Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2011, Kochi April 17, 2011

A battle of batting might in Kochi

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Match facts


Monday, April 18
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big picture

Kochi Tuskers Kerala are on a high after stunning the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede, a result which their captain Mahela Jayawardene believes will make other teams take Kochi seriously. His side had come close to victory in both their opening matches before fading away in the last few overs, but there was no such problem against Mumbai as their big-name batsmen, Brendon McCullum and Jayawardene, launched a superb counterattack to spoil the Mumbai party after Sachin Tendulkar's century.

Kochi need a repeat dose on Monday since they now come up against another heavyweight in the competition, defending champions Chennai Super Kings. MS Dhoni and his team returned to winning ways against Royal Challengers Bangalore, recovering from the pasting they received at the hands of Paul Valthaty earlier in the week.

With the versatile Michael Hussey reinforcing an already formidable Chennai batting line-up, Kochi's patchy bowling attack have a challenge on their hands. Kochi too have several accomplished Twenty20 batsmen, but their bowling resources are less impressive than Chennai's.

Team talk


The Chennai Super Kings are performing so well that they can afford to leave out fast bowler Dougie Bollinger, one of the architects of their victorious campaign last season. With Tim Southee proving a canny bowler at the death, perhaps the only route for Bollinger to get a game is if there is a track suiting fast bowlers, in which case Chennai will contemplate bringing him in place of offspinner Suraj Randiv.

If VVS Laxman recovers in time from his back problem, Kochi will have to ponder how to accommodate him in the line-up, since Jayawardene slotted in perfectly as an opener in the Mumbai game. Muttiah Muralitharan was another player who wasn't in the XI at the Wankhede, and Kochi need to decide whether they want the batting back-up that Thisara Perera provides or the offspin of Murali.

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In the spotlight


Ravindra Jadeja missed out on the previous IPL due to contract violations, but has made a terrific start this season: contributing with the bat in all three matches, including consecutive sixes to finish off Mumbai, and he has been economical with the ball as well in a team struggling to control the runs.

The highest run-getter in IPLs, Suresh Raina, has had a quiet time so far this season. He played some vital knocks in the World Cup, and Chennai will hope that his form resurfaces in the IPL as well.

Prime numbers


  • R Ashwin has the best economy rate in IPL history - 6.12 (min. 250 deliveries)
  • Suresh Raina's 27 catches is the most by any fielder in the IPL

The chatter


"If we can beat Mumbai Indians in Mumbai, we can beat anyone."
Geoff Lawson

"I think their strength is that they're all three very different spinners. They're very different to face. They all have different subtleties and different deliveries."
Michael Hussey on Chennai's slow-bowling trio of R Ashwin, Suraj Randiv and Shadab Jakati

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • AKmAK on April 20, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    @Parthiban M... I just wanna say 4 ur reply- that Theory and Practical are not always good partners!!. I'm a first class cricket player and know how hard (20's) in feild but these days mere viewers and writers have had other ideas (ofcourse after IPL) !!!! but I'm simply in Practical side dude!!!. Every one can predict anything under globe, but I don't think its a good idea to atleast 20 format or who minds whether its a 1000 pages epistle.

  • on April 19, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    I think today D/chargers wil do the magic with DD

  • on April 18, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Still waiting to see a MEGA Match. High scoring match with Hard hitting.

  • on April 18, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Clouds are being blown away...next it will be the turn of crowd to get blown away by game itself.... although the sound of the thunder might be a little too much for players..

  • bennybar on April 18, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Geoff Lawson is correct in so far as that any team can beat any other team in IPL. Mumbai is a strong team, they just had a less good day (not a bad day though) and so they lost. As far as the strength is concerned, CSK is a better team. May be I am biased because I'm a CSK supportrer, may be not. I'm a realistic guy. Just compare one-on-one, playerwise... you will see what I mean.

  • on April 18, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    csk rox...keep d same team dhoni..

  • on April 18, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I am sure that KTK will beat CSK comfortably,as they beat MI

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    KTK will win this match ; Jayawardane n Macullum will be a night mare for dhoni :)

  • vinchester on April 18, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Whos going to win simple to predict. Listen to what the experts sidhu & co have to say before the match. Then you can bet that just the opposite will happen!

