Kandurata Maroons v Otago Volts, CLT20 qualifier, Mohali September 18, 2013

Ten Doeschate stars as Otago make it two in two

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Otago Volts 157 for 4 (ten Doeschate 64, Lokuhettige 3-20) beat Kandurata Maroons 154 for 9 (Tharanga 76, Butler 3-21) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Ryan ten Doeschate's bruising 64 from 32 broke the back of a mediocre Kandurata Maroons total, and all but secured Otago Volts' place in the Champions League proper, while very nearly damning their opponents to the opposite fate. The match had been set up again by the discipline of the Otago's fast men, who kept Kandurata down to 154 for 9, despite the best efforts of Upul Tharanga, who hit 76 from 56.

Ten Doeschate had not played the first match of the qualifiers, having not been released in time from Essex to come to India. The match was finely poised at 45 for 2, when he arrived at the crease, but within three overs, he had injected Volt's innings with the adrenaline that would not abate until the finish.

Kandurata's spinners had prospered in the first ten overs, but legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi could extract little turn from the surface, and it was off his first three balls that the match pivoted. Ten Doeschate charged the first, striking it long and straight, before hanging back to wallop his second six, over mid-on this time. The third six was swept flatter and squarer, and after that 20-run over, Otago needed only play sensibly to achieve the target.

A short period of consolidation followed that burst, but the boundaries began again in earnest in the 15th over, with James Neesham joining in. A square boundary off Nuwan Kulasekara's third over gave ten Doeschate his fifty off 26 balls, and when he had departed after another lucrative over, Otago needed only 9 from 17 balls. Neesham needed only five of those.

In Kandurata's innings, Tharanga was starved of his early penchant for off-side boundaries by a shrewd Otago strategy that prevented the kind of start he had achieved in their first match. McCullum placed a cover sweeper almost from the outset, and had his pace bowlers pitch it full and wide. If Tharanga flashed at the ball, he brought the two slips and catching infielders into play. If he played it along the ground, he would not muster enough power into the stroke to earn more than two.

Kandurata hit only 25 in the Powerplay as a result, and it wasn't until Nathan McCullum's offspin was introduced that Tharanga's innings finally gained traction. Two balls disappeared long and straight during the eighth over, and Tharanga exacted as heavy a toll in McCullum's next over, which also went for 15.

While he propelled the innings though, Otago made regular gains at the other end. Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne had both hit fifties in the first match, but were dismissed cheaply here, as short spells from Nick Beard and ten Doeschate crimped the scoring rate.

Having been 132 for 4 after 17 overs, Kandurata might have felt they should have surged beyond 160, but a fine 18th over from Ian Butler, from which three wickets were gleaned, left Kandurata at a sub-par total. Butler finished with the best figures for the Volts, earning 3 for 21, with James McMillan having taken 1 for 17 from his three overs.

This was Otago's 12th consecutive T20 win, the joint third longest streak in the format and, more importantly, leaves them on the verge of qualifying to the main tournament.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • GasPipe on September 19, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Good stuff Otago, the seamers are very, very impressive I have to say. At least one of them is threatening, with the others backing the aggressor up with good economy. Tendo, McBaz, and Rutherford bring a real X Factor to the batting, which is backed up by some more-than-competent all-rounders and the handy De Boorder. Hopefully Nath and Beard have some better days with the ball, there will surely be a turning pitch at some stage in the competition for them. All in all, a promising start, will be great to see how they go against the big boys! Go Volts!

  • mcdro441 on September 22, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    @Joe Thompson I must disagree, my flatmate and I both stayed up and watched all the matches despite the fact that I had a thesis due on the 20th. There are plenty of people in NZ, especially in Otago, that still think of cricket as the premier summer sport

  • on September 21, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    A pathetic tournament where hardly anyone watches a you can see. I bet no Zealander even watched it considering their very small population and that most of them would've been asleep anyway. To be fair, Cricket in New Zealand is declining.

  • on September 19, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Sanga can makes runs..but not a MATCH WINNER...........

  • on September 19, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    nice work BMac and Otago, all the way lads...

  • tanstell87 on September 19, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    @ gsingh7 & Cpt.Meanster - me too Indian fan mates...hey i know that i was just replying to Lee Mathews why didnt CL 20 didnt have English T20 teams...

