Auckland Aces v KKR, Group A, CLT20, Cape Town October 15, 2012

Andre Adams and the four-step run-up

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from Auckland v Kolkata Knight Riders at Newlands

Adjustment of the day
Andre Adams is not the swiftest of bowlers, but does usually at least come off a run of a good 20 or so paces. Today, however, he trundled in from just four. The idea behind this, Adams explained after the match, was that Auckland had a couple of bowlers with long run-ups - Kyle Mills and Michael Bates foremost among them - and so he was trying to buy his captain Gareth Hopkins some time and ensure a healthy over rate by bustling through his overs. Adams still slung the down at a decent pace, with wicketkeeper Hopkins standing back during his four overs.

Catch of the day
Martin Guptill might only have two toes on his left foot, but he's got five fingers on each hand and he put them to superb effect to get rid of KKR captain Gautam Gambhir in the second over. Gambhir had had some luck when umpire Rod Tucker refused to uphold what appeared to be an adjacent lbw call off Michael Bates, but when a leading edge looped low towards extra cover four balls later Guptill swerved to his left and plucked the ball out of the air inches from the turf.

All-round battle of the day
Azhar Mahmood and Jacques Kallis boast a wealth of experience in their combined 74 years-plus, but Kallis is thought of as the greatest allrounder of his generation while Mahmood hasn't played an international since the 2007 World Cup. Nevertheless, it was Mahmood who got the better of their mini-battle at Newlands, the Pakistani finding the South African's outside edge for a second ball duck. Mahmood then took 10 runs off the nine Kallis deliveries he faced in his match-winning fifty.

Tangle of the day
Mahmood returned to bowl the penultimate over, conceding just eight runs despite Yusuf Pathan and Rajat Bhatia's efforts to smash the living daylights out of the ball. Indeed, Bhatia got himself in such a tangle after charging at a misread slower ball that he ended up prostrate on the ground. The batsman, who'd come out to bat without spikes, saw fit to call for a new pair of boots with just nine legitimate deliveries remaining. Not that it made a great deal of difference, as neither he nor Pathan could find the boundary in the final over.

Drop of the day
He bats, he bowls, but can he catch? Mahmood turned from hero to villain when, in the final over bowled by Bates, he set himself under a top-edged Pathan heave at deep square leg. The ball, quite possibly swirling around in the stiff south-easterly wind blowing across the ground ,bounced off his palms and Mahmood couldn't get close to the rebound.

Quick start of the day
Lou Vincent charged out of the blocks in the Aces' chase, flapping the second ball he faced over mid-off for four and adding a clip to the midwicket boundary and a sky-scraping scoop over wide long-on as a whopping 17 runs flowed from the first over of the innings, bowled by Lakshmipathy Balaji. Shakib Al Hasan was given the same treatment, and the Aces had rocketed to 37 from 17 deliveries before Vincent tried one shot too many and top-edged a hoick off Sunil Narine. Vincent had set the tone for the Aces' chase, however, and they cantered home with ease.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    @Sailesh Karki - ipl teams aren't full of stars, they have 4 foreign stars and 7 Indian players. Guptil, Vincent, Mills, Adams and Mahmoud are easily accomplished enough to play as foreigners in the IPL - and most of the remainder are as solid as Indian domestic players

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Loving to see Mehmood doing so well. No worries if Sialkot is out, we have found a match-winner in prime form. Wonder what Pak selectors are thinking? Or can they even think out of the box?

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Only Kitchen and Munro haven't represented their country. KKR have 3 players who haven't broken through internationally. In Mills, Adams, Guptil, Vincent and Mahmood, the Aces have a lot of international experience. The captain Hopkins has a lot of experience as well. Along with teamwork, the key was going over to SA early and acclimatizing to the conditions. They now also have momentum. They have yet to concede more than 140 and chased each score down with at least 2 overs to spare. People keep talking about teams losing to the Aces rather than giving credit where it is due.

  • Bryce on October 16, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Hmmm, two adjustments of the day in one day?

  • Patrick on October 16, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    How can there be 2 "adjustement of the day"s. That defies logic

  • Hari on October 16, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    KKR is not world class team when they have Balaji and other low performers. They are leaning on foreign players only.

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Losses of the various IPL teams clearly points out that cricket is not a game of 11 stars , its a game to be played by one team ,one unified team . And thats the only way you can explain losses of the the IPL giants(atleast giants on paper )to teams with players rarely threatening in the international arena

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