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    What happen to mumbai indian last game: b-cos tendulkar scored a century,lucky he got out in w/cup final.Kochi will give good fight tonight to

  • AKmAK on April 20, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    @Parthiban M... I just wanna say 4 ur reply- that Theory and Practical are not always good partners!!. I'm a first class cricket player and know how hard (20's) in feild but these days mere viewers and writers have had other ideas (ofcourse after IPL) !!!! but I'm simply in Practical side dude!!!. Every one can predict anything under globe, but I don't think its a good idea to atleast 20 format or who minds whether its a 1000 pages epistle.

  • on April 19, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    I think today D/chargers wil do the magic with DD

  • on April 18, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Still waiting to see a MEGA Match. High scoring match with Hard hitting.

  • on April 18, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Clouds are being blown away...next it will be the turn of crowd to get blown away by game itself.... although the sound of the thunder might be a little too much for players..

  • bennybar on April 18, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Geoff Lawson is correct in so far as that any team can beat any other team in IPL. Mumbai is a strong team, they just had a less good day (not a bad day though) and so they lost. As far as the strength is concerned, CSK is a better team. May be I am biased because I'm a CSK supportrer, may be not. I'm a realistic guy. Just compare one-on-one, playerwise... you will see what I mean.

  • on April 18, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    csk rox...keep d same team dhoni..

  • on April 18, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I am sure that KTK will beat CSK comfortably,as they beat MI

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    KTK will win this match ; Jayawardane n Macullum will be a night mare for dhoni :)

  • vinchester on April 18, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Whos going to win simple to predict. Listen to what the experts sidhu & co have to say before the match. Then you can bet that just the opposite will happen!

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    What happen to mumbai indian last game: b-cos tendulkar scored a century,lucky he got out in w/cup final.Kochi will give good fight tonight to

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    CSK will definitely win as they have strong local players in Vijay, Badrinath, Raina and Dhoni

  • getgopi on April 18, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Sourav who?

    Should be a good game if it doesn't rain.

  • pravinhyd07 on April 18, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    chennai going to lose today.........i respect each player in chennai.....but i want chennai to lose every time because iam...............iam...(deccan chargers hyderabad)

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    @ Akmak....Eventhough T-20 is not completely unpredictable...it can be anybody's game..in tht case even test match can be won by underdogs...but the probability is less wen compared to T-20...so it doesnt mean consistency can be ruled out.If wat u say s true then KKR shud atleast have won championship..but the most consistent team CSK only has won...Analysis is just a prediction even cyclone rediction can be wrong..So everybody will be stopn predicting??? your argument is totally baseless!!!!!!!!

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Sad Newz -Rain Gona Win today's Match...

  • KisterXI on April 18, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Csk wins......yeh....raina hits a century knock and six sixes in murali over

  • symsun on April 18, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Dhoni will make use of Randiv until he return to SL on May 5, till then Bollinger has no chance in XI.. Remember Bollinger is Dhoni's trump card last season.. he would not even replace Morkel. We definitely want Albie to get some form and fire with both bat and ball before the crucial stages.. Albie, Bollinger and Southee with Ashwin form deadly combination for CSK.

  • gnagaraj on April 18, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    csk will rock today and through ipl. Rock dhoni and team

  • pirateseeker on April 18, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    why do many ppl here want to replace randiv?? he has been consistently troubling the batsmen with his variation.... despite a handful of outside-edged boundaries to third man, his figures have been relatively good every time. if you consider chennai's last match, randiv got 2-24 off his 4 overs while the likes of jakati were expensive.... i think the next match against KTK will decide who will make way for bollinger.

  • amir78 on April 18, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    I think csk will show an good performance tonight. They should get doug instead of randiv which will give nice combination in bowling attack...

  • on April 18, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    CSK r d real champions:-)

  • ssenthil on April 18, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    S Raina due for a big one fore sure and I like to see Doughy back in the fold in place of Randiv/Southee. All the Best CSK.

  • AKmAK on April 18, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    I just wanna laugh at all comments... everybody is analysing, researching, matching, evaluating.... I'm pity on, Now the truth.. This is 20 match and both are almost equal strength and will decide that.. WHO'S DAY. Its not rocket science.. isn't it???

