Ryan Ten Doeschate Otago
Ryan Ten Doeschate of Otago Volts smashes a six against Kandurata Maroons in their CLT20 qualifier, September 18Shaun Roy/CLT20/SPORTZPICS

After seeing their first matches abandoned due to rain, both the Perth Scorchers and the Otago Volts will be desperate to pick up their first win in the CLT20.

The Trans-Tasman rivalry will be reopened as the Australian side Scorchers look to end Otago's impressive unbeaten run.

Otago are coming off a 13-match unbeaten streak, not counting the one that was abandoned on Monday, and won all three of their qualifiers, and that too in some style.

In Brendon McCullum and Ryan Ten Doeschate they have two destructive batsmen capable of taking the game away easily, while their fast bowlers have shown some impressive form as well.

The track in the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur aided the fast bowlers when the Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians battled in the opening day of the main draw and it is again expected to offer some help.

The Scorchers have a young side, and one of the team's veterans Brad Hogg has backed the young hopefuls to make an impression in the tournament.

"I think it's a very evenly-balanced game tomorrow (Wednesday)," Hogg said. "The New Zealand team is a very solid side and it's got some international players in it. We're up for the challenge, and that's what we're here for.

"These youngsters have trained hard, they want to play for Australia eventually, and if they want to reach that milestone, well they've got to step up and learn quickly. And what better lesson than playing against international players very early on in their careers?"

Hogg has played for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and is familiar with the surrounding and the pitches in Jaipur.

"This is my second home in cricket and I have really enjoyed my time at Rajasthan Royals," Hogg added. They are only allowed to keep five or six overseas players and they scrubbed me out of their lineup (laughs) so I am happy to play with Perth Scorchers.

"That's where I grew up, that's where it started for me and it is great to be here at my age to be able to play for my home town or my home team in such a wonderful tournament."

With the ball expected to come onto the bat nicely, both the New Zealand and the Australian batsmen will enjoy the pace and bounce and the team that settles down the quicker is the one likely to pick up all four points.

Where to watch

The match is scheduled for a 4 p.m. (IST) start on Wednesday, with live telecast set to be shown in Star Sport, Star Cricket (Hindi) and Star Cricket HD. You can also catch the match online by clicking the official link HERE.

Squads: Perth Scorchers: Ashton Agar, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Turner, Liam Davis, Brad Hogg, Burt Cockley, Simon Katich, Joel Paris, Alfonso Thomas, Tom Triffitt, Adam Voges, Sam Whiteman, Marcus North.

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.

Prediction: Otago Volts continue their good form, scorching Perth on the way.

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