Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Auckland v Kolkata Knight Riders at Cape Town, Oct 15, 2012
Auckland won by 7 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
Played at Newlands, Cape Town (neutral venue)
15 October 2012 - day/night match (20-over match)

Kyle Mills to start things off for Auckland. Two slips in place.

Umpires are zipped right up - looks like the Cape Doctor is particularly chilly today. Gautam Gambhir and Manvinder Bisla are walking out for KKR now too.

Five minutes until kickoff, so to speak, and Hasan has this:"Batting was the reason for KKR's downfall in the last match.So it does make sense for me to bolster their batting by including sakib who is fair enough economical with his bowling too."

Simon isn't cool with KKR's team change: "Shakib for Lee? Really? He was good in the last game (much better than Balaji) and anyone who bowls in the 90s is a weapon worth having."

While you wait you can read Kanishkaa Balachandran's preview. Auckland's team preview is also available for your perusal.

Toss, 5pm Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and elected to bat. Captain Gautam Gambhir says it looks a good pitch to put runs on the board on. Jacques Kallis is fit and playing. Shakib Al Hasan comes in for Brett Lee.

Auckland captain Gareth Hopkins says his side is comfortable chasing (they won both of their qualifying matches batting second). No changes to their team from.

The skies are looking a tad gloomy over Newlands today, so hopefully the rains stay away. Table Mountain is hidden well from view by the cloud cover. Apparently it's windy and cold as well, which might make things tough for the team fielding later in the evening.

4:45pm Welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the Champions League match between IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders and HRV Cup champions Auckland Aces.

Kolkata have already lost their opening match to Delhi Daredevils, so they will be especially keen to avoid another loss which will push them to the brink. Auckland meanwhile have come through the qualifiers with two emphatic victories over Sialkot and Hampshire.

Pitch report: Tom Moody says there has been a little rain around recently, so the ball might move around while it is still new. However, he says, it will still be a good surface for batsmen.


Mills to Bisla, FOUR, Oh! And a close call for Bisla first ball. Mills digs it in short outside off stump and the ball flies between first slip and the keeper above head height. Neither fielder went for the ball there, it would have been a great start for Auckland.


Mills to Bisla, 1 run, Mills angles this one in and the length ball is defended towards cover. The batsmen cross, Guptill's underarm throw was wide of the stumps.


Mills to Gambhir, no run, short ball into the body. Gambhir gets on top of that and knocks it down.


Mills to Gambhir, no run, again slightly short and into the body. Gambhir tries to fend it away to leg, but the ball hits the thigh pad.


Mills to Gambhir, no run, fuller this time, and angled across the batsman. Gambhir attempts an off drive, but mistimes it and Mills fields the ball.


Mills to Gambhir, 1 run, another quick single off a defensive stroke. Short of a length again, and Gambhir pushes it towards point.

End of over 1 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • G Gambhir 1 (4b)
    • MS Bisla 5 (2b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 1-0-6-0

Bates to Gambhir, no run, Big shout as Bates moves this into Gambhir and raps him on the pad. Looks to be an inside edge there though, otherwise it would have been close.


Bates to Gambhir, FOUR, full and wide and slashed away for four. Gambhir carves that past point.


Bates to Gambhir, no run, went on the back foot and defended it


Bates to Gambhir, no run, this one moves slightly off the seam, and the bounce takes it past the outside edge.


Bates to Gambhir, OUT, Incredible catch from Martin Guptill! This is a real stunner. The ball moves off the seam again and Gambhir gets a leading edge, trying to work it to the on side. The ball pops up and Guptill dives to his left and snatches it above the turf

G Gambhir c Guptill b Bates 5 (9m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55


Bates to McCullum, no run, starts with a short ball to McCullum. Defended awkwardly. Great bounce in this pitch.

End of over 2 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 10/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • BB McCullum 0 (1b)
    • MS Bisla 5 (2b 1x4)
    • MD Bates 1-0-4-1
    • KD Mills 1-0-6-0

Mills to Bisla, no run, lands outside off and he leaves it alone to the keeper


Mills to Bisla, no run, makes room to smash that through the off side and he misses it


Mills to Bisla, no run, another slash, Bisla not moving his feet, missed again


Mills to Bisla, 1 no ball, he oversteps! Slashes outside off and he misses


Mills to Bisla, FOUR, Mills tries a yorker, but gets it slightly wrong. Bisla launchers that higher over cover to the boundary.


Mills to Bisla, FOUR, length ball, Bisla advances and crashes this through cover as well. Finally some momentum for KKR.


