Kolkata Knight Riders lost their final qualifying round match against Somerset by 11 runs but still managed to qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 main tournament here yesterday. Chasing 167, KKR could score 155 for eight but made it to the 10-team main tournament on better net run rate.
Right: Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan greets Brett Lee ahead of their CL T20 qualifier against Somerset yesterday. Pic/AFP
KKR have a net run rate of minus 0.225 while Ruhunu Eleven ended at minus 0.275. The Kolkata side qualified for the main round after reaching 153 in their run chase. Somerset and Trinidad and Tobago are the two other teams that qualified to the main round from the qualifiers. Ruhunu defeated Leicestershire by four runs in another Champions League T20 qualifier match earlier in the day.