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Northern Districts Beat Mumbai Indians To Qualify

Scott Styris
Scott Styris took three wickets and hit the winning runs for Northern Districts
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Northern Districts Knights 133-4 (Williamson 53) beat
Mumbai Indians 132-9 by six wickets
CLT20 2014 Qualifier, Raipur

The Northern Districts Knights beat the Mumbai Indians by six wickets to qualify for the Champions League T20 2014 at the expense of their opponents, a result which saw the Lahore Lions also make it through.

A poor display from Mumbai needed some late hitting to haul them to a score of 132 for eight, which set the Knights a relatively easy target.

They reached it with two overs to spare as Kane Williamson hit 53 in 36 balls to put the reigning champions out.

The New Zealand side won the toss and chose to bowl first, quickly taking wickets through Scott Styris (3-21), Tim Southee (3-24) and Trent Boult (1-21).

Lendl Simmons (13), Mike Hussey (7), Jalaj Saxena (10), Ambati Rayudu (6) and Aditya Tare (7) all fell cheaply as the Mumbai side slumped to 46 for five.

It was the last thing they needed as they tried to both beat Northern Districts and see off Lahore to win through, and there was to be no way back.

Kieron Pollard struck 31 in 24 balls before Shreyas Gopal crashed 24 in 12 balls and Lasith Malinga hit 20 for eight.

Any chance Mumbai had rested with their bowlers taking early wickets but they were unable to do so, with openers Anton Devcich (39) and Williamson putting on 83 for the first wicket.

Both fell, to Harbhajan Singh and Jasprit Bumrah respectively, and although Daniel Flynn (13) and BJ watling (0) were also dismissed, it all proved to be too little, too late for Mumbai.

Daryl Mitchell hit an unbeaten 16 in 13 balls and Styris three in two to see the Knights over the line.

Bumrah finished with two for 26, Pragyan Ojha one for 23 and Harbhajan one for 29.

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