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

KKR crash out of Champions League after washout


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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  • Sean 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.

  • Dummy4 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? :)

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2012, 21:25 GMT 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 :)

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Nesar 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!

  • Tushar 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.

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

    Please increase number of IPL teams from 4 to 6

  • sajjad 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

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