Mumbai Indians v Otago Volts, CLT20, Ahmedabad September 22, 2013

In-form Otago seek to trip up Mumbai Indians

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Match facts

September 23, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Mumbai Indians, the IPL champions, appeared rusty against Rajasthan Royals on a juicy pitch in Jaipur and with only three more matches remaining in the group stage for them, they will need to find their groove immediately. There aren't any such problems for the team they face next. Otago Volts came to the tournament as virtual unknowns but, given their three dominating outings in the qualifiers, they are now the team to watch out for.

Otago came into the tournament well-prepared: they played four Twenty20 matches in eight days in Sri Lanka and won all of them. The effect of match practice was visible in the manner they destroyed Faisalabad Wolves in their first match and Kandurata Maroons in the second. Sunrisers Hyderabad were expected to offer a sterner test, but they too were bulldozed in the final qualifier. Brendon McCullum, the Otago captain, has been in red-hot form and his presence has made an already strong batting line-up appear intimidating. Hamish Rutherford was solid at the top and Jimmy Neesham appeared unfazed by the quality of spin. Add Ryan ten Doeschate's all-round brilliance and a balanced bowling attack to the mix and it becomes clear why the team has won their last 13 T20s.

However, Otago's success in the qualifiers came on a Mohali pitch which offered some help to their medium pacers. In Ahmedabad, on a batting pitch, against a team with batsmen who hit the ball long, the Otago bowling could come under pressure.

Mumbai Indians might have failed to put up a good total in their first match, but they do possess serious batting ability in their ranks and their bowling has enough venom to sting the best. But the two major changes - the absence of Lasith Malinga and the presence of Sachin Tendulkar - to their XI from the latter stages of the IPL, when they displayed their best form, and a lack of match practice are the areas Otago will seek to exploit.

Watch out for

The availability of Mitchell Johnson for Mumbai Indians last season relieved the team of the headache of planning the fast-bowling strategy solely around Lasith Malinga. Johnson was excellent with the new ball, picking up most of his 24 wickets in his first spell, which meant that Malinga was preserved for the death overs. In the first Champions League match against Royals, he did generate searing pace and was denied the vital wicket of Sanju Samson by the umpire, but he also went for 38 runs in his four-over spell. Mumbai Indians will hope Johnson takes on the wider role of leading the attack and makes an impression against McCullum & Co early on.

Twenty-three-year-old James Neesham doesn't yet have the stats to make him a sought after player in the T20 market, but his all-round abilities are sure to invite attention. He picked up two wickets in the first qualifier against Faisalabad Wolves, but then shone with two impressive outings with the bat in the next two matches. Against Kandurata Maroons, he formed a useful alliance with ten Doeschate at a stage where the Sri Lankan side was on the ascendency and stayed unbeaten till the end. Against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he was keen to take the legspinners on, lofting them for a couple of huge hits easily. Neesham's big test will start in the main draw.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on September 22, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    MI team batting is strong. They did appear rusty in their match vs. RR & I hope they are training hard in the Nets. Karthik was out to a rash stroke + Rayudu's runout was totally irrational. Smith also failed inexplicably. These batsmen have to show up strongly. In bowling Johnson is still bowling well & has a good foil in Coultier-Nile. Since the pitches are not that friendly to spinners at this time of year, MI should replace Ojha with Kulkarni or an alternate accurate seamer. As for Otago they had their run of successes but can they maintain it. Their victory against the Sun Risers was mainly due to B. McCullum's batting which was aided by a missed stumping chance + N.McCullums dismissal of SRH openers. So they had a bit of luck in their victory too. I expect an even battle on the Ahmadabad pitch, which is less responsive to "all pace attack" of Otago. Batting will win the day for MI with the failed batsmen rising to the occasion.

  • on September 23, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Twenty-three-year-old James Neesham doesn't yet have the stats to make him a sort after player in the T20 market. You meant 'Sought after'...right?

  • on September 23, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    we need match

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 23, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    If there isn't early wickets Pollard should come a place higher after last game as he looked to be in incredible touch even for him. I mean the way he was timing the ball was special that check drive for 6 shot of tournament so far for me !

  • on September 23, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Mumbai team too strong for otago voltes . expecting strong game from sachin polly and johnson. otago gonna be walk in park for ipl champions as they have number of world class players. sachin gonns sign off from limited over cricket with a massive showing.

  • octoboy on September 23, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    I attended all of OTAAAAGOOOO`s T20 matches at the Uni Oval last season. STOKED to see that they have retained the same rhythm in the CLT20. I`m drinking homebrew anti-freeze here in Motueka trying to swing the rain away from Ahmenabad by way of booziness and tough runt optimism! LETS PLAY ALREADY

  • on September 23, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    13 wins in a row!!!!!! Outstanding performance by Otago Volts... Comfortably qualified for Clt20... There will be a good match tonight... Best of luck Otago Volts.

