The Trans-Tasman rivalry at Jaipur was won by the Otago Volts of New Zealand in what ended up as a one-sided contest against Perth Scorchers of Australia. Catch all the highlights from Otago's 62-run win over Perth, as they happened: (Match Scorecard | Text Commentary | Match Pics)
Otago Volts captain Brendon McCullum after win: It was an unbelievable innings by Neil Broom. I think it is one of the most amazing batting performances from our association's history and to it do it on the world stage is phenomenal. We galloped away at the start, and then finally got set to tee off. I thought Broom and Derek's partnership was crucial. We are really going well, as it is 14 wins in a row now for us. We have a special culture in our team as well so its nice to show that on the international stage. We have some tough opponents coming up so we'll back ourselves.
Man of the match for his 117* off 56, Neil Broom: We had a slow start after losing two key wickets there. Derek de Boorder and I had a good partnership and Ryan's knock was special. He played a crucial hand there. It was a flat deck, not a lot of turn, similar to what we have back home. Looking forward to getting back out there in three days time. I know they all the NZ audiences are watching, it is late at night there, so nice to put on a show.
18:58 (IST) Otago complete a 62-run mauling as Tom Triffitt is the man out on the final ball off James McMillan. Perth end at 180 for 6, chasing Otago's 242/4. Hilton Cartwright remained unbeaten on 69 off 53 balls.
18:49 (IST) Otago Volts on brink of a huge win now with Perth Scorchers unable to keep pace with the required run rate. Perth 156 for 5 after 18 overs, chasing Otago's 242/4.
18:38 (IST) WICKET! Ian Butler strikes and Ashton Turner has to make the long walk back to hut. Turner (23 off 17) mistimes an attempted big hit over long on, but ends up scooping it to long off. Perth 141/5 (16 overs).
18:30 (IST) SIX! After Hilton Cartwright hit Nathan McCullum for a maximum in the 13th over, new man Ashton Turner follows up his reverse shot for four with a six over long on off the bowling of Nick Beard. Perth 115/4 after 14 overs. Need another 128 from last 6 overs at more than 20 an over.
18:20 (IST) WICKET! The rising asking rate gets the better of Adam Voges. In search of big boundaries, Voges goes down town and is caught by Ian Butler off Nathan McCullum. Perth 76/4 after 10.2 overs.
18:10 (IST) Adam Voges tries Neil Wagner and gets two fours off him in the 8th over. Perth 60/3 after 8 overs
18:00 (IST) Adam Voges and Hilton Cartwright are up against it. The two are trying to settle in by hitting the odd boundary in the over. However, the required run rate after first 5 overs is 13.46. Perth 41/3 after 5 overs. The last two overs have gone of 10 an over. But Perth need much more.
17:50 (IST) WICKET! Simon Katich is run out without facing a ball. Perth down in the doldrums at 11/3 after 1.3 overs.
17:45 (IST) SIX and out! Ashton Agar uses the long handle but falls by it as well. After hammering Ian Butler for six over long on, Agar miscues a pull and is taken behind the wicket by keeper De Boorder. Perth 11/2 (1 over)
17:41 (IST) WICKET! Ian Butler strikes first ball as Liam Davis upper cuts it straight to third man where Hamish Rutherford takes a regulation catch. Perth 0/1 (0.1 over) vs Otago 242/4.
17:25 (IST) Otago end at 242 for 4 in 20 overs - the highest score in CLT20 history.
17:21 (IST) Century for Neil Broom, with a six, in just 51 balls.
17:16 (IST) WICKET! Ryan ten Doeschate is out, caught by Liam Davis off Jason Behrendorff. Doeschate hit 66 from 26 balls with 6 sixes and three fours. Otago 204/4 after 18 overs.
17:10 (IST) SIXES galore by Otago. Plus, a fifty by Ryan ten Doeschate off just 21 balls. Doeschate (66 off 25) hammers his 5th six, in the 18th over. Otago 204/3 after 17.4 overs
17:04 (IST) SIXs! Neil Broom and Ryan ten Doechate hit right-arm medium pacer Burt Cockley for six each in the 16th over. Broom's hit was straight over bowler's head for six, while Doeschate's maximum went over the mid-wicket fence. Otago 168/3 after 16 overs.
17:00 (IST) SIX! Ryan ten Doeschate at it now. Goes after Ashton Agar and collects 15 runs off him in the 15th over. Otago have gathered 72 runs in the last 5 overs and are 149 for 3 after 15 overs. Broom on 69*, Doeschate on 30*.
16:53 (IST) Neil Broom reaches a fifty, with a six off Michael Beer. Otago 120/3 after 13 overs.
16:41 (IST) WICKET! De Boorder falls to Voges, bowled by an arm ball. He made 45 from 28 balls. Otago 77/3 after 10 overs.
