Calcutta/ Ahmedabad: 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 on Saturday 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.
Sachin Tendulkar, playing his last tournament for the Mumbai Indians, showed some spark with a 15-run cameo, which included three fours.
Meanwhile, Rohit was fined after the team maintained a slow over rate on Saturday, according to a media release.
At the end of the match against RR, Mumbai Indians were assessed to be one over behind the required rate after allowances were taken into consideration.
Since it was his first offence of the season under the CLT20’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Rohit was fined $1,500 whilst each team member was fined $750.