Opportunity will be the buzzword when Otago Volts face off against Perth Scorchers in the first match of a double-header on Wednesday (September 25) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Otago have come up the hard way, making it through the qualifying phase and winning all their matches in impressive fashion. Perth, who were runners-up to Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League, are without a host of first-choice players - some injured and some doing duty for IPL franchises. For that reason, both sides are relatively less fancied in Group A which also has heavyweights such as Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Highveld Lions.
However, given the format and with the weather continuing to be unpredictable, both sides will be upbeat about their chances and they know that stringing together a couple of good performances could well land them a semifinal spot.