Never before have three Indian, or Indian Premier League, teams made the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20. That it happened this time was primarily due to some frenetic hitting from Dwayne Smith and Rohit Sharma at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday (October 2) when, given 150 to chase down in 14.2 overs, Mumbai Indians crossed the line with six balls to spare against Perth Scorchers. Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals had already reached the knockouts and, later in the evening, Trinidad and Tobago joined them there.
How well does that placement reflect the teams' ability and performance at the tournament though? No questions when it comes to Rajasthan, Chennai and Trinidad. And going by the evidence provided by Mumbai on Wednesday, they get the thumbs up too. But Otago Volts might feel a bit hard done by. Their match against Mumbai was washed out, but they won the main draw matches against Perth Scorchers and Highveld Lions, losing only to Rajasthan Royals, after winning all their three qualifiers. But that's exactly what Mumbai also achieved, and Mumbai would have felt as aggrieved as Otago if they had crashed out under similar circumstances.