Chasing a modest target of 133, the Knights were never allowed to settle into a partnership as the Tuskers realised that getting wickets was the only way to victory. South African legend Jacques Kallis fell for the second consecutive time as he managed to scrap for only six runs of nine deliveries before being dismissed by the very impressive Vinay Kumar.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir too fell cheaply for 3 of 5 balls being clean bowled by R P Singh. And then started a procession of sorts for the Knight Riders. Only Manoj Tiwari managed to compile a dogged innings of 46 from 51 balls but no one else managed to get a respectable total.
The Tuskers bowled amazingly well to defend their below-par score of 132 as five of the KKR batsmen were dismissed in single figures.
Earlier Gambhir had won the toss and elected to field first. The Tusker's opening duo of Brendon McCullum and Mahela Jayawardene fell after securing a good platform for the rest of the side to capitalise and score big. The duo put on 49 runs for the opening partnership before Shakib al Hasan dismissed McCullum in the seventh over of the innings.
The rest of the side barring Ravindra Jadeja failed to capitalise on the steady start and started falling apart. Had it not been for Jadeja's quickfire 29 of 18 balls laced with three sixes and a boundary, Kochi could have well been bundled for less than 100 runs.
As a result of the victory, Kochi are now in the top four of the points table.