  • Cricdew on September 19, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    @tanstell87......who cares about English T20 sides..We don't want them .We are very happy to see all the qualifying teams(including volts and sunrisers) who have even match in every department

  • IndianCoolGuy on September 19, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    After watching first day's matches, one could have easily expected the qualifiers. (SRH and Otago). Wolves and kandurata completely failed to give fight. After having 6 to 7 international players in their side, Kandurata has not even qualify for the Champions league. Sangakkara has not changed the fate of Kandurata in a must win match. Dhawan is continuing his class and he need little support from his partner Pathav in crucial matches as well. SRH will hold duminy and Dale and Parera. So its a close fight between White and Sammy. Dhawan has utilized his resources better than last match. SRH has many bowling options and bowling all-rounders. SRH definitely going to face some challenge on the day when Dhawan fails. All the best for Otago and SRH.

  • on September 19, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    After his batting against Lokuarachchi, Ryan ten Doeschate should now be called Ryan eighteen Doeschate...

  • on September 18, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    the talent that kand had was immense go otago brilliant balanced team go all the way boys !!

  • GasPipe on September 19, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Good stuff Otago, the seamers are very, very impressive I have to say. At least one of them is threatening, with the others backing the aggressor up with good economy. Tendo, McBaz, and Rutherford bring a real X Factor to the batting, which is backed up by some more-than-competent all-rounders and the handy De Boorder. Hopefully Nath and Beard have some better days with the ball, there will surely be a turning pitch at some stage in the competition for them. All in all, a promising start, will be great to see how they go against the big boys! Go Volts!

  • mcdro441 on September 22, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    @Joe Thompson I must disagree, my flatmate and I both stayed up and watched all the matches despite the fact that I had a thesis due on the 20th. There are plenty of people in NZ, especially in Otago, that still think of cricket as the premier summer sport

  • on September 21, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    A pathetic tournament where hardly anyone watches a you can see. I bet no Zealander even watched it considering their very small population and that most of them would've been asleep anyway. To be fair, Cricket in New Zealand is declining.

  • on September 19, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Sanga can makes runs..but not a MATCH WINNER...........

  • on September 19, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    nice work BMac and Otago, all the way lads...

  • tanstell87 on September 19, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    @ gsingh7 & Cpt.Meanster - me too Indian fan mates...hey i know that i was just replying to Lee Mathews why didnt CL 20 didnt have English T20 teams...

  • Cricdew on September 19, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    @tanstell87......who cares about English T20 sides..We don't want them .We are very happy to see all the qualifying teams(including volts and sunrisers) who have even match in every department

  • IndianCoolGuy on September 19, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    After watching first day's matches, one could have easily expected the qualifiers. (SRH and Otago). Wolves and kandurata completely failed to give fight. After having 6 to 7 international players in their side, Kandurata has not even qualify for the Champions league. Sangakkara has not changed the fate of Kandurata in a must win match. Dhawan is continuing his class and he need little support from his partner Pathav in crucial matches as well. SRH will hold duminy and Dale and Parera. So its a close fight between White and Sammy. Dhawan has utilized his resources better than last match. SRH has many bowling options and bowling all-rounders. SRH definitely going to face some challenge on the day when Dhawan fails. All the best for Otago and SRH.

  • on September 19, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    After his batting against Lokuarachchi, Ryan ten Doeschate should now be called Ryan eighteen Doeschate...

  • on September 18, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    the talent that kand had was immense go otago brilliant balanced team go all the way boys !!

  • on September 18, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    This Otago side looks well balanced, and only contains one overseas player, as far as I can tell. The teams in this competition should be drawn from one country, IMHO, otherwise it is just another 'licorice allsorts' league like IPL, CPL and ABB. Sunrisers is stacked with overseas players, so much so, that the 'sun never sets' on the countries of origin.

  • brittop on September 18, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: and another thing - think you said you've never seen a one- sided T20 game. This one was competitive, then?

  • brittop on September 18, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: But you're happy with the Wolves and the Maroons who can't win games either?

  • on September 18, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Great. Happy that the SL team went down. Ten Dotsche needs to play against better opposition more often.

  • gsingh7 on September 18, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    @tanstell-- ecb declined to send teams as previously seen that counties are weak team at international level . they just make up numbers. hope that clears the doubts regarding their non availability in internatinal tournament.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 18, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    @tanstell87: Nobody cares OR wants English players to play in this CLT20 because they are not good anyway. We saw what happened with Sussex, Yorkshire, Somerset, and Leicestershire when they played previously. Only Somerset played decently, the rest just made up the numbers.

