Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Kolkata Knight Riders v Perth Scorchers at Durban, Oct 17, 2012
Played at Kingsmead, Durban (neutral venue)
17 October 2012 - day/night match (20-over match)

5.30pm Perth's openers are in the middle. Shaun Marsh has an outstanding T20 record - averaging above 40, and a strike-rate in the mid-130s. His partner is the explosive Herschelle Gibbs.

5.10pm Phil: "KKR are sticking with Balaji?!?!?! That's like having a stadium roof and not closing it when it rains!" He did have a pretty good IPL season, which pitchforked him back to the national team. KKR keeping faith in him for another game.

Also, there is one other change that Gambhir didn't mention at the toss: Iqbal Abdulla comes in for Pradeep Sangwan.

Jonesy: "Is there a reason their best bowler (Coulter-Nile) didn't play the last game? Injury?" Yes, think it was a groin problem.

Srikanth: "KKR going with too many slow bowlers - Narine, Iqbal, Yusuf, Balaji. Only one genuine quicky and one part time quicky."

5.00pm Toss KKR have won the toss, KKR will bowl. Gautam Gambhir says his decision was influenced by the showers predicted. Two changes: Brett Lee in for Shakib, Debabrata Das in for Rajat Bhatia.

Marcus North: "It looks like a bat-first wicket. We were disappointed with our performance in the first game." One change: Coulter-Nile comes in for Edmondson.

Take a look at our preview for the game. And here's Gambhir talking about Kolkata's "bruised self-pride".

Surendranadh V has the first mail of the game: "And win for KKR doesn't make them safe either, they need to win by big margin and even Perth Scorchers would be hoping for the same as they are also coming from a defeat."

4.50pm Hello and welcome to the second game of the day. It;s Kolkata Knight Riders v Perth Scorchers. A defeat for KKR here and they will become the first team to be knocked out of the tournament.

Tom Moody says there's plenty of cloud cover in the evening. Let's hope the predicted rains stay away.


Lee to SE Marsh, no run, the match starts with a huge appeal for lbw, that looked to be missing leg and was quite high as well, struck on the top of the flap, Marsh was looking to work that to the leg side but was beaten


Lee to SE Marsh, 2 runs, a sharp short ball from Lee, Marsh responds with a pull, raises his front leg as he plays that, doesn't time it properly, it loops over short midwicket


Lee to SE Marsh, 1 run, bottom hand comes off as Marsh defends to the off side and calls through for a tight single


Lee to Gibbs, no run, short of length ball on off stump, inside-edged towards the leg side by Gibbs


Lee to Gibbs, OUT, short ball outside off, Gibbs skips down the track and looks to launch that over the off side, can't get it over the cover fielder, a big breakthrough for KKR

HH Gibbs c Iqbal Abdulla b Lee 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

RaoP sends in a correction: "KKR would not be the first to be knocked out of the tournamnet - 4 others have already been knocked out! They would be the first from the Main competition."


Lee to Katich, no run, a bouncer on legstump to welcome Katich, 137kph, Katich moves inside the line of that to allow it through to the keeper

End of over 1 (3 runs) Perth Scorchers 3/1 (RR: 3.00)

    • SM Katich 0 (1b)
    • SE Marsh 3 (3b)
    • B Lee 1-0-3-1

Yusuf Pathan to bowl, for the first time in the tournament


Pathan to SE Marsh, no run, spins away from a length, pitching on off and curving away, defended off the back foot


Pathan to SE Marsh, 1 run, worked from the crease towards midwicket


Pathan to Katich, 1 run, length ball from round the wicket, heading for middle stump, worked off the front foot towards square leg


Pathan to SE Marsh, 2 runs, short ball that sat up for punishment, Marsh pulls it hard towards deep midwicket, Balaji puts in a dive to cut that off


Pathan to SE Marsh, no run, pushed back towards the bowler


Pathan to SE Marsh, no run, skips away from the leg stump, slapped towards cover off the back foot, can't beat the fielder there

End of over 2 (4 runs) Perth Scorchers 7/1 (RR: 3.50)

    • SE Marsh 6 (8b)
    • SM Katich 1 (2b)
    • YK Pathan 1-0-4-0
    • B Lee 1-0-3-1

Lee to Katich, no run, a half-hearted appeal for caught-behind as Lee fires in a 142kph bouncer just outside off, Katich goes for the hook and he misses


Lee to Katich, 1 run, back of a length ball on the leg stump, Katich tucks that towards short fine leg, Marsh scampers through for a run


Lee to SE Marsh, FOUR, short of length ball just outside off, superbly dispatched by Marsh, waits on the back foot and cuts that firmly past point for four

Mark Kidger: "So far the only game won by an IPL side was when two of them played each other. Time to justify the hype, perhaps?"