Mills to Bisla, no run, Bisla backs away and tries to hit this through the off side as well, but doesn't time it. It's fielded on the circle.

End of over 3 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 19/1 (RR: 6.33)

    • MS Bisla 13 (9b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 0 (1b)
    • KD Mills 2-0-15-0
    • MD Bates 1-0-4-1

Bates to McCullum, no run, short of a length, chops it into the offside


Bates to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum hits this one, a fuller delivery, to mid off


Bates to Bisla, 2 runs, Bisla attempts to smash a full ball over the leg saide, but fails to time it well. Goes over Adams at mid on and he retrieves it.


Bates to Bisla, 1 leg bye, shortish again, and this dribbles out behind square for a single


Bates to McCullum, FOUR, they might be getting a little predictable with the short stuff here. Wasn't all that wide, but McCullum is back quickly and smashes it past point.


Bates to McCullum, FOUR, Same again, only slightly straighter. Again a shortish delivery, and this one is more through point. KKR recovering well here.

End of over 4 (12 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 31/1 (RR: 7.75)

    • BB McCullum 9 (5b 2x4)
    • MS Bisla 15 (11b 3x4)
    • MD Bates 2-0-15-1
    • KD Mills 2-0-15-0

Mills to Bisla, no run, dropped! Difficult return chance. Bisla backs away and mistimes a drive, the ball pops up and Mills can't quite reel it in with an outstretched left hand


Mills to Bisla, no run, play and a miss outside off stump


Mills to Bisla, 1 run, short of a lenght and hit towards mid wicket


Mills to McCullum, no run, short again, and McCullum goes for the cut, but the angle makes it tough. That was coming into McCullum and that goes through to the keeper.


Mills to McCullum, 1 run, Advances and tries to thrash that over the off side, but manages only a top edge. Lands just short of third man.


Mills to Bisla, 2 runs, Bisla backs away again and thrashes at it. Gets enough bat to pierce the off side field, but Hira reels it in.

End of over 5 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 35/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • MS Bisla 18 (15b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 10 (7b 2x4)
    • KD Mills 3-0-19-0
    • MD Bates 2-0-15-1

Andre Adams replaces Bates from around the wicket


Adams to McCullum, no run, Length ball, defended to the off side


Adams to McCullum, no run, angled across the batsman, the ball hits pad


Adams to McCullum, no run, McCullum advances, but can only defend again. thinks of an overthrow but decides agaisnt.


Adams to McCullum, 1 run, Another defensive stroke to the off side, but this time it's wide of the fielder. batsmen cross.


Adams to Bisla, SIX, Fuller delivery and Bisla smashes that over cow corner for six. First six of the innings.


Adams to Bisla, 1 leg bye, attempts a pull, but the ball hits the thigh pad and the batsmen take a single

End of over 6 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 43/1 (RR: 7.16)

    • MS Bisla 24 (17b 3x4 1x6)
    • BB McCullum 11 (11b 2x4)
    • AR Adams 1-0-7-0
    • KD Mills 3-0-19-0

Ronnie Hira's left arm spin into the attack.


Hira to Bisla, 1 run, Not a lot of turn there. Bisla hits that to long on and takes a single.


Hira to McCullum, 1 run, slightly down the leg side, and McCullum pushes at it and gets it into a hole


Hira to Bisla, FOUR, bad ball, and Bisla takes advantage. Down leg side and the batsman paddles it past short fine leg for four.


Hira to Bisla, 1 run, Bisla advances and hits it back to Hira, who misfields and allows a single


Hira to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum advances as well, gets to the pitch and drives it to long on


Hira to Bisla, 2 wides, this is way down the leg side and Hopkins can only get pad on it.


Hira to McCullum, 1 run, down the track again and driven to long off.

Shabraz: "Sometimes this IPL/CL-T20 doesnt make too much sense to me....Gambhir at present should be playing for North Zone and spending time on wicket to get back to form rather than wild, slog hitting in a T20 match!" Otherwise KKR would need a new captain

End of over 7 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 54/1 (RR: 7.71)

    • BB McCullum 14 (14b 2x4)
    • MS Bisla 30 (20b 4x4 1x6)
    • RM Hira 1-0-11-0
    • AR Adams 1-0-7-0

Issue with the sightscreen holding things up momentarily


Adams to McCullum, 2 runs, Length ball angled across again but McCullum gets that into the leg side and the batsmen hustle for two. Very good running, and a nicely weighted stroke


Adams to McCullum, no run, This one is a little wider, left alone


Adams to McCullum, no run, McCullum advances and tries to crash that through the offside again, but the ball goes over the bat to the keeper


Adams to McCullum, 1 run, defended into the off side, McCullum having trouble with Adams' angle


Adams to Bisla, FOUR, Bisla has no such problems. Bisla makes room and crashes a fuller delivery in the air past cover


Adams to Bisla, no run, premeditated a shot past fine leg there, but the ball is far too wide. In the end, he gets nowhere near that ball.

