Lions v Otago, CLT20, Jaipur September 29, 2013

Otago win after tie in Super Over

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Lions 167 for 4 (De Kock 109) tied with Otago 167 for 7 (Neesham 52*, Tahir 2-28)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Scores level after Super Over; Otago won on boundary count

Two heroes of the night turned villains then turned heroes again, but Lions' Quinton de Kock made the last couple of mistakes to facilitate an incredible tie in the Super Over. James Neesham's Otago emerged winners because they had one boundary more than the Lions did.

De Kock could easily have ended on the winning side. He turned a scratchy innings into a superlative hundred to take the stumbling Lions to 167, and then kept decently for the majority of the chase as Otago struggled. Neesham kept Otago in with big hitting towards the end, even against Sohail Tanvir's wily bowling. After Neesham's 25-ball 52, it came down to two required off the last ball. Tanvir beat the bat, but a fumble from de Kock allowed Otago the bye to push the game into the Super Over.

Tanvir responded superbly to the call of the hour, bowling accurate yorkers, but Brendon McCullum charged him to take a yorker on the full and send it over long-off for six to take Otago to a fighting 13. Neesham's response with the ball wasn't as good: he kept bowling wide-length balls, and conceded 10 to de Kock off the first two balls. Jean Symes, though, slogged with just three required off three, and holed out.

Now was de Kock's turn to falter. He played a drive off the fifth ball hard to deep point, but didn't run hard enough, and was in no position to capitalise on the fumble in the deep. A couple there would have all but sealed the result in Lions' favour, but now they had a new batsman needing two to win off the last ball because a tie just wouldn't do. Dwaine Pretorious hit a low full toss to deep midwicket, de Kock began to come back for the second, realised halfway that he wouldn't be able to make it, and turned back. Brendon McCullum's throw was accurate, and Pretorious was run out.

De Kock remained unbeaten on the night - in the main match and in the Super Over - but when Twenty20 got to its cruelest - number of boundaries splitting sides that finished even twice - he froze.

That the match even reached the Super Over was due in no small measure to Neesham. He helped Otago smash 64 off the last five off overs, starting with a six that was a cross between a ramp and a paddle off Lonwabo Tsotsobe in the bowler's final over - the 17th of the match.

Neesham struck two more sixes through square-leg, both flicks, off Tanvir and Hardus Viljoen, and he slammed a straight six off Tanvir in the final over. But the Pakistan fast bowler kept Neil Wagner quiet off the last three balls. Tanvir gave away 10 runs in that over and the bye that de Kock missed off the last ball set up the Super Over.

De Kock was Lions' hero when they batted, hitting his second T20 century as well as the second hundred of the tournament. De Kock's hundred was also the sixth overall ton in the Champions League.

The opener batted with a sensibility that hardly comes about in Twenty20 matches. He added 44 for the first wicket with Rassie van der Dussen and another 29 in a second-wicket stand with Temba Bavuma. The Lions, however, floundered after that stand, losing two quick wickets, including that of Alviro Petersen, who was given leg-before off Nick Beard for a first-ball duck.

But the Lions recovered well in the next six overs. Jean Symes and de Kock added 76 runs in 6.1 overs, with de Kock completing his fifty in the 15th over. He had a reprieve in the same over, when Beard misjudged a catch at deep square leg off Nathan McCullum's bowling and de Kock made that chance count. Between the 15th and 18th overs, the pair picked up 13, 21, 18 and 11, pushing the total past the 150-run mark. De Kock switched modes and took charge of the hitting, making sure none of the Otago bowlers had a hold on him. He helped Lions add 70 runs in the last five overs and completed a century, off just 60 balls, in the final over. His 109 off 63 balls included 10 fours and five sixes.

Otago's chase of a competitive total was stunted by Tsotsobe, who bowled three excellent overs spread over the innings. His first three overs produced the crucial wickets of Brendon McCullum and Ryan ten Doeschate and he conceded only 12 runs. But he couldn't finish the innings well; his reputation as a slog-over bowler took another hit after Neesham's charge.

