Raipur: Defending champions Mumbai Indians paid the price for their indifferent show, crashing out of the Champions League T20 as a committed Northern Knights from New Zealand overpowered them with a one-sided six-wicket victory in the final qualifying round match, here this evening. (Highlights)
Apart from Northern, the other team that qualified for the main round was Pakistan's Lahore Lions, who won two of their three matches while MI had the ignominy of being the first ever defending champions in six editions, who were ousted in the preliminary round. Lions, incidentally, are the first team from Pakistan to qualify for the CLT20 main round. (Scorecard)
After being asked to bat, Mumbai Indians scored a below-par 132 for nine in 20 overs with none of their batsmen scoring big on a pitch that aided medium pacers. Tim Southee and Scott Styris took three wickets apiece.