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Tough group for Knights

Calcutta: IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Delhi DareDevils, while South Africa’s domestic Twenty20 champions Titans will square off against Australia’s Perth Scorchers in the opening group A games of the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa.

The group stage of the tournament will commence with a double-header at Centurion on October 13.

The game between Titans and Perth Scorchers will be played first followed by the clash between the Knight Riders and the DareDevils, who finished third in the IPL.

Besides the above four teams, the tough group A will also include a qualifier.

The final of the Champions League Twenty20 will be played on October 28 at the Wanderers. The semi-finals will be on October 25 and 26.

The fourth edition of the Champions League Twenty20 will feature a total of 14 teams and 29 matches across four venues — Centurion, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

The group stage will be preceded by a qualifying stage from October 9 to 11 featuring six teams.

The top team in each pool, in terms of points, will then qualify for the group stage.

If teams from the same pool are equal on points, the qualifier will be decided by net run rate.

THE GROUPINGS

Qualifying Pool 1: Sialkot Stallions (Pakistan), Auckland Aces (New Zealand) and England’s domestic T20 winners.

Qualifying Pool 2: Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies), England's domestic T20 runners-up and Sri Lanka’s domestic T20 winner.

Group A: Kolkata Knight Riders (India), Titans (South Africa), Perth Scorchers (Australia), Delhi DareDevils (India) and Qualifier 1.

Group B: Chennai Super Kings (India), Highveld Lions (South Africa), Sydney Sixers (Australia), Mumbai Indians (India) and Qualifier 2.

KKR’S GROUP MATCHES

Oct. 13: Vs Delhi DareDevils (Centurion)

Oct. 15: Vs Qualifier 1 (Cape Town)

Oct. 17: Vs Perth Scorchers (Durban)

Oct. 21: Vs Titans (Cape Town)