Centurion: Oct 23, 2012
Auckland had not put a foot wrong in the tournament till they faced the Titans. The New Zealand side started its campaign on a rampaging note winning both its qualifiers comprehensively to make the main draw from pool 1.
They also started the Group A journey with a thumping victory over IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders but the Titans stopped their juggernaut with a 59-run victory and then luck also deserted them as rain washed out their match against the Delhi Daredevils without a ball being bowled.
Auckland are now now placed fourth in Group A with six points. Delhi and Titans with 10 and 8 points are already the front-runners to seal a semifinal berth.
Gareth Hopkins's side will look to bring itself into contention with a big victory tomorrow and also hope that Delhi beat Titans comprehensively in the next match to salvage its hopes of a last-minute entry to the semis.
Perth Scorchers: Herschelle Gibbs, Simon Katich, Marcus North (c), Tom Beaton, Paul Collingwood, Luke Ronchi(wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Joe Mennie, Ryan Duffield, Brad Hogg, Michael Beer
Auckland Aces: Lou Vincent, Martin Guptill, Azhar Mahmood, Anaru Kitchen, Gareth Hopkins (c & wk), Colin Munro, Colin de Grandhomme, Ronnie Hira, Kyle Mills, Michael Bates, Bruce Martin