Azhar Mahmood is the Man of the Match for his all-round show, here is what he says: "We got a good start and bowled well as a group. We talked about the bowling before the tournament. Myself and Andre guided the other younger bowlers. Martin and Lou were terrific at the top and gave us a very good start."
Gareth Hopkins, the winning Auckland Captain says: "There is a lot of confidence. Once we got the start we kept going with the chase. We backed the bowlers and they did it. Lou gave us a good start and Mahmood took upon the responsiblilty to finish it off."
Gautam Gambhir, the losing KKR Captain says: "This is what the format is all about. I think Azhar's first over changed the momentum entirely in their favour. We have to play better and smart cricket."
Azhar Mahmood brings up his fifty with that shot and also finishes the match in style! Auckland Aces defeat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets with 14 balls to spare.
Over 17.4 PJ Sangwanto Azhar Mahmood, Boundary!
Makes room and plays a meaty pull to deep squareleg for a boundary.
Over 17.3 PJ Sangwanto Colin de Grandhomme, 1 run
Drives the full delivery towards deep covers for one.
Over 17.2 PJ Sangwanto Colin de Grandhomme, 2 runs
Makes room and pulls the rising delivery to deep squareleg for a couple.
Over 17.1 PJ Sangwanto Azhar Mahmood, 1 run
Goes back and steers it to backward point for one.
End of Over 17 Auckland 131/3
Colin de Grandhomme 6/9 L Balaji 4-0-38-1 Azhar Mahmood 46/40
Over 16.6 L Balajito Colin de Grandhomme, no runs
Makes room for a flick and is hit on the pad by a skidding delivery around leg.
Over 16.5 L Balajito Colin de Grandhomme, 2 runs
Pulls down the rising delivery to deep backward squareleg for a couple.
Over 16.4 L Balajito Colin de Grandhomme, no runs
Goes back and chops it to point.
Over 16.3 L Balajito Colin de Grandhomme, no runs
Gets a leading edge to a full ball which falls short of mid off.
Over 16.2 L Balajito Colin de Grandhomme, beaten, no runs
Goes back and is beaten by one that nipped away slightly.
Over 16.1 L Balajito Azhar Mahmood, 1 run
Plays a short arm jab pull to a rising delivery to long leg for one.
End of Over 16 Auckland 128/3
Colin de Grandhomme 4/4 PJ Sangwan 2-0-18-0 Azhar Mahmood 45/39