Rain Wipes Out Day's Second Game

Rain Wipes Out Day's Second Game
Rain Wipes Out Day's Second Game
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Mumbai Indians 156-6 v Yorkshire
Match abandoned due to rain
CLT20, Group B Match, Cape Town

Yorkshire and Mumbai Indians were still left waiting for their first win of the competition as their Champions League T20 Group B match was abandoned because of rain at Newlands.

Mumbai had reached 156 for six in the 18th over when rain arrived for the second time in less than half an hour and the players were unable to get back on again, leaving Kieron Pollard high, and not so dry, on 37 not out off 20 balls, having deposited leg-spinner Adil Rashid for two massive sixes.

Mumbai's innings had started relatively brightly thanks to Dwayne Smith, who smacked Joe Root's second and third deliveries for six on the leg-side. However, following an extra cover drive off the bowling of Ryan Sidebottom, the crowd had to watch as the man many had come to see, Sachin Tendulkar, was run out. He was sent back by his partner after hitting a ball to Gary Ballance at mid-on to make it 23 for one.

Rohit Sharma joined Smith and the two consolidated - helped considerably by an injury to Moin Ashraf which meant that he was replaced by Adam Lyth after just three balls of the sixth over. Smith again took a liking to Root in the off-spinner's second over, hitting him for two more sixes, but the 21-year-old had his revenge when Smith holed out to Steven Patterson at deep square-leg off a low full-toss.

Dinesh Karthik kept Sharma company for three more overs until the elegant right-hander's departure to Azeem Rafiq, who again out-bowled the more experienced Adil Rashid, before following himself in the very next over.

Ambati Rayudu came and went for 15 off 10 balls, while Mumbai captain Harbhajan Singh hit successive sixes off Rafiq prior to being claimed by Rashid at cover. By this stage, rain was in the air and the players trooped off after 17 overs. They resumed for five balls several minutes later, time for Pollard to hit a six, but when the rain arrived again, it was terminal and the match was called off.

The crucial match in this group is now the one between Lions and Yorkshire on Saturday. If Lions win, then they, along with Sydney Sixers, will progress to the semi-finals and both Mumbai and Yorkshire will be out.

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