Bangalore, Sept 29: The Kolkata Knight Riders slumped to a third successive defeat in the Champions League T20 and their progress to the next round seems unlikely. When they got past the minimum score in their second qualifier, there were celebrations in the KKR camp. The loss to Somerset in that game hardly mattered as they had achieved qualification into the main draw of the CLT20.
Though a loss in the qualifying round against somerset saw them go through the group stage of the champions league, another match against somerset in the champions league twenty20 which seemed to be a revenge match, somerset beat KKR by 5 wickets.
"I think we batted really well but Merwe took the game away from us. We were looking for a score of 145 but with that one over in which we got four sixes, we got a good score. It was very good total on this wicket but the way they batted all credit to Somerset," Gambhir said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Having experienced players like Kallis, Pathan, Lee, Balaji and young talent like Morgan and Tiwary, Gambhir hoped that they will do well in the remaining three Group stage matches, but the south australians were also hunting for a first win after a heavy 50-run defeat against warriors.
South Australia scored a competitive 188 for five after opting to bat. The target eventually turned out to be too steep for KKR as they lost wickets at regular intervals to be restricted to 169 for nine, thereby handing South Australia a 19-run victory.
Ferguson scored an unbeaten 40-ball 70-run knock and together with Christian (42) added quickfire 84 runs for the fourth wicket. "I never thought they would get to 180-odd. It was a brilliant effort from Ferguson and Christian," a disappointed Gambhir said after the match. "Sometimes we've bowled well in patches, and sometimes batted well in patches. At times we haven't complemented our batsmen, sometimes our bowlers," he added.
Kolkata Knight Riders are desperate for a win as they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in a do-or-die group league encounter here today. Royal challengers Bangalore our once again considered favourites against kolkata Knight riders, who have come into the tournament as underdogs, having lost three games on the trot, including one in the qualifying leg.
The teams will be desperate for a victory as another defeat would severely dent their chances of a semi-final berth as only top-two teams in each Group would make the last-four stage.