Player of the Match
Player of the Match

All right, that's it from game one today. There's another coming up soon. Do join us for that. Here's Sidharth Monga signing off. Cheers

Quotes from presentation
"It's a shame when the toss of the coin dominates the whole game," says Dimitri Mascarenhas. "Craberry batted nicely, we thought we could get to 140 at one stage, but it didn't happen. Its pretty tough, it is a dead rubber tomorrow, but the boys will want to leave South Africa and the Champions League with a win."

"Boys were surprised I won the toss," says Gareth Hopkins. "The boys adjusted well to the wicket. It was a good toss to win. It was a little bit sticky up front, and flattened out later. Mahmood is a quality attack. It's huge for us. We were here last year, lost two off the last ball, that really hurt. Playing the game last night up front helped. There was calmness, and we have carried the momentum."

"Good start," says MoM Azhar Mahmood. "Yesterday first-ball six, today too, but a good comeback. Lovely time with the Auckland. They are a great bunch of guys, both on and off the field. Very happy with my performance, just need to work on a few things. Hope to get that first ball right."

This takes Auckland into the main draw, and renders inconsequential tomorrow's match between Sialkot and Hampshire. Mahmood has had a match and a half here. He bowled smartly, digging it in, running his fingers over the ball. He knew the wicket was sticky, and that spongy bounce was going to be difficult to hit. However, when he batted, he made the wicket look easy to bat on

14.3
4
Maxwell to Azhar Mahmood, FOUR, short, wide again, and Mahmood cuts this between point and short third man. That's a hammering for Hampshire
14.2
0
Maxwell to Azhar Mahmood, no run, full, looks to play the rare defensive, and is hit on the pad
14.1
1
Maxwell to Kitchen, 1 run, short, wide, punched away in front of square

Maxwell to bowl now

END OF OVER:
14 | 12 Runs | AUCK: 118/2 (4 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.42, RRR: 0.66)

  • Azhar Mahmood51 (29b)
  • AK Kitchen5 (8b)
  • Shahid Afridi4-0-23-1
  • SM Ervine2-0-17-0
13.6
6
Shahid Afridi to Azhar Mahmood, SIX, Mahmood reaches fifty with a slog-sweep. What a day he has had. Could be the first man ever to have hit a fifty and taken five in Twenty20 match. Clears the front leg and sends it flat over deep midwicket. Oh, I am just being told Andrew Hall has done this before
13.5
1
Shahid Afridi to Kitchen, 1 run, swiped away for a single to deep square leg
13.4
0
Shahid Afridi to Kitchen, no run, fired in, on off, pushed away uppishly to mid-off
13.3
1
Shahid Afridi to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, cut away in front of point, gets a single
13.2
4
Shahid Afridi to Azhar Mahmood, FOUR, down the wicket again, right down to the pitch of it, drives it to the right of long-off for four more
13.1
0
Shahid Afridi to Azhar Mahmood, no run, inside edge as he charges down, but it goes safe to midwicket

"If AA win this, then the game between the Hants and Stallions becomes a game only for the record keepers. We might just go back from "A Few" to "Few" again." Rakesh, I suggest we call that game off

END OF OVER:
13 | 13 Runs | AUCK: 106/2 (16 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.15, RRR: 2.28)

  • AK Kitchen4 (6b)
  • Azhar Mahmood40 (25b)
  • SM Ervine2-0-17-0
  • Shahid Afridi3-0-11-1
12.6
0
Ervine to Kitchen, no run, short ball, just outside off, looks to run this fine, or perhaps go over the keeper's head, but is beaten
12.5
4
Ervine to Kitchen, FOUR, down the wicket, takes this on a length, drives it between mid-off and the bowler
12.4
0
Ervine to Kitchen, no run, length ball, on off, defended off the front foot

"If Auckland lose this from here do you think Kitchen might get that Sinking feeling?" mark, we always find room for bad punners here at Cricinfo

12.3
1
Ervine to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, he is backing away every ball. Pulls this one to deep square for one
12.2
4
Ervine to Azhar Mahmood, FOUR, short, into the body, and he has pulled it away disdainfully, bisecting the two fielders in the deep
12.1
4
Ervine to Azhar Mahmood, FOUR, Mahmmod is in a hurry to get back to hotel. Backs away, takes a short ball that provides him no room, and cuts it through cover

END OF OVER:
12 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | AUCK: 93/2 (29 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.75, RRR: 3.62)

  • AK Kitchen0 (3b)
  • Azhar Mahmood31 (22b)
  • Shahid Afridi3-0-11-1
  • LA Dawson1-0-14-0
11.6
0
Shahid Afridi to Kitchen, no run, googly... Kitchen has no clue as he cuts, but it misses the off stump by a bit
11.6
1w
Shahid Afridi to Kitchen, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side