End of over 8 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 61/1 (RR: 7.62)

    • MS Bisla 34 (22b 5x4 1x6)
    • BB McCullum 17 (18b 2x4)
    • AR Adams 2-0-14-0
    • RM Hira 1-0-11-0

Hira to McCullum, SIX, McCullum comes down the pitch and gives himself room for a mighty swing that connects and that is smashed over the bowler's head for four


Hira to McCullum, 1 run, single down to long on


Hira to Bisla, FOUR, again down leg side from Hira and Bisla paddles it fine again for four. Poor bowling - whatever his plan is, it's not working


Hira to Bisla, OUT, relief for Hira. Bisla came down the track tried to smash this over long off, but mistimes it horribly and Anaru Kitchen completes a straightforward catch.

MS Bisla c Kitchen b Hira 38 (40m 24b 6x4 1x6) SR: 158.33


Hira to McCullum, no run, pitched outside off stump and straightens. McCullum pushes that to cover


Hira to McCullum, no run, McCullum drives this one, but Guptill swoops in at long off and stops any thoughts of a quick run

End of over 9 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 72/2 (RR: 8.00)

    • BB McCullum 24 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 0 (0b)
    • RM Hira 2-0-22-1
    • AR Adams 2-0-14-0

Azhar Mahmood into the attack. comes over the wicket.


Azhar Mahmood to Kallis, no run, Length ball defended to point


Azhar Mahmood to Kallis, OUT, great start from Mahmood. Goes wide of the crease and bowls a back-of-a-length delivery that is angled right into Kallis. The batsman offers a defensive prod and the ball takes the outside edge and is snapped up close to the turf by Lou Vincent at first slip. Good catch there.

JH Kallis c Vincent b Azhar Mahmood 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Azhar Mahmood to Tiwary, OUT, And it gets better for Mahmood! A hint of outswing there and Tiwary tries to work that to the leg side and offers a leading edge. Simple catch for Mahmood. Auckland have now taken three wickets for no runs and have charged into this game after that partnership between Bisla and McCullum

MK Tiwary c & b Azhar Mahmood 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Azhar Mahmood to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, the hat trick ball is defended into the off side. Auckland buzzing in the field.


Azhar Mahmood to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back-of-a-length again and into the body. Defended back.


Azhar Mahmood to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, angled well across the batsman this time and Shakib lets this one go. Double wicket maiden for Mahmood! Auckland surging.

End of over 10 (wicket maiden) Kolkata Knight Riders 72/4 (RR: 7.20)

    • Shakib Al Hasan 0 (3b)
    • BB McCullum 24 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • Azhar Mahmood 1-1-0-2
    • RM Hira 2-0-22-1

Hira to McCullum, 1 run, Hira continues, and McCullum clips that off his pad to square leg.


Hira to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, tossed wider and slower from Hira, but there's no turn. Beats the outside edge.

Anees: "Azhar Mahmood is like wine - the older it gets, the better it is."


Hira to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, even slower, and even wider. Shakib drives at this one and fails to make contact again


Hira to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, angled across again, but Shakib manages to hit this one to long off


Hira to McCullum, no run, fuller delivery, McCullum digs this out and Hira drives to his left to field it. Seems to have landed on his shoulder


Hira to McCullum, no run, length ball, McCullum pushes that to the offside and Hira runs across to field it. Only two runs off that over.

End of over 11 (2 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 74/4 (RR: 6.72)

    • BB McCullum 25 (25b 2x4 1x6)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1 (6b)
    • RM Hira 3-0-24-1
    • Azhar Mahmood 1-1-0-2

Azhar Mahmood to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Shakib comes down the pitch, but Mahmood sees it coming and digs it in short. Shakib manages to get that to long on, despite an ugly baseball swipe


Azhar Mahmood to McCullum, no run, bouncer outside off stump, McCullum sways out the way


Azhar Mahmood to McCullum, FOUR, badly directed short ball there. It is angled too far down leg side and McCullum just helps that to the long leg boundary.


