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Mumbai one win away from CLT20 semis

October 1, 2011, 1:56 PM IST
Mumbai one win away from CLT20 semis

Chennai: Sitting at the top of the table, in-form Mumbai Indians will aim to seal their place in semi-final when they face New South Wales Blues in their final group match on Sunday.

Mumbai Indian chances of making to the semis on Friday night was derailed as the match against Cape Cobras was called-off due to the rain and both times were forced to settle with one point each.

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.

With only one win from three matches so far, the Australian outfit NSW face the prospect of elimination if they lose to Mumbai and Mumbai who have done decently well so far in the tournament are unbeaten and a win will make sure that they make it to the semis.

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.

Mumbai struggled with their batting initially, but a commanding performance against Cape Cobras, shows that their batting unit has finally found its feet in the competition.

NSW's pace bowlers may be spared a similar treatment on the newly relaid Chennai pitch, which is a lot slower than it used to be and the ball does not come on as readily to the bat.

Simon Katich's spinners -- Steve O'Keefe and Steven Smith -- have impressed in their outings and will hope to continue in same manner against Mumabi.

Besides spinners, Katich will also hope that to his fast bowling department, which includes upcoming pacers Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and veteran Stuark Clark, check the threat of Pollard and Co.

As far as batting is concerned, NSW's focus will be on getting their middle order to fire as they have failed in two matches in a row to build on good starts by their openers, Shane Watson and David Warner.

Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh (c), Abu Nechim, Aiden Blizzard, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dilhara Fernando, James Franklin, Davy Jacobs, Sarul Kanwar, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Rajagopal Sathish, T Suman, Andrew Symonds.

New South Wales: Simon Katich (C),Stuart Clark, Pat Cummins, Nathan Hauritz, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Nic Maddinson, Steve O'Keefe, Ben Rohrer, Daniel Smith, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner and Shane Watson.

(with agency inputs)

Cricket World Cup Points Table

9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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