Kochi spoil Sachin's night

Published: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 11:42 [IST]
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Mumbai, April 15: A brilliant unbeaten 100 from 66 balls by Mumbai Indians opener Sachin Tendulkar wasn't enough to prevent a rampaging Kochi Tuskers Kerala from romping home by 8 wickets. KTK's Brendon McCullum with 81 off 60 balls and captain Jayawardene with 56 off 36 balls, were instrumental in overhauling Mumbai's stiff 182 with 6 balls remaining. The Indians bowling was wayward and ineffective with only Munaf Patel keeping a tab on the run-flow with 15 off 3 overs and Lasith Malinga taking 2/42 off 4 overs. (scorecard) (IPL 2011 webpage)

Sachin Tendulkar

Being put into bat, the Mumbai Indians got off to a confident start with Tendulkar smashing R P Singh for a four in the first over. Then the LIttle Master cut Vinay Kumar for a boundary in the second over before knocking two fours off the same bowler in the 4th over as Mumbai climbed to 31/0.

Sachin was on a roll, clobbering Thisara Perera for a couple of boundaries in the 6th over. The opening combination of Tendulkar and Davy Jacobs took 9 runs off the 8th over to cross 50 before the latter was bowled by Gomez for 12 off 21 balls. After settling in, new batsman Ambati Rayudu smashed Gomez for two sixes and Tendulkar followed up with a boundary as Mumbai scaled to 89/1 in 11 overs.

Perera went for a six off Rayudu's bat in the 13th over, before the same batsman slammed Ravindra Jadeja for three fours in the next over to take his side well past 100. In the meantime, Tendulkar had brought up his 50 off 43 balls. Rayudu then took a four and six off Romesh Powar in the 15th over after which Tendulkar laid into Vinay Kumar, smashing the seamer for two sixes and a four.

In the 19th over, Tendulkar took a four and six off Perera and in the final over, the batsman reached his 100 by knocking two boundaries off Vinay Kumar, though the team got a small consolation when they ran out Rayudu for 53 off 33 balls. The Indians had notched up a formidable total of 182/2 in 20 overs.

In their reply, the Tuskers got off to an even more robust start to their innings. In the third over, Brendon McCullum flayed Lasith Malinga for three boundaries before Mahela Jayawardene rounded off the over with another four. Kochi had raced to 25/0 in 3 overs.

In the 5th over, McCullum knocked a four off Kieron Pollard while Jayawardene took two boundaries (surviving a drop catch in the process) as the Tuskers scaled to 50/0 in 6 overs. Then in the 8th over, McCullum hit Pollard for a maximum while Jayawardene got him away for a boundary as the Tuskers moved to 74/0 in 9 overs.

Harbhajan Singh was brought into the attack in the 10th over, but was straight away carted for a six by McCullum. Then in the 12th over, Jayawardene smacked the same bowler for two more boundaries as the Tuskers moved past 100/0 in 12 overs.

Malinga came in for some more stick in the 14th over, going for two fours before he pulled one back to bowl Jayawardene for 56 off 36. Kochi were 128/1 in 13.5 overs at that juncture.

With Ravindra Jadeja for company, McCullum pressed on, smashing two fours off Pollard in the 17th over as the score ticked past 150. But soon after, Malinga bowled McCullum for 81 off 60 and the Tuskers were 156/2 in 17.1 overs.

With 27 runs to get in 17 balls, Brad Hodge struck two boundaries reducing the equation to 19 required off 2 overs. Then Jadeja unleashed a final flourish, knocking a four and two sixes to take Kochi over the line with one over to spare.

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