KKR beat Auckland by two runs in thriller

The Kolkata Knight Riders produced a disciplined bowling display to beat the Auckland Aces by two runs in a thrilling low-scoring Champions League Twenty20 qualifiers match on the opening day of the qualifying round at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

KKR won the toss Electing to bat, the Kolkata Knight Riders scored a modest 121 for six after they suffered a batting collapse, but their bowlers produced a superb show to restrict Auckland to 119 for six in a match that went down the wire after many twist and turns.

Auckland lost their first wicket off the first ball of their run chase, recovered at 60 for one, and then slumped to 61 for four in the 10th over. They were still in the hunt for an upset victory but with pressure piling and the required run-rate always climbing, they eventually fell short by two runs.

The last over of the match was guaranteed to produce high drama with Auckland needing 11 runs to win and Brett Lee taking the ball for Kolkata. In the event, Lee gave up just 8 runs in his over, in a superb display of controlled fast bowling, to put paid to the New Zealand side's hopes.

Manvinder Singh Bisla is the MoM for his fine knock of 45

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