Kolkata Knight Riders v Kochi Tuskers Kerala, IPL 2011, Kolkata April 20, 2011

Kochi stifle Kolkata in hard-fought win

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Kochi Tuskers Kerala 132 for 7 (Jadeja 29, Yusuf 3-20, Shakib 3-28) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 126 for 9 (M Tiwary 46, RP Singh 2-25, Jadeja 2-25) by six runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kochi Tuskers Kerala won a battle of attrition against Kolkata Knight Riders on a slow Eden Gardens pitch to move to the third position in the points table. The wicket did not play as low as it did in Kolkata's win against Rajasthan Royals, but it was just as slow, making it difficult for batsmen, and a delight for the spinners.

After Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan had taken six wickets for 48 runs between them to restrict Kochi to 132, Kolkata's powerful batting line-up would have fancied the modest chase. But Kochi's own army of spinners - Muttiah Muralitharan, Ramesh Powar and Ravindra Jadeja - stifled the runs though they did not get as many wickets, and ensured the pressure got to the Kolkata batsmen, who fell six runs short.

As it transpired, the performance against the new-ball bowlers was the difference between the two sides. Kolkata's seamers conceded 26 for 0 in their first three overs, while Kochi's fast bowlers dismissed Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir, while conceding only 20 runs in their first four overs. Kallis fell to the hook for the second time running, swinging Vinay Kumar straight to deep square leg. Gambhir played inside the line of a full delivery from RP Singh that straightened and uprooted middle stump as Kolkata began to stutter.

In the next over, Manvinder Bisla drove outside the line of a Jadeja delivery to lose his off stump. Manoj Tiwary and Eoin Morgan tried to work the ball around but the spinners were getting turn, and their different styles posed problems. Muralitharan, back after being left out for the previous two games, varied his flight and angle brilliantly, Jadeja fired the ball in, and Powar stuck to flight as he always does.

The mounting asking-rate led to Morgan charging out of his crease in the 13th over for a non-existent single, and Jayawardene threw down the middle stump with a direct hit. Tiwary took on RP Singh in the next over with consecutive boundaries, but Shakib missed a low full toss off the last ball to be bowled.

With 47 required from five overs, Jayawardene brought Powar back against Yusuf, who came in lower down the order, having injured himself taking a catch earlier. It was a make-or-break move, and Yusuf duly deposited the second delivery he faced beyond the wide long-on boundary. It was either foolhardy or brave of Powar to flight the next ball from round the wicket. It turned out to be the latter, as Yusuf went hard at it and got a top edge to short third man.

It was all up to Tiwary now. He had batted intelligently, picking up the singles and finding the boundaries when the rate climbed. But Jadeja saw him charge out, and had him stumped off a wide delivery down the leg side. Iqbal Abdulla and Rajat Bhatia refused to give up, taking 12 off RP Singh's last over, the 19th. But 14 off the last over proved to be too much, and Vinay Kumar throttled them with a succession of slower deliveries, to give Kochi the game.

The result had seemed unlikely when Kolkata's spinners restricted Kochi to 132. Gautam Gambhir had turned to spin after Brendon McCullum took Brett Lee for 15 runs in the third over. Right away, the left-arm spin of Abdulla and Shakib slowed the scoring-rate.

The first breakthrough came when a Shakib delivery seemed to stop on McCullum, who edged a half-hearted cut to point. The introduction of Yusuf in the eighth over brought more trouble for Kochi. Jayawardene, who had got away with a close leg-before shout earlier against Abdulla, was given out lbw while sweeping, even though replays showed he had gloved the ball onto the pad.

Yusuf struck in each of his next two overs. The slow nature of the pitch was further highlighted by Brad Hodge's dismissal, bowled off an inside edge after playing the pull too early. Yusuf then trapped Parthiv Patel leg-before with a quicker one. Having slipped from 49 for 0 to 65 for 4, Kochi depended on Jadeja to take them to a fighting total.

He responded by smacking a six each in overs 13, 14 and 15, before swinging Lee straight to long-on for 29. Balaji and Lee ensured that Kochi didn't get away, but 132 turned out to be just enough in the end.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • jorock on April 23, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    I think KTK is slowly making a mark in the IPL without much public knowledge . There were no huge performence from the KTK players but each & every one is contributing to their win. I think this team will go the distance because they are simple as well as spirited bunch of players.Now with Mahela to play all their group matches i think they have a gud chance. they defeated all the Giant teams in teh IPL team till now . Feel sorry for sree and Murali theye are star purchases of the team but not even oin the eleven. I am also impressed with Kings 11 great Captain under their wings i beleive deccan missed a trick by not selecting gilly in the team.GO KTK GO BEAT RAJASTAN NEXT !!!!!! i felt bad when the commentators are supporting KKR team all the way in the match and even after the match they were not given that appreciation what the MI got yesterday .Please dont discard the team according to stars in the team rather suppprt teams who is palying gud cricket .

