Otago Volts 144-5 (B McCullum 67no) beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad 143-5 by 5 wickets
Champions League T20 Qualifier, Mohali
Otago Volts ensured that they will go through to the Champions League T20 proper with a 100 per cent winning record by dispatching the similarly already-qualified Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets in Mohali.
Their captain Brendon McCullum played his second match-winning knock of the tournament to lead his side’s successful pursuit of the Sunrisers total of 143 for five. That total had been built around an unbeaten 57 from JP Duminy after their opening pair had failed for the first time in three games. Nathan McCullum recovered from a disappointing first two games to post figures of two for 23 from his four overs, while fellow spinner Nick Beard did likewise and took two for 31 from his four.
Shikhar Dhawan, with scores of 71 and 59 already to his name in the competition, could make just 12 after Otago had won the toss and asked their opponents to bat. He followed his opening partner Parthiv Patel back - both dismissed by Nathan McCullum - in the fifth over to make it 25 for two. Biplab Samantray then mustered just eight before being sent packing by slow left-armer Beard to reduce Sunrisers to 45 for three in the eighth over.
However, Duminy found support from Cameron White and Darren Sammy to haul Sunrisers up to a competitive but apparently inadequate 143 for five. He added 40 with White (25 off 23 balls) for the fourth-wicket and then 58 with West Indian captain Darren Sammy (26 off 22 balls) for the fifth and ended on 57 off just 38 deliveries.
The Volts lost an early wicket in their run chase - that of Neil Broom, caught behind off Dale Steyn (2-13) for 16. Hamish Rutherford and Brendon McCullum then broke the backbone of the Sunrisers total with a second-wicket stand of 53 in 40 balls. Rutherford fell for 27, also to the excellent Steyn, but McCullum, along with a little support from Jimmy Neesham (21 off 13 balls), saw his side home. He ended on 67 off just 39 balls and took his tournament sixes tally to seven by clearing the rope on five occasions. Amit Mishra was again effective for Sunrisers and finished with one for 26 from four overs of leg-spin.
Otago will now join Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Perth Scorchers and Highveld Lions in Group A of the main competition, while Sunrisers Hyderabad will join Brisbane Heat, Trinidad & Tobago, Chennai Super Kings and Titans in Group B.
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