  • vinay617 on April 18, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    CSK rocks............ go CSK go

  • DaisonGarvasis on April 18, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Chennai is not winning this game coz, Kochi is gonna trash them tonight

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    If Kochi can control its leakage of runs they can run thruogh any side in this competetion...Sure this will be as thrilling match as KTK vs Mumbai..All the best KTK..:)

  • KochiTuskers_Kerala on April 18, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Go KTK..........................

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    @gnana_cricket and indians.

    First of all i have to tell you, i respect india and especially Dhoni as a batsman. But i like to remind you, You guys said after the India vs England and India vs SA matches that dhoni is a very poor captain (see comments on those matches).. But after winning the final suddenly you saying he's the greatest captain ever. My opinion is he's a good captain but it's not his captaincy that won the world cup final. It's poor performance at the final by SL and dhoni's "batting" that won the world cup...

  • MeowCat on April 18, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    both captains had memories of 2011 CWC.lets see who wins this time :P

    DD & KTK did excellent against the tough teams. Im worried about their bowling though

  • gokulgg on April 18, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    I think csk will show an good performance tonight. They should get doug instead of randiv or morkel which will give best combination in bowling attack.....

  • gokulgg on April 18, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    I think csk will show an good performance tonight. They should get doug instead of randiv which will give nice combination in bowling attack...

  • Mitsui on April 18, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Would love to see Sreeshanth sledging Dhoni. Forget about being kicked out of the national team son, the franchise paid you to sledge. Sreeshanth for the win - my favourite Indian player. Lots of love from SL

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 18, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    @Sai Sujith He will never be in Kochi.@ Debopratim Dutta Chowdhury Gully will carry water. @Jay Ajit Mahela is much better captain than your Bada

  • Razor88 on April 18, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    The one Talkin abt Sachin's Century - I know You don't know this fact But India Have Won More than 50% of the Matches in which he has scored a Hundred.Which i Think is a Good Record for a player whos Career is stretching Over 20 Long Years..Don't take Away the game from Both McCullum and Mahela,the Most important of the Lot is Jadeja who Acctually Nailed the Coffin for Mumbai.The Game was Won By some Intelligent batting from Kochi, Actual fact is that Cricket is a Team Game and Don't Blame Sachin for Getting Runs.Quicker U learn its better for the game.

  • R.S.A. on April 18, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Chennai look a more balanced team on paper. Kochi havent found the right combination yet, So chennai should see this one through. But i would like to see chennai make a few changes to their bowling. I dont see Kochi's bowling causing too much of a problem for Chennai's batting. Chennai should replace Albie Mo with Faf du plessis and Randiv with Dougy B. This will give chennai 2 very good fast bowlers in Southee & Dougy B, and Ashwin, Jakati, Du plessis (T20 Bowling career - 43 matches, 34 wickets, 18.41Avg, 7.11 Econ) and Raina will have the duty of bowling 12 overs.

    Hussey, Vijay, Raina, Dhoni, Du Plessis, Badrinath, Aniruddha, Ashwin, Southee, Jakati & Dougy B.

  • on April 18, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    I back mahela Jayawardene , i am sure that they will win against the raining champions Chennai super kings,Ravindra Jadeja is playing a crucial role in the kochi team.

  • on April 18, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Mahela can make it. I think Sreesanth in home grounds will be to an advantage. VVS at No. 3 looks formidable. Mahe and Mcallum should open. Good for both of them. Mcallum should be going for a long innings. Should be calm and should pick his shots. Rash shots is not required. This is a crucial match and they should come out victorious.

  • on April 18, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Kochi Tuskers can keep the momentum after defeated the Mumbai Indians, if the clean Some of The Rubbish matter like Ramesh Powar & they also need to back VVS Laxman in middle order. I am surprised that why they are not using Michael Klinger for the opening with B. McCullum..............as Klinger is a very good opener batsman......

  • on April 18, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Lets not forget that the main reason for Kochi's success is leaving out the local hero Sreesanth !! Will he be included in Kochi's team today??

