Mumbai Indians 176-5 (Pollard 58) v Cape Cobras
Champions League Twenty20, Bangalore
The top-of-the-table Champions League Twenty20 clash between Mumbai Indians and Cape Cobras in Group A ended in stalemate as heavy rain forced the match to be abandoned at the halfway stage.
Cobras skipper Justin Kemp won the toss and inserted the Indians on an unusually fast-paced pitch, but any early movement that was there for the bowlers was more than negated by Sarul Kanwar’s crisp 45 from only 21 balls. The 23 year-old hit five sixes, predominantly on the leg-side, although there was one particularly pleasing blow over the bowler’s head that deservedly earnt most of the plaudits.
When he fell as the first of Robin Peterson’s two wickets, Kieron Pollard picked up the six hitting baton and smote three sixes in his 37-ball 58 before he was caught by Owais Shah off the bowling of Dale Steyn (one for 24) in the penultimate over.
The rain arrived in the final over, to begin with only as drizzle, but by the end of the 20 overs the players were dashing for cover as it lashed down, and the players never returned with the match called off at around 2300 local time and the Mumbai Indians handily placed on 176 for five and ruing the loss of a point.
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