Champions League T20 preview: Mumbai Indians up against explosive T&T

Both teams will be confident after recording comprehensive wins in their final group games.

New Delhi | Published:October 5, 2013 4:01 am

Both teams will be confident after recording comprehensive wins in their final group games. The Mumbai Indians batted wonderfully well to get over the line in 13.2 overs in chase of 150 — to make the semifinals — against Perth Scorchers on Wednesday. Trinidad and Tobago too had a good outing when they restricted Chennai Super Kings to just 118 and then overhauled the target in 15.1 overs at the Kotla.

Impact player

Dwayne Smith has been an impact player for Mumbai since he returned to the side during the 2012 season. Smith hit 48 off 25 balls,a knock that included five fours and three sixes,to get Mumbai going against Perth Scorchers. Smith also smashed an unbeaten 63 off 47 balls against the Lions this season. Prior to the acquisition of Smith — his second stint with the team — Mumbai had tried more than half a dozen opening combinations.

Twin threats

T&T’s Ravi Rampaul has six wickets in the tournament so far,four of them coming in the opening game against Brisbane Heat. But after going wicket-less in the next two games,Rampaul returned to form versus CSK with a beauty that nipped back to knock over Michael Hussey’s off-stump. The threat for MI will also be in the form of Sunil Narine,who has the most number of wickets (8).

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