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Champions League T-20: Mumbai Indians face Trinidad and Tobago for a place in finals 

In the second semifinals of the Champions League, Group B toppers Trinidad and Tobago will take on Mumbai Indians who made into the last four with a stellar performance in the final match of the league. The clash is termed as battle of near equals as the two teams fight for the spot in the final.

From the Stands:  Feroz Kotla Stadium, New Delhi will get to host the second semi final match as well as the finals. Both the teams won their respective last league match at this venue.

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Mumbai Indians, who were set an target of 150 to be chased within 14.2 overs in order to enter the semis won the match in 13.2 overs. Trinidad on the other hand bundled out the mighty CSK for a mere 118 runs before comfortably chasing down the target. Both the teams have equal odds for this match.

The coin spin: In 2 matches of CLT-20 that was held here, the team that chased won in both the matches.

Team watch:
Mumbai Indians was pushed into a tight corner this year before making into the semis with a bold victory. They lost a game against the Royals before a game was washed out due to rain. They had to win their remaining two matches and win it big. But they did it in style as well.

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Sachin Tendulkar’s form will be a cause of worry for the Mumbai. He has failed to reach double figures in the tournament and has looked clueless to incoming deliveries. Dwayne Smith form will help Mumbai’s cause though. The West Indian has scored runs with amazing speed which helps Mumbai Indians to make up for Sachin’s form. Rohit who played a beautiful knock under pressure last match will again be the key for MI. Pollard’s all round skills will come in handy in crunch situations. MI bowling has missed the service of Malinga very badly. Spinners have been upto the task with both Bhaji and Ojha contributing with wickets.

Strengths

Weakness

  • Match winners and past experience of playing in big matches.
  • Sachin’s form will be a cuse of worry.
  • Dwayne Smith, Pollard’s form
  • Dinesh Karthik who played brilliantly in IPL hasn’t clicked.
  • Rohit Sharma coming back to form
  • Bowling unit missing the service of Malinga.
  • Spinner’s chipping in with wickets
  • Sachin’s form will be a cause of worry.
  • Dinesh Karthik who played brilliantly in IPL hasn’t clicked.
  • Bowling unit missing the service of Malinga.

 

Trinidad & Tobago was in the same position of that of Mumbai before their last game against Chennai. But they handled pressure well and were able to restrict the CSK batsmen.

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Even the big hitting MS Dhoni couldn’t free his arms against the bowling attack of T&T side. Simmons and Bravo has done exceptionally well with the bat. The team has played as a unit well and all players have contributed to the teams cause. Ravi Rampaul has been able to provide the much needed early breakthroughs. Sunil Narine has been a miser with the ball giving away nothing in his four overs.

 

Strengths

Weakness

  • Well settled unit
  • They haven’t set or chased a huge total.
  • Strongest Bowling unit in the CLT-20 league.
  • Pressure will be on them as the crowd will support Sachin and Co.
  • DM Bravo and Simmons form.
  • Sunil Narine’s economy.
  • Calmness of the camp.
  • They haven’t set or chased a huge total.
  • Pressure will be on them as the crowd will support Sachin and Co.

An encounter between two equal sides promises to be a mouth watering clash. Mumbai will be trying to give Sachin Tendulkar another trophy before his retirement from the Mumbai franchise. Trinidad and Tobago, the only remaining foreign team will look to bring glory to their team with an entry to finals were they will meet the winner of the first semi final. A glories match awaits the fans of New Delhi on 5th October 2013.

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