  • on September 23, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    3 IPL teams directly in to the CPL and Three Champs of Local Leagues to Play qualifiers, Wake me up when the World wakes and sees that money can buy everything

  • on September 23, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    MI should replace Pragyan Ojha WITH Abu Nechim Ahmed and Counter Nile should be replaced by Maxwell.

  • jimbond on September 23, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Otago plays as a team. Mumbai in the past tended to be a collection of individuals- though I must say that Rohit Sharma has changed that in last year's IPL. Very tough to predict a winner, but I may give Mumbai a slight edge because of familiarity with Indian conditions, and a few more match winners. Still, expect it to be very close.

  • Nampally on September 22, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    MI team batting is strong. They did appear rusty in their match vs. RR & I hope they are training hard in the Nets. Karthik was out to a rash stroke + Rayudu's runout was totally irrational. Smith also failed inexplicably. These batsmen have to show up strongly. In bowling Johnson is still bowling well & has a good foil in Coultier-Nile. Since the pitches are not that friendly to spinners at this time of year, MI should replace Ojha with Kulkarni or an alternate accurate seamer. As for Otago they had their run of successes but can they maintain it. Their victory against the Sun Risers was mainly due to B. McCullum's batting which was aided by a missed stumping chance + N.McCullums dismissal of SRH openers. So they had a bit of luck in their victory too. I expect an even battle on the Ahmadabad pitch, which is less responsive to "all pace attack" of Otago. Batting will win the day for MI with the failed batsmen rising to the occasion.

  • on September 23, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Twenty-three-year-old James Neesham doesn't yet have the stats to make him a sort after player in the T20 market. You meant 'Sought after'...right?

  • on September 23, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    we need match

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 23, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    If there isn't early wickets Pollard should come a place higher after last game as he looked to be in incredible touch even for him. I mean the way he was timing the ball was special that check drive for 6 shot of tournament so far for me !

  • on September 23, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Mumbai team too strong for otago voltes . expecting strong game from sachin polly and johnson. otago gonna be walk in park for ipl champions as they have number of world class players. sachin gonns sign off from limited over cricket with a massive showing.

  • octoboy on September 23, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    I attended all of OTAAAAGOOOO`s T20 matches at the Uni Oval last season. STOKED to see that they have retained the same rhythm in the CLT20. I`m drinking homebrew anti-freeze here in Motueka trying to swing the rain away from Ahmenabad by way of booziness and tough runt optimism! LETS PLAY ALREADY

  • on September 23, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    13 wins in a row!!!!!! Outstanding performance by Otago Volts... Comfortably qualified for Clt20... There will be a good match tonight... Best of luck Otago Volts.

  • on September 23, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    3 IPL teams directly in to the CPL and Three Champs of Local Leagues to Play qualifiers, Wake me up when the World wakes and sees that money can buy everything

  • on September 23, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    MI should replace Pragyan Ojha WITH Abu Nechim Ahmed and Counter Nile should be replaced by Maxwell.

  • jimbond on September 23, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Otago plays as a team. Mumbai in the past tended to be a collection of individuals- though I must say that Rohit Sharma has changed that in last year's IPL. Very tough to predict a winner, but I may give Mumbai a slight edge because of familiarity with Indian conditions, and a few more match winners. Still, expect it to be very close.

  • satzzz on September 23, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    For all you bashing Sachin Tendulkar, watch out lil fellas. Last match Sachin didn't get much chance during powerplay and for what he got he looked very much comfortable hitting from the middle of the bat. It is gonna be a SRT spl tonight.

    Watch and learn what is cricket!

  • Cannondale on September 23, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    @Lodhisingh,@Rohit...,@aslanshiva - It may seem harsh to die hard Tendulkar's fans but Vijay Karmarkar's comment are spot on. Tendulkar is not fit for T20 now. I am not saying this based on just last match but this was the same problem during IPL 2013 as well. He and Pointing were too slow which put pressure on middle order. Players like Pollard did not get enough time to settle. And Rohit does open for India in ODIs now. Why he can not open for MI?

  • on September 23, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    iam hoping srt should sit in bench .then mi will surely win clt20 just ipl and clt20 2011

  • Jordanious77 on September 23, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    @Nampally have you even seen the otago matches?

    They have won 13 in a row for a reason. What do you mean by "can they maintain it?" They've maintained it all year, a few more weeks isn't even a question..

    The game against Sunrisers was in no way "lucky". Nathan McCullum was once the best ranked T20 bowler.. When in form he can put A LOT of pressure on batsman. Openers tend to be generally pretty weak against spin + the added pressure of a low RR which most likely will happen when playing one of the best.

