Raipur: Defending champions Mumbai Indians failed to qualify for the Champions League as they lost to Northern Knights of New Zealand in a qualifier to end third on the table.Mumbai Indians batting floundered yet again as the high-profile franchise could manage only 132 for nine in their ‘do-or-die’ match here on Tuesday.
The Kiwi side overhauled the target with six wickets in hand.Save skipper Kieron Pollard, who scored 31 off 24 balls, none of the Mumbai Indians batsmen displayed enough firepower against a disciplined Northern bowling attack which used the sluggish pitch to good effect. It was young Shreyas Gopal, who smashed 24 off 12 balls, who took MI past 130-run mark. While 39-year-old Scott Styris (3/21) had the best figures among bowlers, Tim Southee (3/24), was both deadly and economical.
Mumbai Indians: L. Simmons b Styris 13, M. Hussey c Kuggeleijn b Southee 7, Jalaj S Saxena c Williamson b Styris 10, A. Rayudu c Watling b Boult 6, A. Tare c Watling b Styris 7, K. Pollard c Harris b Southee 31, Harbhajan Singh c Devcich b Kuggeleij 10, S. Gopal (run out) 24, L. Malinga b Southee 20, P. Ojha (not out) 1. Extras (lb1, w2) 3. Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 132.
FoW: 1-10, 2-27, 3-34, 4-44, 5-46, 6-75, 7-89, 8-116, 9-132.
Bowling: Boult 4-0-21-1, Southee 4-0-24-3, Kuggeleijn 4-0-40-1, Styris 4-0-21-3, Sodhi 4-0-25-0.
Northern Districts: Devcich c Pollard b Harbhajan 39, Williamson c Pollard b Bumrah 53, Flynn c Harbhajan b Ojha 13, Watling c Harbhajan b Bumrah 0, Mitchell not out 16, Styris not out 3. Extras (b-1, lb-2, w-5, nb-1) 9. Total (4 wickets; 17.2 overs) 133.
FoW: 1-83, 2-103, 3-113, 4-115.
Bowling: Malinga 4-0-31-0, Bumrah 4-0-26-2, Harbhajan 4-0-29-1, Ojha 3.2-0-23-1, Jalaj Saxena 2-0-21-0