About the Match
Otago Volts will face Perth Scorchers in the 8th match of the season on 25 September at Jaipur. Rain played spoil sport yesterday, denying both the teams to play their first Group ’A’ league match against different opponents. With 2 points each on the points table, the teams will now look to register their first win here. Otago was the topper in the qualifying group and has done well so far. Scorchers who are tagged as underdogs, has a strong proven track record of exceptional players. Weather will be favorable and the Jaipur crowd will have quite an interesting match to witness.
Otago played exceptionally well in the qualifying stage, topping the table with 12 points after three consecutive wins. Otago looked well placed to give a tough battle to Mumbai Indians; however, it was not to be. The match was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy rains. With two points on board, thanks to the rains, Otago is well prepared to face the Scorchers. The tight bowling unit, led by Nathan McCullum, Beard, Wagner and the occasional spells of Ryan ten Doeschate, will play to its strengths and will not make it easy for the Scorchers. The batsmen too have done brilliantly in the qualifying matches. Brendan McCullum, Ryan, Neesham and Rutherford are the top players in the batting side and will try to repeat their heroics in this match too.
The Simon Katich led side has had some major changes in the squad and looks to be a formidable one. The experienced players like Hogg, Katich, Voges and Michael Beer bring their experience of playing in the Indian conditions to the table and will guide the younger battalion. For the youngsters this is a good opportunity to prove their capabilities, more so as the Australians are looking for strong replacements for players in the national team. The team has prepared well back home for this tournament and will put their skills to test in this match. Denied of a chance to play yesterday, the Scorchers are waiting by the wings to exhibit strong performances and start their campaign on a winning note.
Both teams have extremely good players and a vast experience of playing in T20 format of the game. Will Simon Katich be able to turn the tide in the Scorchers’ favor or Brendan McCullum keep a cool head in leading the team to a comfortable win under pressure conditions once again? It will surely be interesting as the two sides lock horns especially after their matches being abandoned in the third day of the league matches. Otago got off to a good start and are backed up by strong individual performances. Whereas, Perth Scorchers who are not new to CLT20 have had a major revamp in their side and will bring out their positives. It will be a balanced match, but Otago looks better placed to win this contest.
Otago Volts, 1.67 @ William Hill