Mohali, 19 September
It will be a battle to avoid the wooden spoon for bottom-placed Faisalabad Wolves and Kandurata Maroons, while table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad and Otago Volts will hope to continue their winning sprees in inconsequential double-bill qualifiers here tomorrow.
Sunrisers Hyderabad and Otago Volts earned their berths in the main draw of the Champions League last night after knocking out the Faisalabad Wolves and the Kandurata Maroons, respectively. Their victories meant tomorrow’s qualifiers between the Wolves and the Maroons and Hyderabad and Otago would be merely for the record.
However, both Hyderabad and Otago will look to put in their best efforts to continue with their winning momentum and snap the winning spree of each other when they clash at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium. The match between Hyderabad and Otago will put to the test both Shikhar Dhawan and Brendon McCullum, who lead the teams and have so far put up scintillating performances.
It will be a treat to watch Amit Mishra bowl against McCullum and Ryan ten Doeschate, who made huge contributions in previous matches.
Misbah-ul-Haq has done the bulk of the scoring for the Wolves. What has hurt them is their bowlers’ lacklustre performance.
The Maroons put up 150-plus scores in both their matches but failed to defend the totals. They will need to add teeth to their bowling.
The Sri Lankan team will also like to end the controversy surrounding Rangana Herath, who was not allowed to take part in the Champions League because he had not been in the Kandurata squad in the Super Fours domestic tournament.
For the Wolves, Saeed Ajmal will have to fire more frequently, and cope with Upul Tharanaga, the hero of the first match for the Maroons. Imran Khalid too can again be a surprise package for the Pakistani team.