McCullum's innings helps Otago win over Faisalabad Wolves

By Hitesh Jain on Sep 21, 2013 | Champions League Twenty20 2013
Faisalabad Wolves saw uncertain times because their participation in the 2013 version of Champions League since their representatives were having problem to acquire visa. The 2013 Champions League is being hosted by India, while Faisalabad Wolves are native to Pakistan. Hence, the visa problems were expected since the two nations have had troubled past. However, last minute diplomatic actions from political grounds helped Faisalabad Wolves reach Mohali where they were scheduled to take field against Otago, team representing New Zealand.

Faisalabad Wolves won the toss and decided to bat first in the contest. Otago bowlers shared responsibility as Faisalabad Wolves lost wickets on regular intervals. Captain Misbah ul Haq’s innings of 46 runs helped Faisalabad Wolves reach a respectable target of 139 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Chasing a target which required a run rate of 7 runs per over, Otago lost their first wicket with only 1 run on board. The other opener, Rutherford also departed soon after scoring just 25 runs. However, Brendon McCullum, who came after the first wicket went down for the Kiwi Team, played a blitzkrieg innings.

McCullum scored 83 runs in just 65 deliveries. This innings included 9 fours and 2 sixes. Boorder, who ably assisted McCullum scored 30 runs in 28 balls and remained unbeaten. Otago reach the 140 runs target in just 17.5 over. This helped Otago qualify for the further stage along with Sunrisers Hyderabad, who defeated Sri Lankan team Kandurata in order to advance further in the tournament.
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