Put in to bat, the Kochi Tuskers Kerala got off to a circumspect start with Brett Lee bowling a maiden to Brendon McCullum straight up. In the second over, Jaidev Unadkat got an early breakthrough when he had McCullum caught by Jacques Kallis at slip for 1 off 8 balls as the score read 6/1 after 1.4 overs. New batsman Parthiv Patel went after Lee straight away, getting the fast bowler away for 2 consecutive fours in the third over.
Then the same batsman attacked Unadkat, picking him for a four over midwicket. Patel opened the fifth over by hitting spinner Iqbal Abdullah for a straight boundary. But Unadkat returned in the next over to remove the batsman for 21 off 16 with KTK at 30/2 in 5.2 overs. Surviving opener Michael Klinger, who had remained quiet till then, immediately hit a four to offset the pressure.
In the 8th over, new batsman Mahela Jayawardene took full advantage of a free hit, sending Sarabjit Ladda into the crowd for the first six of the match and then he and Klinger ran 5 more runs to take the score past 50. 9 runs came off each of the 9th and 10th overs, including a four from Klinger off Kallis and then off Abdullah as the Tuskers moved onto 69/2.
In the 12th over, Jayawardene carted Yusuf Pathan for a four, but later in the over, Klinger was dismissed for 29 off 26 balls with the Tuskers at 82/3. The next man at the crease Ravindra Jadeja, spent little time settling in, smacking Unadkat for a four in the 13th over. Then Rajat Bhatia led to Jadeja's undoing, getting him caught by Yusuf Pathan at square leg for 8 off 11 balls as the Tuskers slipped to 96/4 in 14.4 overs.
In the 16th over, Jayawardene took a single off Pathan to bring up KTK's 100 before carting Bhatia for a huge six. Then Hodge struck Lee for a boundary before Jayawardene cut Kallis away for another four to notch up his fifty. But the same batsman was run out soon after, for 55 off 41 balls with the Tuskers at 134/5 in 19 overs. Then Hodge launched a late attack in what turned out to be a bumper final over, knocking two fours and two sixes off Lee to wrap up KTK's innings at 156/5.