Kumar Sangakkara Kandurata
Kandurata Maroons batsman Kumar Sangakkara in action against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their CLT20 qualifier in Mohali, September 17Ron Gaunt/CLT20/SPORTZPICS

The Otago Volts will look to pick up from where they left off on Tuesday when they take on the Kandurata Maroons in their Champions League qualifier.

Otago were extremely impressive in their first match, easing past the Faisalabad Wolves with Brendon McCullum leading from the front with a brilliant unbeaten half century.

However, it was the bowlers that set the game up for Faisalabad, restricting the Pakistan side to just 139 with the New Zealanders quite enjoying themselves on the pace and bounce that Mohali has to offer.

"Today (Tuesday) (the pitch) was a bit slower than we expected, but the guys just put in a cracking show," fast bowler Ian Butler said. "We bowled really well and were really happy with the score. Bazz (Brendon McCullum) obviously played amazingly well. An eight-wicket win -- you can't complain."

Otago have not been given much of a chance to qualify to the main draw -- although those thoughts might change after the first round of matches - but Butler believes his side have the quality to go all the way.

"Even though we are a young side and the guys are inexperienced, they have actually played a lot of cricket," he added. "The young guys certainly aren't overawed by the conditions and the occasion and they know that the conditions are no excuse.

"We've got to play spin bowling well and work out how to go about things when the batsman is set because there are going to be a lot of high scores in this tournament."

Kandurata, if they are to get the best of Otago on Wednesday will need another classy innings from their best player Kumar Sangakkara, who skipper Lahiru Thirimanne admitted has had a big influence in the squad.

"It's a real privilege to have Sangakkara in our team," Thirimanne said. "We all know how good he is. He is helping us a lot in terms of giving us information about their players and forming strategies."

Kandurata will know that it is basically lose and you go back home early, so the experience that they have in the squad, with the plethora of Sri Lankan internationals, will be needed to be put into full use against the Otago side which will still be buzzing after their big win and also have had a few hours extra rest considering they played in the afternoon yesterday.

Where to watch

The match is scheduled for a 4 p.m. (IST) start with it being telecast Live on Star Cricket (Hindi), Star HD and Star Sports. You can catch the official Live Streaming link HERE. 

Squads: Otago Volts: Nick Beard, Michael Bracewell, Ian Butler, Mark Craig, Derek De Boorder, Jacob Duffy, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, James McMillan, Jimmy Neesham, Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Neil Wagner, Neil Broom.

Kandurata Maroons: Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Upul Tharanga, Thilina Kandamby, Kumar Sangakkara, Shehan Jayasuriya, Chamara Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Dhammika Prasad, Ajantha Mendis, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Lahiru Jayaratne, Dhananjaya De Silva, Suraj Randiv.

Prediction: Kandurata pick up a win to keep the tournament very much in the balance.

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