Captain Brendon McCullum steered Otago to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Pakistan opponents the Faisalabad Wolves in their Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 qualifying match in India.
McCullum crafted an unbeaten 83 off 71 balls in Otago's 142-2 after Faisalabad reached 139-8 from their 20 overs.
Otago reached the target with 13 balls to spare in Mohali to win the first of three qualifying matches.
They play Sri Lanka's Kandurata Maroons on Wednesday and India's Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday, with the leading two teams filling the remaining spots in the lucrative 10-team Champions League starting next week.
Hyderabad beat Kandurata by eight wickets in their opening match on Tuesday.
McCullum arrived at the crease after opener Neil Broom's dismissal off the second ball of the innings for a duck.
The New Zealand captain was the dominant figure in partnerships with Hamish Rutherford (25) and Derek de Boorder (30 not out), striking nine fours and two sixes.
Earlier, Otago seam bowlers Ian Butler (2-23), James McMillan (2-24) and James Neesham (2-26) all claimed a pair of victims in relatively inexpensive fashion from their four overs.