Volts tame Wolves

Volts tame Wolves

Champions LeagueTwenty20 : Skipper Brendon McCullum led fromthe front smashing an unbeaten 83 as Otago Volts from NewZealand comfortably beat...

Mohali (PTI): Skipper Brendon McCullum led fromthe front smashing an unbeaten 83 as Otago Volts from NewZealand comfortably beat Pakistan's Faisalabad Wolves by eightwickets in qualifying round match of the Champions LeagueTwenty20 here on Tuesday. Opting to bat, the Misbah-ul Haq led side could manageonly 139 for eight in the wake of some controlled bowling fromthe Otago bowlers.

Pacers Ian Butler (2/23), James McMillan (2/24) andJames Neesham (2/26) all bowled well with only Misbah making asignificant contribution with 46 off 34 balls. In reply, McCullum hit an unbeaten 83 from just 65 ballsstudded with nine fours and two sixes, besides sharing a41-run stand for the second wicket with Hamish Rutherford (25) before putting on an unbeaten 101-run partnership with Derekde Boorder (30 not out).
Otago lost opener Neil Broom for a duck but Rutherford(25) and McCullum quickly stamped their authority. While McCullum adopted a cautious approach at the start,left-handed Rutherford attacked the bowling, hitting a sixeach in three consecutive overs to set it up for the winners.
Saeed Ajmal, however, saw Rutherford off having scored quickfire 25 off 12 balls that included a boundary and threesixes. But McCullum firmly held on to his wicket and patiently continued in the able company of De Boorder. Once they got set, the two right-handers cut loose and McCullum looked in devasting form as he dismissed any loose deliveries out of his presence.
The duo picked up Ehsan Adil for a special treatment, stealing 17 runs of one of his overs that included two fours and a six.
McCullum got a life when he was dropped on 42 off Imran Kahlid's over. He capitalised on the advantage and it just was a matter of time before he steered his team to 142 for two in 17.5 overs.
Imran Khalid (12) and Mohammad Salman (10) tried hard, but failed to up the ante in the death overs.
Brief Scores: Faisalabad Wolves 139 for 8 (Misbah-ul-Haq 46, Ian Butler 2/23) lost to Otago Volts 142 for 2 in 17.5 overs (Brendon McCullum 83no)
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