  • harshacc on April 18, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Will be nice to see Klinger get a look in. But with McCullum,Mahela,Hodge almost always in the team and Murali outside it is tough to see him.With VVS , Jadeja being the only noteworthy Indian talents in KTK,CSK has an edge.I would like to see Doug Bollinger play instead of Randiv.Randiv is better than Jakati but you can play only 4 foreginers

  • satish619chandar on April 18, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    CSK needs Morkel to bowl well.. With the current form of the batsmen, they can afford to drop Morkel for Bollinger!! But knowing Dhoni, its not possible :-(

  • jorock on April 18, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    My team for today will be Jaya,Mcullum,patel,hodge,Jadeja,K.jadev,R gomez,Perara,Powar,Vinay,Sree. I love murali but against CSK it's a risk because they are one of the best players of spin.Dhoni told in the post of the final in the world cup he is confirtable playing murali.if tesara is playing it adds to the batting .This team has 5 bowlers as well as 8 batsmen.KTK have to play out of thier skins to win this match they are one of the leading sides in IPL 4.Comen KTK you can do it if you win against MI .Crucial game if they pick upa win here it will bring this IPL 4 really ineteresting. show its not only about star players but commitment and determination.

  • on April 18, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    I think that CSK will put up a brilliant performance today and will make the victory. I hope our bowling gets better.

  • Manikrishnan on April 18, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    CSK has a better win if they bring bollinger in place of jakati..... and also we need 240 runs again with a superb knock from vijay and hussy..........

  • KAIRAVA on April 18, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Get in Hastings in place of Perera..and VVS should come at no.3 in batting...

  • KAIRAVA on April 18, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    It's MAHE Vs. MAHE.. (MAHEla vs. MAHEndra)..!!! What a coincidence..I wonder whether this is the first instance that two opposing captains share the same four letters in their first name..

  • on April 18, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    I back Chennai Super Kings to win this encounter against Kochi Tuskers Kerala taking place tonight.CSK's strength without a doubt is batting but i thought their bowlers did well to defend their score against RCB in the last game.Tim Southee's inclusion has been a good one and i expect them to go with the same side that played the last game.

  • minnalmani07 on April 18, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    If Possible Please Let Ganapathi Vignesh to play atleast 2 matches in ipl. He is Strong Hitter And a Good medium Pacer.

  • on April 18, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    kochi didnt know how strng dey are...dey got one man brendon macculum,who can destroy the party of chennai,if he wl click,no more playing 11 required

  • on April 18, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Most of the time if a one batsman score a century that team has a good chance to win, But if Sachin score a century his team gonna lose. Sachin brings misfortune!!!

  • vcmenon on April 18, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    My suggestion to mahela is bat first and put a target of 170. Batting order should be like this. VVS, Brendon, Mahela,Jadeja, Hodge, Hastings,Parthiv,Powar,Vinay,RP & Sree. Bowling Order should be like this. Vinay, RP, Powar, Sree,Jadeja& Hastings. Go Tuskers and win, All the best

  • on April 18, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    @lawson- then why ur team lost 2/3 games..

  • NairUSA on April 18, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Kochi Tuskers in Kochi can be a handful for Superkings. It seems as if Mahela and Brendon has determined to backup their reputations with solid performances. However, on paper, Chennai seems to be a balanced side. The team jersey colors of Kochi is unimaginative and needs to be changed in the next IPL. Orange and Purple! What were they thinking?

  • cricfangoindia on April 18, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Play Murali, Hastings, Mccullum and Mahela on foreign spots and 7 indians. Jadeja, Vinayakumar, Gomez, C Madan, Gnaneswara Rao, Akhil and Kedar Jadhav. And see if any of those Indian newcomers perform, if not don't give them chance next time and let the others get their chance. This Kochi team is heavily depended on Mahela and Mccullum. The people who picked this team had no idea about IPL. They don't have any proven indian players other than the bowlers, but the foreign bowlers are always better. They should have gotten Indian batsmens, like pandey, Uthappa, Suman or players like them. They paid heavily for the Srilankan players who are one dimensional and thought Srilanka was part of Kerala. Srilankan players are still foreigners and can play only 4 of them, so better get the allrounders like Angelo or Kallis. They paid Mahela lote more than Kallis, how sad, I wished if patel sold the team to a malayalee.

  • on April 18, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    PLEASE GIVE A CHANCE TO "MICHAL CLINGAR",HE CAN DO WELL FOR KOCHI FOR BIG HITTING & ALSO GIVE CHANCE TO INDIAN CRICKETER "SRIVASTHAVA" IN THE PLACE OF PATEL

  • on April 18, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    so basically as far as batting line goes...

