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Mumbai up against qualifiers Otago in CLT20

Published: 22nd September 2013 02:15 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd September 2013 02:15 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

Jolted by the loss to Rajasthan Royals in their opening match, IPL winners Mumbai Indians face another tricky opponent in in-form qualifiers from New Zealand Otago Volts in their second Group A game of the Champions League Twenty20 here tomorrow.

Mumbai Indians were outsmarted by the enterprising Rajasthan Royals, going down by seven wickets last night in Jaipur.

They hardly have any time to sit back an reflect on the loss as they make the trip here to face Otago, a team that impressed immensely in the qualifiers by winning all three of its matches to finish atop the standings.

En route the main draw, Otago defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad, Pakistan's Faisalabad Wolves and Sri Lankan outfit Kandurata Maroons.

The McCullum brothers -- Brendon and Nathan -- have played key roles in the team's success. While skipper and batting mainstay Brendon has shone with the bat, Nathan has turned in decent bowling performances to help the team's cause.

In contrast, Mumbai could not have hoped for a worse start as they lost to Rajasthan despite being a star-studded outfit.

Veteran Sachin Tendulkar, playing his last tournament for the Mumbai Indians, showed some spark with a 15-run cameo, which included three fours.

But Mumbai would need more than that from the star batsman. Skipper Rohit Sharma, however, continued to show good form, while Kieron Pollard was also impressive with a 36-ball 47 down the order.

However, against Otago, a side that has mostly stifled opposition batting, it would take a lot more than cameos in the middle.

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