Rayudu finishes it in just two deliveries. He slams two sixes to go past the target in 13.2 overs to help Mumbai qualify for the semi-finals. What a win for Mumbai, this. They have managed to just about topple Otago Volts from the second spot and will go through along with Rajasthan Royals. Rohit Sharma’s 51 not out and Dwayne Smith’s 48 off 25 balls set the tone for the chase.
Rohit Sharma brings up his fastest half-century in CLT20 with a sweep shot. Brad Hogg then cleaned up Pollard who tried to make room and hit the ball on the up but missed it and was bowled. Can the Scorchers take Mumbai down with them?
Rayudu walks out to the middle and takes a single. Mumbai now need 10 from 8 balls to qualify.
Behrendorff starts with a wide ball. He then bowls a low full toss to Pollard which is slammed for a six over long off. Behrendorff comes back well with a slower delivery. He then pulls a delivery from outside the off stump to hit it over square leg.
Paris comes from around the stumps and Rohit times it to perfection. He guides the low full toss to the mid-wicket boundary.He then slams a glorious shot for a six over long off.He hits the following delivery behind square for a boundary.This is exceptional batting from the skipper.A single to end the over, 17 runs from the over.
Pollard gets a boundary off the first ball from Hogg and Rohit Sharma launches a HUGEEE six over deep midwicket. Rohit played with the turn and hit it high in the air. It took its time to come down but cleared the boundary. 14 runs from the over.
Smith welcomes Brad Hogg with a big hoick over mid-wicket. He goes for another shot over mid-wicket but is dismissed thanks to a phenomenal diving catch by Behrendorff in the deep. Smith is dismissed for 48 off 25 balls. Has he done enough? A lot will rest on Kieron Pollard now. Eight runs and a wicket there.
Smith brings up Mumbai’s fifty with a boundary off the second ball. Rohit Sharma matches Smith’s steps and pulls the ball behind square. The timing is perfect as it sails over the fence for a six. He follows it up with a wild swing and the outside edge goes to the thirdman boundary.19 runs from the over.
Mumbai need 84 from 8.2 overs to qualifyfor semi-final.
Smith continues to get the runs. He first smokes another ball through covers and then lifts a full delivery over the long on fielder for a six. Smith could be the difference between the two sides.13 runs from the over.
Behrendorff is brought into the attack. He starts off with a slower delivery.Smith plays a glorious drive through the covers for a boundary. He is keeping the scoreboard going at a good rate.He gets a good ally in Maxwell who comes down the wicket and slams it through covers.However, Behrendorff has the last laugh as he gets rid of Maxwell.
Left-arm pacer Joel Paris starts off from the other end. Smith gets a powerful flick to the boundary behind square and gets the crowd going when he gives Tendulkar the strike.But, Paris silences Delhi’s crowd with Tendulkar’s wicket! He flicks a full delivery straight to the fielder at deep midwicket.This may have been Tendulkar’s last innings on a cricket field.
Left-arm spinner Michael Beer starts the proceedings and Dwayne Smith doesn’t waste to much time in going after him. He first hits a boundary over mid-on and then drags a delivery from outside the off-stump for a six. The over ends with 11 runs. Good start for Mumbai here.
Rishi Dhawan handed the ball in the final over. He is hit for a boundary by Whiteman but Dhawan clean bowls Triffitt with a slower delivery. Behrendorff does well to take a single and give Whiteman the strike for the last two balls. Whiteman brings up his half-century in the penultimate delivery as an outside edge travels quickly to the thirdman boundary. This is starting to look like a huge total for the Perth Scorchers.
Coulter-Nile gets two wickets against the run of play. First an inch-perfect inswinging yorker gets rid of Cartwright. New man Ashton Turner walks in and tries to play across in the first delivery. The ball strikes him on line to give another wicket. Excellent over from Coulter-Nile.
Harbhajan returns for his final over and is slammed for a six by Whiteman over long on. Two more boundaries were picked up from the over to end Harbhajan’s spell at none for 31. 18 runs were taken from the over.
Pollard comes back and is greeted with a boundary off the first ball. He follows it up with a poor short delivery in the third ball which is duly dispatched to the boundary behind square. Another good over for the batsmen. Cartwright and Whiteman are doing it smartly here. Between two boundaries, they’ve collected a couple of singles to keep the scoreboard ticking. 11 runs from the over.
Mumbai Indians are having an off-day in the field. Karthik, specifically, has given away a lot of runs as byes. He lets another one go past to the boundary. A misfield from Harbhajan in the following over leads to another boundary. 12 runs from the over.
Ojha continues. Whiteman gets a boundary after an attempted sweep shot takes the under edge of the bat and runs away through the legs of Karthik to the third man boundary. Cartwright finishes the over with a boundary straight back over the bowler. 11 runs from the over.
Another quick and tidy over from Maxwell. In fact, he is unfortunate not to end with a wicket when the ball struck Cartwright’s pad in line but Kumar Dharmasena thinks otherwise. Four runs from the over.
Pragyan Ojha strikes..twice! He first bowls a full delivery on the off-stump and Agar comes down the wicket and misses the ball which goes onto strike the off-stump. He then castles Katich’s stumps with a ball that went through the Southpaw’s bat-pag gap. Ojha has sent both openers back to the pavilion in his first over. Six runs and two wickets from the over.
Million Dollar Glenn Maxwell comes on and strikes rightaway in the second ball..almost! He foxes Agar to come down the track and miss the ball but Karthik misses a regulation stumping. Maxwell wraps up the over in a jiffy with just four runs being conceded off it.
Perth need a move on and quickly. Rishi Dhawan continues and bowls a no-ball off the second delivery. Lovely free-hit delivery by Dhawan. He keeps it full outside the off-stump and Agar cannot take any run off it. They finally get a boundary as Agar moves outside the leg-stump and hits it through point. Dinesh Karthik comes up to the stumps but Agar moves across and chips the full delivery to the fine leg boundary.
Harbhajan continues after bowling two good overs. Agar has seen the need for a move on and is starting to make room and play his shots. A thick outside edge runs away to the thirdman boundary. Harbhajan misses a good chance of a run out when a ‘yes-no’ call led to a massive mix up between the batsmen.
Nathan Coulter-Nile comes into the attack. The wicket is not too suitable for big hitting. The ball is not coming onto the bat easily. Coulter-Nile comes around the wicket to Agar. He has just five singles to give away.
In a surprising move, Mumbai have brought in Glenn Maxwell in place of Mitchell Johnson, in a bid to strengthen their batting. To earn qualification, Mumbai will have to chase down Perth’s score between 13 to 15 overs.
Mumbai are currently on six points, while Otago Volts are on 10. The Volts have a run-rate of +0.869 while Mumbai are behind with +0.090.
Perth Scorchers: Ashton Agar, Simon Katich (c), Sam Whiteman, Marcus North, Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Turner, Tom Triffitt (wk), Joel Paris, Jason Behrendorff, Brad Hogg, Michael Beer
Good evening and a warm welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the Champions League Twenty20 Group A match between Mumbai Indians and Perth Scorchers at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Mumbai Indians need a massive victory to topple Otago Volts from the second position and qualify for the semi-final. If Mumbai bat first, they need to win by 48-50 runs margin. If they chase, they need to chase within 14 overs. Perth Scorchers, on the other hand, will hope to spoil Mumbai’s chances and go back with a win, their first of the tournament.