Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 5 Runs 2 Wkts | KKR: 155/8 (12 runs required, RR: 7.75)

  • Brett Lee2 (2b)
  • Iqbal Abdulla1 (1b)
  • Roelof van der Merwe4-0-23-2
  • Alfonso Thomas4-0-32-0

So just to sum up, T&T, Somerset and Kolkata Knight Riders have gone through to the main draw. How Ruhuna will have loved to have played the last match with the knowledge of what exactly to do. It's Kolkata who got that luxury, and did that. Just about. That's all we have from day three. Join us for the rest day after tomorrow. Cheers

Time for the presentations
Peter Trego is MoM He says: "Very proud. Been playing for Somerset for some time, this one of the proudest nights of my career with them. When Roelof bats the way he did, it takes the pressure. All other batsmen batted at more than run a ball. We had nothing to ose as outsiders, so we can give it our all."

Alfonso Thomas: "Nine out of ten. Those two catches that we could have taken. Certainly waiting on the likes of Jos Butler and Craig Kiewstter joining us."

Jacques Kallis: "To be honest, we are happy to qualify. It was tight in the end. To be brutally honest, it was a poor performance. We fielded poorly, didn't bat well. Ryan played an exceptional innings to get us through. When we lost a couple of wickets up front, we realised we didn't need to be heroes. It looks like Gautam Gambhir will be ready. World-class player."

Ruhuna must be feeling bad. They would have loved to have won by more runs. Meanwhile KKR, the side that lost, is celebrating more than Somerset, the side that won

19.6
1
van der Merwe to Lee, 1 run, Lee heaves, gets a single, Somerset win. They were jetlagged when they started the competition, now they are one of the sides to watch out for
19.5
1
van der Merwe to Iqbal Abdulla, 1 run, full on the pads, clipped away for a single to be extra sure
19.4
W
van der Merwe to ten Doeschate, OUT, RVD Merwe says, NIMBY. RTD comes down the ground, he spears in a yorker to take the middle stumps out. RTD goes back with a smile on his face. To those who used RTD so low in the order, remember class will out

RN ten Doeschate b van der Merwe 46 (51m 31b 1x4 3x6) SR: 148.38

Now for the win?

19.3
2
van der Merwe to ten Doeschate, 2 runs, RTD moves around in the crease, backs away, then goes across, gets inside the line, clipps it away, runs hard, gets the couple. Brett Lee has won many World Cups, but I haven't seen him celebrate as much. The game is still on, and he goes up to hug RTD
19.2
1
van der Merwe to Lee, 1 run, low full toss, hit straight to extra again, Lee has to dive full length to beat Thomas's throw

van der Merwe is a canny cricketer. Immediately he aborts the celebrations to tell the umpire the batsmen didn't cross. Brett lee to face now

19.1
W
van der Merwe to Bhatia, OUT, What has Bhatia done here? Low full toss, and he looks to chip this over extra cover. The idea is right, the execution isn't. A low catch for extra cover. The batsmen haven't crossed. new batsman on stirke

R Bhatia c Thomas b van der Merwe 19 (16m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 135.71

"KKR's matches are as well scripted as their owner's movies." What are you alluding to, RS Sampat? Last over to go. Three for qualification, 17 to win. I am sure Kolkata are thinking of 153 right now. RVD Merwe to bowl

END OF OVER:
19 | 11 Runs | KKR: 150/6 (17 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.89, RRR: 17.00)

  • Rajat Bhatia19 (13b)
  • Ryan ten Doeschate44 (29b)
  • Alfonso Thomas4-0-32-0
  • Roelof van der Merwe3-0-18-0
18.6
1
Thomas to Bhatia, 1 run, yorker, digs this out, soft hands, Bhatia takes the single. RTD trusts him to take first strike next over

Four to qualify, 18 to win

18.5
2
Thomas to Bhatia, 2 runs, Ruhuna are one shot from elimination. A length ball, Bhatia hits it down the ground, to the right of long-off, comes back for two more
18.4
4
Thomas to Bhatia, FOUR runs, with that, Somerset are through to the main draw. However, Gregory has misfielded at long-on. This was a single, Gregory took his eye off, looking up to throw, lets it slip through
18.3
2
Thomas to Bhatia, 2 runs, slower short ball, slapped to the left of long-on, takes the second again
18.2
2
Thomas to Bhatia, 2 runs, low full toss, drilled wide of long-on, comes back for two
18.1
0
Thomas to Bhatia, no run, Bhatia slogs, a very unBhatia-like moment of madness, the short-of-a-length ball misses the off stump

