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New Delhi: IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Delhi Daredevils, while South Africaís domestic Twenty20 champions Titans will square off against Australiaís Perth Scorchers in the opening group 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 Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils, who finished third in the IPL.
The final of the Champions League Twenty20 will be played on October 28 at the Wanderers, Johannesburg. The fourth edition of the Champions League Twenty20 will feature a total of 14 teams and 29 matches across four venues ó Centurion, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
The group stage will be preceded by a qualifying stage from October 9 to October 11 featuring six teams. These teams have been equally divided into two pools with each team playing the other two in its pool once.
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.
Pool 1: ECB 1 (winners of the ECBís domestic T20 championship), Sialkot Stallions (Pakistan) and Auckland Aces (New Zealand).
Pool 2: ECB 2 (runners-up in the ECBís domestic T20 championship), Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies) and the winners of Sri Lankaís domestic T20 championship.
Group stage: The group stage will comprise 10 teams divided into two groups of five. Each side will play the other four in their group with the top two teams qualifying for the semifinals.
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.