Kolkata Thrash Titans To End Campaign With Victory

Kolkata Thrash Titans To End Campaign With Victory
Kolkata Thrash Titans To End Campaign With Victory
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Kolkata Knight Riders 188-5 (Gambhir 44) beat
Titans 89 (Balaji 4-19) by 99 runs
CLT20 Group A, Cape Town

Kolkata Knight Riders ended their Champions League Twenty20 campaign with a crushing 99-run win over Nashua Titans in Group A in Cape Town.

Although the reigning Indian Premier League champions were already out of the tournament, that didn't stop them putting in a convincing performance.

Gautam Gambhir struck 44 and Debabrata Das 43 not out in 19 balls and in reply to 188 for five, Titans slumped to a score of 89 all out as Lakshmipathy Balaji took four for 19.

Despite the result, the Titans remain on top of the group but their loss keeps the door open for challengers Delhi Daredevils and Auckland Aces to pip them to the semi-finals.

This was as commanding a performance as any team has put together during the competition, and Kolkata started strongly with Manvinder Bisla hammering 27 in 14 balls and Gambhir facing 36 balls for his runs.

Titans opening pair Alfonso Thomas and Ethy Mbhalati struggled for control but Kolkata were pegged back by Roelof van der Merwe, who returned two for 18 in four smart overs of left-arm spin while medium pacer CJ de Villiers picked up one for 26 in three overs.

Brendon McCullum blasted 36 in 20 balls, Jacques Kallis made 18 and Manoj Tiwary 13 before Das took the innings to another level by smashing six fours and two sixes, undoing much of the good work van der Merwe had done in dismissing Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan (0).

In reply, Titans' innings went much the same way as Auckland's had when the South Africans met New Zealand's champions. Top three Henry Davids (13), Jacques Rudoph (25) and Heino Kuhn (10) gave them a reasonable start but thereafter they collapsed dramatically.

Kallis, Iqbal Abdulla and Balaji dismissed them respectively and then Balaji came into his own, also removing Martin van Jaarsveld (0), Farhaan Behardien (8) and van der Merwe (7).

Abdulla (2-20) removed David Wiese for five and Tiwary got in among the wickets with a haul of two for eight, de Villiers and Thomas falling to him.

Titans' innings lasted just 16.4 overs and they lost nine wickets for just 38 runs.

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