Daredevils outclass Tuskers by 38 runs

Published: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 19:24 [IST]
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Daredevils outclass Tuskers by 38 runs

The Kochi Tuskers got off to as unsteady a start as Delhi, losing their first wicket in the second over with just 10 runs on the board. Michael Klinger was the man out, caught brilliantly by Roelof van Der Merwe off Morne Morkel. Klinger who had just managed to notch up 2 runs was followed back to the pavilion in the next over, by Brendon McCullum (7 off 7 balls) who played down the wrong line to Irfan Pathan, as the Tuskers slid to 15/2.

Then assuming the role of aggressor, Mahela Jayawardene knocked two fours off Umesh Yadav in the 4th over. But Irfan Pathan struck back in the next over to clean up Parthiv Patel for 1 with a ball that kept low. Kochi was in trouble at 28/3 in 5.3 overs. Upping the ante, Brad Hodge smacked Yadav for two fours in the 6th over and together with Jayawardene, took the score to 48/3 in 9 overs.

No sooner had Kochi reached 50 in the 10th over, than Ajit Agarkar had Jayawardene caught at mid on for 18 off 28 balls and the Tuskers had lost their fourth wicket. The side would have lost their fifth soon after if Pathan didn't put down a catch from Hodge at long on.

Then Hodge and Jadeja teamed up to knock three fours off Pathan in the 13th over, before Morkel had the former batsman caught behind in the next for 27 off 25 balls. The hosts had been reduced to a desperate 77/5 in 13.1 overs. However, in the following over, Balachandra Akhil and Jadeja teamed up to take 12 runs off Yadav, including a six from Akhil.

But in the very next over, Morkel had Akhil caught behind for 13 off 9 balls as the Tuskers slipped further into trouble at 93/6 in 15.2 overs with 65 runs required off 28 balls. Jadeja took a single of van der Merwe to bring up Kochi's 100 in 16.1 overs, before carting him for a six later in the over. Soon afterward, Vinay Kumar got into the act, smashing Agarkar for a maximum.

Their defiant stand was brought to an abrupt end however, when Agarkar had Jadeja caught off full-toss at long on for 31 off 22. With a next to impossible 40 runs required off the last two overs, van der Merwe bowled Romesh Powar for a duck. The score read a dismal 118/8 at that juncture and two balls later was 118/9 when the bowler dismissed Sreesanth in a similar manner. Just one run and two balls later, the bowler got his third wicket when he dismissed Vinay Kumar, to wrap up the match.

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