A magnificent 59 off 38 balls by Dwayne Smith and a determined cameo by Dinesh Karthik propelled the Mumbai Indians to an emphatic 6-wicket win against Trinidad & Tobago in the second Champions League Twenty20 semifinal at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Saturday.
Trinidad scored 153 for five in their twenty overs, highlighted by 62 off 46 balls by Evin Lewis and 41 off 30 balls by Yannick Ottley.
Mitchell Johnson bore the brunt of the early onslaught by Lewis.
Nathan Coulter-Nile (1-20 in four overs) and Kieron Pollard (1-16 in three overs) used the off-cutters and other slower variations to frustrate Trinidad in the later overs.
Smith and Sachin Tendulkar laid the foundations for Mumbai’s strong reply by scoring 90 runs off 66 balls to set the tone.
Tendulkar reached a special milestone when he scored his 26th run as he completed 50 000 runs in all forms of recognized cricket.
Smith hit seven fours and two sixes in his innings, but three wickets in seven balls by Trinidad gave the West Indian team a sniff.
Sunil Narine was instrumental in the top-order wobble by capturing 3-17 in four overs.
But Karthik and Rohit Sharma settled Mumbai and led a determined effort to target the fifth and sixth bowlers of Trinidad.
Karthik belted Ottley and also thumped Simmons.
Karthik’s six off Simons from the first delivery of the 20th over secured victory as Mumbai moved to 157 for 4.
Mumbai will meet the Rajasthan Royals on Sunday in what would could be an emotional moment for, Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, two veterans who have announced their retirement from T20-cricket.
MUMBAI INDIANS: SR Tendulkar, DR Smith, KD Karthik (wk), RG Sharma (capt), KA Pollard, AT Rayudu, MG Johnson, NM Coulter-Nile, Harbhajan Singh, R Dhawan, PP Ojha
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: LMP Simmons, E Lewis, DM Bravo, KYG Ottley, D Ramdin (capt/wk), N Pooran, SP Narine, RR Emrit, ND Stewart, S Badree, R Rampaul