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Preview: Match 8 - Perth Scorchers vs Otago Volts
Buoyant Volts favourites against Scorchers
Match 8 of the Karbonn Smart CLT20 2013 will feature the Perth Scorchers and the Otago Volts.
Perth Scorchers’ campaign in the competition started on a damp note after heavy showers forced their opening match, against the Highveld Lions, to be abandoned. They have two points on the board from that washed out fixture.
The Otago Volts too have two points on the board after their fixture against the Mumbai Indians was washed out. The team from New Zealand cruised through the Qualifiers, even beating a formidable Sunrisers Hyderabad side. The team has been on a roll in recent months – having registered wins in their last 13 matches before the abandoned tie against MI.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 4 pm IST
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
The Otago Volts certainly start as favourites not only because they’ve been in India for a while now and have got used to the conditions, but because they have a few dangerous cricketers in their ranks – none more than their skipper Brendon McCullum. The dashing opener, who will always be remembered for getting the Indian Premier League off to a flying start, played two match-winning knocks in the Qualifiers and he will be expected to do much of the same here. Among others, Hamish Rutherford and Ryan ten Doeschate have shown just how destructive they can be.
The pitch at Jaipur has tended to favour quicker bowlers, and in Ian Butler, Neil Wagner and James McMillan, the Volts have three bowlers who can exploit the conditions.
The Perth Scorchers are a fairly inexperienced side. In fact, in the washed out match against the Mumbai Indians, the Scorchers handed T20 debuts to Ashton Agar, Joel Paris and Ashton Turner. Skipper Simon Katich, Adam Voges and Brad Hogg are among the players who have experience of playing in Indian conditions. Being among the more experienced players in the squad, the trio will need to lead the way.
The Perth Scorchers are without the services of Shaun Marsh and Alfonso Thomas who were the team’s top-run-getter and wicket-taker respectively in the KFC Big Bash League 2012-13.
In the nine Twenty20 matches played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium this year, the quick bowlers have picked up 80 wickets, while the spinners have managed only eight. In the season opener between the Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians, all eight wickets were picked up by quicks.
Both teams will stay in Jaipur after this match for their following fixtures. Otago Volts will clash with Highveld Lions at 4 pm on September 29, while Perth Scorchers will clash with hosts Rajasthan Royals in the 8 pm fixture.