Knight Riders v Scorchers, CLT20, Group A, Durban October 17, 2012

KKR crash out of Champions League after washout

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Perth Scorchers 91 for 2 (Katich 43*, S Marsh 38) v Kolkata Knight Riders No result
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kolkata Knight Riders, the IPL champions, became the first side to be knocked out of the Champions League Twenty20 when their third game, against Perth Scorchers, was washed out in Durban with only 14 overs having been bowled in the first innings. Knight Riders, who had lost their first two games in the tournament, needed a win to remain in contention for a place in the knockouts.

The skies had gone overcast before the toss happened, and Gautam Gambhir, with one eye on the expected rain, chose to bowl on what his counterpart Marcus North called a "bat-first wicket". Knight Riders' bowlers stuck to their goal of restricting Perth Scorchers to a reasonable total till the rains came down.

Brett Lee had Herschelle Gibbs caught at cover-point off the fifth ball of the game. Yusuf Pathan, bowling for the first time in the tournament, used the turn and bounce available on a brown Kingsmead surface to get through three tight overs of offspin.

The usually free-flowing Shaun Marsh was more circumspect but built Scorchers' innings in a 70-run second-wicket stand with a belligerent Simon Katich, who was put down twice off difficult chances.

Katich hit Jacques Kallis for consecutive fours in the fifth over, but L Balaji came in and bowled three stingy overs to ensure Scorchers did not get away. Marsh did try to break free in Yusuf's last over, slog-sweeping him for six, but was given out leg-before in the next over, the eleventh, off Kallis, despite the full delivery striking his boot outside the line of leg stump.

Sunil Narine, who had three overs left, came back to concede just four off the 14th over, but by then the rain had got heavy enough to stop proceedings, and ultimately play a decisive role.

Knight Riders will play their final game against current group toppers Titans in Cape Town on October 21. Scorchers, who also have the same number of points as Knight Riders, have an extra game in hand.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SeanWI on October 20, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    I am glad KKR are out. Any of the IPL teams should not even make the Semi-Finals. It's unfair to have a World Club Tournament featuring : 4 IPL teams.

    2 teams should represent from each country. This is fair.

  • on October 20, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    I think we all know why Shakib hasn't won many matches for his team and that's because he plays for a weaker team whereas Kallis plays for one of the best. Also Cricket is a team sport not an individual sport. Actually we don't think he's God of Cricket like some of you Indian fans do i.e. Sachin its the ICC that rates him the best today so we're just living up to it. He's by far the youngest of the current top all-rounders today and already has scored over 5000 runs in all forms, taken more than 250 wickets and more than 50 catches and still that's bad? yeah that must be bad all at the age of 25 tell me besides Kallis, who comes close to that? :)

  • on October 20, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    ya kalis has not taken any 5 wicket haul recently but he has won many matches for his team. has shakib done so?how many match he won for his team against top teams.and not he is too good player to all out any opposition in two-0three overs.u have a just gud player and you think he is god of cricket

  • on October 19, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @salahkar...lol If Harbajhan bats better than Shakib then why does Harbajhan average 13 with the bat lol and Shakib 35 in ODIs and who know what Harbajhan averages in Tests? anything more to say? the last time Shakib played against India in a Test match he picked up an easy 5 wicket haul and the last time he played against India in an ODI match, he destroyed the Indian bowling attack in quick time so you mean extraordinary player thanks :)

  • on October 19, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    @Nitin Mittal...When was the last time Kallis picked up a 5 wickets haul and a Test 100 in the same Test match? - its a very interesting question to explore trust me. I agree no one can compare to Kallis but in terms of recent performances with both bat and ball and when I mean recent the past 2 years, Kallis has not been consistent with both bat and ball like some. Kallis in batting destroys anyone anytime but his bowling has not lived to mark as to his batting.

  • on October 18, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    if any allrounder deserves to be no. 1 then its Jacks Kallis. no one can match him. Icc has bad system to decide rankings.

  • Tokai69 on October 18, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    IPL teams are not that good in the world level, unless they allow more foreign players in the team!

  • phunny_game on October 18, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    For all those who are saying IPL sides are good for nothing, two of the 3 CLT 20's have been won by IPL sides, last time, both the teams in final were IPL sides. CSK won the tournament in south african conditions. And besides, only one team has been knocked out, not the others. DD probably has the best team in CLT20 and they are yet to play their 2nd game. And btw, why are other nations so jealous about why there are 4 IPL teams in CLT20, the tournament is owned by BCCI. Other teams, except SA and AUS are simply lucky to even get a look in.

