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Now, all eyes fixed on Lions vs Yorkshire tie

Calcutta/Cape Town: Rain played spoilsport as the Champions League Twenty20 match between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Yorkshire was Thursday called off because of rain.

Sent in to bat, Mumbai rode Kieron Pollard’s unbeaten 37 off 20 balls and opener Dwayne Smith’s 37 to reach 156 for six from 17.5 overs, before rain played havoc in the Group B match at Newlands.

The umpires waited for one and half hours for play to resume before finally calling off the match.

Both the sides got two points each from the match. Mumbai Indians, who had lost their opening tie against Highveld Lions, have two points from as many ties.

All teams in the group — except perhaps Sydney Sixers who have already qualified — will be looking to the Lions vs Yorkshire game on Saturday. If Lions win , they too will be through and this group will be filled with dead games. Lions have eight points from three games.

The Mumbai Indians-CSK match will be held after the Lions-Yorkshire match. CSK have lost both their matches.

For Mumbai Indians, it was a stop-start performance after they were sent into bat with wickets falling at regular intervals before Pollard threatened to cut loose at a later stage. Pollard hit three fours and two sixes from the 20 balls he faced before rain came to stop the Mumbai innings.

None of the Mumbai batsmen could score big individually and the highest partnership was the 36-run stand between opener Dwayne Smith (37) and Rohit Sharma (25) for the second wicket.

The players came back into the field twice only to leave it immediately due to rain before the umpires ended the innings. When the first rain break came after the completion of the 17th over, Mumbai were 145 for six and Pollard hit a six from one of the five balls that were bowled before another rain break to take his side to 156 for six.

For Yorkshire, spinners Adil Rashid and Azeem Rafiq grabbed two wickets apiece while Joe Root took a wicket. Earlier, Smith gave a dramatic start to the Mumbai Indians innings as he smashed off-spinner Root, who opened bowling for Yorkshire, for two consecutive sixes from the second and third balls of the match.

Sachin Tendulkar (7) looked in good touch as he played a lofted drive for a boundary in the second over bowled by Ryan Sidebottom. But the next over, he was run out after a mix-up .

Tendulkar darted down for a single after playing a mistimed shot towards mid-on but with Smith not responding, he had to run back to his end. Before Tendulkar could regain his crease, Yorkshire wicketkeeper Dan Hodgson had dislodged the bails after collecting a quick throw.