Champions League T20 Qualifier: Faisalabad Wolves vs Otago Volts - As it happened...
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Over 17.5 || Score 142/2
Otago have won the match by eight wickets. Brendon McCullum has played a captain’s knock, a better one than Misbah’s and has single-handedly won the match for his side. McCullum-Boorder added unbeaten 101 runs for the third wicket.
Brendon McCullum 83* (65b) Derek de Boorder 30* (28b)
Over 15 || Score 111/2
Brendon McCullum is batting on 58 and he has once again shown why he is one of the most dangerous batsmen in the shortest format of the game. He is accompanies by DC de Bordor who too has played some magnificent strokes so far. Otago now need 29 runs from the next five overs and with wickets in hand, it should be a cakewalk for the McCullum-led side.
Over 10 || Score 61/2
After losing one more wicket, of Rutherford, Otago batsmen added 22 runs in the last five overs. They are currently in control of the game as with McCullum at the crease, we can expect some quick runs in the later part of the innings.
Over 5 || Score 39/1
Otago too got to a disastrous start after Broom was dismissed off the second ball of the second innings with no runs on the board. But since then, Brendon McCullum and Rutherford have added 39 runs without any further loss.
Faisalabad Wolves innings:
Over 20 || Score 139/8
Faisalabad Wolves have added 44 runs in the last five overs. Misbah was dismissed off the last ball of the 17th over by Butler who picked his second wicket of the match. Misbah tried to make some room for himself on the off-side but was bowled. This is a decent total considering the kind of start they got and the Faisalabad bowlers should try their best to defend it.
Over 15 || Score 95/4
Misbah and Shehzad (27) added 61 runs for the fourth wicket before the latter was dismissed by Butler. Misbah is batting on 39 from 27 balls and Faisalabad Wolves’ total will depend a lot on how he plays the next five overs.
Over 10 || Score 45/3
Like he often does for the national squad, skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is one again playing a captain’s knock, on this occasion for the Faisalabad Wolves. 26 runs have been scored in the last five overs, most of them came from Misbah’s willow.
Over 5 || Score 19/2
Faisalabad Wolves got off to a disastrous start after they lost the wickets of Ammar Mahmood and Ali Waqas in the first four overs. Asif Ali and Khurram Shehzad are the two new batsmen at the crease.
TOSS: Faisalabad have won the toss and elected to bat first.
In Tuesday’s opening match, the Wolves would mainly rely on their young players including promising medium-pacer Ehsan Adil, Ali Waqas, Khuram Shahzad, Asad Ali, besides banking on the experience of skipper Misbah and Saeed Ajmal, who has been a national asset in all three formats after his Test debut four years back.
The Wolves, who had some visa issues when they landed here, will draw strength from the fact that at the domestic level, they beat teams that had many stars. The Wolves are only the second team from Pakistan to compete in the event after Sialkot Stallions last year.
Their presence in the event was ensured after much speculation that arose out of rising border tensions between India and Pakistan.
Faisalabad: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Mohammad Salman (wk), Asif Ali, Ali Waqas, Samiullah Khan, Asad Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Ehsan Adil, Hasan Mahmood, Jahandad Khan, Farrukh Shehzad, Imran Khalid, Ammar Mahmood, Khurram Shehzad, Waqas Maqsood
Otago: Derek de Boorder (c), Brendon McCullum (wk), Nick Beard, Michael Bracewell, Neil Broom, Ian Butler, Mark Craig, Jacob Duffy, Nathan McCullum, James McMillan, Jimmy Neesham, Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Ryan ten Doeschate, Neil Wagner