Jamie Neesham has played a blinder. What a carnage this has been from him. Otago were down and out needing 65 off last five overs. The tension was palpable in the Otago camp but the attacking half-century from Neesham ensured that the match went right till the wire.
Otago needed 11 off the final over and they scored 10 which means we have a Super Over. The match ends in a tie.
What a brilliant game of cricket this has been.
Otago Volts 103/6 | Overs 15 | Neesham 5*, Butler 0* OUT! ten Doeschate9(8)and de Brooder 32(37) and N McCullum 0(4)
Lions are firmly in control of the match. Sixty-five are needed off the five overs. Tahir is the pick of the bowler picking two for 28. Otago lost ten Doeschate, Derek de Brooder and Nathan McCullum in this set of five overs.
Is there a final twist in the tale? Will Lions open their account in the competition?
Otago Volts 78/3 | Overs 10 | de Brooder 22* ten Doeschate 0* OUT! Rutherford 32(21)
Otago Volts need 90 runs in the final 10 overs. Lions got the wicket of Rutherford just at the right time. The partnership that was flourishing has been nipped in the bud. Rutherford had hit a six and a boundary off Imran Tahir but the wily leggie got him.
Derek de Brooder is going for his shots. Ryan ten Doeschate has joined him in the middle. Will the run-chase be halted by the Lions or will Otago chase this down easily?
Otago Volts 37/2 | Overs 5 | Rutherford 12* de Brooder 1* OUT! Broom 6(8) and B McCullum 5(5)
Otago Volts have lost the wickets of Neil Broom and Brendon McCullum. Ethan O’Reilly bowled a crazy second over. He was wayward. Broom tried to take him on and perished offering a simple chance to mid-on. Brendon McCullum is dismissed in the fourth over trying to force the drive but failed to keep the ball down.
Lions are on top at this moment. The required run-rate is nearly nine runs per over. Otago have the batting arsenal to chase down the total. So Lions need to pick wickets regularly to establish their superiority.
Lions have rocketed to 167 for four in 20 overs courtesy of a fine century from Quinton de Kock. The last five overs have yielded 70 runs. This has been a commanding batting performance from de Kock who has helped Lions to register a fine batting performance. A win would ease the nerves of Otago but a loss would give Mumbai a chance albeit narrow.
Lions lost Jean Symes in the set of five overs caught by Derek de Brooder off Neil Wagner. Will Otago chase down the target?
Highveld Lions 97/3 | Overs 15 | de Kock 53* Symes 10* OUT! Bavuma 13 (15) and Petersen 0 (1)
Quinton de Kock gets to his fifty albeit fortuitously. At 42 he hits Nathan McCullum for a six over long-on. Off the next delivery he slog sweeps the ball which seems to go perfectly in the hands of deep square-leg but Nick Beard comes too far ahead and the ball goes to the boundary. McCullum is livid with Beard.
Nick Beard dismisses Temba Bavuma and skipper Alviro Petersen off successive deliveries in the 12th over which puts Otago on top.
Opener de Kock is the key here in the final overs.
HIghveld Lions 59/1 | Overs 10 | de Kock 35* Bavuma 4* OUT! Van der Dussen 17 (24)
Lions lose Rassie van der Dussen in the eighth over and the first ball of James McMillan’s third over. The ball was full and swung in just a tad which beat the Highveld opener. The 44-run first wicket stand has given Lions a good platform. Opener de Kock got into his groove hitting Jimmy Neesham for a couple of boundaries in the sixth over. Van der Dussen hit Wagner for a six over deep mid-wicket but just when he looked to break free he was nipped in the bud.
At this moment Otago are fairly in control of the game. How much will Lions get? Pretorious and Tanvir — the big hitters might come in early.
Highveld Lions 21/0 | Overs 5 | van der Dussan 9* de Kock 9*
Highveld Lions start cautiously. Rassie van der Dussan and Quinton de Kock realize that the wicket is doing something hence they are taking their time. The first boundary of the innings comes off the final ball of the third over where de Kock smashes Ian Butler over the top of long-on for the first boundary. Runs are hard to come by as Otago’s fielding is upto the mark.
Highveld Lions: Quinton de Kock (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Hardus Viljoen, Alviro Petersen (c), Temba Bavuma, Jean Symes, Dwaine Pretorius, Sohail Tanvir, Ethan O’Reilly, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Otago Volts: Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom, Brendon McCullum (c), Ryan ten Doeschate, Jimmy Neesham, Nathan McCullum, Derek de Boorder (wk), Ian Butler, Neil Wagner, Nick Beard, James McMillian.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the Group A match between Otago Volts and Highveld Lions in the Champions League Twenty20 2013. I, Sarang Bhalerao, will be bringing you the momentary updates of this match.