  • anton111 on October 18, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Please increase number of IPL teams from 4 to 6

  • waggan on October 18, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    if ipl time have to win cl then they must change this format too i mean next time all ilp teams(8) in the stages group and other teams in qualify rounds then they have nice chance to win...8 ipl teams n 2 from rest of the world

  • SeanWI on October 20, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    I am glad KKR are out. Any of the IPL teams should not even make the Semi-Finals. It's unfair to have a World Club Tournament featuring : 4 IPL teams.

    2 teams should represent from each country. This is fair.

  • on October 20, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    I think we all know why Shakib hasn't won many matches for his team and that's because he plays for a weaker team whereas Kallis plays for one of the best. Also Cricket is a team sport not an individual sport. Actually we don't think he's God of Cricket like some of you Indian fans do i.e. Sachin its the ICC that rates him the best today so we're just living up to it. He's by far the youngest of the current top all-rounders today and already has scored over 5000 runs in all forms, taken more than 250 wickets and more than 50 catches and still that's bad? yeah that must be bad all at the age of 25 tell me besides Kallis, who comes close to that? :)

  • on October 20, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    ya kalis has not taken any 5 wicket haul recently but he has won many matches for his team. has shakib done so?how many match he won for his team against top teams.and not he is too good player to all out any opposition in two-0three overs.u have a just gud player and you think he is god of cricket

  • on October 19, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @salahkar...lol If Harbajhan bats better than Shakib then why does Harbajhan average 13 with the bat lol and Shakib 35 in ODIs and who know what Harbajhan averages in Tests? anything more to say? the last time Shakib played against India in a Test match he picked up an easy 5 wicket haul and the last time he played against India in an ODI match, he destroyed the Indian bowling attack in quick time so you mean extraordinary player thanks :)

  • on October 19, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    @Nitin Mittal...When was the last time Kallis picked up a 5 wickets haul and a Test 100 in the same Test match? - its a very interesting question to explore trust me. I agree no one can compare to Kallis but in terms of recent performances with both bat and ball and when I mean recent the past 2 years, Kallis has not been consistent with both bat and ball like some. Kallis in batting destroys anyone anytime but his bowling has not lived to mark as to his batting.

  • on October 18, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    if any allrounder deserves to be no. 1 then its Jacks Kallis. no one can match him. Icc has bad system to decide rankings.

  • Tokai69 on October 18, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    IPL teams are not that good in the world level, unless they allow more foreign players in the team!

  • phunny_game on October 18, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    For all those who are saying IPL sides are good for nothing, two of the 3 CLT 20's have been won by IPL sides, last time, both the teams in final were IPL sides. CSK won the tournament in south african conditions. And besides, only one team has been knocked out, not the others. DD probably has the best team in CLT20 and they are yet to play their 2nd game. And btw, why are other nations so jealous about why there are 4 IPL teams in CLT20, the tournament is owned by BCCI. Other teams, except SA and AUS are simply lucky to even get a look in.

  • anton111 on October 18, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Please increase number of IPL teams from 4 to 6

  • waggan on October 18, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    if ipl time have to win cl then they must change this format too i mean next time all ilp teams(8) in the stages group and other teams in qualify rounds then they have nice chance to win...8 ipl teams n 2 from rest of the world

  • jinudj on October 18, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    what about gambir's captiancy.....very poor.....he didint used yusuf pathan.who has a strong capability to hit ball....,his talant only used by shaine worne.....

  • masoodali150 on October 18, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Best of luck for next time. Well, you may only win in India, by the way.

  • ATC1810 on October 18, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Hilarious, the IPL is so arrogant. It thinks that it is the be all and end all of cricket, contary to that it is purely controlled and motivated by money and that's not what sport should be about. KKR's performance in this tournament shows that money doesn't necessarily buy you success. I wouldn't be at all surprised if none of the IPL teams qualify for the later stages here and with any luck the bubble will soon burst.

  • InsideHedge on October 18, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    @Martin Crowther: You nailed it, sensible comments - something that's a rarity on CricInfo forums where fans typically behave in a jingoistic manner. In today's competitive world of cricket, you don't have to wait long to revel in a country's misfortune!

