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By Rajarshi Majumdar

Sep 16, 2014

Northern Knights have defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) comprehensivley by six wickets in the final qualifier match at Raipur on Tuesday. As a result, MI have been knocked out of the tournament and Lahore Lions go through along with the Knights. Openers Kane Williamson and Anton Devcich, got off to a flier initially. Knights needed only 49 runs in order to qualify for the main stage of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) tournament and they achieved this feat comfortably in just six overs and that too without losing a wicket.

Williamson have been brilliant against the spin bowling which is the most difficult to do in the subcontinent wickets. He has used his feet to perfection and as a result he has managed to score in every single match in this qualifiers. Devcich looked impressive too with the bat upfront. MI bowlers struggled right from the beginning to bowl the right line and length. Lasith Malinga was all over the place as he gave away too many runs at the start of the innings.

Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers amongst the abysmal bowling performances. He picked up a couple of wickets. It has been clear all the way that if Malinga doesn’t pick up wickets have left the MI struggling. Although MI managed to pick up few wickets towards the end of the innings but it did not do any damage to the Knights’ cause.

Earlier, MI somehow crawled to a total of 132 runs in their 20 overs. Northern Knights had won the toss and they opted to bowl first. It is all looking bleak for MI as they are in a must win situation. Trent Boult and Tim Southee bowled brilliantly with the new ball and picked up early wickets. Scott Styris too joined the wagon as he was given the ball just before the end of the powerplay. Styris picked up three wickets in his spell of four overs by giving away just 21 runs.

The top order of the MI line up got out way too cheaply than it was expected. None of the batsmen could make an impact in this game. Micheal Hussey was the first batsman to be dismissed and after his dismissal the floodgates opened. Styris’s brilliant spell left the MI batsmen gasping as they were reduced to 46 for five at a stage. The MI skipper Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh showed some resistance in the middle overs and somehow helped them to reach a meagre total of 132 runs.

Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 132/9 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 31, Shreyas Gopal 24 ; Scott Styris 3 for 21, Tim Southee 3 for 24) lost to Northern Knights (Kane Williamson 53, Anton Devcich 39; Jasprit Bumrah 2 for 26) by six wickets.

Man of the match: Scott Styris

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(Rajarshi Majumdar is a reporter at CricketCountry. He played cricket for all age levels under the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for over 12 years. Apart from cricket he is an avid follower of football, supports Manchester United and a foodie at heart.)