Lee to SE Marsh, no run, back of length and on the pads, Marsh looks to nudge it to the leg side, he misses and is struck on the thigh pad


Lee to SE Marsh, 2 runs, length ball on middle and off, worked towards deep midwicket for a single, 'nice bowling Binga,' shouts the keeper Bisla


Lee to SE Marsh, 1 run, rears from a length, hits high on the bat, off the edge towards backward point, that takes Katich by surprise

End of over 3 (8 runs) Perth Scorchers 15/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • SE Marsh 13 (12b 1x4)
    • SM Katich 2 (4b)
    • B Lee 2-0-11-1
    • YK Pathan 1-0-4-0

Sunil Narine to bowl


Narine to SE Marsh, 1 leg bye, starts with a length ball from over the stumps, spins in towards the pads


Narine to Katich, 1 run, shuffles across and then goes for the sweep, down towards fine leg for a single


Narine to SE Marsh, no run, length ball on middle, defended off the front foot towards the bowler


Narine to SE Marsh, no run, a touch shorter, spins and bounces towards off, played off the back foot towards the leg side


Narine to SE Marsh, no run, shortish and pitching outside leg, spins in towards the pads, defended to the leg side


Narine to SE Marsh, FOUR, too short from Narine, Marsh rocks onto the back foot, and thumps that to the wide long-on boundary

Sundar and others: "@Mark Kidger : Justify the hype? Seriously? even after winning 2 out of 3 CLt20s, IPL teams are still a hype?"

End of over 4 (6 runs) Perth Scorchers 21/1 (RR: 5.25)

    • SE Marsh 17 (17b 2x4)
    • SM Katich 3 (5b)
    • SP Narine 1-0-5-0
    • B Lee 2-0-11-1

Kallis to Katich, 1 run, dropped, Katich looking to slap Kallis' first ball towards point, slices it towards backward point where Manoj Tiwary shells an overhead chance


Kallis to SE Marsh, FOUR, short of length ball down the leg side, helped along to fine leg for four, easily done by Marsh


Kallis to SE Marsh, no run


Kallis to SE Marsh, 1 run, on the pads once more, worked to fine leg once more, more square this time

Vipul: "See a lot of comments on the poor show of IPL teams. Fact of the mater is that the CL is being played iN RSA where traditinally, the teams from the subcontinet have not performed well. Moreover, IPL teams work on a franchisee model with players hardly playing together as a team. Let India or Lanka host the next CL and then let us see how do teams from RSA/Australia fare?"


Kallis to Katich, FOUR, shortish and outside off, Katich has a controlled stab at it, the ball flies towards Lee at deep backward point, lands short of him and despite Lee getting a hand on it, he can't stop it reaching the rope


Kallis to Katich, FOUR, nicely done by Katich, down the leg side, helped along to the deep backward square leg boundary, doesn't look to power that one, gets the placement right, 14 off the over

End of over 5 (14 runs) Perth Scorchers 35/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • SM Katich 12 (8b 2x4)
    • SE Marsh 22 (20b 3x4)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-14-0
    • SP Narine 1-0-5-0

Pathan to SE Marsh, no run, defends the length ball off the front foot as Pathan returns


Pathan to SE Marsh, 1 run, stays on the back foot and whips the ball to the leg side for a single


Pathan to Katich, no run, length ball outside off, pushed off the front foot towards mid-off


Pathan to Katich, 1 run, fired in towards the pads, clipped towards square leg


Pathan to SE Marsh, no run, whipped towards square leg


Pathan to SE Marsh, 1 run, dropped short, and that is slammed towards deep midwicket, placement isn't great though, cant beat Lee in the deep

End of over 6 (3 runs) Perth Scorchers 38/1 (RR: 6.33)

    • SE Marsh 24 (24b 3x4)
    • SM Katich 13 (10b 2x4)
    • YK Pathan 2-0-7-0
    • JH Kallis 1-0-14-0

End of the Powerplay, KKR will be reasonably happy with how it has gone so far. Will that change now that Balaji is bowling?