  • tanstell87 on September 18, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    @ Lee Matthews - no English T20 champs in so called Champions League as ECB didnt want T20 players to miss their county fixtures...

  • on September 18, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    full credit to OV players. Ryan Ten has been very consistent in T20s. be it big bash or bpl. good show by him and neesham. Rutherford looks very promising but he's too ambitious in shot selection. way to go in CLT20 for OV.

  • rajcan on September 18, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Srilanka's mismangement of resource continue in all forms causes failure. Players like Thissara Perera has not given enough responsibility and assurance that he will be in the playing XI. But, IPL team has given the responsibility to him even if he fails in couple of games, he was made to believe he is always in playing XI. He is showing how good he can be with bat and bowl and able to win crucial matches, sure all rounder.

    SL has dropped him in matches, brought him very late in the game to bat, end results are not good.

    In today's match, sure hitter, Kulasekara was brought very late in the game, that put lot of pressure on him.

    Srilanka needs dynamic and attacking captains who can be adventures and knows everyone talent and promote those talent.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on September 18, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    kandurata team derserve to loose.becoz it's not a T20 team at all. it's with failed old players like Chamara Silva,Kandamby,Lokuarracchi,Lokuhettige,Randiv. and Good Odi player like sanga,thiri and upul. only T2O material is mendis. Basnahira and Runhana r more better T20 team with Senanayake,Malinga n Mathews. sorry 4 kandurata. sorry 4 us watching the match wasting our time

  • on September 18, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    teams shld nt shy away from picking overseas players from lower ranked teams. fior otagos ryan ten emerged out as hero. kaduruta n teams like it can also go for low budget yet efficient players. like zimbabwe players...chugumbara, waller, ervine etc.

  • on September 18, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    LOL... read my comments on the "McCullum powers otago to win in first game"... and you will see I speaka the truth! Lol.... Hopefully Hyderabad can help see the Volts through now to the tournament proper. Very proud...but not surprised. They are a good team and very-well balanced with their all-rounders... plain and simple.

  • on September 18, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    here otago bowel very well,filed well,after restrict low total then bat very well at the end succeed to qualify champions league.... Nasir Ali Awan

  • gsingh7 on September 18, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    kand maroons eliminated by otago volts. now wolves will be eliminated after srh defeat them. see u later kand maroons. well placed otago volts. welcome to champions league. the league of champion teams.

  • on September 18, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    @Lee..no english teams this year due to the county season still in progress...

  • on September 18, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    why only 2 seamers in kandurata!?

  • on September 18, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    So why no Northants or Surrey in the "so called" Champions League?

  • on September 18, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    I tink otago will take this game easily

  • Prabhash1985 on September 18, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Man! I love to see the way Upul Tharanga is striking the ball! It's 143 strike rate, and just got 50!

  • Prabhash1985 on September 18, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Man! I love to see the way Upul Tharanga is striking the ball! It's 143 strike rate, and just got 50!

  • on September 18, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    I tink otago will take this game easily

  • on September 18, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    So why no Northants or Surrey in the "so called" Champions League?

  • on September 18, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    why only 2 seamers in kandurata!?

  • on September 18, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    @Lee..no english teams this year due to the county season still in progress...

  • gsingh7 on September 18, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    kand maroons eliminated by otago volts. now wolves will be eliminated after srh defeat them. see u later kand maroons. well placed otago volts. welcome to champions league. the league of champion teams.

  • on September 18, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    here otago bowel very well,filed well,after restrict low total then bat very well at the end succeed to qualify champions league.... Nasir Ali Awan

  • on September 18, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    LOL... read my comments on the "McCullum powers otago to win in first game"... and you will see I speaka the truth! Lol.... Hopefully Hyderabad can help see the Volts through now to the tournament proper. Very proud...but not surprised. They are a good team and very-well balanced with their all-rounders... plain and simple.

  • on September 18, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    teams shld nt shy away from picking overseas players from lower ranked teams. fior otagos ryan ten emerged out as hero. kaduruta n teams like it can also go for low budget yet efficient players. like zimbabwe players...chugumbara, waller, ervine etc.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on September 18, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    kandurata team derserve to loose.becoz it's not a T20 team at all. it's with failed old players like Chamara Silva,Kandamby,Lokuarracchi,Lokuhettige,Randiv. and Good Odi player like sanga,thiri and upul. only T2O material is mendis. Basnahira and Runhana r more better T20 team with Senanayake,Malinga n Mathews. sorry 4 kandurata. sorry 4 us watching the match wasting our time