Mumbai Indians look to seal semifinal berth

Chennai: The in-form Mumbai Indians will be looking to seal a semifinal spot when they take on New South Wales Blues in their final group match of the Champions League Twenty20 here tomorrow.
Sitting at the top of the table with 5 points, Mumbai Indians` bid to enter into the semifinals last night itself got derailed as the match against South African side, Cape Cobras, was abandoned due to heavy rains.

Mumbai are followed by Cobras in the list with three points, while defending champions Chennai Super Kings are on two. And although NSW also have two points but CSK are placed above them by the virtue of a better run-rate.

Caribbean side — Trinidad and Tobago — are languishing at the bottom of the table with no points after narrow defeats in their first two games.

While Mumbai and Cobras have only one group match left, the other teams have two more and almost everyone in the group is with a chance to make it to the last four.

With only one win from three matches so far, the Australian outfit NSW face the prospect of elimination if they lose tomorrow`s tie against Mumbai.

Mumbai, meanwhile, have done very well in the tournament so far, having put their injury nightmare behind. They had as many as six Indian players, including their captain Sachin Tendrils, out due to injury before the start of the series.

Although, Mumbai struggled with their batting initially, but a commanding performance in yesterday`s group match against Cape Cobras, where they piled on 176 for five in 20 overs before rain washed it away, shows that their batting unit has finally found its feet in the competition.

Right after MI narrowly defeated Trinidad & Tobago by one wicket, captain Harbhajan Singh had warned his side that unless they improved their batting performance, they would soon be bundled out of the tournament.