Balaji to SE Marsh, no run, shortish ball, looks to pull and misses


Balaji to SE Marsh, 1 run, length ball angling across, quicker than Marsh expected, he is hurried into defending that


Balaji to Katich, FOUR, Katich is supreme on the cut, there was width there, Katich shuffles across as he does every delivery, clatters that over backward point for four


Balaji to Katich, 2 runs, dropped, a tough chance put down by Abdulla, it was a slower offcutter from Balaji, foxes Katich, who miscues it towards midwicket, Abdulla has to race backwards to try catch that, he stretches out his right hand and touches it but can't grab on


Balaji to Katich, 1 run, worked to the leg side for a single


Balaji to SE Marsh, no run, defended towards cover

End of over 7 (8 runs) Perth Scorchers 46/1 (RR: 6.57)

    • SE Marsh 25 (27b 3x4)
    • SM Katich 20 (13b 3x4)
    • L Balaji 1-0-8-0
    • YK Pathan 2-0-7-0

Pathan to Katich, 1 run, turn and bounce outside off, slapped away to sweeper cover


Pathan to SE Marsh, 1 run, pulls a shortish one off the pads down to fine leg


Pathan to Katich, no run, keeper appeals for leg before, bowler raises a hand and grimaces, Katich misses the sweep and is struck on the pad


Pathan to Katich, 1 run, slashed in the air to deep point


Pathan to SE Marsh, 2 runs, goes back and punches, thick edge loops over extra cover


Pathan to SE Marsh, no run, reaches forward and defends to extra cover

End of over 8 (5 runs) Perth Scorchers 51/1 (RR: 6.37)

    • SE Marsh 28 (30b 3x4)
    • SM Katich 22 (16b 3x4)
    • YK Pathan 3-0-12-0
    • L Balaji 1-0-8-0

Balaji to Katich, 1 run, cuts a length ball to third man


Balaji to SE Marsh, no run, misses the drive to a very full one angled across


Balaji to SE Marsh, 2 runs, shortish, he swivels and pulls past midwicket, didn't time it


Balaji to SE Marsh, no run, mishits a slog to a length ball outside off


Balaji to SE Marsh, no run, tight over so far, too close to off stump, he tries to chop it, but it takes the under-edge and bounces towards the keeper


Balaji to SE Marsh, 1 run, ends the over well, pitched up on middle, quietly pushed to cover for one

End of over 9 (4 runs) Perth Scorchers 55/1 (RR: 6.11)

    • SE Marsh 31 (35b 3x4)
    • SM Katich 23 (17b 3x4)
    • L Balaji 2-0-12-0
    • YK Pathan 3-0-12-0

Pathan to SE Marsh, 1 run, swept hard but straight to deep square leg


Pathan to Katich, 1 run, goes back and drags a short of a length ball to deep midwicket


Pathan to SE Marsh, SIX, got hold of the slog sweep this time, huge clean hit over deep midwicket,


Pathan to SE Marsh, 2 wides, fires it in down leg immediately


Pathan to Katich, 2 runs, chipped over the bowler


Pathan to Katich, FOUR, swept in the air, not powerfully, but he's timed it well enough to beat deep square leg


Pathan to Katich, 1 run, walks across and nudges to short fine

End of over 10 (17 runs) Perth Scorchers 72/1 (RR: 7.20)

    • SM Katich 31 (21b 4x4)
    • SE Marsh 38 (37b 3x4 1x6)
    • YK Pathan 4-0-29-0
    • L Balaji 2-0-12-0

Kallis to Katich, 1 run, shortish ball outside off, slashed towards deep backward point


Kallis to SE Marsh, no run, short of length ball on the leg stump, looks to pull that but misses

