Rohit, Smith blast Mumbai into semis

Australia

The Mumbai Indians had the fans in Delhi on the edges of their seats as they beat the Perth Scorchers by six wickets to reach the Champions League T20 semi-finals, though they had to do it in under 15 overs.

The Mumbai Indians had the fans in Delhi on the edges of their seats as they beat the Perth Scorchers by six wickets to reach the Champions League T20 semi-finals, though they had to do it in under 15 overs.

The Scorchers batted first and made 149 for six, leaving the IPL champions a stiff challenge as they needed to get the 150 required in under 15 overs to beat out the Otago Volts for a place in the final four.

Dwayne Smith and Rohit Sharma did the bulk of the chasing, with a few lusty blows from Kieron Pollard, and Mumbai reached the target in 13.2 overs. This left Otago's record of 19 games with one loss null and void.

Perth's batting got off to a decent start, with Ashton Agar and Simon Katich putting on 55 runs in the 10th over. They didn't go at a rapid pace, but they were steady, with Agar making a neat 35 runs.

It was all torn asunder by Pragyan Ojha though, who got rid of both openers in the same over. This left Hilton Cartwright and Sam Whiteman to push the score along, and they did well, until countryman Nathan Coulter-Nile struck.

Cartwright was out for 28, bowled by the young paceman, who also went on to claim Ashton Tuner and Marcus North, for a duck and three respectively. Whiteman was a lone ranger from then on, and made a valiant 51 not out off 32 balls.

Mumbai knew they had to come out like a firecracker, and so they did, despite the departure of Sachin Tendulkar for a duck in the second over. If Mumbai had lost, this would have been his final T20 match.

As it was, Smith then survived the loss of Glenn Maxwell for 10, before he and his skipper, Sharma, went about smashing the runs. Smith made his 48 off 25 balls, hitting five fours and three sixes in the process.

Once Smith was removed by veteran spinner Brad Hogg, it left Rohit to team up with Pollard for six overs. The West Indies all-rounder added 23 off 18 balls, before he too was removed by Hogg, bowled while dancing down the pitch.

The Mumbai captain took no prisoners though, and was on 51 not out off 24 balls when the winning runs were struck. The final 12 runs came off two balls, as Ambhati Rayudhu smashed two sixes to end the game with an over to spare.

Perth Scorchers: Ashton Agar, Simon Katich, Sam Whiteman, Marcus North, Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Turner, Tom Triffitt, Joel Paris, Jason Behrendorff, Brad Hogg, Michael Beer

Mumbai Indians: Sachin Tendulkar, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Glenn Maxwell, Ambhati Rayudu, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Harbhajan Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Pragyan Ojha

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