Former Pakistan allrounder Azhar Mahmood continued to show that his utility in the shortest format of the game had aged like a fine wine, leading the Auckland Aces to yet another comfortable win, once again shining with both bat and ball. This time it was the IPL Champions the Kolkata Knight Riders who bore the brunt of Azhar's assault as the superstar picked up 3 crucial wickets at the top of the order to help restrict KKR to a paltry 137-6 in their 20 overs before stroking his way to his second half-century of the tourney to help the Aces knock off the runs with 14 balls and 7 wickets to spare. The defeat is a real disaster for KKR, who are now virtually on their way home, needing to win not just their last two group games, but also praying for a whole array of results to go their way.
The day started on a positive note for the Kolkata Knight Riders as they won the toss and opted to make first use of the pitch in Cape Town. Kolkata made a shock edit to their line-up, axing arguably their best bowler from the previous game Brett Lee in favour of Bangladeshi allrounder Shakib-Al-Hasan. Lakshmipathy Balaji, who had a poor game last time out, and Jacques Kallis, who appeared to be struggling with injuries, both kept their places in the side. Auckland meanwhile stuck to their winning combination.