END OF OVER:
18 | 9 Runs | KKR: 139/6 (28 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.72, RRR: 14.00)

  • Ryan ten Doeschate44 (29b)
  • Rajat Bhatia8 (7b)
  • Roelof van der Merwe3-0-18-0
  • Alfonso Thomas3-0-21-0
17.6
0
van der Merwe to ten Doeschate, no run, missed stumping if I were to be really harsh. He fires this in, full and fast, past the advancing RTD, on yorker length to Snell. He can't make the collection. Too dificult
17.5
1
van der Merwe to Bhatia, 1 run, Bhatia yorks himself this time, but takes the single to extra cover
17.4
1
van der Merwe to ten Doeschate, 1 run, comes down the track, yorks himself up, gets a single to long-on
17.3
0
van der Merwe to ten Doeschate, no run, the flat arm ball, RTD wants to pull, the ball stays low, it misses the leg stump. Snell coleects, appeals for the catch at the wicket, there is flood light between bat and ball
17.2
6
van der Merwe to ten Doeschate, SIX runs, RTD is taking Kolkata into the Champions League main draw. What a pick-up shot. Lovely timing. All wrists. Length ball, on the pads, just flicks it down the ground, well over long-on
17.1
1
van der Merwe to Bhatia, 1 run, short, pulled away, gets the single

"How about a word for Somerset's T20 world record holder, Arul Suppiah (6 wickets for 5 runs)?" Jezzer, I'll quote Ian Chappell on the matter: "What was he bowling when they weren't looking?" Talking of not looking, here RVD Merwe

END OF OVER:
17 | 6 Runs | KKR: 130/6 (37 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.64, RRR: 12.33)

  • Rajat Bhatia6 (5b)
  • Ryan ten Doeschate37 (25b)
  • Alfonso Thomas3-0-21-0
  • Peter Trego3-0-25-1
16.6
1
Thomas to Bhatia, 1 run, Bhatia goes in the air, but is too close to the pitch, doesn't get the elevation. The shot bounces in front of long-on
16.5
1
Thomas to ten Doeschate, 1 run, pushed to long-off for another single
16.4
1
Thomas to Bhatia, 1 run, driven to extra cover for a single
16.3
1
Thomas to ten Doeschate, 1 run, guided with the inward angle, takes the single

"Looking at Bhatia's stats.... why has he played no internationals???" Stuart, he has been the quintessential domestic player. Lovely servant of domestic cricket, read Sanjay Bangar, Amol Muzumdar, Yere Goud etc. but never considered to have that "something extra" for the big level

16.2
1
Thomas to Bhatia, 1 run, length ball, driven to long-on for a single
16.1
1
Thomas to ten Doeschate, 1 run, length ball, middle and leg, picked away for one. I think RTD wants 29 first. That Shakib wicket seems to have settled the dilemma

So 29 to qualify, 43 to win. If Somerset bowl 19 overs, they go through. Here is Alfonso Thomas

KKR 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st8JH KallisMS Bisla
2nd2JH KallisSP Goswami
3rd38MK TiwarySP Goswami
4th9YK PathanMK Tiwary
5th40YK PathanRN ten Doeschate
6th23RN ten DoeschateShakib Al Hasan
7th30R BhatiaRN ten Doeschate
8th3B LeeRN ten Doeschate
9th2B LeeIqbal Abdulla

Champions League Twenty20

Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
NSW43160.627
MI4215-0.28
T&T42240.176
COBRA41230.229
CSK4132-0.712
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
Somst4215-0.557
RCB42240.325
KKR42240.306
WAR42240.246
SOA4123-0.533
Qualifying Tournament Pool A
TeamMWLPTNRR
Somst22040.3
KKR2112-0.225
AUCK2020-0.075
Qualifying Tournament Pool B
TeamMWLPTNRR
T&T22041.659
RU2112-0.275
Leics2020-1.375