    KTK: Mahela and McCullum present a strong opening, beyond which they can use VVS, Brad Hodge, Jadeja, Parthiv and Hastings...Perrera presents a decent batting reliability....The tail end features unimpressive display of batting...

    CSK: Hussey and Vijay can give an explosive start, which can only be continued by the likes of Raina, Dhoni, Badri, Anirudha and Morkel.... Its tail end has Ashwin who is an above average tailender...and Tim Southee has occasional spells of brilliance...

    So overall, I wud say that CSK has a slightly better btting lineup...

  • on April 18, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    one big win doesnt mean tuskers hav a serious line up to compete the consistent performers over da years.... CSK hav a powerful batting and also bowling line up... to the top of it all , they have MSD..... Tuskers gonna see the real champs today... ITS NOT MI , TUSKERS , ITS CSK.....

  • Dhitik on April 18, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    i hope Mahela again opens instead of coming in at number 3.....go tuskers go.....................

  • on April 18, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    Get sreesanth in and win da match. That is the way to do it as he if not performs too, takes the team to victory with his presence. KTK will start continue their winning streak and CSK will have another bitter loss. Go KTK go and finish them. We will cheer for you at our home!!

  • CricSamraat on April 18, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    Mahela vs Mahendra - both names start with M! What a matchup!! Let's see who puts it across to other in this Mahabharatha between the two M's.

  • on April 17, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    If Hussey, Raina and vijay continues their batting ability then CSK will win

  • on April 17, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    If Dada was already in Kochi, this could have been the clash of the captains - Dhoni vs Dada !! ....the Lions vs the Tuskers ... Knowing Dhoni, I am sure Bollinger will play in Kochi. Will Hastings get to play ?

  • krazzyking on April 17, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Reasons for Kochi victory: One, drop Sreesanth; Two, Sachin scored a 100 :)

  • Indiancampions454 on April 17, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    I think that CSK are going to win this and the championship

  • on April 17, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    I think Murali shouldn't be selected as both MSD and Raina are quality players of spin, it will be a suicide if they chose Murali. They have spent way too much money on Murali, I would have chosen Swann instead.

  • xylo on April 17, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Mahela has discovered the magic secret to success - dropping Sreesanth. He should find the going easy now.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 17, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    @gnana_cricket AND K Noorul Ameen, If Mahela opens it is a different story. I think Kochu\i should play both Tissara & Muttayya.

  • on April 17, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Wish ganguly could have joined kochi at this point... :(

  • niyasummar on April 17, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    i dnt think kochi will get away with csk as they did with mumbai indians ...... Dhonis captaincy is entirely diferent frm that of Sachin ....... we can see see a lot of fireworks for sure in the sense that huseey,dhoni,raina, McCullum and Jayawardene are is superb form

  • on April 17, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    wen is sourav in kochi team

  • San024 on April 17, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    Dhoni you have to win################################################

  • bala-chala on April 17, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy will ensure that whatever happened in Mumbai doesn't happen here.

  • on April 17, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Its going to be CSK all the way!!! Bring it on boys.

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  • on April 17, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Its going to be CSK all the way!!! Bring it on boys.

  • bala-chala on April 17, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy will ensure that whatever happened in Mumbai doesn't happen here.

  • San024 on April 17, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    Dhoni you have to win################################################

  • on April 17, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    wen is sourav in kochi team

  • niyasummar on April 17, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    i dnt think kochi will get away with csk as they did with mumbai indians ...... Dhonis captaincy is entirely diferent frm that of Sachin ....... we can see see a lot of fireworks for sure in the sense that huseey,dhoni,raina, McCullum and Jayawardene are is superb form

  • on April 17, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Wish ganguly could have joined kochi at this point... :(

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 17, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    @gnana_cricket AND K Noorul Ameen, If Mahela opens it is a different story. I think Kochu\i should play both Tissara & Muttayya.

  • xylo on April 17, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Mahela has discovered the magic secret to success - dropping Sreesanth. He should find the going easy now.

  • on April 17, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    I think Murali shouldn't be selected as both MSD and Raina are quality players of spin, it will be a suicide if they chose Murali. They have spent way too much money on Murali, I would have chosen Swann instead.

  • Indiancampions454 on April 17, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    I think that CSK are going to win this and the championship