  • InsideHedge on October 18, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    @DK Persad: With all due respect, despite being an admirer of Pollard the entertainer, he's a very ordinary performer given his status in all the teams that represents. If you look closely at WI's T20 World Cup win, Pollard's contribution was negligible, he had a poor tourney personally. When his MI contract is over after IPL-6, I highly doubt he will be retained.

  • InsideHedge on October 18, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    @Smith Robertson: Is the tournament over? What makes you think that an IPL team won't win this year....ahem like LAST YEAR....and it's oh so obvious that Sixers OR Titans will win. *FacePalm*

  • on October 18, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Great to see other teams come up in this tournament..i wish the Highveld Lions go all the way.GO LIONS!!

  • taslu613 on October 18, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Still everyone talking about shakib. its like he is solely responsible for KKR's early exit from the tournament. shakib is a better player and he should be respected.Each and everyone in the KKR responsible for their elimination.only better team will survive CLT-20.I am wondering why anyone not mentioning the name of gautam gambhir.He played poorly throughout the T20 world cup and here also. I think he should take the responsibility of KKR's bad display.

  • SuperSharky on October 18, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    A few Indian fans will feel very bored if an IPL team had to win the Champions League every time. Then most would rather watch the IPL if no overseas team can compete against them. Next year the Champions League will be held in the sub-continent again and then an IPL team (like last years winner) stand a really good chance to win the tournament. But it feels extra nice with extra spice if an IPL team beats an overseas team in the final in South Africa, Like Chenai Superkings did agaist The Warriors in 2010. Over the last 3 tournaments, 3 overseas teams had reach the final and 3 IPL teams have also reached the final. I like the balance. KKR is a very strong team and gets respect from all over the world. A lot of overseas cricket players would love to get a contract to play for them. Better luck next year.

  • on October 18, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    NOTHING TO WORRY SRK YOUR KKR ARE MIGHTY TEAM IN THE WORLD NEXT TIME BEST OF LUCK

  • Baber_Baloch on October 18, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @ bobmartin ...Dear your comments are so true....nice words

  • bobmartin on October 18, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    @Khalid Hussaini ..."This is what happens to IPL Champion team. In the next Champion League all IPL teams should participate.May be one of them wins it." Well the current system was geared towards ensuring one of the IPL teams won it.. so maybe they'll change it for the next tournament. After all, we can't have these millionaire cricketers being beaten can we. After all.. wasn't that the boast of the IPL at it's inception... that it would improve the quality of the players... WRONG !!!

  • amilag on October 18, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Agree Halid. Your proposal of IPL all teams participating to CLT20 is a good idea. More probabilities win the tournament one of them....may be without playing CLT20, BCCI may device a formula like duworthlewis in a way that IPL champions automatically become CLT20 champions. IPL...quality you can trust...provided flat tracks are available...LOL

  • on October 18, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Iam Proud to be a KKR Fan

  • TontonZolaMoukoko on October 18, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    A bit unfortunate this for Perth as the KKR were obviously the whipping boys of the group. The IPL teams' record so far in the CLT20 is P7 W1 D1 L5, what with the recent national team disasters in England and Australia, it seems that the batsmen of India are still massively incompetent when playing outside the sub-continent.

  • on October 18, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    This is what happen when you have no indian flat pitches and no money to buy other teams LOL Ghambhir's luck because his team has 2 points now and he has rain to blame for exit..

  • jimbond on October 18, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Soon I guess, the Shakib Jokes would outnumber the Chuck Norris and the Rajnikant Jokes!

  • jimbond on October 18, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    KKR anyway was a hyped up team-they were lucky to win the IPL. And most of KKR batsmen/bowlers have been selected for their abilities to perform on flat tracks (Rajat Bhatia as a bowler was unplayable in the IPL, here he doesnt even get a bowl). The other three IPL teams are slightly better equipped for bouncy tracks. My guess is, there will be one IPL team in the final.Because they have players (mainly foreign professionals) who can win them games- on their day.

  • on October 18, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    @salahkar, yeah Shakib is an ordinary player, he is too ordinary to be the number 1 allrounder in One-day and Test matches. Have respect for the players...

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 18, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    No dis.respect to Gambhir,he z strugling in CL NOT BCOZ that he z out of form Bt purely bcoz of The very fact that He,along With majority of indian batsmen tend to strugle outside Subcntinent so there should be no surprise about that.I THINK THEY SHOULD RETAIN SHAKIB 4 NEXT MATCH ,who knows shakib might score hundrd of 10 bals n take 10 wickets of his ist 10 bals as he z a supernatural kid@SmithRobertson,LET SYDNEY WIN NXT MATCH WITHOUT WATSON N THEN SPEAK WITH LOUDR MOUTH.