  • on April 22, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    We all know that Jayawardene is a good captain and a great cricketer Man of the match is not given for captaincy. In that case you always give the MOM to the winning captasin. It was definitely a blunder for not giving Jadeja if you ask Jayawardene he would have said that Jadeja deserved it as he(Jayawardene) only did his job.

  • evenflow_1990 on April 21, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    if mahela had been indian, and jadeja sri lankan, this would not have been an issue. captains are priceless. good captaincy must be rewarded with awards.

  • bigwonder on April 21, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    So by most of the posters logic, almost all games should have captain as player of the match and only under extreme conditions should be given to other team members. Puh-lease, stop justifying stupid decisions.

  • on April 21, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    It should be better if Shakib play the betting position No. 4 as i think Morgan did not face spin attack easily all time so it should be better from Sakib ul Hasan then Ven ten (N't Morgan) play the betting position No. 5 next pathan and others

  • Madraskumar on April 21, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Mahela was Man of the Match to his brilliant captancy to defend a total like 132

  • Quazar on April 21, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Jadeja was absolutely the MoM, as others have noted below...pressure knock, vital wkts, economical bowling. Perhaps Mahela should have shared the award (+ prize money) with Jadeja, as Tendulkar did with Ambati Rayadu in Bangalore.

  • muabdulla on April 21, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    The 1 n only reason why Jayawrdena was selected as man of the match is Because of the great captaincy, great fielding and also batting(unfortunate dismissal)

  • kavzzz on April 21, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    what performance by mahela!!!! he shows his colours hw 2 defend lower total with due factor!!!!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 21, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Mahela was exceptinally good in handling the bowlers, field setting to defend 130. He also got the runout.

  • jorock on April 23, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    I think KTK is slowly making a mark in the IPL without much public knowledge . There were no huge performence from the KTK players but each & every one is contributing to their win. I think this team will go the distance because they are simple as well as spirited bunch of players.Now with Mahela to play all their group matches i think they have a gud chance. they defeated all the Giant teams in teh IPL team till now . Feel sorry for sree and Murali theye are star purchases of the team but not even oin the eleven. I am also impressed with Kings 11 great Captain under their wings i beleive deccan missed a trick by not selecting gilly in the team.GO KTK GO BEAT RAJASTAN NEXT !!!!!! i felt bad when the commentators are supporting KKR team all the way in the match and even after the match they were not given that appreciation what the MI got yesterday .Please dont discard the team according to stars in the team rather suppprt teams who is palying gud cricket .

  • on April 22, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    We all know that Jayawardene is a good captain and a great cricketer Man of the match is not given for captaincy. In that case you always give the MOM to the winning captasin. It was definitely a blunder for not giving Jadeja if you ask Jayawardene he would have said that Jadeja deserved it as he(Jayawardene) only did his job.

  • evenflow_1990 on April 21, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    if mahela had been indian, and jadeja sri lankan, this would not have been an issue. captains are priceless. good captaincy must be rewarded with awards.

  • bigwonder on April 21, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    So by most of the posters logic, almost all games should have captain as player of the match and only under extreme conditions should be given to other team members. Puh-lease, stop justifying stupid decisions.

  • on April 21, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    It should be better if Shakib play the betting position No. 4 as i think Morgan did not face spin attack easily all time so it should be better from Sakib ul Hasan then Ven ten (N't Morgan) play the betting position No. 5 next pathan and others

  • Madraskumar on April 21, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Mahela was Man of the Match to his brilliant captancy to defend a total like 132

  • Quazar on April 21, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Jadeja was absolutely the MoM, as others have noted below...pressure knock, vital wkts, economical bowling. Perhaps Mahela should have shared the award (+ prize money) with Jadeja, as Tendulkar did with Ambati Rayadu in Bangalore.

  • muabdulla on April 21, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    The 1 n only reason why Jayawrdena was selected as man of the match is Because of the great captaincy, great fielding and also batting(unfortunate dismissal)

  • kavzzz on April 21, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    what performance by mahela!!!! he shows his colours hw 2 defend lower total with due factor!!!!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 21, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Mahela was exceptinally good in handling the bowlers, field setting to defend 130. He also got the runout.

  • kifat on April 21, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    i wouldn't mind review system in ipl!!!!

  • nash041 on April 21, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    132 total is not a big target for KKTs. but Jayawardene could protect it by choosing correct bowler at the right time & also placing fielders at the right places.that's why he got it.

  • on April 21, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Mahela is player of the match as the decisions he took as captain paved the way for the win. Win toss and bat first. Knowing that 130-140 is a good score here. field placements and bowling changes and inspiring the team. Jadeja did a great job but Mahela's contributions were valued more. If Mahela captained SL in WC finals the result would have been different.

