Saturday 8 October 2011 

Mumbai End Somerset's Run, Qualify For CLT20 Final

Mumbai End Somerset's Run, Qualify For CLT20 Final
Mumbai End Somerset's Run, Qualify For CLT20 Final
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Mumbai Indians 160-5 (Blizzard 54) beat
Somerset 150-7 (Malinga 4-20) by 10 runs
Champions League semi-final, Chennai

Lasith Malinga doubled his tally of wickets for the tournament in one innings as the Mumbai Indians qualified for the Champions League Twenty20 final with a ten-run win over Somerset.

Malinga's haul of four for 20 ensured Somerset closed on 150 for seven after Mumbai had reached 160 for five and the result set up an all-Indian Premier League final with the Royal Challengers Bangalore already qualified.

Australian Aiden Blizzard gave Mumbai the sort of start they needed with the bat, going on to hit 54 in 39 balls and he was supported by cameos of 24 in 18 balls from Kieron Pollard, 23 not out in 19 from Suryakumar Yadav and an undefeated 25 in 12 balls from Rajagopal Sathish.

Alfonso Thomas, Steve Kirby, Adam Dibble, Murali Kartik and Roelof van der Merwe all took a wicket apiece.

Craig Kieswetter then played a similar role to Blizzard when Somerset attempted to chase down the runs, but his wicket in the penultimate over proved to be a turning point as it left his side with too much to do and no set batsmen at the crease.

He had made an excellent 62 in 46 balls but an equally excellent 19th over bowled by James Franklin, who had Kieswetter caught by Pollard and Jos Buttler bowled for 19 earlier in the day.

Malinga had Peter Trego (0) and van der Merwe (10) bowled in his first spell and he finished things off in style by dismissing Nick Compton (5) and Murali Kartik (0) in similar fashion as his yorkers were too hot to handle.

Captain Harbhajan Singh was the other man to take a wicket, bowling James Hildreth for 39.

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