IPL4:Kochi Tuskers avenge loss to Delhi Daredevils

Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 7:57 [IST]
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Daredevils back to losing

Chasing a target of 141, Kochi got off to a flier when the opening duo of Michael Klinger and Brendon McCullum put on 61 runs in the first five overs. McCullum who once again played another belligerent innings of 37 from just 19 balls fell first. Before being removed by Morne Morkel, he had five hits to the fence and two above it en route to his 37.

Two overs later, Michael Klinger followed him back to the pavilion as he was done in by Van der Merwe. He played a more sedate innings of 18 from 20 balls that included only three hits to the fence.

Jaywardene didn't last long and was run out for only seven runs. But by then Kochi had almost got the target in sight and it was just a matter of time before Parthiv Patel and Brad Hodge completed the formalities. Patel played wonderfully for his unbeaten 31 ball 37 and Hodge scored a fast-paced 24 of only 13 balls.

Defending a modest target of 141, Delhi bowlers started badly and were plundered for aplenty by the Kochi openers. Morkel and Van de Merwe got one wicket each. While Pathan's disappointing run continued in this match, another India discard Ajit Agarkar bowled well and almost never allowed Kochi to get after him.

Earlier, Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and put in Delhi to bat. Kochi bowlers kept a tight leash on Delhi batsmena and never allowed them to get off to a flier. Unheralded Parameswaran accounted for the dynamic Virender Sehwag who coukd score only 15. And then Sreesanth, once again accounted for David Warner and had him caught by Vinay Kumar for 13. Then after it was a procession of sorts for Delhi batsmen before Venugopal Rao and Travis Blirt resurrected the innings with some sort of composure.

Parameswaran and Vinay Kumar grabbed two each while Sreesanth and R P Singh took a wicket apiece.

OneIndia Cricket

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