Otago never had a rhythm to their batting, losing wickets just when it looked like they had a settled partnership at the crease. Rutherford and de Boorder added 51 runs for the third wicket but lost their wickets to Imran Tahir holing out while attempting slogs, to leave the team needing 65 off their last five overs.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | September 29, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Great game, superb batting from De Kock and Neesham. Lions had so many chances to win that, but I think the turning point was O'Reilly bowling that no-ball, where the free hit went for 6. Unforgivable. And what was Symes doing with that terrible slog when only a run a ball was required in the super over?

    De Kock also fumbled the last ball of the innings, but those byes usually get run anyway due to the non-striker backing up. But when you only need 3 off 3 balls in a super over there is no excuse not to win.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | September 29, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Good god! I have never seen such a match! Equal after 20 overs, yet again equal, and then count the number of sixes. And man! Quinton was almost crying in the post match conference. Shows how big heart he is, and how hungry he is to win, how much he loves his side. Hope we can see him shining again in the series.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | October 1, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Today will be Otago's toughest test and they will have to prove a point. They have make sure that Hodge and Faulkner don't create trouble. The other batsmen Otago can take care off. Dravid is a spent force and am not sure if he will come back today after last match bang behind him. Nice to see the completition of a fantasy team and a real one.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    What would've happened if Both teams had hit 19 boundries and same number of fours IS IT DOWN TO TOSS

  • POSTED BY brittop on | September 30, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: If you regard each game (of whatever sport) as an event in isolation, then you probably do need a winner and a loser. If you see a game as part of a tournament which has a winner, then I don't see why each individual game needs a winner. A team will win the CLT20.

  • POSTED BY calcu on | September 30, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    @Cpt.meanster Dude, where on the world are you living? Most of american sports are unheard out of america whereas cricket is a global sport.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Great Game of Cricket and both teams played really well ...Hard Luck for Lions ...!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 30, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    if super over is tied..plz ICC..bring in bowl out..i love that.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Don't agree with the rules. Winner should be decided on which team lost fewer wickets, IMO.

  • POSTED BY Falew on | September 30, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Jimmy Neesham,It was the Neesham's show,What a player he is,That's exactly the best answer for what does allrounder mean,No doubt he is the next big thing for Newzealand cricket,Big hearted player,Fight till the end,True warrior,Congrats to you young man,We hope more brilliant performance from you,Well done :)

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | September 29, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Great game, superb batting from De Kock and Neesham. Lions had so many chances to win that, but I think the turning point was O'Reilly bowling that no-ball, where the free hit went for 6. Unforgivable. And what was Symes doing with that terrible slog when only a run a ball was required in the super over?

    De Kock also fumbled the last ball of the innings, but those byes usually get run anyway due to the non-striker backing up. But when you only need 3 off 3 balls in a super over there is no excuse not to win.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | September 29, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Good god! I have never seen such a match! Equal after 20 overs, yet again equal, and then count the number of sixes. And man! Quinton was almost crying in the post match conference. Shows how big heart he is, and how hungry he is to win, how much he loves his side. Hope we can see him shining again in the series.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | October 1, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Today will be Otago's toughest test and they will have to prove a point. They have make sure that Hodge and Faulkner don't create trouble. The other batsmen Otago can take care off. Dravid is a spent force and am not sure if he will come back today after last match bang behind him. Nice to see the completition of a fantasy team and a real one.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    What would've happened if Both teams had hit 19 boundries and same number of fours IS IT DOWN TO TOSS

  • POSTED BY brittop on | September 30, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: If you regard each game (of whatever sport) as an event in isolation, then you probably do need a winner and a loser. If you see a game as part of a tournament which has a winner, then I don't see why each individual game needs a winner. A team will win the CLT20.

  • POSTED BY calcu on | September 30, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    @Cpt.meanster Dude, where on the world are you living? Most of american sports are unheard out of america whereas cricket is a global sport.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Great Game of Cricket and both teams played really well ...Hard Luck for Lions ...!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 30, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    if super over is tied..plz ICC..bring in bowl out..i love that.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Don't agree with the rules. Winner should be decided on which team lost fewer wickets, IMO.

