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CLT20 2011 2nd Semi Final – MI vs Som: Mumbai Indians Beat Somerset To Set Summit Clash With Bangalore

By on October 8, 2011

Mumbai Indians 160 for 5 (Blizzard 54, Sathish 25*) beat Somerset 150 for 7 (Kieswetter 62, Hildreth 39, Malinga 4-20, Franklin 2-16) by 10 runs…

Lasith Malinga (4-20) helped Mumbai Indians beat Somerset by 10 runs and set summit clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2011 Champions League Twenty20.

Malinga took 4 for 20 in his four overs as Mumbai restricted Somerset to 150/7 in their 20 overs.

Mumbai will now face their IPL opponents Bangalore in the Champions League Twenty20 final in the same ground on Sunday.

James Franklin played an important hand in Mumbai’s victory as he struck twice in the penultimate over to put Mumbai Indians on top.

For Somerset, Craig Kieswetter scored a fine 62 to lead the run chase. Kieswetter hit a six and seven boundaries in his 46-ball knock as he led the Somerset fightback after early blows.

Harbhajan Singh dismissed James Hildreth (39) in the fourteenth over to break the 83-run third wicket stand between Hildreth and Kieswetter for Somerset.

Somerset lost Roelof van der Merwe (10) and Peter Trego (0) early while chasing 161-run target set by Mumbai.

Mumbai pacer Lasith Malinga do what he does best, to take wickets in his initial overs, as he clean bowled both van der Merwe and Trego in his first two overs to jolt the Somerset run chase.

Electing to bat, Rajagopal Sathish (25 not out) and Suryakumar Yadav (23 not out) played some lofty shots in the end to help Mumbai post 160/5 against Somerset.

The duo added valuable quick 43 runs for the sixth wicket to power Mumbai after they lost wickets at regular intervals in the middle part of their innings.

Sathish hit a six and two boundaries in his 12-ball blitzkrieg while Yadav smashed three fours in his 19-ball knock.

Somerset skipper Alfonso Thomas dismissed dangerous Keiron Pollard (24) as Pollard failed to capitalise on a decent start in which he hit two huge sixes in his 18-ball cameo.

Murali Kartik got the prize wicket of in-form Aiden Blizzard (54) soon after Roelof van der Merwe struck in his first over to dismiss James Franklin (6) in the twelfth over to halt the Mumbai charge.

Blizzard scored a fine fifty with the help of three sixes and five boundaries in his quick 39-ball innings.

Adam Dibble dismissed Ambati Rayudu (19) in the eighth over to reduce Mumbai to 62/2 in 7.5 overs. Rayudu played run-a-ball knock as he added 43 runs for the second wicket with Blizzard after losing Sarul Kanwar (2) early.

Mumbai lost opener Kanwar in the fourth over when Steve Kirby struck to give Somerset an early breakthrough.

Earlier, Mumbai skipper Harbhajan Singh won the toss and decided to bat against Somerset on Saturday.

Mumbai left out Andrew Symonds and brought Suryakumar Yadav in his place.

Teams:

Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh (capt), AN Ahmed, AC Blizzard, YS Chahal, JEC Franklin, S Kanwar, SL Malinga, KA Pollard, AT Rayudu (wk), R Sathish, SA Yadav

Somerset: AC Thomas (capt), JC Buttler, NRD Compton, AJ Dibble, JC Hildreth, M Kartik, C Kieswetter (wk), SP Kirby, AV Suppiah, PD Trego, RE van der Merwe.

Source: Times of India

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