Mumbai Indians opener Dwayne Smith provided his side the much-needed momentum early on
Johannesburg: Oct 14, 2012
Defending champions Mumbai Indians posted a challenging 157 for six in their opening match of the Champions League Twenty20 against local team Lions on Sunday.
Sent into bat, Mumbai relied on useful contributions from their batsmen to give a semblance of respectability to their total.
Helping the visiting side to a great extent was the 24 extras conceded by Lions.
Mumbai were off to a brisk start as Dwayne Smith smashed half a dozen fours to put the South Africans under pressure.
Chris Morris erred in line and the easy pickings were treated with disdain by Smith. The bowler, however, had the last laugh when he had the West Indian trapped in front.
After missing out on the strike initially, Tendulkar steered Sohail Tanvir in front of backward point for his first boundary.
Tendulkar found the fence one more time before left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso disturbed his stumps after the batsman tried to make room and launch into a heave.
This was the fourth time in recent months that Tendulkar has been bowled. He got out in similar fashions thrice in the Test series against New Zealand in August-September. The bowlers, though, were pacers on those occasions.
Till the time he was there in the middle, Rohit Sharma gave Mumbai solidity, playing some opportunistic shots before Dirk Nannes cleaned him up.
Sharma was severe on Zander de Bruyn who was smashed for a six and two fours, the maximum over point.
The promotion of Mitchell Johnson ahead of specialist batsmen Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik, and the powerful Kieron Pollard, seemed to have boomeranged on the Mumbai side as it somewhat lost momentum halfway into the innings.
Though he top-scored for the visitors, Johnson gobbled up a lot of balls, and it was largely due to Karthik’s enterprise towards the end that Mumbai reached a competitive total. (PTI)
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 157 for 6 in 20 overs (Mitchell Johnson 30, Rohit Sharma 27, Dwayne Smith 26; Sohail Tanvir 2 for 31) vs Highveld Lions.
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