Rain hampers Yorkshire and Mumbai
Yorkshire’s Champions League T20 clash with Mumbai Indians fell victim to inclement weather, denting both teams’ hopes of reaching the semi-finals.
The no-result at a chilly Newlands in Cape Town sent Group B leaders Sydney Sixers through. They will be joined by Lions unless the White Rose can beat the South African side on Saturday to keep the pool alive.
Andrew Gale’s men were desperate to get back on track following a heavy defeat to Sydney in their opening Group B fixture.
Yet the weather undermined their efforts - though Mumbai were set to post a commanding total at 156 for six after 17.5 overs, with Kieron Pollard unbeaten on 37.
After losing the toss, Mumbai got off to a flying start as Dwayne Smith slog-swept and straight-drove Joe Root for two sixes in the opening over.
Smith was then involved in a mix-up that ended opening partner Sachin Tendulkar’s innings on seven as he was run out.
But Smith responded impressively, once again targeting Root with two leg-side sixes - only to then hit the off-spinner down deep square-leg’s throat on 37.
Rohit Sharma chipped in with 25, yet Azeem Rafiq and Adil Rashid chipped away at Mumbai with two wickets apiece.
Pollard delivered an outstanding riposte, however, and hit two huge sixes off Rashid while adding three fours.
However, with Pollard in full flow, the heavens opened and Yorkshire were spared any further punishment at the hands of the Trinidadian.
Earlier in the day at the same venue, Sydney secured an ultimately comfortable five-wicket defeat of Lions.
The outcome had been uncertain when the Sixers, chasing 138, slipped from 60 without loss to 74 for three as star batsman Shane Watson, on 47, became a third victim for left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso, who took 3-14 from four overs.
However, captain Brad Haddin’s swift 32 and 25 not out from Steven Smith earned victory with six balls to spare.
Gulam Bodi’s 61 from the top of the order, three less than he managed against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday, underpinned Lions’ 137 for nine after they won the toss. He was lbw to Mitchell Starc, whose 3-19 was his third three-for in as many games, in the 18th over as the last five wickets fell for 16 runs.