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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Auckland

Match info: Twenty20 Champions League 2012 at Newlands - Group A

Date: 15th Oct 2012 Umpires: H D P K Dharmasena and R J Tucker

20-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Kolkata Knight Riders

137/6 (20.0 Overs)



139/3 (17.4 Overs)

Auckland win by 7 wickets

  • Last Updated: October 15 2012, 20:07 BST

A fantastic display with both ball and bat from Azhar Mahmood saw Auckland Aces win their opening match of the Champions League T20 tournament, beating Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets in Cape Town.

Mahmood - 3 for 16.
Mahmood - 3 for 16.

Kolkata, who won the toss and elected to bat, were in trouble as early on when captain Gautam Gambhir edged Michael Bates to Martin Guptill, who took an incredible catch on the on-side, in the second over.

Fellow opener Manvinder Bisla (38) and New Zealander Brendon McCullum (40) steadied the ship but some tight bowling from Azhar kept the score down.

The seamer took three wickets, including back-to-back dismissals in the 10th over with Jacques Kallis edging to first slip and catching Manoj Tiwary off his own bowling, which meant the reigning Indian Premier League champions finished on 137 for six.

Auckland started well in reply with Lou Vincent hammering three fours and two sixes in his 11-ball 30.

Azhar then came to the crease, carrying with him the momentum from his impressive bowling display and Vincent's sparkling opening.

The 37-year-old cracked an unbeaten 51 from 42 balls to guide Auckland to victory with 14 balls to spare, while Anaru Kitchen (24) offered decent support.

Kolkata's bowlers struggled, with Lakshmipathy Balaji conceding 38 runs off his four overs while Pradeep Sangwan and Shakib Al Hasan were also expensive as the Knight Riders crashed to their second successive defeat.

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