Lions v Otago, CLT20, Jaipur

Winning 14 on bounce breeds confidence - McCullum

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 29, 2013

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James Neesham led Otago to victory in the Super Over, Lions v Otago, Group A, Champions League 2013, Jaipur, September 29, 2013
James Neesham:"Did I look calm? Got to be cool on the outside and not let on" © BCCI
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When Otago needed 65 runs off the final five overs in their chase of 168, with only four wickets in hand, it looked like Lions had won the game in Jaipur. But James Neesham managed to take it to the Super Over. When Otago had got only seven runs off the first five balls of the Super Over, they looked in bad shape again. But Brendon McCullum charged down to convert one of many good deliveries from Sohail Tanvir into a full toss and hit it for six to give them a defendable 13. When Lions needed only three off the final three deliveries of their over, it seemed the game had finally got away from Otago. But the fielders and Neesham held their nerve, again.

In the end, captain McCullum said, for them it came down to the confidence gleaned from their 14-match winning run in T20s which ended with this tie. "I think it's the luxury of winning all the games on the bounce, it breeds confidence," McCullum said after victory was secured via a superior boundary count. "The guys get pretty composed in the middle and are backing their ability."

They might have been clear in their mind as to what was needed to be done, but the nerves were still jangling, McCullum admitted: "I don't know about calm. I played about three dots and in the Super Over [and that] wouldn't have gone down that well. I missed two really good balls from Tanvir to start the over and at the end was fortunate to get one away."

Neesham, who had thumped 52 off 25 to get it to the Super Over, was entrusted with bowling it for Otago. He didn't bowl the best of overs, dishing out several length deliveries but, as he said later, it was just his day. "Everyone has their day I guess. I guess it was just my day. Someone new stood up in each game, so I guess it was my turn."

He mirrored McCullum's thoughts, saying that the situation was tense but he didn't let that get to him. "Did I look calm? Got to be cool on the outside and not let on, and just be clear in your plans and go forth from there. I think this feeling will linger for a while."

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Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 30, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

@Michael Anderson: I agree with you on everything except the point where you claim T20's 'mercenary' nature will 'kill' off the IPL. That won't happen in the next 1000 years my friend. If anything, the IPL will only get bigger and better from here on. Although I quite accept the fact that in tournaments like the CLT20, every team should field their native players. The IPL teams can pack their sides with Indian players from 1 to 11 and the other teams will then have all the players at their disposal except in certain circumstances when a player's home team didn't qualify for the CLT20. For example, Darren Sammy playing for the Sun Risers Hyderabad is totally okay including Dale Steyn and JP Duminy because their respective franchises didn't make it. But Mumbai and Chennai fielding Pollard and Dwayne Bravo has made T&T look weaker. So yes, for the CLT20, IPL teams should not field overseas players other than special circumstances.

Posted by Fan_of_test_cricket on (September 30, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

I seriously hope Otago wins the tournament. They fully deserve it. Though I am a fan of the Indian team (not of IPL) I think BCCI/ICC is meting out gross injustice to countries other than India (& Australia to some extent) by including 4 IPL teams in the 10 playing in the tournament. Look no further than the pathetic performance of Brisbane Heat & Perth Scorchers to wonder why more teams weren't included from NZ & WI instead. I would like to see precisely 2 teams from each domestic T20 league playing in CLT20. This year's CLT20 is just a mini IPL (barring Otago Volts).

Great show OV! Wishing you lots of success!

BTW does anyone know why no Friends Life T20 team was included?

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

It feels really good to see Otago Volts winning one of the Best Super-Over in T20 and it also helped them in extending their winning streak to 14 just 10 more wins needed to beat Sialkot Stallions winning streak of 23 wins in a row and 9 more to equal. To at this very moment I suggest they need to focus on wining their respective remaining matches and take home the Champions League. And I guess they have learnt their mistakes from yesterdays's Game against Highveld Lions so that they could improve themselves before the Semi-final and the Grand Finale. Wishing All the very Best to Brendon McCullum and Boys for their remaining matches.

Posted by Kiwi_Craig on (September 30, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

Neil Morey: Otago have won 14 in a row but really 15 because that to me is still a win and should keep their record going, i completely disagree that they lose their record because they didn't win in the 20 overs but they still won. They lost their first game of the 11 game not 10 game 2012-2013 season and then they won the 10 in a row and now it's 5 Champions League wins that's why they are only saying 14 or 15 wins. Also they won 4 out of 4 warm up games for this tournament. Go the mighty Otago Volts, I'm a cantab but loving watching them win all these games.

Posted by JustIPL on (September 30, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

Nice that Otago volts won here. Brendon Mac in the semi and final of this competition will be treat to watch. James Neesham every wants to see more off. An otago-titans final will be great.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

Cpt.Meanster - Some of us already knew. Unfortunately a system which glorifies one nations competition over others, and a system in which some nations get all the coverage and matches against each other (yes, I'm looking at you BCCI, Australia, South Africa, England) it breeds the false assumption of other nations cricket being inferior. Once Otago qualified, those of us from NZ who follow it all always knew they were a good team and a chance to win it all. Lets hope that happens, and all IPL teams miss the final, so we can bust the myth that the IPL is the best T20 cricket. The mercenary nature of T20 will kill it one day. Players should be playing for their home teams, and only IPL teams as a backup. There are a number of teams at the CLT20 who would be much better if IPL teams didn't have rights over players.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 0:53 GMT)

I don't know why people keep saying that Otago have only won 14 in a row. they've actually won 15, or 16 if you caount that game as a win. They won their last game from the 2011-2012 season, all 10 from the 2012-2013 season, then the final, then their two qualifying game and then their first match of the Champions League. That makes 15 in my counting, then 16 if that game counts as a win

Posted by mcdro441 on (September 30, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

"14-match winning run in T20s which ended with this tie" well that is extremely disappointing that, after the ICC has put in endless methods to prevent ties, games still go down in the records as a tie. A win determined from the Super Over or other methods should go down as a win. If ties are to be a thing, then that should be the end of it, no secondary method to determine a winner, otherwise there IS a winner.

Posted by   on (September 29, 2013, 21:45 GMT)

That's the 2nd time this year that Tanvir has let a team down in T20 with poor bowling. He nearly cost Hampshire their T20 quarter-final against Lancashire & he's gone & done it again for the Lions.

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