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MI rumble before rain plays spoilsport

Debutant Sarul Kanwar and Kieron Pollard take Cape bowlers apart, Rohit Bhaskar reports. Scorecard | Midway, who stands where?

india Updated: Oct 01, 2011 02:13 IST
Rohit Bhaskar
Rohit Bhaskar
Hindustan Times
Mumbai Indians,cape Cobras,Justin Kemp

Rain seemed like the only thing standing between the Mumbai Indians and a spot in the semifinal, as a strong opening partnership and clean hitting by all-rounder Kieron Pollard towards the end guided them to a competitive 176/5 in 20 overs against Cape Cobras at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Friday.

The heavens opened in the final over of Mumbai's innings, as the IPL club looked to become the first side to book a spot in the last-four.

MI currently lead the Group A table with four points and a win against the Cobras would've secured their spot in the semis, but with the rain gods playing spoilsport, MI could have to till their next match --- against NSW Blues in Chennai on Sunday.

Bright start
The Mumbai Indians got off to a bright start as openers Aiden Blizzard and Sarul Kanwar (45 off 21balls; 3x4, 5x6) stitched together a 65-run opening partnership.

Debutant Kanwar took a couple of balls to settle in, but broke free after hoisting Charl Langeveldt for a six over deep square-leg off the final ball of the second over. Blizzard soon got in on the act and slashed a Dale Steyn delivery over the third-man boundary for six.

Kanwar struck a further four sixes and three boundaries before falling to Robin Peterson, going for one big hit too many.

Having hit a six two balls back, Kanwar went for the same spot over extra cover, hitting inside out, but this time he failed to clear the ropes, caught by Owais Shah.

Blizzard followed his opening partner back to the pavilion two overs later. Robin Peterson collected his second wicket as a mistimed slog-sweep was caught by Shah.

Shah, who held four catches in the innings, was in the thick of the action again, as he caught an Ambati Rayudu top-edge to hand part-timer JP Duminy a wicket.

Pollard cuts loose
Pollard (58 off 37 balls; 6x4, 3x6) and James Franklin then built up MI's second 50-run partnership of the innings, adding 69 for the fourth wicket.

Pollard was particularly severe on Duminy smashing him for two massive sixes in one over. Franklin showed his batting prowess, hitting Peterson for two sixes in two balls, the second one straight over the left-arm spinner's head and the sightscreen, into the second tier.

Andrew Symonds provided the finishing touches, hitting three fours in his eight ball stay in the middle.

First Published: Sep 30, 2011 20:11 IST