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    Mumbai-Cobras tie abandoned due to rain

    There was no play possible after Mumbai Indians scored 176/5 in their twenty overs.

    Bangalore: Rain had the final say in the Champions League T20 match between Mumbai Indians and the Cape Cobras on Friday, as play was abandoned right after Mumbai posted 176/5 in their twenty overs at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.

    Earlier, Kieron Pollard and Sarul Kanwar starred with the bat as Mumbai Indians set the Cape Cobras a winning target of 177.

    Pollard smashed six fours and three sixes in his innings of 58 from 37 balls before holing out to Owais Shah off the bowling of Dale Steyn.

    Sarul Kanwar provided Mumbai with a blazing start by hammering 45 off just 21 balls, a knock which was studded with three fours and five sixes.

    Put into bat after Cape Cobras skipper Justin Kemp won the toss and elected to bowl, opener Kanwar (45) lofted Charles Langeveldt over square-leg for a six to kickstart Mumbai's assault.

    Kanwar was unstoppable as he hit Steyn for a four and a six in the third over and then plundered 17 runs off JP Duminy courtesy two fours and a six over deep midwicket.

    Mumbai reached the 50-run mark in the fifth over as Kanwar continued his onslaught.

    In the seventh over, Kanwar hit a six off Robin Peterson, but the Cobras spinner got his revenge as an inside-out shot by the right-hander found Shah at the long-off boundary.

    Following Kanwar's departure, Mumbai lost two quick wickets in the form of Aiden Blizzard (19) and Ambati Rayudu (6) as they reached 75 for three at the halfway stage.

    Pollard made his intentions clear from the outset as he hit two sixes off Duminy to score 17 runs off the 12th over.

    In the company of Franklin, Pollard took the score past the 100-run mark in the 13th over.

    Pollard was at his destructive best as he first plundered two sixes off Peterson in the 15th over and then smashed Langeveldt for a six and a four in the next.

    After bringing up his fifty with a four off Steyn in the 19th over, Pollard departed after being caught by Shah.

    Andrew Symonds (14 not out) then provided the late flourish.

    For the Cobras, Peterson was the most successful bowler, picking up two for 29 while Steyn, Duminy and Kemp accounted for one wicket apiece.

    (With Agency inputs)

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