Rain calls halt to Yorkshire clash

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Dwayne Smith hammered 37 from 26 balls for Mumbai, including four sixes
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Dwayne Smith hammered 37 from 26 balls for Mumbai, including four sixes

Rain washed out Yorkshire's second Champions League Twenty20 group game against Mumbai Indians on Thursday with the Indian side in a strong position.

Dwayne Smith hammered 37 from 26 balls, with four sixes, and fellow West Indian Kieron Pollard added 37 from 20 as Mumbai reached 156 for six with 13 balls remaining in their innings before heavy rain ended the contest.

Yorkshire's continued insistence on batsman Joe Root bowling the first over was punished by two Smith sixes, although Sachin Tendulkar was shambolically run out in the third over after an opening stand of 23.

Yorkshire's bowling attack ran into trouble as Ryan Sidebottom limped off with a hamstring problem and Moin Ashraf then similarly pulled up and was unable to finish his first over, which was completed by Adam Lyth.

Smith hit Root for two more sixes but then holed out off a full toss and Azeem Rafiq bowled Rohit Sharma (25) the ball after being hoisted beyond the ropes.

That left Mumbai 86 for three from 11 overs, but Dinesh Karthik crashed Adil Rashid's first ball straight to Rafiq at short cover, bringing out new batsman Pollard.

Ambati Rayudu was well caught low down by Andrew Gale off Rafiq, but Harbhajan Singh hit his second and third balls for six and Pollard also began finding the boundary, capitalising on a let-off when he was dropped by substitute Iain Wardlaw.

Harbhajan skied Rashid to fellow spinner Rafiq before the rain picked up with Mumbai on 145 for six with three overs remaining, and set in for good after a five-ball resumption.

The no-result means group leaders Sydney Sixers have qualified for the semi-finals. They will be joined by Highveld Lions unless the Tykes can beat the South African side on Saturday to keep the group alive.

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