The second semi-final of the Champions League T20 pits Mumbai, the 2011 champions, against 2009 finalists Trinidad and Tobago.
Both sides have pedigree in the tournament, and both sides have matching records of three wins and a defeat coming into the contest.
What: Semi-final, Mumbai Indians vs. Trinidad and Tobago
Where: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
When: Saturday October 5, 2013, 14:30 a.m. BST
Live Stream/TV info: BritishEurosport 2
Weather: No interruptions by rain in Delhi on Saturday. It's going to be hot, hot, hot, with 32 degrees forecast for the day and temperatures cooling to around 25 in the evening. Accuweather predicts the all-clear for the entire duration of the game.
Pitch: Delhi has hosted just two games thus far, and Mumbai and T&T have played one game each here. Both sides won batting second, and par score is probably around the 140-mark.However, with the heat expected during the day, the pitch will be very partial to batsmen when chasing. Whoever wins the toss holds a big advantage.
Trinidad and Tobago were the darlings of the Champions League T20 a few years ago. In 2009, the little team from the West Indies unexpectedly made it to the final of the competition. Although they lost, they had everyone enchanted with their feisty brand of cricket. Only fools would have underestimated them this time around and, although their journey to the semi-finals hasn't been smooth, they're here again
T&T beat Chennai Super Kings in their final clash of the group stages, which saw them leap frog to the top of the table of Group B to set up a clash with the IPL Champions Mumbai Indians. The two sides square off in Delhi for a place in the final against the Rajasthan Royals.
T & T are the only non-IPL side left in the competition and while they might be underdogs, they have showed in the past that it's the underdog who bites the hardest when it matters. The two teams have had similar journeys into the semi-final, with both losing one game and winning the rest. The only difference is that Mumbai had one of their group stage games abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Mumbai have won their last two games on the trot, chasing a total of over 140 in both cases. They were humbled in their first outing, though, losing by seven wickets to the Rajasthan Royals as they failed to defend 143. As a unit, the IPL outfit hasn't quite clicked, but they certainly pack the star power to do so.
T&T, on the other hand, have lost just once—against the Sunrisers—when they couldn't defend 161.
The rest of their campaign has been solid. Against the Titans, their batsmen amassed 188, a short while after they faltered against Brisbane, managing just 135. It was their bowlers who really stood out in the game against Chennai, but Lendl Simmons with 63 off 41 at the top of the order set them up well in the chase.
Nobody has really stood out for Mumbai in the bowling department. Pragyan Ojha has taken just four wickets in his three games and they have come at the very expensive economy rate of 9.33. None of their bowlers have an economy rate of below 5.65. The batsmen have fared somewhat better. Dwayne Smith and Rohit Sharma both have tidy averages of 60.00 and 57.50 respectively.
However, it's Kieron Pollard's all-round prowess that will really be put to the test. The big man from the Windies is a fine finisher, an apt bowler and also pretty handy in the field.
Trinidad and Tobago
Sunil Narine has undoubtedly be the key for the islanders. He's taken eight wickets—square the top of the wicket-taking list with Otago's Ian Butler—those have come at an average of 8.62 and a tidy economy rate of 4.31.
He's a match-winner who will get important wickets when they really matter. Against Mumbai, he has an impressive record. In the five innings he's played against them, he has taken nine wickets, with an economy of 5.16.
Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Glenn Maxwell, Rohit Sharma(c), Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Harbhajan Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Pragyan Ojha, Aditya Tare, Abu Nechim, Akshar Patel, Mitchell Johnson
Trinidad and Tobago
Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Nicolas Pooran, Navin Stewart, Denesh Ramdin(w/c), Sunil Narine, Jason Mohammed, Rayad Emrit, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree, Shannon Gabriel, Yannick Ottley, Adrian Barath, Sherwin Ganga
Squad informatino courtesy of Cricbuzz.
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