  • POSTED BY Falew on | September 30, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Jimmy Neesham,It was the Neesham's show,What a player he is,That's exactly the best answer for what does allrounder mean,No doubt he is the next big thing for Newzealand cricket,Big hearted player,Fight till the end,True warrior,Congrats to you young man,We hope more brilliant performance from you,Well done :)

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster - yes, and soccer isn't the most popular sport in the world. *eyeroll*

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | September 30, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas_Atheist : The Dekock running in the last ball was same as Ashwin's running in the scores level test match against WI.. No way he would have made to the other end as the throw was already on the way when he turned back for second. Nothing fishy there.. And, you don't get out for going a risky second with 4 needed from 4 balls where one big hit would do it for u and one wicket would make people think twice about going for the shot which eventually happened in the last ball.. Remember if not for his big hits in first 2 deliveries, match would have been nowhere..

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster I guess Soccer must be the Most boring game of all time for you?

    even games with 'draw' are still popular soccer is the most popular game of the world , those type of games can only be enjoyed by people who understand that there doesn't necessarily have to have a winner or loser all the time, there are situation where the contest is even and it should be reflected as such.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | September 30, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Choking seems to be deeply rooted in SA's domestic setup as well.

  • POSTED BY rsgarcia on | September 30, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    By the way, the rule has been part of T20 cricket tournaments for a while now. This is just the first time I remember it being used. It might seem odd, but if anyone had a problem with it, they should have spoken up years ago.

  • POSTED BY rsgarcia on | September 30, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    I'm sorry, @Cpt. Meanster, but that's nonsense. American sports are not superior to anyone's. Sports are just sports; you like some, you dislike some. It's subjective. You can't just crown one country, 'superior'. I happen to love that cricket acknowledges that sometimes, even if someone doesn't best you, they have played with such spirit and never-say-die attitude that you can't best them either. Cricket allows for that most precious of things--respect for the opposition. Real respect, not just that 'hey, too bad, you played good' stuff. That's why it's the gentleman's game even today, in an age where tradition is fading faster than morning dew in sunshine. Sport doesn't NEED a winner. Sport needs players who respect the sport and their opponents. Ties are magnificent, unexpected things that allow everyone to appreciate the game. Cricket would be a poorer sport without it. But like I said, it's my opinion, and entirely subjective.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | September 30, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Good to see a NZ team have the rules work in their favour. That wasn't the case in the last international T20 World Cup...

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | September 30, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    super overs are a bit of a lottery and surely a huge advantage to the batsman that have just chased down the total while the batters that have been in the field for twenty overs have to come in cold, maybe that is part of the reason why most teams like to chase in t20's, be interested to see the stats on how many times the team that batted first won the super over, i'd be very surprised if the odds were even. while im glad otago won, maybe super overs should be left for knockout matches not round robin, i know i would of been happy calling that game a draw and sharing the points, as im sure lions fans feel a little robbed.

  • POSTED BY HairyKiore on | September 30, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    De Border...?? What a batsman??? For Otago's sake I certainly hope he does not play like that again and Beard needs some catching practice but overall a great game played under the rules drawn up prior to the competition..

  • POSTED BY Skittled on | September 30, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, American sports are superior to cricket? Yeah, I hear NFL is real popular all over the world, and lacrosse is the next big thing. As soon as you start whining about test cricket on this site, calling it ridiculous and talking up commercialized American sports you merely show yourself to not be a true cricket fan, just a hit and giggle kiddy who doesn't understand the game but likes to have an opinion, even if it's not reality based. You want justice? Well, give us ours first please- go back to the American sports sites and spout your dribble on there instead, where nonsense is welcome, we wont be on there posting about what a ridiculous commercial joke most American sports have become.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 30, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    what happen to Peterson its like he did not play but instead De Kock was the game and he was the hero of the match

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    In this competition it's four points for a win, two for a tie (a tie?) or no result, and none for a loss. Surely, if we have to have these ridiculous (if entertaining) super overs, then it'd make sense for it to be 3 points for a win after a super over and 1 point for a loss after a super over.

