Lions v Otago, CLT20, Jaipur September 28, 2013

Confident Otago look to extend winning run

Match facts

Sunday, September 29, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

After the highs of reaching the final of last year's Champions League, Lions find themselves in a situation where even a win on Sunday might not guarantee them a place in the knockouts. With two defeats in three completed games, Lions will not only have to beat Otago but hope for other results to go their way to get a backdoor entry to the semi-finals. That, though looks unlikely with Rajasthan Royals already on top with eight points and Otago on six and both teams still have two more league games to play. Lions conceded too many in their first defeat to Royals (183) and in the second, against Mumbai Indians, didn't make enough (140). Their tournament could end on Sunday, so the best they can do is make the passage to the semis a little tougher for Otago.

Otago made it through the qualifiers unbeaten and have already emerged as one of the teams to beat. They piled on the tournament's highest team score, 242, against Perth Scorchers after losing two wickets off successive balls at the start of their innings. Their strength lies in the presence of big-hitting allrounders in the middle order, including Ryan ten Doeschate, wicketkeeper Derek de Boorder and Nathan McCullum. James Neesham, another allrounder, said that the depth in batting allows them to play aggressively at all times. Right through the qualifiers, their top order has carried them through with their captain Brendon McCullum leading the way. A win for Otago will give them a chance to go to the top of the table, should Royals lose the second match of the Sunday double-header.

In the spotlight

Aaron Phangiso was one of the revelations of the Champions League last year, finishing with ten wickets with an economy rate of less than six. The Lions left-arm spinner thrived in conditions at home - clean bowling Sachin Tendulkar in the process - but ironically, has so far struggled in more spinner-friendly conditions in India. His four overs against Royals went for 52 and against Mumbai he was taken off after his only over leaked ten. Expensive and with no wickets to show for, Phangiso's fortunes are quite a contrast to last year's.

In three innings so far, Ryan ten Doeschate already has two 60-plus scores, both scored at strike-rates of 200 and above. Ten Doeschate has been in destructive form in the middle overs, smashing six sixes against a shell-shocked Perth Scorchers in their last game. The Netherlands allrounder has been a valuable finisher for Otago.


"We are probably quite lucky that the wickets aren't typical Indian wickets. We are used to something similar, and it's what we play on back home in New Zealand where we do have sporting wickets around the country and wickets that can keep a bit low at times."
Otago wicketkeeper Derek de Boorder on how they have settled so easily in Indian conditions

"We still have a mathematical chance of making it. Hopefully the Scorchers can beat Mumbai and Otago can do us some favours."
Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana on what needs to work for them if they are to progress to the semis

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Hamish Rutherford & B. Mcculum have to give them more time on the pitch. Otago's progress in semis or even in final is very much depended on these two player form. Border, Neachem, Broom all will have play their role. This CLT20 league can also creat an oppotunity to play in IPL in next year for them. Lion will definitely try to win their last two games to give them an outside chance for the semis. A. Peterson & N. Macenzi will have to play their best where S. Tanvir & E. Tahir have to take wkt in right time. Though Otago are far ahead, Lion can surprise them. Another high scoring day is waiting for us in jaipur.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Otago has a great chance to eestablish themself in the club t20 competition

  • Android on September 29, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Volts to win the whole damn thing. Calling it now.

  • Khub on September 29, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    SEMI mayb: Otago rajsthan titans chennai.. (trinidad can also go through)

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    Indeed... well said (at the press conference). Ten Doeschate or Tendo as he is known to his team (we Kiwis are not always the most inventive with our nicknames, hehe) was the Volt's leading run scorer in the T20 comp and there were many strong games with the bat from Broom, Rutherford, Neesham, Butler and others that saw them go 10 straight and win the domestic T20 championship in NZ. A competition that is quite strong, relatively-speaking, and one that has existed for a few years and not been fabricated solely to qualify for this current CLT20. McCullum is however a major talent and very talismanic when he does go good... so I wish he and the team the best for tonight's game & hope they know that I and others are very proud of how they have gone (so far) and know, as they will, that they posses it within them and have a genuine opportunity to move further in the tournament with a win tonight. I know I will be settling in to watch yet another exciting game. Go hard and play to win! 8-)

  • Aravind on September 29, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    How can Lions get through..If Perth beat Mumbai and Otago ,Perth go to 10 points..If Perth don't beat even one of them then that team will go to 10 points..Lions can go to a maximum of 6 points..RR are already at 8...So the Vedict is that Lions cannot get through to the semis.

  • Siva on September 29, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    If Otago wins today, Mumbai Indians will be knocked out- well practically thanks to a very high NRR that Otago has.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    i see rutherford peaking at end and maybe a beard or mcculum 4 or 5 wicket bag approaching thoughts, the middle order can get us through again

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    otago volts are very dangerous side in this tournamnet and they will win this match auite easly becz they have depth in the battng ordr also bolwing units gud , they can match chennai in semis wth devastng fireworks on

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