Tuskers surge to 8-wicket win against Royals

Published: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 22:33 [IST]
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Tuskers surge to 8-wicket win

Chasing 98 to win, the Kochi Tuskers Kerala had a dramatic start to their innings. In the first over, McCullum clobbered Shaun Tait for a free-hit six over midwicket and carted him away for a four before getting clean bowled... but hang on, Tait's left foot was touching the return crease at the time of delivery, which meant that the ball was a no-ball and McCullum survived. Then to add to Tait's woes, Jayawardene rounded off the over with another boundary and a double. 19 runs had come off the first over!

The second over was even more eventful, with McCullum striking three sixes off Jacob Oram, while Mahela Jayawardene was caught in the deep in between for 6 off 3 balls. 19 runs had come off the second over as well with the score at 38/1. Then new batsman Parthiv Patel upper-cut Tait for another maximum. After three overs, the score was 45/1.

But there was trouble at the other end when Dhoshi bowled McCullum for 29 off 12 balls. Later in the same over, new batsman Brad Hodge knocked off two fours and a six as the Tuskers crossed 50 in 4 overs. Then Patel hammered Oram for two more boundaries to take the score to 73/2 after 5 overs. Hodge wouldn't relent, next laying into Chavan for a huge maximum and followed up that shot with a four. The Tuskers had surged to 87/2 in 6 overs.

Then Hodge struck a couple of fours of Tait to make scores level, before Patel ran the winning single. Kochi had won by 8 wickets with 76 balls to spare.

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