Hyderabad: Kolkata Knight Riders edged out Auckland Aces in a cliffhanger here on Monday when they beat the Kiwi club off the last ball by a mere two runs in match No. 2 of the CLT20 qualifiers.
Auckland Aces Innings
20th over: Brett Lee was entrusted with the job to defend 11 runs in the last over. And the champion rose to the challenge conceding just eight as the Knight Riders won the nailbiter by mere two runs. Important points in the kitty for KKR.
A file photo of Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Jacques Kallis. (AFP)
19th over: Just when everyone thought Kallis has brought KKR back with a strike off his first ball, new batsman Andre Adams tonks the South African for a straight six. Match right back in balance: 11 needed off the last six balls.
16th over: The equation is slowly creeping back in favour of Auckland as they have five wickets in hand. 31 needed of 24 balls now.
13th over: Rajat Bhatia strikes off the last ball of his spell, Kallis the catcher. The Knight Riders are clawing their way back. It's 77/5, 45 needed off 42 balls with five wickets in hand.
10th over: Yusuf Pathan brought KKR well and truly back with two wickets in the over. Both caught and bowled: first Jimmy Adams and then Rob Quiney. Auckland struggling at 66/4.
9th over: A splendid bit of fielding by Manoj Tiwary gave KKR the spark they were looking for. It brought about the end of Vincent's innings after he had scored 40 off 37 balls. Auckland 60/2 after nine overs.
6th over: After losing a wicket in the first over, strokes from Lou Vincent's bat took Auckland to 48/1 at the end of six overs of powerplay.
3rd over: Lou Vincent counter-attacks, takes 11 runs off Iqbal Abdulla over, including a six and a four.
1st over: Disastrous start for the Aces as they lost the wicket on the very first ball. Martin Guptill departs courtesy of a suicidal run-out. Auckland were 2/1 at the end of the over.
20th over: The wicket seems to have slowed down a fair bit. Anyhow, it was an outstanding last over by Bates. Just five runs off it. Auckland will be delighted with what they did in the last half of Kolkata innings, giving away just 48 runs and taking six wickets to restrict KKR to a meagre 121/6.
18th over: Another run out. Andre Adams can't be left out of the frame. Hits the bull's eye from mid-on and Shakib Al Hasan (4) is on his way. Kolkata, after being 73 for no loss at one stage, are 107/6 now.
16th over: After Auckland's resurgence with the ball, it's their fielding that causes another casualty for KKR. Ryan ten Doeschate has to walk back after Adams' direct hit turned a cheeky single into a run-out. Kolkata tottering at 101/5.
15th over: Aces seem to be on a roll now. Two more wickets in quick succession. Jacques Kallis (33 off 35), who seemed to have hit a sure-shot four, is splendidly caught at the boundary edge by Rob Quiney. That is followed by Manoj Tiwary (1) who is castled. Kyle Mills brings Auckland back by reducing KKR to 97/4.
14th over: Andre Adams checks Kolkata with Yusuf Pathan's wicket. The all-rounder's struggle comes to an end as he is bowled after scoring just 12 off 17 balls. KKR 93/2.
13th over: Slow bowlers pull Kolkata back as the Knight Riders score just 16 runs from over No. 10 to 13.
10th over: After taking a fair bit of pounding, Auckland finally strike. Bisla hits a full toss straight to mid-off to give the Aces and Michael Bates first wicket. Bisla scored 45 off 32 balls, including seven fours and one six. KKR 73/1 as Yusuf Pathan walks in.
6th over: End of powerplay. KKR still have all wickets intact and openers on fire. Bisla has blazed his way to 29 and Kallis too getting on with it at 15 in a total of 46 for no loss.
2nd over: Manvinder Bisla hits Chris Martin for three fours in an over to gets his team off to a flier.
Earlier, the second match of the double header on the opening day of Champions League Twenty20 qualifying phase began with Kolkata Knight Riders winning the toss and electing to bat first.
Jacques Kallis was asked to lead the side in the absence of regular captain Gautam Gambhir, who is still recovering from the concussion he suffered during the Test series in England.
The Auckland Aces captain Gareth Hopkins believed the track could suit their quick bowlers and hence, didn't mind to chase.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Jacques Kallis (c), S Goswami (wk), Manvinder Bisla, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Rajat Bhatia, Brett Lee, Iqbal Abdulla, Jaidev Unadkat.
Auckland Aces: Jimmy Adams, Martin Guptill, Lou Vincent, Rob Quiney, Colin Munro, Kyle Mills, Gareth Hopkins (wk/c), Andre Adams, Michael Bates, Ronnie Hira, Chris Martin