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Suryakumar Yadav wins it for KKR again

The Kolkata Knight Riders stretched their winning run to 12 matches as they carved out a narrow 3 wicket win over a competitive Perth Scorchers side in Hyderabad on Wednesday night. As a result of their win, KKR are now guaranteed a semi-final berth in the competition as the Indian Premier League champions look for their second trophy of what has been an incredible season.

Batting first on winning the toss, Perth posted an under par 151-7 with all of their wickets following to the KKR spinners with Sunil Narine taking 4-31, while Kuldeep Yadav chipped in with 3-23. KKR bowled 16 overs of spin with Yusuf Pathan taking the new ball with Jacques Kallis and doing rather well, conceding less than 6 runs per over from his 4 overs.


Kolkata squeeze out narrow win against Lahore Lions

Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders have stretched their winning streak to 11 straight games after beating the Pakistani champions Lahore Lions by 4 wickets in a tight finish in Hyderabad.

Having been put into bat, the Lahore Lions posted an under par 151-7, having failed to capitalize on an excellent start as the KKR spinners spun a web around their batsmen in the middle overs. Ahmed Shehzad led the way for the Pakistani champions, smashing 59 from just 41 balls, sharing a 50 run partnership with Nasir Jamshed (10) in a little over 6 overs before Kolkata stormed back into the contest.


Punjab squeeze narrow win against Barbados Tridents

The Kings XI Punjab took a giant leap towards booking a spot for themselves in the knockout stages of the Champions League T20 with a hard earned win against a very competitive Barbados Trident side which excelled with the bat, posting 174-6 in their 20 overs.

Having been put into bat, the team from the West Indies stormed out of the gates like a house on fire with their top order scoring at better than 10 an over in the powerplay. Parwinder Awana struck a crucial double blow for the Punjab side when he picked up two wickets in the 6th over to slow down the assault dismissing both Barbados openers. Dilshan Munaweera in particular had been exceptional, smashing 50 from just 26 balls before becoming Awana's second victim on the last ball of the powerplay.


Perera, Maxwell guide Kings XI Punjab to easy win

The Kings XI Punjab recovered from a spot of bother at 51-4 in their pursuit of 145 to win to beat the Hobart Hurricanes by 5 wickets in their Group B opener at Mohali today. An all round performance from Sri Lankan star Thisara Perera saw the Kings XI over the line as the medium pacer picked up 2 crucial wickets for just 17 runs in 3 overs and then produced some big blows with the bat to post an unbeaten 35 from 20 balls to guide Punjab to victory.

Having been put into bat, the Hobart Hurricanes posted an underwhelming 144-6 from their 20 overs with each of their top 6 getting into double figures, but no one really going on to make a telling contribution. A pair of 28s lower down the order from Travis Birt and Jonathan Wells helped Hobart put something up on the board to defend after a sluggish start saw them barely scoring between 6 and 7 runs an over.


Mitchell Johnson ruled out of Champions League T20

Cricket Australia has today advised that Mitchell Johnson will not immediately join the Kings XI Punjab in India at the Oppo Champions League Twenty20 due to a rib injury.

Cricket Australia Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: “Mitch had some rib pain during the recent ODI tour of Zimbabwe. Since returning to Australia, he has had some scans that have confirmed some irritation of the tip of the rib.


Mumbai Indians crash out of Champions League

The Champions League's reigning champions Mumbai Indians have been sent crashing out of the competition at the qualifying stage, losing their second match of the qualifiers today to the Northern Districts of New Zealand.

Having been put into bat, Mumbai Indians crashed to a very poor 46-5 in the 11th over as Scott Styris ran through their top order. Skipper Kieran Pollard (31) and Harbhajan Singh (10) stemmed the tide briefly before a couple of unexpected 20s from Lasith Malinga (20 from 8 balls) and Shreyas Gopal (24 from 12) helped Mumbai reach a marginally competitive 132-9 from their 20 overs.


CLT20 2014 to be played in India in September - October

Kolkata Knight Riders, winners of the IPL in 2014 and 2012, will take on Chennai Super Kings, winners of the IPL in 2011 and IPL and CLT20 champions in 2010, in the inaugural Group match of the Champions League Twenty20 2014, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad, on 17 September 2014.

India will host the sixth edition of the world's premier domestic T20 competition from 13 September 2014 to 4 October 2014. The tournament will follow a format similar to the three previous editions, with a Group Stage preceded by a Qualifier. A total of 29 matches will be played in the competition.


Mumbai crowned CLT20 Champions again

The reigning Indian Premier League champions, the Mumbai Indians, were crowned the Champions League T20 winners today with a hard earned 33 run win over a combative Rajasthan Royals outfit that failed to fire when the going got tough. All the pre-match hype was about Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, but once the action got underway it was all about the cricket being played on the pitch.

The Royals dominated the first 10 overs of each innings, but Mumbai came back well with the bat and the ball to script a win that most would have expected given their considerably greater budgets and depth of talent.


Mumbai too good for Trinidad & Tobago, set up CLT20 Final date with Rajasthan

It's going to be Sachin vs Rahul in the final of the Champions League T20 as the IPL Champions, Mumbai Indians, set up a dream finale with the Rajasthan Royals at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi with a slightly nervy 6 wicket win against a Trinidad & Tobago side which continued to punch above their weight in this tournament.

Deprived of stars like Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Kevon Cooper, who would otherwise form the cornerstone of their middle order, Trinidad & Tobago continued to produce some competitive cricket and took their semi-final against the cash rich Mumbai Indians down to the final over.


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