  • on October 18, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    No surprises....KKR took few editions of IPL to come to winning terms.....this was anyways first CLT20 for them!!

    LOL

  • Hamzaad on October 18, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    My Indian friends must understand now that with a single defeat that too in alien conditions of SA , where any side of the world have struggled Sialkot Stallions were written off and even ridiculed. Now they can feel with two defeats KKR getting out of the tournament. The format is funny. If the organisers want it a succuessful tournament they should invite champs from all major countries. Same is with T&T, the side with a lots of potential getting out so early.

  • on October 18, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    This is what happens to IPL Champion team. In the next Champion League all IPL teams should participate.May be one of them wins it.

  • on October 18, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    DD is won for the CLT 20

  • salahkar on October 18, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    @thermal_styem what is Shakib???????? an ordinary player plays better once in 10 matches he is only better than NOHIT. even Harbhajan bats better than Shakib

  • Chamithg on October 18, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    One out three to go.. superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 18, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    FIRST OF INDIAN IPL TEAM IS OUT TODAY.THE OTHER 3 HAVE ALSO TO WIN AMATCH IN THIS TOURNAMENT?WHAT IS REASON FOR SUCH POOR PERFORMANCE?iIS IT TOO MUCH CRICKET IN RECENT PAST?ORSA WICKETS WHERE NOT MUCH PRACTICE WE HAD?ANY WAY WHATEVER THE REASON ONE THING IS SURE THAT TO REMAIN IN TITLE CONTENTION EXTRA ORDINARY EFFORTS AND BIT OF LUCK SHOULD BE THE RE WITH STRUGGLING TEAMS'

  • hnlns on October 18, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    What an irony this - four teams playing from IPL and the champion from that is knocked out even before its last game is to be played.

  • on October 18, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    It's may happened, for a team, but I think KKR will rock in IPL again.

  • banglafan on October 18, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    The sad performance of IPL teams shows that money definitely cannot buy you everything.

  • patilyogs on October 18, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Ganbhir must be thanking to rain which helped his team to put some points on table, also he has now excuse to say rain put us out of CLT20. @Shakib fans....If Shakib would have played then rain would not have came and Shakib wouyld have won it for KKR........LOL

  • on October 18, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    @thermal system if even the club team from Aus and SA are so good how is it that there is not a single T20 crown to either Aus or SA hmmm something to ponder don't you think.... NP take your time and get back with your best ammo....

  • Htc-Android on October 18, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    If shakib played today KKR would have won it easily,despite of the rain. because he is the NO1 allrounder in the world. he would have bowled them out in 3 overs for 15 runs and finish the game with the bat in one over.

  • Htc-Android on October 18, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    except DD all the IPL sides look so ordinary. without those foriegn players they would even struggle to beat highschool sides from Aus and SA.

  • solankibhavesh on October 18, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    Its bad luck for KKR and Gambhir also but the main news is IPL winner team is out of CL20 so its cricket no one can predict who will going to win. One team is out now still three remain so we hope they will do something better than what KKR did. so best of luck for rest of team from IPL.

  • Abaa on October 18, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    No the truth is the rain gods could not stand the fact that Sakib had not been picked by KKR :-P

  • Swingit on October 17, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    @Sideek u r sooo right. Had Sunil and Pollard played for TnT then the twin island republic would def carry them deeper in the tourney as TnT would likely win it all (and Pollard and Mumbai are going nowhere fast)

  • on October 17, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    perhaps the next clt 20 will have the champions from all the countries and not exclude sri lanka, west indies, baggladesh and pakistan..would have been a better competition with these teams and not packed with tired IPL teams..

  • D-Ascendant on October 17, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    One down. Three more to go.

  • on October 17, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    i am wondering , what mamta banarjee gonna do now :P.. another march? :-o Poor KKR IPL winner lol.

  • on October 17, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    hello friends i think is not indian soil its south africa and kkr reisen of lose i balaji last match they lose last 2 overs 43 runs and that is difference and 1st match costly and csk lose bad captaincy on dhooni in last match thay did not play jakati and kulasekera tommoro they will out from tounament

  • Htc-Android on October 17, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    @afzalz not every other country has like 15 to 20 grounds as india has. so india has many option to play the matches at the warmest places in the country, incase of a rain. plus CL has to be hosted at a time where no international matches will be played. ICC has given a seperate time window for CL. they have to host it during that time. if the weather ruins it ,thats tough lock for the organizers.

