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CLT20 2013: Shikhar Dhawan unperturbed ahead of main draw despite loss against Otago Volts

CLT20 2013: Shikhar Dhawan unperturbed ahead of main draw despite loss against Otago Volts

Sunrisers Hyderabad have qualified for main draw but couldn’t end on a high after they lost to Otago Volts in the last Qualifiers match in the Champions League T20 2013 © IANS

Mohali: Sep 21, 2013

The five-wicket loss to Otago Volts snapped their winning run in the Champions League Twenty20 but Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Shikhar Dhawan is not too worried and said the confidence of his side is still high ahead of the main tournament starting on Saturday.

Already through to the main draw, Sunrisers on Friday suffered a comprehensive defeat to Otago but Dhawan was happy that he could try out a few things.

“We lost the game but we tried a few things,” Shikhar Dhawan said after the match.

“That’s what we were trying to do: try a few things. In the knockout stages, our batsmen have all had hits, so that’s a bonus for us. The confidence is still high. This was a match where we wanted to try thing and analyse what went wrong and what went right,” he said.

Otago skipper Brendon McCullum said it was a smart move to start with Nathan McCullum after winning the toss and electing to bowl.

“We had a couple of bowlers to rest today so we had to be tactically smarter,” says Brendon McCullum.

“So we began with Nathan who bowled well. Very happy with how the boys have performed. We are a bit surprised by the conditions, they suit our style of play.”

Man of the Match for his two-wicket burst early in the innings, off spinner Nathan McCullum said: “It is nice to contribute today and get the team to a good start. It was a good challenge to bowl first up with just two fielders at the outfield. I enjoyed the challenge.

“It is good that we could give the other guys a game ahead of the main tournament. We are playing good cricket. We need to keep doing well in all the three facets — bowling, batting and fielding to go far in the tournament,” said the New Zealander, who dismissed two in-form batsmen Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan.

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