IPL 4: Kochi script yet another upset against Chennai
Kochi: Kochi Tuskers Kerala yet again scripted an improbable victory against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings with 7 wicket victory to register their first win at home.
Ravindra Jadeja hit the winning runs with 13 balls to spare as Tuskers overhauled the modest target of 131 in the rain affected match at Nehru stadium on Monday. With this win Tuskers move into the fourth position in the points table and Chennai slip down to fifth.
Brad Hodge and Ravindra Jadeja made sure that there were no more hiccups to the Tuskers chase after the dismissal of Parthiv Patel who played a handy knock of 34 of 26 deliveries before holding out at deep mid wicket.
Earlier, Brendon McCullum’s whirlwind innings of 47 which proved to be the mainstay for Kochi chase came to and as he was holed out at long off trying for another maximum. This put the match hanging in a balance assuring a thrilling end.
After bludgeoning R Aswhin for a massive six and a four, skipper Mahela Jayawardene paid the price for being over ambitious as he miscued a big heave the very next ball to be caught by Aniruddha Srikanth.
Kochi Tuskers were off to a stellar start as McCullum clubbed Morkel for a massive 87m six in the very first over. Doug Bollinger playing in his first match of this edition looked rusty. Both the openers were at ease against the new bowl attack of Albie Morkel and Bollinger.
In the first half of the match, Chennai Super Kings managed to get a defendable score of 131 courtesy a late flourish, which saw the big hitting Albie Morkel and Dhoni hit two sixes in the final over bowled by Ravindra Jadeja.
A well set Suresh Raina who scored a half century gave away his wicket as he slipped on the pitch to get run out courtesy a brilliant effort from the bowler, Thisara Perera.
Kochi had got their third breakthrough in the form of S Badrinath, trapped leg before for 19 off Ralphi Gomez. After play resumed, Tuskers were able to keep a check on the run rate. Raina and Badrinath regularly rotated the strike but struggled to clear the boundaries.
Due to the rain delay the match was reduced to 17 overs per innings
Prior to the rain delay, Thisara Perera had got the wicket of Murali Vijay with a good length delivery nipping back in to trap the right hander. Vijay was in a good form timing the ball well. He smashed 6 boundaries in his knock of 28 and was building a good partnership with Raina. Earlier Kochi were off to a good start getting the wicket of dangerous Mike Hussey.
Mike Hussey had edged a moving bowl to the keeper to give RP Singh his maiden wicket of this IPL. Hussey had hit two boundaries, both in the third man region, one a full blood cut, other a delicate nudge off RP Singh’s very first over.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala had won the toss and elected to bowl first against Chennai Superkings at Kochi. Kochi fielded a an unchanged squad that won against the formidable Mumbai Indians, whereas Doug Bollinger got his first game of this edition for Superkings.