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Unstoppable Mumbai hammer Perth to book semi-final berth

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The Mumbai Indians made sure that there are three IPL teams going through to the semi-finals of the Champions League T20, recording a thumping 6 wicket win over the Perth Scorchers in Delhi on Wednesday, to knock the unlucky Otago Volts out of the tournament on net run rate. Mumbai had the advantage of playing a day after the Volts, and as a result knew exactly what they needed to do to qualify for the final four.

The Indians won the toss and opted to put their money on their batsmen chasing down whatever target Perth set them inside 14.2 overs to book their place in the semi-finals. The Scorchers did reasonably well to finish at 149-6 from their 20 overs despite a slow start with Sam Whiteman smashing an unbeaten 51 from 32 balls to post a decent target on the board. Nathan Coulter-Nile once again excelled for Mumbai, taking 3-19 from his 4 overs, while Pragyan Ojha chipped in with 2 wickets too.

Mumbai needed more than 10 an over to nail down a semi-final berth, and made mincemeat of their target, getting there in 13.2 overs courtesy a captain's knock from young Rohit Sharma, who matched Whiteman's 51 with one of his own, getting to his landmark in 24 balls. Mumbai had earlier been given a rollicking start by Dwayne Smith who hit 48 from 25 balls to put his side on the road to victory despite losing his opening partner Sachin Tendulkar for naught in the second over of the chase.

Ambati Rayudu added the finishing touch to Mumbai's chase, smashing 14 from just 4 balls to take the Indians into a probable semi-final clash with the Chennai Super Kings.

Mini Scorecard:

Perth Scorchers 149-6 (20 overs, 7.45rpo)

S Whiteman 51* (32) N Coulter-Nile 3-19 (4)

A Agar 35 (40) P Ojha 2-17 (2)

Mumbai Indians 152-4 (13.2 overs, 11.40rpo)

R Sharma 51* (24) B Hogg 2-26 (3)

D Smith 48 (25) J Behrendorff 2-31 (3)

Mumbai Indians won by 6 wickets