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  • Kochi Tuskers Kerala record easy 7-wkt victory over CSK

    Published on April 19, 2011

    A solid all-round performance by Kochi Tuskers Kerala helped the IPL debutants comfortably beat defending champions Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets with two overs to spare in an IPL match in Kochi on Monday.

    This was their second win four matches after defeating last year’s runners-up Mumbai Indians in the last match.

    After consistent drizzle for an hour curtailed the match to 17-overs-side affair, KTK bowlers restricted CSK to 131 for four. Chasing 135 to win courtesy Duckworth-Lewis rain rule, Brendon McCullum (47, 33 balls, 4×4, 3×6), Parthiv Patel (34, 26 balls, 4×4, 1×6) batted in a cavalier fashion to set up the win.

    It was left to Brad Hodge (19 not out, 14 balls, 2×4) and Ravindra Jadeja (16 not out, 6 balls, 2×6) finished with a flourish.

    It was Jadeja who again did a splendid finishing job with a six each off Southee and Ashwin to finish the issue.

    McCullum was in a mood to belt everything out of the park. Whether it was Albie Morkel or Shadab Jakati, everyone suffered at the hands of the Black Caps opener. Each of his three sixes were clean hits that landed into the stands.

    With an able ally in Parthiv, he took the ‘Orange Brigade’ close to the target before his miscued hoick was taken by Morkel in the deep off Ashwin. They put on 51 runs in six overs. Patel continued to smack the bowlers as he smashed left-arm spinner Jakati over mid-wicket for a six.

    Finally, it was Aniruddha who got a simple catch off Bollinger’s bowling when Patel wanted to pull him.

    Mahela Jayawardene and McCullum started from where they left against Mumbai Indians the other day as they added 39 runs in 4.2 overs. Jayawardene (16) hit a four and six off Ravichandran Ashwin before he was holed out in the covers with Shrikant Aniruddha taking the catch.

    Earlier, Suresh Raina scored a 40-ball 50 as Chennai Super Kings could only manage 131 for four.

    The rain stoppage helped KTK as CSK failed to get the momentum going in their favour until Albie Morkel (9 not out) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (14 not out) hit a six each off Ravindra Jadeja’s final over.

    Put in to bat, CSK started on a positive fashion with Michael Hussey (8, 2×4) hitting a couple of boundaries off R P Singh’s first over. R P however had the last laugh when Hussey edged one to Parthiv Patel behind stumps

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