Champions League is a religion in football, with a rich history but just a toddler in the cricketing world. A culmination of the top T20 teams from each cricketing country, the Champions League is picking up steam.
The list of players ruled out for the Champions League T20 keeps on growing. The latest to join is the Kolkata Knight Riders' spearhead, Morne Morkel who injured his 'rotator cuff' during the recently concluded Tri-Series in Zimbabwe.
The day's second Champions League T20 match was markedly more one-sided than the first. Whereas Otago and Lions had needed a second tie-breaker to separate them, Rajasthan Royals breezed into the semi-finals courtesy of a nine-wicket demolition of a now-eliminated Perth Scorchers.
Lions somehow failed to score three runs off the final three balls of the Super Over and so lost to Otago on boundary count in what was just about as closely-contested a Champions League T20 match as it is possible to have.
Chennai Super Kings eased to a straightforward victory over Brisbane Heat in Group B of the Champions League T20. The win is their third in the tournament and puts through to the semi-finals with a game still to play.