Kings overpower Tuskers by 6 wickets

Published: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 11:34 [IST]
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Kings overpower Tuskers by 6 wickets

Being put into bat, the Kochi Tuskers Kerala began their innings on a belligerent note with Mahela Jayawardene clobbering Ryan Harris for two consecutive fours in the first over itself. Then the same batsman knocked a boundary off Bharghav Bhatt in the second over and teamed up with his opening partner Brendon McCullum, in the third to each strike a four off Bipul Sharma, as the Tuskers climbed to 30/0 in 3 overs. Then after a quiet fourth over, the batting duo took 11 runs off Bhatt including a six from Jayawardene.

The pair next targeted Srivastava, each sending him to the fence as the Tuskers' score moved past 50. Then McCullum cut loose, smashing Harris for two back-to-back sixes. Jayawardene struck another four before Bipul Sharma finally got the breakthrough, trapping McCullum in front for 32 off 27 balls. The score at that juncture read 93/1 in 8.4 overs. In the next over, Ravindra Jadeja carted Piyush Chawla for a six to bring up Kochi's 100 in 9.2 overs, before being dropped by Paul Valthaty at slip.

Then after Jadeja took a boundary off Srivasatava in the 11th over, Jayawardene lofted Chawla for a maximum in the 12th to bring up his 50 off just 31 balls. But in the 14th over, Chawla came into his own when he got Jadeja out lbw for 17 off 18 balls. The score read a healthy 122/2 in 13.1 overs. But Brad Hodge had barely settled in when Bipul Sharma had him caught at midwicket for 4 off 6 balls as the Tuskers slipped to 129/3 in 14.5 overs.

Then Owais Shah joined forces with Jayawardene to take 9 runs off the 16th over, including a four from Shah off Harris, and 15 runs off Bhatt in the 17th over, largely thanks to a six from Jayawardene and a four from Shah. In the process, the Tuskers had scaled to over 150/3. Then Shah smoked Bipul Sharma for another six.

The Kings then pegged back the Tuskers a tad when Shah was run out for 23 off 12 balls and then two balls later, Parthiv Patel was caught at extra cover off Srivastava for a golden duck. But Jayawardene kept the momentum going, smashing the same bowler for a four later in the over to take the score to 171/5. Harris bowled a fruitful and tidy last over, conceding just 6 runs and trapping Raiphi Gomez in front for 2 off 3 balls before Jayawardene was run out for 76 off 52 balls off the innings' last delivery. Kochi had finished up at a challenging 178/7.

In their reply, the Kings didn't begin as forcefully as the Tuskers. However, Adam Gilchrist struck R P Singh for the first four in the first over. Then Paul Valthaty dispatched Sreesanth to the fence in the second over before going ballistic on Singh. He carted the seamer for two consecutive sixes, but later in the over he was bowled for 17 off 10 balls as the score read 25/1 in 2.5 overs.

Two overs later, Singh got another breakthrough when he had Gilchrist caught behind for 9 off 15 balls. Then Karthik settled in with a four before Shaun Marsh cut loose to unleash three shots to the fence off Sreesanth. Then Karthik dispatched Vinay Kumar to the boundary to bring up the Kings 50 in the 7th over.

After Marsh took a four off Brad Hodge in the 8th over, Karthik tucked into Vinay Kumar for a six and a four as the score moved onto 72/2 in 9 overs. Then Marsh subjected Prashant Parameswaran to similar treatment before Karthik repeated those two scoring shots off Raiphi Gomez. But the Kings' biggest over was yet to come when in the 12th Marsh and Karthik teamed up to knock 2 sixes and a four off Hodge as thye score ticked past 100.

Then Karthik went after Jadeja, carting him for two sixes in the 13th over as the score rocketed to 131/2. But Karthik wouldn't relent, smashing Parameswaran for two fours in the 14th over. However, that's where Karthik ran out of steam, hitting R P Singh straight to Jayawardene at extra cover for 69 off 33 balls as the score read 143/3 in 14.3 overs. Singh got his fourth wicket later in the over when he caught and bowled Marsh for 43 off 30 balls as the Kings slipped to 145/4 in 15 overs.

In the 17th over, Mandeep Singh took a single off Vinay Kumar to bring up the Kings' 150. Then David Hussey immediately struck the same bowler for a four, reducing the victory equation to 25 runs required off 20 balls. Mandeep followed suit, getting Vinay away for another boundary. Then Hussey expediated the Kings' cause by clobbering Sreesanth for a four and a six to wrap up the match in the 19th over.

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