Champions League T20, Highlights: Umar Akmal Scripts Sensational Win for Lahore Lions Over Mumbai Indians
Lahore Lions stunned CLT20 defending champions by six wickets in their first qualifying match to edge closer for a slot in the main tournament. Catch all the highlights of the match here.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians were handed a sound defeat by an all-round Lahore Lions side in Raipur. Catch all the highlights here: (SCORECARD)
23:48 IST: Umar Akmal's sensational, unbeaten 38 off 18 balls helps Lahore Lions to a six-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians. This is some upset.
23:42 IST: Lahore Lions are 125/4 off 18 overs and need 11 from the last two overs.
23:28 IST: WICKET! Pollard failed with the bat but he has almost made it up with the crucial scalp of Mohammad Hafeez, who has been dismissed for 18. Lahore are 100/4 and need 36 from 4 overs.
23:06 IST: WICKET! Harbhajan Singh has removed Jamshed, who was looking dangerous. This breakthrough gives Mumbai a fighting chance against Lahore.
23:03 IST: It could still be anyone's game but Lahore Lions are pretty comfortably placed on 65/1 off 10 overs and they look like they are on course.
22:53 IST: WICKET! What a spectacular catch by Pollard to send back the dangerous Ahmed Shehzad. He was looking brilliant but his knock was cut short for 34. Pragyan Ojha was the bowler and the wicket will go against his name but it was made possible only by Pollard.
22:44 IST: This is a great start; Lahore Lions are 43/0 off 6 overs, chasing 136 against the defending champions.
22:40 IST: Jamshed and Shehzad have taken Lahore Lions off to a good start against Mumbai Indians in pursuit of 136. The two Pakistan batsmen have been middling the ball well and have so far made the Mumbai attack look very ordinary.
22:24 IST: Lahore Lions are 10/0 off 2 overs, chasing 136 against Mumbai Indians. Ahmed Shehzad and Nasir Jamshed will be expected to give the Pakistan side a solid start tonight.
22:05 IST: Excellent bowling performance by Lahore Lions. Cheema and Riaz picked up two wickets apiece as Mumbai Indians were restricted to 135/7. The star-studded batting line-up failed but at least there were some cameos from Harbhajan and Praveen later in the order to give the bowlers something to defend. A couple of early wickets from Malinga and it could well be a tricky chase for Lahore.
21:56 IST: This has been an incredible bowling performance by Lahore Lions. Mumbai Indians are not going to get too many; they are 126/6, with one over to go.
21:42 IST: WICKET! Imran Ali strikes to remove Kieron Pollard. Mumbai Indians are in deep trouble at 94/5 in the 16th over. Their only hope is Aditya Tare, who is batting well.
21:30 IST: SIX! Tare sends it flying over the ropes. Much needed runs for Mumbai Indians
21:21 IST: WICKET! Huge blow for Mumbai Indians; they have lost Hussey (28) to Wahab Riaz. MI are 67/4 in the 12th over as Pollard walks out. They will need their captain to clobber some big shots.
21:14 IST: This has been a good fightback by Mumbai, led courageously by Michael Hussey. They have now reached 62/3 off 10 overs.
21:07 IST: There will be a period of consolidation for the Mumbai Indians now that they have lost three early wickets. They have the perfect man to do that for them - Michael Hussey. And lower down the order, Kieron Pollard can come down and hit a few big ones.
21:00 IST: End of a very unproductive powerplay for Mumbai; 32/3 off 6 overs. Lahore have done a great job so far, bowling a tight line to snare three big wickets. Aditya Tare has come out and looked good in the company of Mike Hussey.
20:54 IST: WICKET! This is disaster for Mumbai Indians; they have lost Ambati Rayudu to Raza. Lahore Lions are breathing fire with the new ball on a helpful Raipur pitch. MI, the defending champs, are 23/3 in 4.3 overs.
20:49 IST: WICKET! Another one goes down; Cheema is on a hat-trick as he strikes again. Jalaj Saxena has been sent back for a first-ball duck and Mumbai Indians are reeling; 20/2 off 3.4 overs.
20:47 IST: WICKET! Cheema has struck for Lahore Lions and Mumbai Indians are 20/1 off 3.3 overs. The defending champs were looking good before losing their West Indian opener.
20:44 IST: This is a solid start for Mumbai Indians, who have reached 20/0 off three overs. Hussey and Simmons are looking positive from the outset.
20:30 IST: Michal Hussey has been included by Mumbai Indians and he is out there to open with Lendl Simmons. This should be an interesting contest. Mumbai's powerful batting vs Lahore's intimidating bowling.
20:12 IST: Lahore Lions are playing four seamers tonight and that could be useful on this Raipur pitch. There has been some rain and a bit of grass on the surface. Meanwhile for Mumbai Indians, there is no word yet on whether Michael Hussey will play.
20:06 IST: Lahore Lions skipper Mohammad Hafeez won the toss and elected to field against defending champions Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier of the Champions League Twenty20 in Raipur.
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After a sumptuous feast of traditional cricket, it's time again to return to the shortest format as leading players, including India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, get ready to represent their respective franchises in the sixth edition of the Champions League T20, with the qualifying rounds starting in Rapur on Saturday.
While the tournament proper starts on September 17 with perennial favourites Chennai Super Kings pitted against reigning IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders, the start of qualifying rounds will feature defending CLT20 champions Mumbai Indians taking on a very talented Lahore Lions team led by former national T20 captain Mohammed Hafeez. (Read more)
Rohit Sharma Out, Pollard Mumbai Skipper
Dashing all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been named captain of the Mumbai Indians after shoulder injury and fractured finger forced regular captain Rohit Sharma to pull-out of the upcoming Champions League Twenty20, starting here from Saturday.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians will play in the qalifiers, starting their campaign against Lahore Lions.
Pollard has been one of the mainstays for Mumbai Indians having joined the franchise in the third season after his brilliant show for Trinidad and Tobago in the inaugural edition of the CLT20 back in 2009. (Read more)
Mohammad Hafeez vows to spread 'love' in India
After a rounds of speculation about Lahore Lions' participation and the eventual sanctioning of their Indian visas, skipper Mohammad Hafeez said, "We are going there with a message of love and I know how much they love Pakistan and the cricketers from our country," Hafeez told reporters,"Our aim is not only play good cricket in the field but also do good acts off the field. Both India and Pakistan love cricket and we are hoping to have a very good time there." (Read more)