Knight Riders make damp exit
Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders were the first side to be knocked out of the Champions League T20 when their Group A match with Perth Scorchers was abandoned due to rain at Durban.
The Scorchers, who lost the toss, were 91 for two from 14 overs when the elements ended proceedings. Shaun Marsh hit 38 and Simon Katich was unbeaten on 43.
Brett Lee had Herschelle Gibbs caught at cover-point with the game’s fifth ball but Marsh and Katich added 70 in less than 10 overs before Jacques Kallis trapped the former in front.
Perth, who have played twice, remained bottom of the table but Kolkata, winless from three contests, are out.
In the day’s first game, at the same venue, Ethy Mbhalati followed up Jacques Rudolph’s fine work as group leaders Titans made it two wins from two by cruising past Auckland Aces.
Rudolph, having struck 83 not out when Titans beat Perth in their opener, again led the way after Auckland opted to bowl.
The opening batsman, well supported by 36 from Henry Davids and Farhaan Behardien’s unbeaten 48, struck a composed 63 as Titans posted an impressive 172 for four.
That total proved well beyond the Aces, who crumbled in the face of a fine all-round bowling display. Mbhalati was the pick of the attack, claiming 3-26 to help dismiss Auckland for 113 and secure a 59-run victory.