Bangalore, Sep 30: Heavy rain led to the washout of the CLT20 match between Cape Cobras and Mumbai Indians. The downpour started in the final over of Mumbai innings and the start of the second innings was delayed. Fans waited for the rain gods to relent, but nothing of that sort happened and thus the match was called off.
Kieron Pollard's impressive 58 off 37 balls helped Mumbai outfit post a challenging total at the board. Kieron Pollard smashed a blistering half-century while debutant Sarul Kanwar played a cameo as Mumbai Indians posted a competitive 176 for five in their Champions League Twenty20 match against Cape Cobras on Sep 30, Friday.
Pollard, who smashed 58 off 37 deliveries with the help three sixes and six fours, was well supported by James Franklin (18) who was involved in a 69-run fourth-wicket partnership with the West Indian. Put into bat, opener Kanwar (45) lofted Charles Langeveldt over square-leg for a six to kickstart the assault. Kanwar was unstoppable as he hit Dale Steyn for a four and a six in the third over and then plundered 17 runs off J P Duminy courtesy two fours and a six over deep midwicket.
Mumbai reached the 50-run mark in the fifth over as Kanwar continued his onslaught. In the seventh over, Kanwar hit a six off Robin Peterson, but the Cobras spinner got his revenge as an inside-out shot by the right-hander found Owais Shah at the long-off. Kanwar's 21-ball cameo consisted of three fours and five sixes.
Following Kanwar's departure, Mumbai lost two quick wickets in the form of Aiden Blizzard (19) and Ambati Rayudu (6) as they reached 75 for three at the halfway stage. Pollard made his intentions clear from the outset as he hit two sixes off Duminy to score 17 runs off the 12th over.In the company of Franklin, Pollard took the score past 100-run mark in the 13th over.
Pollard was at his destructive best as he first plundered two sixes off Peterson in the 15th over and then smashed Langeveldt for a six and a four in the next. After bringing up his fifty with a four off Steyn in the 19th over,Pollard departed after being caught by Shah. Andrew Symonds (14 not out) then provided the late flourish.
For Cobras, Peterson was the most successful bowler, picking up two for 29 while Steyn, Duminy and Kemp accounted for one wicket apiece.
Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh (c), Aiden Blizzard, Sarul Kanwar, Ambati Rayudu, Andrew Symonds, Kieron Pollard, R Sathish, James Franklin, Lasith Malinga, Abu Nechim and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Cape Cobras: Justin Kemp (c), Richard Levi, Herschelle Gibbs, Dane Vilas, Owais Shah, J P Duminy, Vernon Philander, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn and Charles Langeveldt.