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Kolkata - Perth share the spoils as rain ruins encounter

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The Kolkata Knight Riders made their way to Durban knowing that anything other than a win today would mean that their next game of the Champions League T20 competition would certainly be their last. Squaring off against the Perth Scorchers, who were also win-less in the multi-nation event, the Knight Riders won the toss and opted to chase, basing their decision on the weather forecast for rain later in the evening. The Scorchers made a patchy start and made their way to a competitive 91-2 in 14 overs before the forecasted rain made its scheduled appearance. Sadly for the thousands in attendance and the millions glued to their TV sets around the world the rain refused to subside, washing away the possibility of any result from this contest. As such the teams were forced to split the 4 points on offer between them, ending KKR's chance of progressing in the competition.

The Knight Riders made the two predictable changes to their side, recalling Brett Lee for Shakib Al Hasan, and dropping Pradeep Sangwan for Iqbal Abdulla to retain their bowling balance. However, they also opted to leave out the much under-bowled Rajat Bhatia for a more recognized T20 stroke player in Debabrata Das to compensate for Shakib's exit. The Scorchers meanwhile made just the one change with Nathan Coulter-Nile coming in for Ben Edmondson, meaning there was still no place in the team for former England T20 winning captain Paul Collingwood in this side.

Brett Lee got the Knight Riders off to the perfect start, removing fellow veteran Herschelle Gibbs for naught in the very first over, but Perth recovered to make their way to 38-1 in the powerplay. Yusuf Pathan was given a rare bowl, sharing the new ball, getting through 2 overs for 7 runs with the field up.

Simon Katich meanwhile was living a charmed life, dropped once each off Jacques Kallis and Laxmipathy Balaji. Shaun Marsh at the other end looked in good touch, and made a steady 38 before getting a raw decision, being given out leg before off Kallis.

After a 17-run Yusuf Pathan over preceeding the dismissal of Marsh, Kolkata pulled things back after the wicket as the Perth Scorchers meandered to 91-2 in 14 overs before the heavens opened and rain pelted down hard on Kingsmead.

Sadly for the fans the rain refused to relent and after a near hour long delay, the match was called off.

The two points for KKR means that their final game of the competition against the Titans on Sunday remains purely academic, however, the IPL Champions would be desperate to sign off with a win. The Scorchers meanwhile have two games in hand, and are still mathematically very much in the tournament. They too are in action on Sunday, taking on another IPL franchise, the Delhi Daredevils.


Perth Scorchers: Herschelle Gibbs, Marcus North (c), Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Simon Katich, Nathan Rimmington, Joe Mennie, Brad Hogg, Michael Beer, Nathan Coulter-Nile

Kolkata Knight Riders: Manvinder Bisla (wk), Gautam Gambhir (c), Brendon McCullum, Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Debabrata Das, Yusuf Pathan, Iqbal Abdulla, Sunil Narine, L Balaji, Brett Lee

Mini Scorecard:

Perth Scorchers 91-2 (14 overs, 6.5rpo)
S Katich 43* (32) B Lee 1-11
S Marsh 38 (40) J Kallis 1-24

Match abandoned due to rain