulltoss on McKenzie's middle and leg.. he calmly redirects it with a flick to square leg


Malinga to Frylinck, OUT, Vandiar for the main course, Frylinck for dessert.. Malinga finishes a delicious over with another inch-perfect yorker and Frylinck perishes as he tries to make room to the leg side and steer it to the offside.. Good that he made room, his toes were saved.

R Frylinck b Malinga 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 17 (10 runs) Lions 147/5 (RR: 8.64)

    • ND McKenzie 29 (19b 4x4)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-22-3
    • Z Khan 3-0-28-0

More spin.. Ali Murtaza to bowl the 18th over.


Murtaza to McKenzie, FOUR, cat and mouse game, the batsman was fidgetting all around the crease, Murtaza tried to follow him and ended up sending it wider down the leg and McKenzie did well to pull it fine for four


Murtaza to McKenzie, FOUR, top shot! Fuller outside off, McKenzie makes room enough to crunch it out through the covers with great timing, and Dhawan ran across from third man and put in the dive, but no luck saving that


Murtaza to McKenzie, 1 run, shortens the length, he taps it out to mid off and picks a single


Murtaza to de Bruyn, no run, good ball, full and fast on middle and off and de Bruyn can't do much with it.. Played back to the bowler


Murtaza to de Bruyn, no run, and again, he is retrieving this over which started quite badly.. another full and fast ball and the new batsman can't get it past the bowler


Murtaza to de Bruyn, 2 runs, finally gets it away, through the off side for a single.. Murtaza misses the return and they steal an overthrow.. Mumbai are not fielding too well are they?

End of over 18 (11 runs) Lions 158/5 (RR: 8.77)

    • Z de Bruyn 2 (3b)
    • ND McKenzie 38 (22b 6x4)
    • AG Murtaza 4-0-28-1
    • SL Malinga 3-0-22-3

Malinga to McKenzie, 2 runs, Another overthrow, this is embarrassing from Mumbai! Harbhajan throws needlessly, no one is backing up and McKenzie loots a second run to reclaim strike


Malinga to McKenzie, 1 run, this time he plays it off the pads to the leg side for a single


Malinga to de Bruyn, 1 run, low full toss, finishes on leg stump, and de Bruyn times it pretty well down to long on off the backfoot for a single


Malinga to McKenzie, FOUR, Smashed! Malinga is going for the high-risk option of yorkers and so far it has been a mixed return.. this time it was a half-volley and McKenzie is waiting for these. Jumps at it once he sees it is in the hitting zone and scythes it high over midwicket. Four more


Malinga to McKenzie, 2 runs, better from Malinga, even better from McKenzie! Gets the yorker in on middle and off, McKenzie's minimal footwork commits nothing and he deftly opens the face ot send it towards third man to pick two more


Malinga to McKenzie, 1 run, finishes with a better yorker, McKenzie is up to the task of flicking it square to take a single and retain strike for the last over

End of over 19 (11 runs) Lions 169/5 (RR: 8.89)

    • ND McKenzie 48 (27b 7x4)
    • Z de Bruyn 3 (4b)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-33-3
    • AG Murtaza 4-0-28-1

Zaheer to bowl the last over!


Khan to McKenzie, SIX, BRUTALIZED! Zaheer bowls it short and though it is angling across, McKenzie's initial movement suggests he is always waiting to play the pull. Plays it really well this time, goes in the air and sends it flying into the Jo'burg night!


Khan to McKenzie, 1 run, picks a single and turns the strike over..


Khan to de Bruyn, FOUR, de Bruyn this time! Zak misses the yorker, and de Bruyn staying well back, and backing to the leg side converts it into a hanf volley and drills it straight down the ground. Four more, Lions are flying away here!


Khan to de Bruyn, 1 run, looks to move across and play the shovel scoop, but Zak keeps it full on off stump, and de Bruyn can't do much except pick a single to the leg side of the pitch


Khan to McKenzie, 1 run, full on middle and leg, McKenzie lashes it to the leg side but can't evade Tendulkar at short midwicket


Khan to de Bruyn, FOUR, Nailed by de Bruyn! Lions have finished with a flourish here, 132 kph poor length ball from Zaheer, this is a forgettable comeback for him.. de Bruyn was hoping it won't be the yorker and was setting himself up for something off target.. and he got what he wanted, it was in his zone on leg stump and he thumped it over the infield between long on and deep midwicket for four.

Sid Ravindran will take over commentary for the first half of what promises to be an intriguing chase. Meanwhile Sid Monga is typing out the thrills and spills of the innings and he bulletin should be up shortly. And this is Sid Mallya's new blog.

Right, Mumbai will be very disappointed with the way that innings panned out. They had Lions on the ropes early on, but Vandiar and McKenzie turned things around with alarming ease. This will not be an easy chase under the Bullring lights.

End of over 20 (17 runs) Lions 186/5

    • Z de Bruyn 12 (7b 2x4)
    • ND McKenzie 56 (30b 7x4 1x6)
    • Z Khan 4-0-45-0
    • SL Malinga 4-0-33-3





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