18 Sep 2013

Otago win first Champions League match

6:29 am on 18 September 2013

The Otago cricketers have won their opening qualifying match at the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India, beating the Faislabad Wolves of Pakistan by eight wickets.

After deciding to bat first, the Wolves top order struggled against Otago's pace attack and it took a knock of 46 from captain Misbah ul Haq to make 139.

Otago lost opener Neil Broom without scoring, but a man-of-the match unbeaten knock of 83 from captain Brendon McCullum got them through to their target in the 18th over with the loss of just 2 wickets.

Coach Vaughn Johnson says it was a good effort by his side, but to be fair the Pakistanis' preparation wasn't good, as they'd had visa problems and had just one training before the match.

Otago need to win one more of their remaining two qualifying matches to make the main draw.

It is Otago's first win at the Champions League, having lost all their matches in 2009.

In the day's other match the Sunrisers Hyderabad beat the Sri Lankan side the Kandurata Maroons by eight wickets.

Otago play the Maroons on Thursday.