Azhar Mahmood to McCullum, 1 run, slower ball, back of a length, and McCullum turns that to short fine leg


Azhar Mahmood to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, short of a length again and chopped down backward of point


Azhar Mahmood to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, fuller delivery, square driven to the cover sweeper by a flat-footed Shakib

End of over 12 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 81/4 (RR: 6.75)

    • Shakib Al Hasan 3 (9b)
    • BB McCullum 30 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • Azhar Mahmood 2-1-7-2
    • RM Hira 3-0-24-1

Hira to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, slow flighted delivery on the leg stump, Shakib works that towards midwicket


Hira to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, on middle stump this time and hit towards square leg


Hira to McCullum, 1 run, nudged toward point for a single


Hira to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, well wide of leg stump, but Shakib's paddle sweep can't beat short fine leg. He's missed out there.


Hira to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, driven to long off


Hira to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum hits this to point and the batsmen scamper a single. Throw is straight to the keeper, but Shakib was home.

End of over 13 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 87/4 (RR: 6.69)

    • BB McCullum 32 (30b 3x4 1x6)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 7 (13b)
    • RM Hira 4-0-30-1
    • Azhar Mahmood 2-1-7-2

Adams back into the attack


Adams to McCullum, SIX, runs down the pitch to Adams and thumps that over midwicket for six.


Adams to McCullum, 1 run, angled across the batsman, McCullum tries to carve that one to the boundary but doesn't quite time it

Over the wicket to Shakib


Adams to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Shakib shuffles down the pitch and turns it to the leg side


Adams to McCullum, no run, McCullum comes down the track again and tries that swipe, but misses the ball by quite a distance


Adams to McCullum, 1 run, short ball, worked off the hips to square leg.


Adams to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, shortish ball, Shakib pulls hard at at that one but doesn't time it. The square leg fielder keeps it to one.

End of over 14 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 97/4 (RR: 6.92)

    • Shakib Al Hasan 9 (15b)
    • BB McCullum 40 (34b 3x4 2x6)
    • AR Adams 3-0-24-0
    • RM Hira 4-0-30-1

Azhar Mahmood to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, slower short ball, goes down leg, but is not called a wide


Azhar Mahmood to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, another back-of-a-length ball. Shakib cuts that close to the body to third man


Azhar Mahmood to McCullum, OUT, huge wicket here, and Mahmood is having a terrific Champions League. Fuller delivery wide of off stump, McCullum drives at it with an angled bat and gets an outside edge to the keeper. He could have done some damage towards the end had he stuck around.

BB McCullum c †Hopkins b Azhar Mahmood 40 (56m 35b 3x4 2x6) SR: 114.28

Auckland not out of the woods yet. Yousuf Pathan strides to the crease.


Azhar Mahmood to Pathan, no run, Mahmood wide of the crease and angles it in. Pathan misses that by a fair bit.


Azhar Mahmood to Pathan, no run, angled in again but this time closer to the stumps, and Pathan defends this


Azhar Mahmood to Pathan, no run, Wide of off stump and short. Pathan stands tall and cuts, but finds point.

End of over 15 (1 run) Kolkata Knight Riders 98/5 (RR: 6.53)

    • YK Pathan 0 (3b)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 10 (17b)
    • Azhar Mahmood 3-1-8-3
    • AR Adams 3-0-24-0

Adams continues


Adams to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, Fuller delivery, Shakib gets an outside edge and the ball squirts wide of third man


Adams to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 wide, very wide of off stump


Adams to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, comes down the pitch and cross bats that into the off side. Beats the fielder at cover but it's cleaned up by the sweeper


Adams to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Shakib gets the baseball swipe again and sends it to long on


Adams to Pathan, no run, Adams beats Pathan's prod outside off stump


Adams to Pathan, 1 run, length ball, pushed into the off side


Adams to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 leg byes, Shakib moves to the off side and attempt the scoop. Doesn't quite get enough on it and it is reeled in before it reaches the fine boundary.

End of over 16 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 107/5 (RR: 6.68)

    • Shakib Al Hasan 15 (21b)
    • YK Pathan 1 (5b)
    • AR Adams 4-0-31-0
    • Azhar Mahmood 3-1-8-3

Mills is back


Mills to Pathan, 1 run, back of a length straight away, and this is worked off the hips


Mills to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, full and wide, Shakib backs away too far and manages to only get a toe-end on it. The ball scoops high and deep cover fielder jogs into complete a simple catch. KKR running out of hitters near the death here.

