Yorkshire clash halted by rain

  • Last Updated: October 18 2012, 19:37 BST

Rain washed out Yorkshire's second Champions League Twenty20 group game against Mumbai Indians with the Indian side in a strong position.

Yorkshire run out Sachin Tendulkar

Dwayne Smith hammered 37 from 26 balls, with four sixes, and fellow West Indian Kieron Pollard added 37 from 20 as Mumbai reached 156 for six with 13 balls remaining in their innings before heavy rain ended the contest.

Yorkshire's continued insistence on batsman Joe Root bowling the first over was punished by two Smith sixes, although Sachin Tendulkar was shambolically run out in the third over after an opening stand of 23.

Yorkshire's bowling attack ran into trouble as Ryan Sidebottom limped off with a hamstring problem and Moin Ashraf then similarly pulled up and was unable to finish his first over, which was completed by Adam Lyth.

Smith hit Root for two more sixes but then holed out off a full toss and Azeem Rafiq bowled Rohit Sharma (25) the ball after being hoisted beyond the ropes.

That left Mumbai 86 for three from 11 overs, but Dinesh Karthik crashed Adil Rashid's first ball straight to Rafiq at short cover, bringing out new batsman Pollard in a woolly hat.

Ambati Rayudu was well caught low down by Andrew Gale off Rafiq, but Harbhajan Singh hit his second and third balls for six and Pollard also began finding the boundary, capitalising on a let-off when he was dropped by substitute Iain Wardlaw.

Harbhajan skied Rashid to fellow spinner Rafiq before the rain picked up with Mumbai on 145 for six with three overs remaining, and set in for good after a five-ball resumption.

The no-result means group leaders Sydney Sixers have qualified for the semi-finals. They will be joined by Highveld Lions unless the Tykes can beat the South African side on Saturday to keep the group alive.

The Sixers had beaten the previously-unbeaten Lions by five wickets earlier in the day.

The Lions made 137 for nine batting first, with opener Gulam Bodi top-scoring with 61, but that proved comfortably within Sydney's sights as the in-form Australian outfit made it three wins out of three in Group B.

Shane Watson was once again in inspirational form, following up his two wickets in the Lions' innings with a 38-ball 47, while captain Brad Haddin struck a quickfire 32 as Sydney claimed the win with an over to spare.

The victory saw the Sixers move on to 12 points in Group B, while the Lions remain in second place on eight points.

Bodi, who hit three sixes and four other boundaries, provided the backbone of the Lions' score before he became one of Mitchell Starc's victims, the paceman finishing with three for 19 off his four overs to be named man of the match.

Watson ran his team-mate close for that award though with a fine all-round display, which saw him dismiss Quinton de Kock and Sohail Tanvir, run out Thami Tsolekile, and then mimic Bodi by smashing three sixes and four fours to set Sydney on their way to victory.


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