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Lions maul defending champions Mumbai

Posted: Oct 15, 2012 at 1007 hrs IST

Johannesburg: In pursuit of 158, Highveld Lions did not have to stretch themselves. But Mumbai Indians still had a small window of chance. Lions had eight wickets in hand, but needed 35 from the last four overs. Harbhajan Singh, the Mumbai skipper, came in for his final over.

First ball, from around the wicket, was on Neil McKenzie's pads. A flip of the bottom hand, four. The next ball, a sweep, dispatched in the same direction. Four more. Harbhajan swooped to the crease once more. Another sweep, to the front of square this time. Four. A dot ball followed. Relief? No. The next ball had to be retrived once more from the boundary. McKenzie, unveiling the reverse sweep, had just moved from 59 to 63. The Lions needed just 19 from 18.

This they would accomplish with 1.1 overs to spare. McKenzie finished on 68 not out. Quinton de Kock on an unbeaten 51. Mumbai should probably have made more than 157 for six in their 20 overs.

That the Lions restricted the visitors to so little was largely down to the miserly figures of 4-0-15-1 from Dirk Nannes.

When he returned for his second spell in the 14th over, he was replacing Zander de Bruyn, whose previous over had gone for 16. Having beaten him thrice, Nannes bowled Rohit Sharma off his last ball.

Mumbai were 143 for four after 18 overs. But Sohail Tanvir gave away just eight off the penultimate over, dismissing Johnson for a painstaking 29-ball 30, and Nannes returned to give away just six off the final over.

Brief scores: Highveld Lions: 158/2 in 18.5 overs (N McKenzie 68 not out, Q de Kock 51 not out ) vs Mumbai Indians: 157/6 in 20 overs (M Johnson 30, R Sharma 27; S Tanvir 2/31)

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