Mumbai Indians grabbed the 2nd semi final vs. Trinidad & Tobago

Mumbai Indians 4-157 (Dwayne Smith 59, Sachin Tendulkar 35, Dinesh Karthik 33*, Sunil Narine 3-17) beat Trinidad & Tobago 5-153 (Evin Lewis 62, Yannick Ottley 41*, Kieron Pollard 1-16) by six wickets.

Dwayne Smith and the little master, Sachin Tendulkar, gave Mumbai Indians a solid start that enabled their team to win the 2nd semi final vs. Trinidad & Tobago.

T&T scored 153 runs with half of their side back in the pavilion in the allocated 20 overs and Mumbai Indians thrashed 157 for the loss of six wickets with five balls to spare.

Dwayne Smith (Mumbai Indians) was announced ‘Player of the match’ for his match winning fifty.

The second Semi-Final of the Champions League Twenty20 was played on Saturday, October 5, at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

Dwayne Smith - A match winning fifty
Dwayne Smith – A match winning fifty

Rohit Sharma won the toss for Mumbai Indians and invited Trinidad & Tobago to bat first. Evin Lewis scored 11 runs in the very first over with 1 six and 1 four whereas Lendl Simmons was gone for a duck. Darren Bravo walked in next as Lewis hit 3 fours in the third over and the first got 10 runs in the following one. Lewis got another 2 sixes in the 8th over while Bravo was stumped smartly by Dinesh Karthik off Pragyan Ojha for 14. Yannick Ottley joined in next with Evin Lewis who rushed to his 3rd Twenty20 half century on the 34th ball with a four.

The score was taken to 93 in 13.1 overs when Lewis was caught and bowled by Kieron Pollard for 62 off just 46 deliveries with 4 towering sixes and 6 fours. Ottley was the only batsman who continued accumulating runs while a couple of wickets went down at the other end. He secured his end for 41 off 30 with 2 lofty sixes and even fours as Trinidad & Tobago reached 5-153 after 20 overs.

Mitchell Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kieron Pollard and Pragyan Ojha were the successful bowlers with one wicket each.

Dwayne Smith along with Sachin Tendulkar got off to a nice beginning by scoring 21 runs in three overs with 1 six and 2 fours from the first. Tendulkar tasted his first boundary in the next one and hit two back to back sixes in the 6th over. The boundaries were sprinkling from the willows of the two batsmen and Smith smashed his 20th Twenty20 fifty with a six. The first wicket partnership was dislodged at 90 in 10.6 overs when Sachin Tendulkar lost his wicket for 35 off 31 with 2 big sixes and even fours. Ambati Rayudu was caught behind by Denesh Ramdin off Sunil Narine without scoring and Smith became the next victim at 96 for 59 off just 38 deliveries with 2 sixes and 7 fours.

Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik took over the challenge and kept the score board moving with regular boundaries. The hundred of the innings was illuminated on the screen in the 13th over as Sharma added 1 six and 1 four in the next one. The duo gathered 13 runs in the 17th over and enhanced the score to 138 after 17.4 overs. Rohit Sharma was clean bowled by Narine for 25 while Karthik continued with his assault and dispatched the winning six on the first ball of the final over. Dinesh Karthik remained unbeaten for 33 off 21 with 2 huge sixes and 3 fours as Mumbai Indians blasted 157 with six wickets still in hand.

Sunil Narine was the top wicket taker with three and Lendl Simmons held one.

Mumbai Indians won the important game against Trinidad & Tobago with a big margin of six wickets and they are just one victory away from clinching the title.


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