Somerset 164-5 (van der Merwe 73) beat
Kolkata Knight Riders 161-3 by five wickets
Champions League Twenty20, Hyderabad
Somerset beat the Kolkata Knight Riders for the second time in four days as they got their Champions League Twenty20 campaign off to a winning start.
Having beaten them in the preliminary tournament as both teams qualified, they were pitted together in the group stage and Somerset on this occasion prevailed by five wickets.
Four big sixes late on from Yusuf Pathan propelled the Knight Riders to 161 for three before a similarly explosive innings from Roelof van der Merwe and some cool finishing from Nick Compton and Steve Snell ensured Somerset got home with two balls to spare.
Pathan smacked 39 not out in 21 balls as Jacques Kallis stood firm at the top of the order to make 74 not out in 61 deliveries.
Manvinder Bisla (17) and Manoj Tiwary (20) also made useful contributions as Lewis Gregory returned figures of two for nine and Alfonso Thomas one for 34 for Somerset.
In reply, Chris Jones (6) fell early before Peter Trego, who made 28, and van der Merwe combined to put Somerset in a strong position.
They put on 95 for the second wicket but the quick dismissals of Trego, James Hildreth (0) and van der Merwe, who made 73 in 40 deliveries, handed the Knight Riders an opportunity to get back into the match.
However, despite also removing Arul Suppiah for 11, they were unable to do enough with Compton hitting the winning runs to close on 19 not out and Snell playing his part with six from six.
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