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Super Over win was awesome: Neesham

Volts’ match-winner relives thrilling win over fighting Lions

After getting used to crushing their opponents easily, the Otago Volts were made to fight for a win and maintain their unbeaten streak by the Highveld Lions at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. The Volts, whose top-order has been taking bowling attacks apart, was rattled by the Lions and it was left to the lower-order batsmen to revive the innings. James Neesham did an exemplary job of holding the innings together and taking the game into the first Super Over of the Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 2013. With Brendon McCullum hitting a six off the last ball of the Volts innings in the Super Over, they set the Lions a 14-run target and defended it with nerves of steel.

The depth in the team’s line-up was tested during this game. While speaking to clt20.com after the thrilling finish, Neesham talked about this special win. 

Excerpts from his interview:

It was a very tough victory

Yes, we had to come back from the dead a couple of times there. But the boys have fought and everyone can be proud of the way we have played. And to get up and tie there at the end was very good, and to win the Super Over was pretty awesome.

How important is it to be tested on all fronts before heading into the knockouts?

Yes, I think there was a bit of question mark on how we will handle ourselves under the pressure of having not really had to win any tight games. We always knew we had the guys who could handle it well. But obviously to show that was a big plus going forward.

How do you think you guys fared having had to make changes to your attacking strategy?

The proof is in the pudding. We made a claim that we would handle ourselves well under pressure if we lost a few wickets early, and obviously we showed that today. So yes it was very pleasing.

What were you telling the batsmen at the other end after losing early wickets?

I was mainly telling them to just to try and score off every ball. Try and look for your one run option as your first option and then if the ball is there to go to the boundary, then go with that. If you try and hit every ball for four or six then you take dot balls (as well), you get under more pressure. So you just start rotating the strike.

What was the talk going into the Super Over?

Not a lot. Just win it in the end. Had a drink, calmed down and then came out here and won. There wasn’t lot really.

Did you think you had restricted the Lions to a chaseable total?

Yes, absolutely. We were very happy with the 167 at the half-way mark and I think it was a pretty flat deck and we should have maybe done it a little bit easier.

Your thoughts on young Quinton de Kock’s 109*

He is a hell of a player. I have played against him when New Zealand toured South Africa a few months ago. I think we might be playing against each other in the future.

You will be playing against Rajasthan Royal’s day after tomorrow

There is no pressure going into the game. We have won 15 in a row now. So to go into the semis with 16 in a row will be a massive boost for us. We are still treating it as a do-or-die game.

What difference does the toss make?

I don’t think it makes a huge difference. If you bat well and bowl well, the toss doesn’t really matter I think. You can get under pressure when the other team is chasing, and when the dew comes on you can start making excuses. But I don’t think the toss it is important. 

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