Sunrisers Hyderabad v Otago Volts, CLT20 qualifier, Mohali

Otago cruise to third successive win

The Report by Vishal Dikshit

September 20, 2013

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Otago Volts 144 for 5 (B McCullum 67*, Steyn 2-13) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 143 for 5 (Duminy 57*, N McCullum 2-23) by 5 wickets
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Otago's Brendon McCullum hammered an unbeaten 83, Faisalabad Wolves v Otago Volts, Champions League qualifiers, Mohali, September 17, 2013
Brendon McCullum stormed to a fifty off 33 balls © BCCI
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Otago Volts completed their victorious run in the Champions League T20 qualifiers with their third comprehensive win, against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both teams had already made the main draw of the tournament. Otago's bowlers first stifled the Sunrisers top order before JP Duminy took them to 143, and then their deep batting line-up was barely stretched as they won with 22 balls to spare.

The victory was set up by the McCullum brothers: Nathan dismissed both Sunrisers openers during an economical spell with the new-ball and Brendon's 33-ball fifty spurred Otago to their 13th consecutive T20 win, which brought them joint second with Surrey, behind Sialkot Stallions' 25 successive victories.

Otago were given a brisk start by openers Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom, who attacked Ishant Sharma in his first over. Dale Steyn, however, kept it tight from the other end and had Broom caught behind for 16 in his second over. Sunrisers' introduction of spin in the fourth over did not work, with Rutherford taking Karn Sharma for consecutive fours. Darren Sammy was introduced next and Brendon McCullum pulled him for six first ball.

Rutherford's brisk innings was also ended by Steyn, as he tried to pull down the leg side and gloved to the keeper. Amit Mishra gave Sunrisers hope when he bowled the in-form Ryan ten Doeschate with a googly, but No. 5 Jimmy Neesham eased the nerves by attacking the two legspinners over midwicket, bringing the required run rate under six.

Sunrisers were running out of bowling options as Ishant, Karn Sharma and Sammy were being carted around the ground.

After surviving a stumping, Brendon McCullum virtually ended the chase in the 15th over, when he clobbered Ishant for 22, reducing the equation to 8 from 30 balls. Both Brendon McCullum and Neesham were later dismissed but an Otago victory was a formality.

Though they were without frontline quicks Ian Butler and James McMillan, Otago had ended Sunrisers' prolific batting form in the tournament. Nathan McCullum opened the bowling and stifled the openers Parthiv and Shikhar Dhawan, aiming for the stumps from round the wicket. He trapped Dhawan twice in front of the stumps in his first two overs but the umpire turned both the appeals down. He was rewarded later, bowling Parthiv for 12 and getting Dhawan caught at mid-on as the batsman tried to clear the in-field.

Biplab Samantray also survived two appeals, off successive deliveries, when Neil Wagner struck him in front of the stumps. He soon holed out against Michael Bracewell at long-on, where Bracewell caught the ball, threw it up, stepped over the boundary and back into play to catch it again.

Sunrisers were 45 for 3 and JP Duminy and Cameron White, who came in for Thisara Perera, revived the innings with a 40-run stand. Duminy found gaps regularly and rotated the strike with White, who departed for 25 before Sammy gave them another push with two sixes in the 17th over.

Duminy made a 35-ball fifty, and helped score 52 from the last five overs, but Sunrisers needed a lot more to challenge Otago.

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (September 22, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

Unfortunately Geoffreysmother and others - arrogantly - miss the point. Which IPL teams should the Otago players be playing for instead? Um, not one of them was in the line-ups of a single other team that made the CLT20. So your point does not apply to the Volts. A side who do not roll out four overseas pros like the IPL teams do. The team is all from Otago bar RTD who played every game of the local tournament that got Otago to the CLT20. He was also not eligible for any other team. "No pressure?" What? 2 upsets back to back And what you don't get...and this seems a wide-ranging issue in India with fans and the BCCI and others who dismiss what they don't know and/or think money rules... basically your IPL teams are brands... for hired guns. The idea that they 'should stop being a nuisance' and play for their IPL teams and not their local countries is an abomination of logic. Sangakarra showed he would rather lose out on hundreds of thousands when given the choice... I congratulate him

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (September 21, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

in any world cup or any ICC major tournament NZ comes like lions but go like a dogs. eg:2007 WC,2011 WC,2012 T20 WC this time also they may not selected even Semi Finals. NZ teams r very good in without pressure but highly panic when pressure comes. only Macculum and Ryan r good against spinners others r nothing. and Mohali is support quick blowers than spinners.actually hardly any spin at all. but other grounds may give more support to spinners. our lankan test team is out now but i support SRH and MI.

Posted by AltafPatel on (September 21, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

Amazingly Cricinfo's current poll of 'Who are the favourites to win the Champions League?' doesn't include Otago Volts !!!

Posted by GeoffreysMother on (September 21, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

To make it fair to the Indian teams next year I think that any overseas player with an IPL contract should not be allowed to play for their home country team. That will stop the little teams like Otago and Trinidad and Tobago causing unnecessary problems.

Posted by Gazzaman on (September 21, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

Well played Otago! Despite the four plumb lbw decisions going against you in the first four overs of the match, you were still quite comfortably the better team on the day. Good luck for the main draw of the tournament. Hopefully there won't be as many bad calls made against you in your future matches.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

I feel this otago side is better than newzealand national side. It is great to newzealand still producing good young cricketers despite a massive decline in the interest in cricket in newzealand. When I watch franchise cricket, I never watch it supporting one particular team. I just want to watch good cricket played by good cricketers. When you look at sri lankan domestic team called "kandurata maroons", you can figure out how bad a situation sri lankan cricket is in. Kandurata team consisted of rotten internatinal players who has proved they were not good enough to play international cricket. Look at faisalabad side. They merely depended on misbah ul haq when it comes to batting. you can understand that pakistan doesn't as many good batsmen. on ther hand, I am quite confident that newzealand can put together a competitive team with players like hamish rutherford, mcmillan, nisham.

Posted by ehsanrockss on (September 21, 2013, 4:24 GMT)

"both Brendon and Neesham were later dismissed" please correct it, Brendon McCullum was not out at the non striker's end when Boorder played the winning stroke

Posted by   on (September 21, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

@charitha nanayakkara: yes absolutely right... Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv patel and Samantray, who batted at 4 are all overseas players, right? It was just that they didnt know how to go about their chase, because they were batting 1st for the first time in the tournament... The openers have been as good, if not better than Otago. Had Otago been batting first, it might have been a different story, but that is no excuse. They played well. But we have to see where these two teams stand when they play the actual champions.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

i think ipl is doing nothing for young stars..look at newzeland,their young players have a chance to rotate the strake and then go for big shots,but indian's have best young team at the movement now...i think it's better to 1,2,3 positions for young up coming indian's,then they can rotate the striake and then fo for big shots,foriegn players must play for end the innings. .(srilankan)

Posted by class9ryan on (September 21, 2013, 2:03 GMT)

Have to say this Otago team has to be one of the fittest teams around the world. They really look a excellent team. Had the CLT20 been in Australia or England or New Zealand, they would have gone as favorites into the tournament

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