Aman Malhotra: "@Vipul Didn't the Indians win the inaugural world t20 in South Africa.CSK won CLT in here too"


Kallis to SE Marsh, no run, pitched up, just outside off, squeezed towards point, a loud call of 'No,' from the non-striker makes sure there is no confusion


Kallis to SE Marsh, OUT, Kallis has done the trick once more, he fires in a full ball on the toes, Marsh looks to whip that to the leg side, he misses, KKR go up in appeal for the lbw, after a moment's thought the umpire sends Marsh on his way, that was not the best of calls, that struck him outside leg stump

SE Marsh lbw b Kallis 38 (39m 40b 3x4 1x6) SR: 95.00


Kallis to MR Marsh, 1 run, back of a length ball just outside off, guided towards backward point


Kallis to Katich, 1 run, towards backward square leg for a single

End of over 11 (3 runs) Perth Scorchers 75/2 (RR: 6.81)

    • SM Katich 33 (23b 4x4)
    • MR Marsh 1 (1b)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-17-1
    • YK Pathan 4-0-29-0

Balaji to Katich, 1 run, length ball just outside off, hoicked towards deep midwicket

DhinkaChika jokes: "What hype? Its high time the CL should have 2 top teams from the IPL in the Semis directly."


Balaji to MR Marsh, no run, fires it in towards off stump, defended towards cover off the front foot


Balaji to MR Marsh, no run, short slow ball outside off, looking to thrash that through the off side, bottom-edges it, on the bounce to the keeper


Balaji to MR Marsh, 1 run, driven down the ground for a single

Stevo believes the IPL teams should be dominating: "@Vipul: So the IPL teams have the best players available in this form of the game and yet the poor little darlings struggle to play on SA pitches? Please excuse me as I wipe these tears away!"


Balaji to Katich, 1 wide, Katich takes that big stride across the stumps, Balaji sends it down the leg side for a wide

Shih-Lon Fu: "New South Wales won the CLT20 when it was hosted in India, and Chennai won the CLT20 when it was in South Africa last time. I don't think the argument about locations stands at all."


Balaji to Katich, 2 runs, full ball outside off, poked towards sweeper cover for couple, well run that, taking advantage of a misfield at point by Manoj tiwary


Balaji to Katich, no run, a yorker well outside off, squeezed towards Tiwary at cover point, cleanly stopped this time

End of over 12 (5 runs) Perth Scorchers 80/2 (RR: 6.66)

    • SM Katich 36 (26b 4x4)
    • MR Marsh 2 (4b)
    • L Balaji 3-0-17-0
    • JH Kallis 2-0-17-1

Kallis to MR Marsh, no run, back of length ball outside off, swished towards backward point where Tiwary makes a diving stop


Kallis to MR Marsh, no run, short of length ball curving in towards the stumps, mistimed badly down the track


Kallis to MR Marsh, 1 run, length ball is dropped towards short cover for a quick single

Grylls: "go ahead, keep picking at each other with the subcontinent/africa/oz debates...there are plenty of us dreaming that some day North America will have a horse in this race."


Kallis to Katich, 2 runs, length ball outside off, a booming drive towards wide long-off, and for the second time today Balaji makes a good stop in the deep, putting in the dive to stop that one


Kallis to Katich, 1 wide, moves across the stumps to sweep, he misses but the ball was down the leg side


Kallis to Katich, 2 runs, width on offer, slapped towards deep point, a better throw could have put Katich in trouble, there was a misfield from Yusuf initially to allow the second, and then his throw wasn't the best


Kallis to Katich, 1 run, eased to long-off for a single

End of over 13 (7 runs) Perth Scorchers 87/2 (RR: 6.69)

    • SM Katich 41 (29b 4x4)
    • MR Marsh 3 (7b)
    • JH Kallis 3-0-24-1
    • L Balaji 3-0-17-0

It has begun to drizzle.

