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Volts beat Sunrisers
Already through to the main draw, Otago Volts on Friday continued their winning spree by notching up a comfortable five wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a qualifying match of the Champions League Twenty20 here.
Mohali (PTI): Already through to the main draw, Otago Volts on Friday continued their winning spree by notching up a comfortable five wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a qualifying match of the Champions League Twenty20 here. The McCullum brothers -- Nathan and Brendon, were the star performers for Otago as the New Zealand side produced a disciplined all-round performance to register their third win in the tournament so far.
Riding on Nathan's crucial two-wicket burst, Otago first restricted the sunrisers to 143 for five after inviting the Hyderabad side to bat first. The New Zealand side then returned to overhaul the target with 22 balls to spare at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, courtesy Brendon's blistering 39-ball 67-run innings.
Chasing 144 to win, Otago lost Neil Broom in 3rd over but Rutherford and Brendon steadied the innings. Brendon, who started his innings with a first-ball six off Darren Sammy in the fifth over, went on to hit sixes off Amit Mishra and K V Sharma early in his innings. Earlier, South African J P Duminy blasted a 38-ball 57 to help Sunrisers Hyderabad post a modest 143 for five in their stipulated 20 overs.
Duminy cracked as many as seven boundaries in his innings and added a crucial 40 runs with Cameron White (25) first and then shared a 58-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Darren Sammy (26) to take Hyderabad close to 150. For Otago, Nathan McCullum (2/23) and Nick Beard (2/31) took two wickets each, while Neil Wagner (1/25) scalped one wicket.