The Mumbai Indians were left kicking themselves on Tuesday. They lost their second successive match, one that they should have won to South Australia to keep their hopes alive in the Champions League.
Even though the side led by Sachin Tendulkar put up a challenging 180 on the board, the match went into the final over, thanks to an embressing display in the field. They dropped as many as four catches, in addition to some sloppy fielding, to let the Australians sneak home with 5 wickets to spare.
The fielders were equally matched by the bowlers who allowed the Australian team to get off to a good start. The number of full tosses bowled was a shocker in itself. Michael Klinger and Daniel Harris, the South Australia openers, made the most of the opportunities provided by putting on a 112-run stand for the first wicket.
The duo began cautiously, but gradually brought out their array of strokes to remian in the hunt. Ali Murtaza finally broke the partnership when he removed Harris (56), but that didn’t stop the flow of runs. The lower middle-order made useful contributions to seal the match with 3 balls to spare.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians did well to reach 180 after a slow start. They were struggling at 100 for 4 after 14 over when Saurabh Tiwary and Keiron Pollard brought out some huge strokes to provide the late thrust.
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 180 for 7 in 20 overs (S Tiwary 44, A Rayudu 38; O’Brien 2/49).
South Australia 182 in 19.3 overs (D Harris 56, M Klinger 50; Malinga 2/22).