It turned out to be a mere irony for Kolkata Knight Riders, who were the champions of IPL 2012, when they became the first side to be knocked out of the Champions League T20. KKR had already lost their first two matches in the tournament and it was a must-win match for them against the Perth Scorchers on Wednesday so as to stay in the competition. But as luck may have it, the game got washed out by rain, and with it washed out KKR's dreams of winning the CLT20.
It was a disappointing time for Durban crowd who had turned out in great number to see the match, but could only enjoy 14 over of gameplay before the rain interrupted. KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir had an eye on the weather and chose to bowl first after winning in the toss, keeping in mind the DL case. KKR started off well with Brett Lee getting Scorchers' opener Herschelle Gibbs out on the fifth ball of the match. Shaun Marsh put up a 70-run partnership with Michael Katich before he was given out leg-before-wicket off the bowling of Kallis in the eleventh over.
Sunil Narine came back for his second spell and gave away just four runs in his second over, the 14th of the innings, before rain got heavy and the proceedings had to be stopped. KKR are left with their last match for this season of CLT20, to be played against the current group toppers Titans on October 21. The game will be a crucial match for Knight Riders who will come out in the ground on that day to play for respect rather than anything else.