IPL4: Warriors beat Tuskers in battle of newbies

Published: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 11:51 [IST]
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Pune beats Kochi in battle of newbies

Chasing the Tusker's score of 148, Pune were given a solid platform by their opening duo of Jesse Ryder and Graeme Smith. Neither of them played a blazing innings but still scored at enough pace to not to allow the new ball bowlers of Kochi to settle down. Both of them fell to their own indiscretion after trying to up the ante a bit more.

Kochi then sniffed a chance by removing Mithun Manhas and Yuvraj Singh cheaply, but the tables were turned again when Robin Uthappa played a typically fast-paced innings of 31 from just 13 balls laced with three hits to the fence and two above it. He eventually was cleaned up by Muralitharan against whom he tried to play the reverse sweep once too many.

With the match still delicately balanced after Uthappa's dismissal, the Tuskers were let down by the bowlers who failed to make further inroads into the Pune batting line-up. Unheralded Mohnish Mishra of the Warriors set the stadium on fire when he clobbered Muttiah Muralitharan for a four and two sixes over the leg side in five deliveries to seal victory for his side.

Earlier, Kochi Skipper Mahela Jayawardene had won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch that appeared to have enough assistance for the fast bowlers. Alfonso Thomas got rid of the dangerous Brendon McCullum with the first ball of the innings. After Parthiv Patel, who came at one down played some impressive strokes to end the first and second over, VVS Laxman fell in the third over for a duck. He was bowled by Wayne Parnell after being beaten by the extra bounce on offer.

Three balls later skipper Jayawardene followed Laxman back to the pavilion after being dismissed by Parnell for 2. Kochi were reduced to 24/4 when struck again to remove Parthiv Patel in the five over of the match.

Then after Ravindra Jadeja and Brad Hodge were left with consolidation job and they did it remarkably well while never ever allowing the Warriors to bog them down. After Hodge was dismissed in the 16th over with the score reading 112/4, in walked Gomez who played brilliantly for his unbeaten 18 ball 26.

Jadeja fell in the 17th over and then after the tail didn't offer much of a resistance as the Tuskers finally settled for 148 in 20 overs.

For the Warriors, Wayne Parnell was the peak of the bowlers with match figures of 3/35 in his four overs.

OneIndia Cricket

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