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 today.
Chasing a victory target of 167, KKR could score 155 for eight but made it to the 10-team main tournament
as the third highest ranked side in the six-team qualifying round on better net run rate.
Somerset batsman Peter Trego plays a shot as Kolkata Knight Riders wicketkeeper Manvinder Bisla looks on during the Champions League Twenty20 qualifying cricket match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Somerset in Hyderabad.
They collected two points from one win -- against Auckland Aces -- the same as Ruhunu Eleven but qualified for the main tournament on better net run rate.
KKR have a net run rate of minus 0.225 while Ruhunu ended at minus 0.275. The Kolkata side qualified for the main round after reaching 153 in their run chase. The Jacques Kallis-led side joined three other Indian teams -- reigning champions Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians -- in the main round, to be held from September 23 to October 9.
Somerset and Trinidad and Tobago are the two other teams to have qualified to the main round from the qualifiers. Both secured two wins each. Riding on opener Peter Trego's fluent half-century, Somerset first produced a solid batting display to post a challenging 166 for six after electing to bat and then restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 155 for eight at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. Ryan ten Doeschate waged a lone battle for KKR, hitting one four and three sixes on his way to 46 from 31 deliveries, but eventually ran short of partners.