    Bmac's batting display isn't a one off.. He's a consistant threat in T20, he will be scoring these in half of the matches he plays. And if he doesn't Tendo might, if Tendo doesn't Neesham or Rutherford might. If those 2 don't then maybe broom or nathan. Otago will generally always have performing consistant batsman AND bowlers. The match against sunrisers wasn't just "Luck" it was a typical thrashing at the hands of Otago.

    Something which i guarentee will happen more this CLT20

  • on September 23, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    if you look at otago s line up, you would have to consider them favorites as the have some clean hitters.

  • Xuanshu on September 23, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    "the absence of Lasith Malinga and the presence of Sachin Tendulkar" and Otago will be looking to target that? lol.. Cricinfo/Devashish you sure did cracked me up. I mean agreed Tendulkar may not be in the the best of forms, but is he that bad a player?

  • JustIPL on September 23, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    There are no excuses for any of the four indian teams who are well augmented with best international players who almost always come good when indian teams are in a dire need. They have best coaches etc. to win the tournament at all costs. Hats off to sanga who knew his team needs to go through ugly qualifiers and stayed on. Hopefully today will be otago's day.

  • Flighted_kiwi on September 23, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    @Nampally - so what part about Nathan McCullum dismissing the SRH openers was luck? The luck was with SRH as they had four LBW's not given out in the first 5 overs that the commentators believed were all out. But SRH couldn't capatalise on 'their' luck. And how do you work out that Otago have an "all pace attack" when they have at least 2 spinners in their side. In the qualifying group all seven of Otago's bowlers took at least 2 wickets. The other three teams had only 2 - 4 bowlers who took more than 1 wicket. I'd say Otago's bowling was the most consistent as well as being varied. Their batting was also the best of that group. They have some very good batsmen who score fast, they bat deep and have at least 7 players with international experience. And they only have one 'import'. Maybe it's the sense fo being a real team that has helped them be so consistent - it's certainly not luck. They have the ability to go all the way in this tournament, especially if they are underestimated.

  • on September 23, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    @Nampally If Otago was lucky to beat SRH then MI too were lucky to win IPL final against CSK as raina and hussey had a bad day.Excuses can be given everywhere MI will not make semis dis time for sure....

  • deadite11 on September 23, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Otago is very underrated young team and hope they will perform well against overrated giants. MI team has changed their captain, coach, sponsors, jersey, management to get an IPL trophy for 6 yrs.

  • GrindAR on September 23, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Otago have variety and talent. They are the SRH of last IPL season. They have more tricky players than any other team.

  • my_comments on September 23, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Johnson should open the bowing and bowl in the middle overs and surely not in the depth overs. he is an attacking bowler so best suited for taking wickets at the same time he is not effective to ask him to stop the flow of runs or restrict the runs and ST should open the batting. Karthik at 3 and pollard at 5.

  • on September 23, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Neesham looks very impressive could well earn a good IPL contract in the next auction.....Best of Luck to Otago hoping for CSK V Otago final....

  • aslanshiva on September 23, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    @VijayKamarkar Did you watch that match actually..it seems u dont.. it seems u r supporting R.sharma... thats ok..but y u blame sachin here? sachin was out after D.Smith and D.karthik. and it was R.Sharma who ran A.Rayudu out. And Rohit sharma didnt play to his potential... he was there for long time and didnt score to his potential... how many of the T20 batsman are scoring above 150 strike rate? if you donnt like sachin..please dont blame him for everything... its enough treating him as a punching bag...

  • on September 23, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Otago is a very good team. I believe that they have enough capable people to beat MI. As far as now, if they play with their team having the same team that defeated Kandurata Maroons, they will have the best chances to defeat MI.

  • Rohit... on September 23, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Vijay Karmakar doesn't have the cricketing brains & is making assumptions of his own... Against RR, batting looked much easier when Sachin was facing but it was difficult as soon as he is off-strike... MI needs his stroke if they need to defeat a team of McCullum & Ten Doeschete... But credit should go to RR in the opening match... Smith was lucky to get those 8 runs, kathik 2 from 11 balls & Rayudu's sacrifice for Rohit made sure that Mi get the worst start of the tournament...

  • Lodhisingh on September 23, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    @Vijay Karmarkar, excellent observation mate! Somehow I just cannot recall Rohit opening for MI at all. May be I was asleep. I also cannot remember who scored consistently for MI opening the batting when Sachin was not there other than Dwayne Smith but he is already opening. I also cant remember Sachin scoring at 150 strike rate in all the IPLs but still MI had done OK when he played.

  • Siva_Bala75 on September 23, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Ojha looks rusty. His fielding has never been good- he doesn't belong here.

