Chennai, Oct 8: Two unlikely teams clash in the second semi-finals to seal berth in the finals of this year's Champions League Twenty20. A team unable to name their starting lineup, had to play five foreign players instead of four, ignoring the players from Mumbai Ranji team but Mumbai Indians who were hit by injuries when they came into the tournament have shown great ability and game spirit to make it to the semis.
Mumbai Indians are relieved to have West Indian star Kieron Pollard overcome an injury which he had suffered on Thursday during practice, but skipper Harbhajan said that "it isn't serious". "He's fit, he will play tomorrow."
"Just go out, give it your best shot and enjoy the game. If you're looking to enjoy the game, you give it everything. I'll make sure we'll give it our best on the field and whatever result we get, we'll be happy with it," said Harbhajan at the pre-match press conference on Friday.
The CLT20 technical committee has revoked its decision of allowing five foreigners in the playing XI for Mumbai Indians, as one of their injured Indian recruits, Surya Kant Yadav, has recovered from his finger injury. MI are now looking to make the most of the resources they have.
Their batting has been a bit of a worry and Harbhajan is hoping it will come good on Saturday. But it was a terrible struggle for them against New South Wales and the likes of Aiden Blizzard, Pollard and Andrew Symonds will have to play out of their skins to make it difficult for the English side. The Mumbai Indians bowling attack, though, is much more balanced with the likes of Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan coming into their own.
Somerset on the other hand have come all the way from qualifying rounds to the semis, though they have been in the finals of limited overs twice in England and have been training together throughout the year, they had more problems to think about, two of their T20 players were called to represent England against West Indies, with a South African captain and a third choice wicketkeeper, despite these situations they managed to make it to the semis.
"It's going to be a bit of a challenge. But during qualification, we played Auckland straight after coming from England (and won)," Thomas said on the eve of the semifinal.
"But at the end of the day, its 11 and 11 and the best team would win on the day," Thomas said."I don't think any different from facing Brett Lee (when they played KKR) or Dirk Nannes (when they played RCB). As long as you keep your eye on the ball, play the ball and not the man, you should be ok,"But at the end of the day, its 11 and 11 and the best team would win on the day," Thomas said.
Mumbai Indians take on Somerset in the second semi-final on Saturday at M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai. Both teams will battle it out to face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final of Champions League Twenty20.