Ahmedabad, Sep 23 (): Otago Volts, after winning three of three in qualifiers will be playing with IPL 6 winners Mumbai Indians Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad on September 23 at 8.00 PM.
Mumbai Indians with one loss and a net run rate of -0.425 and Otago Volts qualified from the preliminary qualifier will clash in second match of Group A.
Looking as favourites in the opening of the tournament, the loss against Rajasthan Royals in the first match have put in pressure for Mumbai Indians.
The most successful captain of IPL 6 Rohit Sharma continued to show good form, Mumbai Indians need more than that from the team members. Kieron Pollard was impressive with a 36-ball 47 against Rajasthan Royals and will look forward to that confidence in this match too.
A huge responsibility will be expected from the veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar who played some attacking strokes against Rajasthan Royals. Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Rishi Dhawan bowled some impressive ball s against Rajasthan Royals that shows some relief in the absence of Lasith Malinga.
Harbhajan Singh with left-arm orthodox bowler Pragyan Ojha have to work hard to contend the strong batting line up of Otago Volts.
Team Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Ambati Rayudu, Aditya Tare, Rishi Dhawan, Abu Nechim, Akshar Patel, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell.
The McCullum brothers, Brendon and Nathan, the key players played vital roles in the team’s success in the qualifier round. Hamish Rutherford is rated as a very dangerous batsman and Dutchman Ryan Doeschate will look to redeem in this match. Otago volts won the all the games in the Mohali pitch which helps the medium pacers. But Ahmedabad Pitch, a batting pitch could have some pressure for the in-experienced bowlers.
Otago Volts star batsman Dutchman Ryan Ten Doeschate said, “We won three domestic games in a row in the qualifier to get here and won three qualifying games here (at Mohali) as well. The four teams in our pool are tough, but we don’t feel like underdogs. We feel we are good enough to match these teams; whether that means winning or not is a different story.”
Team Otago Volts: Nick Beard, Michael Bracewell, Neil Broom, Iain Butler, Mark Craig, Derek de Boorder (Capt. & wk), Jacob Duffy, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, James McMillan, Jimmy Neesham, Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Ryan ten Doeschate, Neil Wagner.