Narine to bowl


Narine to Katich, 1 run, spinning away from off stump, dabbed towards point


Narine to MR Marsh, 1 run, short of length ball and on off stump, slides straight on, defended towards point off the back foot


Narine to Katich, 1 run, the offspinner from Narine, slapped towards deep point off the back foot


Narine to MR Marsh, no run, stays on the back foot to see which way the ball turns, pushes it towards short extra cover


Narine to MR Marsh, 1 run, Marsh looking nervy against Narine, who drops it short once more, cut away towards point for a single


Narine to Katich, no run, extra bounce for Narine, Katich had shuffled across to try work that to the leg side, he is surprised by the bounce on that one and is struck on the body

7.20pm KKR are eliminated as the match has been called off.

Anand Gautham: "I hate my laziness! Had worked out exactly what Andrew wrote, but I didn't feel like elaborating on it in my earlier comment. One day my comment will also be published!! Btw, even Chennai (with 2 teams on 8 already) is practically out, if that helps :)"

Mayur: "I am from canada and I paid $17 for entire IPL season. whoever said $25 per match is wrong." I have no clue about Canadian cable rates, so can step into this argument.

Right, we are done with the matches for today. Tomorrow is Sydney Sixers v Lions, and Mumbai Indians v Yorkshire. Join us then, for more debates and, hopefully, lesser rain.

7.00pm Still drizzling, and there are puddles on the outfield. It isn't the crazy intensity of about 15 minutes ago. Don't expect play for about an hour, at least.

Can anyone work out a scenario in which KKR stay in the tournament if today is a washout? I can't see how they can qualify.

James: "@Karthik: That small country called Canada broadcasts IPL at around $25 per match! Being an avid cricket fan, ex-umpire (both outdoor and indoor), having gone to same school which Kallis and Levi attended, I won't pay $25 per match."

We've had a few of these. Priyashrav: "I live 20,732 km from the stadium and I have no idea when the rain will stop

Sam: "May be by giving some extra points for being an IPL team KKR can qualify." Yup, else it looks like the end of the road for KKR.

Dibyajyoti Lahiri: "I live underground and am not too worried about mere trifles such as rain!"

Shravan Koganti: "Sorry to hear that James. Lucky for us ESPN is broadcasting every match for free in HD :)"

J Andrew on the KKR situation: "It is mathematically impossible. The only way a 6-point team can advance is if the overall numbers are 16-6-6-6-6, and since they still have the Titans to play, it can't happen. (Otherwise put: Auckland and Daredevils would have to have a no-result of their own to keep either from reaching 8. And then they'd both have to lose their remaining matches--but if they do, then Perth gets 8 from those." Top work that.

6.45pm It's a downpour in Durban now. Chances of a washout increasing. Here's what it looks like now.

Nagesh: "I want to see 'i stay 500m away from the stadium and it has stopped raining here' comment." Sadly, the rain isn't stopping.

More depressing news from Am: "Im here at kingsmead, Its pouring really heavy. A lot of Lightning and thunder. I dont see this match being completed."

Karthik: "Response: Eliya Abbas USA is not the only country in NA. There is a little country called Canada as well. Cricket is a growing sport here. Infact, they broadcast IPL."

6.30pm The rain has got a little heavier now. Some lightning around Kingsmead, and a pretty stiff breeze as well.

Heinz Schenk, the cricket writer for the Citizen, informs us the rain has become "massive" now. We could be in for a long delay.

Eliya Abbas: "Having had a look at the USACA Facebook page, I don't see North America making it this big in cricket any time soon!"

Rakesh: "@Garvin I think that GG has simply forgotten that Abdullah is playing this game!!" He forgot to mention Abdulla among the changes at the toss as well!

Rain stops play. The rain gets a bit heavier and Taufel waves the players off the field. The groundsmen carry the covers on. Still not a downpour, just a heavy drizzle. Ground staff in no hurry here.

Shuvam: "finally the IPL version of Lakshmipathy Balaji has arisen." 3-0-17-0.

JoseP: "From Marsh to Marsh? What happened to the Captain? Is it his confession that North had been going south for some time?" Probably thinks Mitchell is better suited for the big hits Perth needs, than North.

Garvin: "Is Abdulla playing as a specialist batman?" Good question.

End of over 14 (4 runs) Perth Scorchers 91/2 (RR: 6.50)

    • SM Katich 43 (32b 4x4)
    • MR Marsh 5 (10b)
    • SP Narine 2-0-9-0
    • JH Kallis 3-0-24-1





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