The Mumbai Indians (MI) and Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) will take on each other in the second semi-final match of the Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 2013 (CLT20) on Saturday. The match will be played at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi and the winner of the contest will meet Rajasthan Royals in the final on Sunday.
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma cuts a delivery square during match 19 of the Karbonn Smart Champions League T20 between the Perth Scorchers and the Mumbai Indians held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on the 2nd October 2013
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The Mumbai Indians were tied with Otago Volts but found a berth in the semi-finals on better Net Run Rate. They come into the contest after two consecutive wins, including 6-wicket win against Perth Scorchers in the previous match. The IPL champions will be keen to win the second title of the year.
Trinidad & Tobago too come into the contest at the back of two consecutive wins, the latest being 8-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings. They finished the league stage on top of the points table with three wins and a defeat. They will be looking forward to win the semi-final match.
Mumbai Indians defeated T&T in their only meeting in CLT20 2011.
Mumbai Indians: Dwayne Smith, Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma are in good form this tournament. However, the poor form of Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu is a worry for the team. They will be expected to step up when the team need them the most. Smith, Pollard and Sharma need to perform again with the batsmen struggling to convert their good start to big scores.
On the bowling front, Nathan Coulter-Nile took three wickets and Pragyan Ojha took two in the previous match, but overall. Other bowlers like Harbhajan Singh, Rishi Dhawan and Glenn Maxwell have failed to make their presence felt.
Trinidad and Tobago: Opener Lendl Simmons finally stepped up for the team in the previous match against CSK by scoring a well-crafted 63, while Evin Lewis scored 38 at the back of hitting a half century. Darren Bravo is also in good form. The team will bank heavily on these three and skipper Denesh Ramdin to perform in the semi-final match.
The team has Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree, Yannick Ottley and Rayad Emrit in the bowling line-up. They will be expected to take early wickets and restrict the score of Mumbai Indians on Saturday.
Mumbai Indians are the favourites to win.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Ambati Rayudu, Aditya Tare, Rishi Dhawan, Abu Nechim, Akshar Patel, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell
Trinidad & Tobago: Denesh Ramdin, Rayad Emrit, Jason Mohammed, Nicolas Pooran, Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis, Samuel Badree, Navin Stewart, Shannon Gabriel, Yannick Ottley, Adrian Barath, Sherwin Ganga, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Bravo
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