Royals pulverise Kochi Tuskers

Published: Monday, April 25, 2011, 11:04 [IST]
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Royals pulverise Kochi Tuskers

Being put into bat, the Tuskers appeared to have gotten off to a positive start, reaching 22/0 in 3 overs before VVS Laxman was run out for 8 off 10 balls. In just the next over, Johan Botha bowled Mahela Jayawardene for 13 off 13 balls and the Tuskers were in a spot of bother at 28/2 in 4.1 overs.

Then Brad Hodge tried to strike up a partnership with Parthiv Patel before Shane Warne bowled the former for 8 off 14 balls with Kochi falling to 42/3 at the end of the 8th over. In the 10th over, Parthiv and Ravindra Jadeja took their side past 50.

Just three boundaries came off the next four overs till in the 16th over, both batsmen were dismissed in successive balls by Warne as the score read a dismal 90/5 in 16 overs. The following over bore Siddhart Trivedi two wickets, those of Gomez (0) and Thisara Perera (1) and Kochi were 92/7 with 3 overs remaining.

But the slide only continued with Amit Singh sending back Vinay Kumar for 5. The Tuskers scraped past 100 in the 18th over. However, just 3 runs came off the final over with Trivedi sending back Jadhav for 5 and R P Singh getting run out off the last ball. The Tuskers had made a mere 109 all out in their 20 overs.

The Royals' reply was robust from the start with openers Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson keeping the Kochi attack at bay. Watson hit R P Singh for the first four of the Royals innings off the first ball, after which Dravid followed up with one boundary each in the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th overs.

Then after Watson was dropped off Jadeja in the 8th over, he clobbered Gomez for a four to bring up the Royals' 50 in the 9th over, before teaming up with Dravid to knock a six and a four off Jadeja in the 10th. However, in the next over, Dravid was run out for 44 off 37 balls. But Watson counter-attacked, hammering Muttiah Muralitharan for 2 sixes in the 13th over as the hosts moved onto 96/1.

Then in the 14th over, Botha and Watson each smashed Jadeja for a four before the latter was bowled for 49 off 40 balls. But Botha ensured there would be no more hic-cups when he struck Muralitharan for the winning four in the first ball off the 15th over.

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