CLT20 Qualifying Round 6th Match: Northern Districts knock out defending champions

Styris was named Man of the Match for his figures of 3-21

Styris was named Man of the Match for his figures of 3-21

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Defending champions, the Mumbai Indians, have been knocked out of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) after suffering a humiliating six-wicket loss to the Northern Districts in Raipur.

Kane Williamson was the star of the match for Northern Districts as he hammered a scintillating half-century to lead his side into the group stages of the tournament.

Williamson was brilliantly supported by Scott Styris and Tim Southee as they took three wickets apiece.

Northern Districts captain Daniel Flynn would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first since Mumbai never got out of the starting blocks and subsequently found themselves in deep trouble at 89/7.

Sri Lanka pace bowler Lasith Malinga and Shreyas Gopal put togetherĀ a last-gasp 27-run partnership before Malinga was clean bowled by Southee for 20.

Gopal ended up making 24 runs off just 12 balls, which included two boundaries and a six, before he was run out by Trent Boult.

Thanks to Malinga and Gopal’s last minute heroics, Mumbai eventually finished on 132/9 off their 20 overs.

Southee and Styris picked up three wickets apiece, while Boult and Scott Kuggeleijn chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 133 to win, Northern Districts got off to a superb start as Williamson and Anton Devcich amassed an 83-run partnership before Devcich was caught by Mumbai skipper Kieron Pollard at long-off off the bowling of Harbhajan Singh for 39.

Williamson went on to score 53 off 36 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Pollard at short cover off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah.

Williamson hit seven boundaries and a six during his brilliant knock of 53

Williamson hit seven boundaries and a six during his brilliant knock of 53

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BJ Watling failed to trouble the scorers as he was the victim of a sensational catch by Singh.

Flynn mustered 13 runs before he was caught by Singh at short midwicket off the bowling of Pragyan Ojha.

Daryl Mitchell and Styris mopped up the remaining runs with ease to lead their side to a six-wicket win.

Mitchell scored 16 off 13 balls, which included two boundaries and a six, while Styris remained undefeated on three.

Bumrah was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Singh and Ojha claimed one wicket each.

Pollard was embarrassed at having been knocked out in the qualifying round, and said: “Most teams, when they come to India, they want to beat the Mumbai Indians so they bring their A game. [Northern Districts] fielded well, we could have had 150-160. They could have relaxed but they didn’t, that’s their professionalism.”

Flynn was overjoyed to have made it to the group stages, and said: “Exceptional performance with the ball, with Tim and Trent setting the tone, and the openers set up the chase. [Main draw] should be fantastic. The boys have really enjoyed the atmosphere.”

Styris edged out Williamson for the Man of the Match award, and said: “We’ve been trying to get into this tournament for 4-5 years. Now we have some very good young players. Kane Williamson is a quality player, and the two quicks [Southee and Boult] are world-class.”

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