    And - though I'm a true blue-and-gold Otagoite, I think it'd make more sense to go on wickets lost or dot balls than boundaries scored. Half the skill of T20 is being able to run quick singles and build rapid partnerships - counting boundaries denies those skills their rightful credit.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | September 30, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    Neesham should have never left last balls to Wagner he nearly through all the hard work away ! However fantastic game even the super over was a roller-coaster.

  • POSTED BY mcdro441 on | September 30, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Somewhat disgruntled to see "Otago win after tie in Super Over", yet its goes down in the records as a tie? Otago was attributed the win and got the 4 points, so the records should say they won. Alternatively, if ties in Twenty20 are to be a thing, then we should just leave Super Overs to knockout matches where a result is essential and have shared points for ties. It is very disappointing to see that Otago's winning streak was cut short when they won the match as determined by the ICC.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    David Gravitas what a ridiculous suggestion. De Kock wouldn't have scored a hundred or hit two super over boundaries if he didn't want to win. It's called pressure. And Cpt. Meanster, if draws are what run the game of test match cricket, how would you possibly propose we change that? Have a super over after a test? What a farce that would be. I also disagree (as with probably nearly everyone on cricinfo) that American sport is far superior to cricket and other sports for this and any other reason, and i do not care what Americans believe in because cricket is a game played (very predominantly) by the rest of the world, much more so than America.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | September 29, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    A sporting event NEEDS a winner and a loser. I don't buy into many of my fellow commentators here about the supposedly ridiculous nature of a super over deciding a 'tied' T20 match. My friends, what is a tie ? We don't need these ties. This is why test cricket is ridiculous in so many ways; thanks to these 'draws'. There must always be a winner and a loser, that is justice. This is why American sport is much superior to cricket and sports from other parts of the world. Americans do not believe in ties or draws but outright winners and losers. I don't care how a cricket game is decided as long as we don't have these 'ties'. Btw, this was one heck of a T20 match.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    This game should count as a tie , it was not a knockout match but a group stage game in other sports during tournament group stages a tie/draw remain and only in knock out games you go to extra time/penalty shoot outs etc. Yes it makes the game more dramatic the super over but this group would have been so much more interesting have the teams split the points.

  • POSTED BY Sudhir65 on | September 29, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Great game and a very strange ICC rule to pick a winner after a Super over tie. But both NZ and SA cricket have great future in players like Neesham, De Kock and Henry Davids...

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | September 29, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    What a game! Well played both the teams! I think if it is tie in the super over, points should be shared. Why should the team who hit the most boundaries win? That would be saying indirectly that scoring those singles and doubles is not important in T20. But I think the Lions batsmen (particularly Symes) did not play smart cricket when they needed only 3 runs in 3 balls. They could have won the game in singles. Instead he went for a slog and got out..which means the Lions could not afford to lose any more wicket. That is part of the reason why the last 2 balls were not hit in the air..and I think those 2 balls were rank full tosses! But pressure can do funny things..so I would say well played to the Lions too.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    @ ashley best: It was because of alviros captaincy that this game got so close. If dekock didnt hit out, we would have needed a big hitter not a stroke player like petersen. You sound like the type to always look for faults.

  • POSTED BY DhairyBoghani on | September 29, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    @best Then they will find winner who lost fewer wickets. & @mumtaz That was not in his hand. Three batsmen would be declared before super over start.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    @English Cricket,

    Exactly,there is no real need of a super over unless its a knockout game....its unfair that a team gain no points even after matching neck to neck throughout the 40 overs.....rule have to change such that points should have been shared if the match end as a tie....

