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Tuskers prevail over CSK in rain-hit match

Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 10:22 [IST]
 
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Tuskers trounce CSK in rain-hit match


Kochi's reply to CSK's 131 was robust from the start. In the first over, Brendon McCullum struck Albie Morkel for a six before slamming a maximum and a four off the same bowler in the third over. Then Mahela Jayawardene and McCullum teamed up to knock two fours off Doug Bollinger in the next over as KTK moved onto 29/0 in 4 overs. Jayawardene followed up with a six and a four off Ashwin before perishing to the off-break for 16 off 11 as the score read 39/0 in 4.3 overs.

But then Parthiv Patel smashed Tim Southee for two fours to take KTK to 49/1 in 6 overs before McCullum ran a single to bring up the 50 in the next over. In the 8th over, McCullum carted Jakati for a six as the score moved to 66/1. Then he and Patel took 15 runs off Tim Southee in the 9th over, including two back-to-back fours from the former batsman. But McCullum had played his last shot when Ashwin dismissed him for 47 off 33 with the score now at 90/2 in 10.3.

But Patel and Brad Hodge kicked on with the former smashing a six off Jakati to bring up the Tuskers' 100 in the 12th over. Then with 26 runs required off 25 balls, Bollinger removed Patel for 34 off 26 with the score reading 110/3 in 13.1 overs. But Hodge wouldn't back down, smacking Southee for a four, before Ravindra Jadeja carted the bowler for a six to reduce the equation to 13 needed off 20 balls. Then Jadeja hit another maximum off Ashwin this time and ran a double to reach the Duckworth/Lewis stipulated target of 135.

'Earlier in the day, the Chennai Super Kings' innings started off in aggressive fashion with Michael Hussey slapping Tusker R P Singh for two fours in the opening over. But two overs later, Singh got his revenge when he had Hussey caught behind for 8 of 10 balls. However, R P had little time to celebrate. In the 5th over, Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay knocked three fours off him as the score surged to 32/1.

Thisara Perera was the next to come in for some punishment when Vijay smashed him for two fours in the 6th over. But as poetic justice would have it, the same bowler saw the batsman's back for 28 off 18 as CSK slipped to 48/1 in 7.1 overs. Then Raina picked up the mantle of aggressor, hammering a four off Perersa later in the over to bring up Chennai's 50 and then smacking Romesh Powar for another boundary.

The new batsman S Badrinath was dropped at third man off Powar before rain interrupted play with the score at 65/2 in 9 overs. After one and a half hour of downpour, play finally resumed with the maximum number of overs reduced to 17. With an obvious intention of upping the scoring rate, Raina struck the first ball after the break for a four (off Raiphi Gomez), while Badrinath hit another boundary off Vinay Kumar in the 11th over.

Then after Badrinath was trapped in front by Gomez for 19 off 17 balls in the the 14th over with the score at 94/2, Raina clobbered the same bowler for a six and a four as the score moved past 100. Two overs later Raina was run out for 50 off 40 balls before a couple of meaty blows from M S Dhoni and Albie Morkel took their side to 131/4 in the stipulated 17 overs.

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