Dutch star Ryan ten Doeschate’s dazzling all-round display propelled Otago Volts to a six-wicket win over Kandurata Maroons and ensured it a berth in the main phase after Sunrisers Hyderabad sailed past Faisalabad Wolves in the second match of the day.
For Volts, Wednesday’s qualifier went according to plan. It restricted Maroons to 154 for nine after opting to field and knocked off the winning runs in 18 overs.
Thanks to Hamish Rutherford’s blitzkrieg, Volts made a blistering start to its run chase.
ten Doeschate then took charge, with his team needing 93 runs off 10 overs. In the 11th over, he launched an assault on Kaushal Lokuarachchi, hitting the leg-spinner for three successive sixes.
ten Doeschate, who struck five sixes and two fours in his entertaining 32-ball 64, added 44 with Neil Broom for the third wicket and 57 with James Neesham for the fourth.
It took an outstanding catch by Nuwan Kulasekara at deep square-leg to end the Dutchman’s breathtaking knock which contained just four dot balls.
Earlier, Upul Tharanga (76, 56b, 6x4, 3x6) stood out for Maroons with a mature effort.
With Maroons losing wickets regularly, Tharanga read the situation well and reacted accordingly.
Off his three sixes, including one over the sight screen, he showed his penchant for the straight boundary.
ten Doeschate also played a crucial role with the ball, claiming two wickets.