  • on September 23, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    In my opinion, the most important wicket for any team versing Otago to take is that of Hamish Rutherford; he has a strikerate of around 150 and he is not the kind of batsman to slow down. If he gets going players like McCullum and ten Doeschate can play their natural games and get themselves 'in' with no pressure. I said Otago would surprise a lot of people before the qualifying tournament, and I'm sticking by them as genuine title contenders.

  • SavvyCanadian on September 22, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    It will be in the interest of Mumbai Indians, if Sachin Tendulkar & Dinesh Karthik loose their wickets quickly. The longer they bat, the more damage they do to the run rate of Mumbai Indians. These two players play a lot of dot balls and their strike-rates hover around 90%-95%, which might be good for an ODI, but not good enough for a T20 match.

  • on September 22, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    The mejor problem MI facing is Sachin Tendulkar. This is a last time Sachin playing for MI and MI has to include him in every game. Nut for it Rohit Sharma sacrificing his opening slot. Sachin in not young enough to score runs with 150 plus strike rate. And this ia where MI facing difficulties. Opening is not blasting, so he extra burden is automatically comes to middle order. Yesterday it happens again. All burden shifted on Rohit & Pollord. They did well but not well enough to win the match. MI has to put 50 plus in power play overs. For it Rohit should open innings with Smith. All the best MI.

  • on September 22, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Although MI is my least favorite of IPL teams, since this is a CLT20, I hope they reach semis. Otago is a very good team and most importantly an in-form team. McCullum brothers are key. Go MI!

  • on September 22, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Although MI is my least favorite of IPL teams, since this is a CLT20, I hope they reach semis. Otago is a very good team and most importantly an in-form team. McCullum brothers are key. Go MI!

  • on September 22, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    The mejor problem MI facing is Sachin Tendulkar. This is a last time Sachin playing for MI and MI has to include him in every game. Nut for it Rohit Sharma sacrificing his opening slot. Sachin in not young enough to score runs with 150 plus strike rate. And this ia where MI facing difficulties. Opening is not blasting, so he extra burden is automatically comes to middle order. Yesterday it happens again. All burden shifted on Rohit & Pollord. They did well but not well enough to win the match. MI has to put 50 plus in power play overs. For it Rohit should open innings with Smith. All the best MI.

  • SavvyCanadian on September 22, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    It will be in the interest of Mumbai Indians, if Sachin Tendulkar & Dinesh Karthik loose their wickets quickly. The longer they bat, the more damage they do to the run rate of Mumbai Indians. These two players play a lot of dot balls and their strike-rates hover around 90%-95%, which might be good for an ODI, but not good enough for a T20 match.

  • on September 23, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    In my opinion, the most important wicket for any team versing Otago to take is that of Hamish Rutherford; he has a strikerate of around 150 and he is not the kind of batsman to slow down. If he gets going players like McCullum and ten Doeschate can play their natural games and get themselves 'in' with no pressure. I said Otago would surprise a lot of people before the qualifying tournament, and I'm sticking by them as genuine title contenders.

  • Siva_Bala75 on September 23, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Ojha looks rusty. His fielding has never been good- he doesn't belong here.

  • Lodhisingh on September 23, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    @Vijay Karmarkar, excellent observation mate! Somehow I just cannot recall Rohit opening for MI at all. May be I was asleep. I also cannot remember who scored consistently for MI opening the batting when Sachin was not there other than Dwayne Smith but he is already opening. I also cant remember Sachin scoring at 150 strike rate in all the IPLs but still MI had done OK when he played.

  • Rohit... on September 23, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Vijay Karmakar doesn't have the cricketing brains & is making assumptions of his own... Against RR, batting looked much easier when Sachin was facing but it was difficult as soon as he is off-strike... MI needs his stroke if they need to defeat a team of McCullum & Ten Doeschete... But credit should go to RR in the opening match... Smith was lucky to get those 8 runs, kathik 2 from 11 balls & Rayudu's sacrifice for Rohit made sure that Mi get the worst start of the tournament...

  • on September 23, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Otago is a very good team. I believe that they have enough capable people to beat MI. As far as now, if they play with their team having the same team that defeated Kandurata Maroons, they will have the best chances to defeat MI.

  • aslanshiva on September 23, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    @VijayKamarkar Did you watch that match actually..it seems u dont.. it seems u r supporting R.sharma... thats ok..but y u blame sachin here? sachin was out after D.Smith and D.karthik. and it was R.Sharma who ran A.Rayudu out. And Rohit sharma didnt play to his potential... he was there for long time and didnt score to his potential... how many of the T20 batsman are scoring above 150 strike rate? if you donnt like sachin..please dont blame him for everything... its enough treating him as a punching bag...

  • on September 23, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Neesham looks very impressive could well earn a good IPL contract in the next auction.....Best of Luck to Otago hoping for CSK V Otago final....