Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Otago Volts both already qualified for the group stages of this year’s Champions League T20 competition. It was more of a consolation victory for Faisalabad Wolves as they beat Kandurata Maroons by 10 runs. It was thanks to a man-of-the-match performance by their captain Misbah-Ul-Haq scoring an unbeaten 93 that helped the Wolves post a decent total of 146 for six on the board in their 20 overs. Misbah paced his innings to perfection. He started slowly but pressed on the gas as the innings progressed and decorated his stay at the crease with six boundaries and as many as five hits over the fence to single-handedly take his side past the 140-run mark. Wolves comfortably won the match after a decent performance with the ball by Ehsan Adil picking up three wickets for just 26 runs from his four overs and Adil was ably supported by left-arm spinner Imran Khalid, who returned figures of two for 27 to restrict the opposition short by 10 runs for a win.

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In the more decorated of the two fixtures of the night with Sunrisers Hyderabad facing Otago Volts. Otago Volts captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and as he did in the previous games elected to field and it turned out to be the right choice. The victory was set up by the McCullum brothers: Nathan dismissed both Sunrisers openers during an economical spell with the new-ball and Brendon’s 33-ball fifty spurred Otago to their 13th consecutive T20 win, which brought them joint second with Surrey, behind Sialkot Stallions’ 25 successive victories. Nathan McCullum was one move that really clicked from his captain/brother Brendon as Nathan picked up both the openers of Sunrisers in his first spell and left the Sunrisers struggling at 25/2 in the 5th over. It was little cameo’s from Cameron White and Sammy with a couple of 25 & 26 scores respectively that helped JP Duminy who was playing well at the other end to score freely. He made a good half century taking the side’s total to 143/5 in their allotted 20 overs.

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It was a no contest when Otago  Volts came out to bat with brisk start by openers Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom, who attacked Ishant Sharma in his first over. Dale Steyn, however, kept it tight from the other end and had Broom caught behind for 16 in his second over. Sunrisers’ introduction of spin in the fourth over did not work, with Rutherford taking Karn Sharma for consecutive fours. Darren Sammy was introduced next and Brendon McCullum pulled him for six first ball. Though there was a small blip in the innings when Rutherford’s brisk innings was also ended by Steyn, as he tried to pull down the leg side and gloved to the keeper and Amit Mishra giving Sunrisers some hope when he bowled the in-form Ryan ten Doeschate with a googly. But there after Brendon McCullum and Neesham controlled the game perfectly and never looked in any sort of trouble chasing a modest 144.

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The Sunrisers gifted Brendon a life when their keeper missed a stumping chance and from there on Brendon McCullum virtually ended the chase in the 15th over itself. He clobbered Ishant for 22, reducing the equation to 8 from 30 balls. Both Brendon McCullum and Neesham were later dismissed but an Otago victory was a formality. Both Otago Volts and Hyderabad Sunrisers move on to the groups stages of Champions League T20 and they will certainly give every other team a good run for their money. Both the matches last night were dead rubbers, with Faisalabad Wolves & Kandurata Maroons both having lost their previous two matches going out of the qualifiers and Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Otago Volts both already qualified for the group stages of this year’s Champions League T20 competition. It was more of a consolation victory for Faisalabad Wolves as they beat Kandurata Maroons by 10 runs. It was thanks to a man-of-the-match performance by their captain Misbah-Ul-Haq scoring an unbeaten 93 that helped the Wolves post a decent total of 146 for six on the board in their 20 overs. Misbah paced his innings to perfection. He started slowly but pressed on the gas as the innings progressed and decorated his stay at the crease with six boundaries and as many as five hits over the fence to single-handedly take his side past the 140-run mark. Wolves comfortably won the match after a decent performance with the ball by Ehsan Adil picking up three wickets for just 26 runs from his four overs and Adil was ably supported by left-arm spinner Imran Khalid, who returned figures of two for 27 to restrict the opposition short by 10 runs for a win.     In the more decorated of the two fixtures of the night with Sunrisers Hyderabad facing Otago Volts. Otago Volts captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and as he did in the previous games elected to field and it turned out to be the right choice. The victory was set up by the McCullum brothers: Nathan dismissed both Sunrisers openers during an economical spell with the new-ball and Brendon’s 33-ball fifty spurred Otago to their 13th consecutive T20 win, which brought them joint second with Surrey, behind Sialkot Stallions’ 25 successive victories. Nathan McCullum was one move that really clicked from his captain/brother Brendon as Nathan picked up both the openers of Sunrisers in his first spell and left the Sunrisers struggling at 25/2 in the 5th over. It was little cameo’s from Cameron White and Sammy with a couple of 25 & 26 scores respectively that helped JP Duminy who was playing well at the other end to score freely. He made a good half century taking the side’s total to 143/5 in their allotted 20 overs. It was a no contest when Otago  Volts came out to bat with brisk start by openers Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom, who attacked Ishant Sharma in his first over. Dale Steyn, however, kept it tight from the other end and had Broom caught behind for 16 in his second over. Sunrisers’ introduction of spin in the fourth over did not work, with Rutherford taking Karn Sharma for consecutive fours. Darren Sammy was introduced next and Brendon McCullum pulled him for six first ball. Though there was a small blip in the innings when Rutherford’s brisk innings was also ended by Steyn, as he tried to pull down the leg side and gloved to the keeper and Amit Mishra giving Sunrisers some hope when he bowled the in-form Ryan ten Doeschate with a googly. But there after Brendon McCullum and Neesham controlled the game perfectly and never looked in any sort of trouble chasing a modest 144. The Sunrisers gifted Brendon a life when their keeper missed a stumping chance and from there on Brendon McCullum virtually ended the chase in the 15th over itself. He clobbered Ishant for 22, reducing the equation to 8 from 30 balls. Both Brendon McCullum and Neesham were later dismissed but an Otago victory was a formality. Both Otago Volts and Hyderabad Sunrisers move on to the groups stages of Champions League T20 and they will certainly give every other team a good run for their money.