One shouldn’t read too much into the qualifying games of the CLT20 since they are played just to determine who proceeds to the main round of the event. However, from what has been on show, it must be said that the T20 squad from New Zealand, Otago, have been highly brilliant in the qualifiers.
Otago Volts crushed Sunrisers Hyderabad by 5 wickets finishing off the match with 22 balls to spare in the last qualifying match of CLT20 2013. This dominating victory was scripted by the McCullum brothers.
A well paced knock from Skipper Brendon McCullum eased Otago Volts to a 2-wicket win with 13 balls to spare over Faisalabad Wolves at Mohali. McCullum, who came in at no.3 after the fall of the first wicket in the second ball itself...
When Ahmed Shehzad cracked an unbeaten 98 off 64 balls against Zimbabwe at Harare on Saturday, he became the record-holder for the highest individual score by a Pakistani batsman, overtaking his one-day skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who had blasted an undefeated 87 off 53 balls against Bangladesh at Karachi in April 2008.
The game between Sri Lanka and New Zealand on Sunday at Cardiff was basically a case of both sides putting shoddy batting performances, and New Zealand winning because they showed enough pluck at the end, and some luck also went their way.
The two-match Test series between England and New Zealand ended with the Englishmen thwarting the unpredictable weather to claim a 2-0 win, which means they will head into the Ashes series high on confidence.