New Delhi, Oct 5 (): Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) will face Mumbai Indians at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground here in the second semi-final of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) on Saturday.
Mumbai Indians vs Trinidad and Tobago, Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) semifinal 2, Saturday, October 5, 2013, 8 pm IST, Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
Both teams have managed to register resounding victories in their final must-win matches to qualify for the semi-finals. Mumbai managed to achieve this with some strong batting against Highveld Lions, T&T did an extremely disciplined bowling display against the tough Chennai Super Kings.
Mumbai’s batting looks solid with their top order, led by skipper Rohit Sharma, performing regularly. Dwayne Smith is in good form and his consistency has disguised the failures of Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin needs just 26 more runs to reach the aggregate of 50,000 runs in and the fans will be hoping that Tendulkar achieves this landmark in the semi-final.
The bowling line-up shows some worrying signs for Mumbai. Nathan Coulter-Nile was wonderful in the match against Perth but Harbhajan Singh has been out of form. Pragyan Ojha picked up two wickets in the last match. Mumbai definitely have to pull their socks up in the bowling department.
Mumbai Indians: 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Glenn Maxwell / Mithcell Johnson, 4 Rohit Sharma (capt), 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Ambati Rayudu, 7 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Rishi Dhawan, 11 Pragyan Ojha
Trinidad and Tobago:
Trinidad & Tobago will focus mainly on the opening pair of Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis to see the team off to a quick start. The Caribbean side’s top order has been in excellent form with Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo and Lendl Simmons.
Ravi Rampaul has six wickets in the tournament so far and Sunil Narine also has the most number of wickets (8). Emrit and Badree have also given valuable support and this makes their bowling unit formidable.
Trinidad and Tobago: 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Yannick Ottley, 5 Denesh Ramdin (capt/wk), 6 Nicolas Pooran, 7 Sunil Narine, 8 Rayad Emrit, 9 Navin Stewart, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Ravi Rampaul.