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    If both the teams have equal boundaries, then what will be the result? The Toss? :D

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Here you have Lions needing 3 runs form 3 bowls, Symes slogged and is out, the Captain Peterson should have batted instead of sending an inexperienced Pretorious. Peterson showed no leadership. T20 cricket is a head game. Go to the back of the class Peterson.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    welldone otago well done. i am waiting for your match against royals. thumbs up to young neesham.

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | September 29, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    What a show 4m otago!!! superb... bt lions bowler did enough, specially tanvir. i guess mayb its game over 4 mumbai... otago's runrate is too much 4 them... (if otago wont lose by a huge distnce in their last match)

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    What a game it is ! I think it is the most thrilling & eye catching match of this year clt20 . Neeshem has shown us his class with ball and bat again. He will definitely find himself in one of the Ipl team. Sorry for lion. They have done alright except winnning this match.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | September 29, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    I totally disagree there should a super over in group stages. Tie and shared points is enough and will go well with games lost to rain and as a no result. That way every team in group stages has a fair chance of qualifying to the finals. If the super over itself resulted in a tie score again then they should have another over known as the mega over or something and do another round instead of the silly rule where how many runs the player scored off the last ball batting first wins if super over had level scores.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    best wishes for otago to win clt20 from sri lankan...

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | September 29, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    This game was pretty much Quinton de Kock vs Otago. de Kock struck 10 fours - the other Lions batsmen managed two! Pathetic. All credit to Otago, and particularly Neesham. They deserved this win simply because they batted as a team. Gutted for the Lions, & particularly de Kock.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Stupid way to decide a match... most boundaries... if anything, the team that scores w/o boundaries, is the better.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 29, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    I rate a tie should go back to wickets fallen first. will ensure teams don't throw their wicket

  • POSTED BY IndianEagle on | September 29, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    single four decided winner, sad way to lose.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | September 29, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Symes lost the game for Lions. I guess its fair to assume that there is a vacuum between his ears. Otherwise he wouldn't have gone for such a big heave when they needed only a run a ball. De Kock, Tanvir, Neesham all played wonderful cricket. It seems Otago is most likely to go all the way to life the cup.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 29, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    likes of sewag and gambhir wasted golden opportunity to noticed. so may be no place in Indian one day team for them in near future.

  • POSTED BY Izzmail55 on | September 29, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Good bowling by Sohail Tanvir

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | September 29, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    What a team, Otago Volts. I still had my reservations about them and i wasn't sure if they really were good, but after this i am conviced. Great resilience, great team performances.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | September 29, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    What a team, Otago Volts. I still had my reservations about them and i wasn't sure if they really were good, but after this i am conviced. Great resilience, great team performances.

  • POSTED BY Izzmail55 on | September 29, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Good bowling by Sohail Tanvir

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 29, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    likes of sewag and gambhir wasted golden opportunity to noticed. so may be no place in Indian one day team for them in near future.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | September 29, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Symes lost the game for Lions. I guess its fair to assume that there is a vacuum between his ears. Otherwise he wouldn't have gone for such a big heave when they needed only a run a ball. De Kock, Tanvir, Neesham all played wonderful cricket. It seems Otago is most likely to go all the way to life the cup.

  • POSTED BY IndianEagle on | September 29, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    single four decided winner, sad way to lose.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 29, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    I rate a tie should go back to wickets fallen first. will ensure teams don't throw their wicket

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Stupid way to decide a match... most boundaries... if anything, the team that scores w/o boundaries, is the better.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | September 29, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    This game was pretty much Quinton de Kock vs Otago. de Kock struck 10 fours - the other Lions batsmen managed two! Pathetic. All credit to Otago, and particularly Neesham. They deserved this win simply because they batted as a team. Gutted for the Lions, & particularly de Kock.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    best wishes for otago to win clt20 from sri lankan...

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | September 29, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    I totally disagree there should a super over in group stages. Tie and shared points is enough and will go well with games lost to rain and as a no result. That way every team in group stages has a fair chance of qualifying to the finals. If the super over itself resulted in a tie score again then they should have another over known as the mega over or something and do another round instead of the silly rule where how many runs the player scored off the last ball batting first wins if super over had level scores.