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Can Mumbai Indians bounce back against Otago Volts?

Can Mumbai Indians bounce back against Otago Volts?

After tasting success in Jaipur and Ranchi, the Champions League T20 bandwagon moves to the western part of the country. The Sardar Patel stadium in Ahmedabad is set to host its first ever CLT20 match.

The tie is expected to be a cracker of a match with the Kiwi champions Otago Volts locking horns with the IPL Champions Mumbai Indians. Though the venue is a neutral one, Mumbai Indians is expected to have majority of the crowd support.

The Mumbai Indians, however, will keep a close tab at the weather as well. Once again, the meteorological department has predicted scattered thunderstorms for the evening. In case of a rain, both the teams will have to share points and it will become difficult for the Mumbai franchise to qualify for the next round of the tournament.

With the wicket expected to batsman friendly, both the teams will look to outclass each other and fetch the two points on offer. So on a whole, a mouth watering clash is at stake for the cricket aficionados.

Otago Volts:

Brendon McCullum has been in red hot form

Brendon McCullum has been in red hot form

Possible Playing XI: Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, Brendon McCullam (Captain), Ryan Ten Doeschate, Nathan McCullam, Jimmy Neesham, Derek de Boorder (WK), Neil Beard, Ian Butler, Neil Wagner, James McMillan.

All the New Zealand sides that took part in the previous editions of the tournament had failed to impress the audience. However, on current form, the present Otago Volts side is on the verge of proving the above statement wrong. Coming into the tournament as underdogs, Volts, led by the explosive batsman Brendon McCullam, is on a 13 match winning streak including three wins out of three in the CLT20 qualifiers that took place before the beginning of the main tournament.

Otago also finished the qualifying round as the toppers to qualify for the main tournament. They defeated Faisalabad Wolves, Kandurata Maroons and the home favourites Sunrisers Hyderabad convincingly on the course to the main event. They pose a major threat to the other teams that compete in the tournament.

Their batting looks threatening to the opposition bowlers. In Neil Broom and Rutherford, they have a pair of explosive openers who has the ability to go after the bowling from the word go. Rutherford, in particular, sets the tone for the latter part of Volts innings. Then the world’s best T20 batsman Brendon McCullam enters to the middle after the fall of first wicket. He is in red hot form and has single-handedly destroyed the oppositions in the qualifiers.

The middle order looks solid with the likes of young left-hander Jimmy Neesham, Dutchman Ten Doeschate, de Boorder and Brendon McCullam’s brother Nathan McCullam. Neesham is an explosive middle order batsman who scored a century in a practice game against a Mohali side.

Ten Doeschate is a veteran in this format and has played in almost all parts of the world. Their glove-man de Boorder and younger McCullam brother are capable of using the long handle as well and scoring some quick runs towards the end.

Their bowling heavily relies on the retired Kiwi pacer Ian Butler. He is ably supported by young Neil Wagner, James McMillan and Ryan Ten Doeschate. In the spin department, Nathan McCullam takes the entire responsibilities.

As they did in their previous matches, the Volts will look to chase the total set by the Mumbai Indians.

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