DURBIN  - IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders were knocked out of the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 after their must-win match against Perth Scorchers was called off due to incessant rain here at Kingsmead.

The Knight Riders needed to win this match at any cost, having suffered reverses in their first two outings against Delhi Daredevils and Auckland Aces, but luck deserted Gautam Gambhir and his men on their most important day.

In the process, they became the first team to be eliminated from the tournament proper.  A downpour followed by continues drizzle ensured the game ended 14 overs into the Scorchers innings they were 91 for two at that stage.

Earlier, Titans trounced Auckland Aces by 59 runs for their second straight win in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament at Kingsmead.  Jacques Rudolph (63), Henry Davis (36) and Farhaan Behardien (48 not out) propelled Titans to 172 for four before their bowlers dismissed Auckland for 113 in 18.1 overs. Speedsters Ethy Mbhalati (3-26) and Alfonso Thomas (3-18) starred with the ball.

It was Titans’ second win after their victory against Perth Scorchers while Auckland won their first match against Kolkata Knight Riders. Auckland kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and their fate was sealed when they lost six of their men at a score of 58 runs by the ninth over. Anaru Kitchen (23) and Andre Adams (30) were the only ones to make substantial contributions. Adams and Michael Bates (14 not out) were involved in an entertaining 45-run stand for the 10th wicket. But it came too late in the day for Auckland.

Earlier, openers Davids and Rudolph set the tone for a big score, sharing 74 runs off 67 balls.

Rudolph smashed seven fours in his 56-ball knock while Davids five. Behardien got into the act late in the innings, hammering three sixes and a four in his 23-ball knock. Titans next play Knight Riders Oct 21 while Auckland face Delhi Daredevils Oct 19.