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In the second of the dead rubbers on Friday night, the Otago Volts routed the Sunrisers Hyderabad to carry some invaluable momentum with them into the Group Stage of the Champions League T20, thus also extending their own unbeaten run to 13 matches to tie Surrey with the second greatest run in T20 history (Sialkot Stallions are at the top with 25 games).

The match itself proved to be a virtual no contest as the Sunrisers Hyderabad crawled to a paltry 143-5 in their 20 overs with skipper Shikhar Dhawan (12) and Parthiv Patel (12) both failing for the first time in the tournament. Nathan McCullum removed both the openers and set Otago on their way to victory very early on in the contest.

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has returned to the top 10 of the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen after scoring 222 runs in the three-match series against England. McCullum has moved up 16 places to ninth, thereby also achieving a career-best 685 ratings points.

Also breaking into the top 20 is former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor. The right-handed batsman has jumped four places to 13th in the latest rankings, which were released on Monday after the ODI series between England and New Zealand and the first two ODIs between West Indies and Zimbabwe.

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The Proteas were denied a rare, two-day victory in the first Sunfoil Test match when New Zealand survived 52 overs to reach 169-4 at the close of play, still requiring another 133 runs to make South Africa bat again.

An unbeaten 69 from Dean Brownlie, dropped twice in the 20s, helped New Zealand take the game into a third day once Graeme Smith had declared soon after lunch with a total of 347-8, a lead of 302 runs.

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