16:38 (IST) SIX! Derek de Boorder is cutting lose now. Hilton Cartwright is hit for six in the 9th over, and then De Boorder slog sweeps Adam Voges for six of square leg.Â
16:28 (IST) This time it's De Boorder's turn to hit the fours! After hitting Michael Beer for two fours in the sixth over, he attacks new bowler Burt Cockley for fours on his first over. Otago 43/2 (7 overs)
16:23 (IST) Neil Broom gets two fours off Joel Paris' second over. One a streaky boundary over the slips for four, second a full blooded drive over extra cover. Otago 22/2 (5 overs)
16:17 (IST) Adam Voges drops new man Derek de Boorder, who slashes hard to a ball by Jason Behrendorff. Voges jumps at slip but fails to latch onto it. Otago could have been three down. Otago 13/2 (4 overs)
16:13 (IST) WICKET! Brendon McCullum is out first ball, missive blow for Otago. Brilliant yorker by Joel Paris and McCullum misses and is trapped plumb in front. Otago 9/2 (2.2 overs)
16:11 (IST) WICKET! Hamish Rutherford is gone, big wicket for Perth. Left-arm pacer Joel Paris gets him out lbw.
16:06 (IST) Neil Broom hits the first four off the day, off left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff in the second over. Otago 7/0 (1.1 overs)
16:00 (IST) All in readiness now. Left-arm spinner Michael Beer to bowl to Neil Broom.
Pitch Conditions: Bit of moisture on the pitch at the SMS stadium. The ball will come nicely on the bat. Ravi Shastri says he won't be surprised if the ball spins a bit early. Around 150 may be a par score on this deck, he says.
Otago Volts: Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom, Brendon McCullum(c), Ryan ten Doeschate, Jimmy Neesham, Nathan McCullum, Derek de Boorder(w), Ian Butler, Neil Wagner, Nick Beard, James McMillan.
Perth Scorchers: Liam Davis, Ashton Agar, Simon Katich(c), Adam Voges, Ashton Turner, Hilton Cartwright, Tom Triffitt(w), Joel Paris, Jason Behrendorff, Burt Cockley, Michael Beer.
15:31 (IST) Perth Scorchers skipper Simon Katich calls it correctly and they will field against Otago Volts at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
15:25 (IST) It is nice and sunny in Jaipur which means both teams will get to play a full match.
Match Preview: The Trans-Tasman rivalry at Jaipur
Opportunity will be the buzzword when Otago Volts face off against Perth Scorchers in the first match of a double-header on Wednesday (September 25) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Otago have come up the hard way, making it through the qualifying phase and winning all their matches in impressive fashion. Perth, who were runners-up to Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League, are without a host of first-choice players - some injured and some doing duty for IPL franchises. For that reason, both sides are relatively less fancied in Group A which also has heavyweights such as Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Highveld Lions.
However, given the format and with the weather continuing to be unpredictable, both sides will be upbeat about their chances and they know that stringing together a couple of good performances could well land them a semifinal spot.
The Perth squad has a mix of youth and experience with Hogg, Simon Katich, the captain, and Marcus North lending the weight of experience and the likes of Ashton Agar, Triffitt, Ashton Turner and Hilton Cartwright barely out of their teens.
Otago, by contrast, look more settled, and have several player of proven Twenty20 quality in their ranks, with Brendon McCullum, the captain, leading the way. McCullum has been in fine form in the qualifiers and is likely to be the most dangerous batsman on either side. In Ryan ten Doeschate, Otago have a quality allrounder, who has already won them a match against Kandurata Maroons almost by himself. (Read full preview)
Perth Scorchers: Simon Katich(c), Tom Triffitt(w), Ashton Agar, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Ashton Turner, Liam Davis, Brad Hogg, Burt Cockley, Joel Paris, Adam Voges, Sam Whiteman, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Mennie, Marcus North.
Otago Volts: Brendon McCullum(c), Derek de Boorder(w), 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, Sam Wells.
'Perth one of the closest-knit teams'
For any side, to lose players of the calibre of Shaun Marsh, Mike Hussey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Marsh and Alfonso Thomas together would be a crippling blow. That's exactly what's happened to Perth Scorchers in the Champions League Twenty20 2013, but far from looking immobilised, they are bouncing with enthusiasm.
"Our biggest strength is probably our unity," said Brad Hogg, the left-arm spinner. "It is one of the closest-knit teams that I have ever been involved with." Hogg is the elder statesman of the Simon Katich-led side at 42 years old, but he looked as spry as Tom Triffit, the wicketkeeper. Triffit, 22, and Hogg both emphasised that losing six players - all of whom would have been in the squad if available - might have been tough, but it opened up opportunities for the other members. In the long run, that would only be a good thing.
Hogg said that rather than looking at winning the CLT20, Perth was looking at the tournament as part of their growth curve. And while they intended to go all the way, they were realistic. (Read more)