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Mumbai too good for Trinidad & Tobago, set up CLT20 Final date with Rajasthan

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It's going to be Sachin vs Rahul in the final of the Champions League T20 as the IPL Champions, Mumbai Indians, set up a dream finale with the Rajasthan Royals at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi with a slightly nervy 6 wicket win against a Trinidad & Tobago side which continued to punch above their weight in this tournament.

Deprived of stars like Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Kevon Cooper, who would otherwise form the cornerstone of their middle order, Trinidad & Tobago continued to produce some competitive cricket and took their semi-final against the cash rich Mumbai Indians down to the final over.

 

The all important toss went Mumbai's way, and they made the predictable decision of bowling first on a ground where there was certain to be loads of dew later on. Trinidad & Tobago had a fantastic powerplay as they pummelled the frontline Mumbai bowlers for 45 runs despite the loss of opener Lendl Simmons for naught.

Evin Lewis was the destroyer in chief as he made 62 from 46 balls to set the stage for Trinidad & Tobago, but the visitors from the Caribbean struggled once the field spread and despite a late burst from Yannick Otley, posted an under par 153-5 in their 20 overs.

Mumbai too got off to a rollicking star in their chase with Dwayne Smith continuing to lead the way for them with the bat, while Sachin Tendulkar too briefly threatened to find form. Tendulkar plonked two mighty sixes to roll back the years, making 35, while Smith recorded a crucial half-century, making 59 from just 38 balls to put Mumbai well on the road to victory.

Tendulkar fell with the score on 90 at the end of 11th over, caught behind off Lendl Simmons, who continued his happy knack of picking up wickets off poor deliveries. Smith and Ambati Rayudu were both knocked over by Trinidad & Tobago's main man Sunil Narine, who bowled another magical spell taking 3-17 from his 4 overs.

Rohit Sharma chipped in with a crucial 25, while Dinesh Karthik made an unbeaten 33 from 21 balls to see his team past the finish line in the final over.

Mumbai's win sets up an all IPL Final in what has been a rather low key Champions League T20 with the big money IPL teams miles better than their international counterparts, especially on home turf. All eyes tomorrow though will be on Sachin and Rahul with the former playing his last match for the Mumbai Indians, while the latter is playing his last competitive cricket match, period.

Mini Scorecard:

Trinidad & Tobago 153-5 (20 overs, 7.65rpo)

E Lewis 62 (46) P Ojha 1-16 (3)

Y Ottley 41* (30) K Pollard 1-16 (3)

Mumbai Indians 157-4 (19.1 overs, 8.19rpo)

D Smith 59 (38) S Narine 3-17 (4)

S Tendulkar 35 (31) L Simmons 1-27 (2.1)

Mumbai Indians win by 6 wickets