Mitch Marsh top scored for Perth against the Titans. Source: Tony McDonough/AAP
The Perth Scorchers will be looking to get their Champions League T20 campaign back on track when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders at Kingsmead in Durban after opening the tournament with a 39 run loss to the Titans on Saturday. The Scorchers strong batting lineup failed to fire a shot against the South African champions, with Mitchell Marsh the only batsman to score more than 24. Shaun Marsh and Herschelle Gibbs were unable to build a significant opening partnership and Perth never recovered, with Gibbs one of only three players to reach double figures. English import Paul Collingwood sat out against the Titans but is likely to be recalled as the Scorchers move to strengthen their batting, with Joe Mennie likely to be the man that misses out.
Indian Premier League champion Kolkata has failed to adapt to conditions in South Africa and is staring down the barrel of an early exit from the competition after losing both of their opening two matches. The Knight Riders have been hurt by the poor form of their star players, with skipper Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis having scored just five runs between them from four visits to the crease. They have both been prolific in the 20 over game and will have a key role to play in turning Kolkata’s form around. Brett Lee could return after being replaced by Shakib Al Hasan against Auckland, while allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate is another player that could come into contention for a recall.
Australian based teams have historically had the wood over those from India at the Champions League, losing only two of the nine matches between the two countries in the competition.
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