Kochi Tuskers beat Kolkata by six runs

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2011, 00:02 AM IST

Kolkata: Kochi Tuskers Kerala beat Kolkata Knight Riders by six runs in the Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.

Spinners Yusuf Pathan and Shakib-Al-Hasan scalped three wickets each as Kolkata Knight Riders fought back to restrict Kochi Tuskers Kerala to 132 for seven in their Indian Premier League match here on Wednesday.

Put into bat, the Tuskers had a flying start, courtesy Brendon McCullum and Mahela Jayawardene but once the inform opening duo were back in the hut, Kochi got caught in the spin web of Pathan (3/20) and Shakib (3/28) and lost the momentum.

Ravindra Jadeja top-scored for the Tuskers with a nice cameo of 29 from 18 balls studded with three sixes and one boundary at Eden Gardens here.

The Tuskers had a breezy start, thanks to McCullum who smashed Lee for two boundaries and one six for 15 runs in the third over.

Gambhir soon brought in the spin duo of Iqbal Abdulla and Shakib to put brakes on the run flow.

There were some anxious moments but McCullum and Jaywardene continued their march as the duo ensured the team score 45 without any loss in the first powerplay.

McCullum raced to 23 from 19 balls hitting two boundaries and one six, while Jaywardene was equally elegant in his 25 off 27 balls (5x4).

But their superb start was undone by Pathan who strangled the Tuskers with his slow off-spin and claimed three wickets giving away just 20 runs.

From a blistering start of 49 for no loss, Tuskers were reduced to 65 for four in 30 balls to see their run-rate dip sharply.

Wickets continued to tumble for Kochi but Jadeja who came into bat after the dismissal of Parthiv Patel in the 12th over, looked unruffled and launched attack on the Knight Riders bowlers to see the side get past 100.

Earlier, the first breakthrough came in the form the dangerman, McCullum, who got a top-edge from a Shakib delivery for a soft dismissal.

The skipper followed suit in what appeared to be a dubious lbw decision as Kochi slipped to 51 for two after eight overs to spread cheers in the home side`s camp.

Having scalped Jayawardene, Pathan bagged his second wicket in the form of Brad Hodge (2) when the Australian inside-edged a delivery onto his stumps.

Pathan then claimed the crucial wicket of Patel who was looking in fine nick with nine from 11 balls. The left-hander was caught plumb infront of wicket when he was trying to defend a Pathan delivery down the wrong line.

PTI