Lions Hold Off Mumbai Indians To Win CLT20 Opener
Highveld Lions 186-5 (Vandiar 71, McKenzie 56, Malinga 3-33) beat
Mumbai Indians 177-6 (Tendulkar 69, Burger 2-33) by nine runs
Champions League, Johannesburg
The 2010 Champions League Twenty20 got underway with home side the Highveld Lions beating the Mumbai Indians by nine runs in a high-scoring match in Johannesburg.
Batting first, the Lions racked up 186 for five before the Indians - runners-up in the 2010 Indian Premier League - finished on 177 for six in reply.
Half-centuries from Jonathan Vandiar (71 in 48 balls) and Neil McKenzie (56 in 30 balls) helped set up the Lions' score despite Lasith Malinga's three for 33 and a wicket for Ali Murtaza.
Vandiar and McKenzie added a crucial 64 runs for the fourth wicket.
In reply, the Indians raced to 83 inside ten overs before Shikhar Dhawan (32) was caught by Richard Cameron off Aaron Phangiso.
Opening partner Sachin Tendulkar went on to make a classy 69 in 42 balls before the Lions hit back, Shane Burger bowling both Tendulkar and Kieron Pollard (19).
JP Duminy's 30 was in vain as the Indians came up short as Zander de Bruyn took a wicket while both Ambati Rayadu (3) and Rajagopal Sathish (10) were run out.
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