  • afzalz on October 17, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Maybe BCCI and ICC should have checked the weather in SA at this time of the year before scheduling such a tournament. It is unlikely that BCCI wouldn't have, they are the most perfect board in the world who can organize the best tournaments under the sun.

  • on October 17, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    @Sideek Ali imagine what sort of team Trinidad & Tobago would have had if their star players would have chosen loyality to their homeland rather than ipl money?

  • on October 17, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    KKR out of the sub continent were always going to struggle and look weak in the middle order and the bowling. I can't see why they didn't use mccullum as keeper because bisla is not a full time keeper and gave Delhi and few chances in their first game. Gambhir was out of touch and the fast bowling minus lee and kallis looked weak. Pathan doesn't have the temperament to adapt to different batting situations and gets out to silly shots. Gambit should allowed kallis and mccullum to open since he has been out of touch and put the team under pressure by getting our tamely without many runs on the board.

  • on October 17, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    its proved now that in T20 cricket u cant predict anything , an Ipl champions is out of the cl20 so how did the organizers did such a pathetic team that inviting most of the team for qualifiers while 4 teams from ipl n calling it a champions league , no team from a country who won the current t20 wc , lol if they want to call is champions league then there should be champions of all t20 domestic teams

  • on October 17, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    excellent point @Sideek Ali...Pollard too perhaps?

  • on October 17, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    This time to back and ready to another battle with England.

  • RameshRayaprolu on October 17, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    haha, looks like all IPL teams will be out...even DD has won only against KKR

  • RoshanUSA on October 17, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Sharuk & Mamata Banerjee held a procession when KKR won IPL as if they did greatest job. Now they are the first team to crash out. They should thank rains that atleast they are saved from yet anoher defeat and further humiliations. There was no way they would have won this match.

  • on October 17, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    dont worry KKR, u r not alone .. soon CSK,MI will follow you

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on October 17, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Great! Good for Gautam and Balaji. They need rest and concentrate on their batting and bowling skills before England series. I wish Chennai also crashes out tomorrow so that players get ample time to relax and get energized. Gauti, Dhoni, Ashwin, Raina and Balaji please take some time off from Champions league and concentrate on the upcoming test series. - Good wishes from an Indian Fan.

  • Summer_Sport on October 17, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    That's one of the major reasons 'most' of the world don't like Cricket :)

  • on October 17, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    sunil narine, u should have played for T&T. i wish you could have. u would have reached further in the tournament

  • on October 17, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Even though half the teams in this clt20 are from India, still not good enough to win this years tournament. Its obvious Sydney Sixers or The Titans will win it and deservedly so.

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  • on October 17, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Even though half the teams in this clt20 are from India, still not good enough to win this years tournament. Its obvious Sydney Sixers or The Titans will win it and deservedly so.

  • on October 17, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    sunil narine, u should have played for T&T. i wish you could have. u would have reached further in the tournament

  • Summer_Sport on October 17, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    That's one of the major reasons 'most' of the world don't like Cricket :)

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on October 17, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Great! Good for Gautam and Balaji. They need rest and concentrate on their batting and bowling skills before England series. I wish Chennai also crashes out tomorrow so that players get ample time to relax and get energized. Gauti, Dhoni, Ashwin, Raina and Balaji please take some time off from Champions league and concentrate on the upcoming test series. - Good wishes from an Indian Fan.

  • on October 17, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    dont worry KKR, u r not alone .. soon CSK,MI will follow you

  • RoshanUSA on October 17, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Sharuk & Mamata Banerjee held a procession when KKR won IPL as if they did greatest job. Now they are the first team to crash out. They should thank rains that atleast they are saved from yet anoher defeat and further humiliations. There was no way they would have won this match.

  • RameshRayaprolu on October 17, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    haha, looks like all IPL teams will be out...even DD has won only against KKR

  • on October 17, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    This time to back and ready to another battle with England.

  • on October 17, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    excellent point @Sideek Ali...Pollard too perhaps?

  • on October 17, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    its proved now that in T20 cricket u cant predict anything , an Ipl champions is out of the cl20 so how did the organizers did such a pathetic team that inviting most of the team for qualifiers while 4 teams from ipl n calling it a champions league , no team from a country who won the current t20 wc , lol if they want to call is champions league then there should be champions of all t20 domestic teams