Shakib Al Hasan c de Grandhomme b Mills 15 (27m 22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 68.18


Mills to Pathan, 1 run, slower length ball on the stumps. Pathan pushes it to mid on


Mills to Bhatia, 1 run, short of a length again, and on the stumps. Bhatia gets and inside edge and it squirts to square leg.


Mills to Pathan, 1 run, length ball outside off stump, Pathan gets an edge on it but Adams runs around to cut it off


Mills to Bhatia, no run, angled in right on off stump and it's defended. Mills finishes with 23 for 1 from his four. Terrific work.

End of over 17 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 111/6 (RR: 6.52)

    • R Bhatia 1 (2b)
    • YK Pathan 4 (8b)
    • KD Mills 4-0-23-1
    • AR Adams 4-0-31-0

Bates back now


Bates to Pathan, no run, angled across, back of a length and Pathan can't make contact with a leaden footed cut


Bates to Pathan, FOUR, too far down leg stump there. Pathan gets inside the line and sends that to the long leg fence off his hips


Bates to Pathan, FOUR, Boom! Not short enough that time and Pathan pulls that powerfully to midwicket for four.


Bates to Pathan, 1 run, fuller and outside off stump. Pathan tries to hit this to the leg side, and gets an outside edge to third man.


Bates to Bhatia, no run, fuller again, and outside off stump. Bhatia's almighty heave is nowhere near that ball.


Bates to Bhatia, 1 run, another heave, but this time the ball is closer to the stumps and Bhatia gets wood on it. Mahmood misfields it at mid wicket, but it doesn't cost his team a second run

End of over 18 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 121/6 (RR: 6.72)

    • R Bhatia 2 (4b)
    • YK Pathan 13 (12b 2x4)
    • MD Bates 3-0-25-1
    • KD Mills 4-0-23-1

Mahmood in now for his last over


Azhar Mahmood to Bhatia, FOUR, smashed! Bhatia finall makes good contact. Short of a length again, but this didn't bounce much. Bhatia heaves that to the wide long on boundary.


Azhar Mahmood to Bhatia, no run, slower ball out of the back of the hand and Bhatia gets into such a tangle trying to make contact, he falls over. He had advanced down the track but was completely fooled.


Azhar Mahmood to Bhatia, 1 run, another slower ball, an off cutter and the batsman turns this toward fine leg

Bhatia seems to have hurt himself on that previous delivery, the one where he fell over. He's getting some attention from the physio. Strangely Bhatia has not come out to bat with spikes and feels this is a great time to get some new shoes delivered.


Azhar Mahmood to Pathan, 1 run, wide and short, but Pathan tries to heave that to the on side and manages only a single


Azhar Mahmood to Bhatia, 1 run, shorter and wider. Bhatia tries to smash that through cover but gets a leading edge and the ball goes to long off


Azhar Mahmood to Pathan, 1 run, Pathan finally makes good contact with a fuller delivery, but it goes straight to the long off fielder

End of over 19 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 129/6 (RR: 6.78)

    • YK Pathan 15 (14b 2x4)
    • R Bhatia 8 (8b 1x4)
    • Azhar Mahmood 4-1-16-3
    • MD Bates 3-0-25-1

Bates to finish off


Bates to Pathan, no run, Full and wide of the off stump, and Pathan clears the front leg and tries to send that over cow corner. Doesn't make contact.


Bates to Pathan, 2 runs, clears the front leg again, but it's a slower bouncer and he gets a top edge. Just clears the short fine leg fielder

Fine leg goes back now


Bates to Pathan, 2 runs, and it's a bluff. This ball is full and slow, and Pathan scoops that aerially into the leg side and just clears the fielder again. This time it's midwicket


Bates to Pathan, 2 runs, another short ball, Pathan pulls that one but can't control it. It spoons high to deep square leg, where Mahmood fumbles then drops a sitter


Bates to Pathan, 1 run, fuller, Pathan gets that to wide of mid wicket


Bates to Bhatia, 1 run, full and squirted to short third man. Auckland will be happy about where they've ended after KKR were 72 for 1 in the ninth over

That innings has gone way over time, but mainly because of stoppages caused by the batting side.

I will now hand over to Kanishkaa Balachandran who will take you through to the end of the match.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 137/6

    • R Bhatia 9 (9b 1x4)
    • YK Pathan 22 (19b 2x4)
    • MD Bates 4-0-33-1
    • Azhar Mahmood 4-1-16-3





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