About the Match
Kandurata Maroons take on Otago Volts on 18 Sep. Otago has already registered a win whereas Kandurata failed to do so in the first qualifier. Both teams having played one match each against different opponents, have already tested the Mohali conditions. Each team will have one more chance to improve their chance of qualifying for the league stage and they will certainly try to avoid situations where the decision will depend upon the result of their last encounter.
Kanduratas had a disappointing outing against the Sunrisers as they suffered a narrow loss. With the openers failing, it was Sangakkara to the rescue again with his unbeaten 61 and solid innings played by Thirimanne who blasted 54 runs off 39 balls. With a little help from Dilhara who scored 21 off 10 balls, the team put up a challenging total of 168 runs on board. Thirimanne’s bowlers didn’t have it their way, except for Mendis and Jayasuriya who took the crucial wickets of the dangerous Shikhar and Patel. Most of the players have good experience playing in Indian conditions and will try and go for the kill if bat 2nd and try to finish the match early. If the decision comes in to NRR, they will certainly try to have a better number, to out-do the rest of the teams. Kulasekara and Herath have skills to change the bowling pattern with variations in pace and bounce. Milinda and Chamara Silva will utilize the pitch to turn the ball and scare the opponents.
It was a superb performance by Otago Volts in their first qualifier and the team won hands down, with a combined team effort by the batsmen and bowlers. Brendon McCullum blasted his team to an emphatic win over Faisalabad Wolves with his brilliant knock of 83 runs off 65 balls! Boorder and Rutherford provided immense support and anchored the innings, leading to an 8-wicket victory for the team. By providing equal opportunity to the youngsters to prove their skills in all departments of the game, McCullum has once again proved his leadership as a young captain, who can hold his head high even at odds. Many young players are from the U-19 squad of New Zealand. Butler, McMillan and Neesham earned 2 wickets each and proved to be a formidable unit for the Pakistani team. The experience of McCullum, especially behind the wicket, will come in handy for the team while fielding.
It’s going to be a tough match for both the teams. The experience of Kanduratas will be pitched against the enthusiasm of Otago players. They have more youngsters compared to Kanduratas and hence will have more effective fielding capabilities. The toss is not going to be the deciding factor but players need to take the dew factor into consideration. The team that saves runs will come out with flying colors and it looks like the Otago Volts have the upper hand.
Otago Volts, 2.10 @ Bet365