Mumbai Indians-Cape Cobras CL tie abandoned

Bangalore: Mumbai Indians were left to rue their luck as heavy rains forced their Champions League Twenty20 match against Cape Cobras to be abandoned here today, hampering the home side`s chances of advancing to the semifinals.

Asked to bat first after the coin landed in the Cobras` favour, Kieron Pollard (58 off 37 balls) and debutant Sarul Kanwar (45 off 21) powered Mumbai to a daunting 176 for five before rain intervened at the break.

What seemed like a steady drizzle soon transformed into heavy downpour, making the turf at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium unplayable.

As there was no let-up in rain, the umpires were left with no option but to call off the group A tie at 11.05 pm, 35 minutes before the cut-off time.

The first abandoned match in the history of Champions League T20 ensured both teams settle for a point each.

Mumbai still lead the table with five points but their hopes of progressing to last-four stage now rests on their next match, a must-win one for the Harbhajan Singh-led side.

Cobras have three points after three games while Chennai Super Kings and New South Wales have two each.

Earlier, Pollard smashed a blistering half-century while Kanwar played a cameo at the top to help Mumbai to a position of strength.

Pollard, who struck three sixes and six fours, was well supported by James Fraklin (18), who was involved in a 69-run fourth-wicket partnership with the West Indian.