  • Sankara on April 21, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Too many questions about MoM even from Kochi fans. Dont be divisive. Between Mahela and Jaddu, I dont think there is an issue who won it, so long as the team won. 2ndly, it is not necessarily the top scorer or highest wicket taker should win the MoM. Else, Tiwari scored far more than anybody else, so why not him.3rdly, I have not come aross anyone who can read a pitch well. Forget the imposters in the commentary box, often home team captains have no clue. I was really really surprisd when MJ said 130-140 as the total required at the toss . Usually eveyone who has no clue would say 160-180. On that count of perspicacity alone he deserved the MoM. There were other little moments of great captaincy-like slowing down the over rate with elaborate field settings when KKR batted which added to the pressure on the batters, motivating his team etc. I am sure KTK will miss him when he goes back. Only hope he does good succession planning, and also gives Klinger a knock or two as well

  • birkat on April 21, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    To all those questioning why Mahela got the MoM and not Jadeja: It was for his captaincy... defending a small target of 130 is not easy in T20... even Tendulkar and Dhoni couldn't even defend 180 plus... But more than that he read the pitch brilliantly, added Murali in the team and even predicted the winning score. He got a rough decision when he was going well, and he also fielded exceptionally... The run-out of Morgan by the skipper would've done wonders to lift the team up... He did all this with an average bowling attack. Apart from Murali he didn't have any world class bowlers in the line-up... So in my humble opinion the adjudicators got the MoM award spot on...

  • on April 21, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Great comments. It seems the ppl who asking why Mahela instead of Jadeja, doesnt know or understand the real cricket. Yesterday match shows the great captancy, which noone ever can achieve it. He is 100% Arjuna's boy. When Mahela leave for England tour, we all can see what will happen to KTK. If they can get Ganguly in then, there will be a chance. or otherwise ,,,,,sorry KTK,,,

  • Mitsui on April 21, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    @Himanshu Bhuyan: Jayawardane was named man of the match mostly because of his captaincy. Just because you are the highest run scorer or wicket taker doesn't mean you become m.o.m. It's great calls Jayawardane made as the captain which won him the m.o.m award. There have been instances in the past where players have being adjudged m.o.m just because of their fielding! If this is a joke, what do you call Tendulkar wining m.o.m when Rayudu clearly deserved it?

  • on April 21, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    All of the ppl asking why Mahela was named man of the match should wait and see what happens to KTK after May 5th. Heh.

  • analyseabhishek on April 21, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    May be Jayawardene's captaincy was also considered. He made some brave decisions- esp in weakening his batting for bowling in playing murali for pereira.

  • ruwi on April 21, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Mahela should be the player of the match because his captaincy led the team brilliantly as they had a small score in board & he led the team for a win brilliantly , as you'll didn't hear last night commentator also told he will be the man of the match because 25 runs , a run out & for brilliant captaincy .

  • romanc on April 21, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    But i think R.Jadeja should get the player of the match.Wonder why Mahela though he lead the team brilliantly.100% Jadeja should be the first choice no doubt about that.Maybe its BCCIs revenge and gift for Mahela for Umpire bad decision of LBW. Kochi team itself not liked by BCCI and official .

  • on April 21, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Yes Jadeja should have been the man of the match. his batting & balling contribution was really help the KochI XI win. but ppl who adjudicates that award , considered abt skipper mahelas captaincy, his contribution as a skipper was the key point of the Kochi Tuskers win. Absolutely Mahela marshaled his troop exceptionally . he is the best captain in this year IPL.

  • on April 21, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    ryan ten doeschat should play instead of morgan or shakib

  • jorock on April 21, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Ohhh Kochi !!!! What a performence .really i am a big time fan of your's team .You guys proving again and again it's not just about having big names in the team.When i had seen kochi team after the auction .I t had disappointed because i felt they were missing some big hitters in the side and altogether i was not satisfied with the team but when i see them play i feel my assumption is wrong.Wonderful unity,confidence,urge for win everything in the camp .Hats off to Mr.Jaya COMEON KOCHI GO AHEAD

  • on April 21, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    Mahela was awarded MOM for his runs, an outstanding run out(direct hit) and captaincy(This is mentioned during Post match ceremony)

  • Piyum_Fernando on April 21, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    Mahela did a great job as the captain. But anyway, even though I'm a Sri Lankan I think Jadeja should get that award. And also i think it's better to find another skipper for Kochi because we need Maiya for the England tour. Country 1st!!!

  • on April 21, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    mahela was awarded man of the match for his great captaincy. He captained his side to the victory depending on small total.

  • Dharaka on April 21, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Mahela got the Man of the Match award for his captaincy in manging to defend such a low score by allocating his available resources excellently. True, it was Jadeja who performed best as a player. But Mahela's captaincy was brilliant and so he deserved it.

  • Muthaliph on April 21, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    the reason that jayawardena got man of the match was because of his captaincy where rotating his bowlers and making the field placements played a huge role and also the run-out of eoin morgan (huge wicket) but the commentators were really pleased with the way he handled his bowlers in the last five overs each of his bowlers had an over left so that provided a lot of variation that the lower order of the kkr couldn't handle in that situation.Go Kochi!!

  • on April 21, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    simple because he is the captain and utilized the resource the right way which was most important for the win they got with a small score on board.

  • on April 21, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    I hope it doesn't become KKR's habit to open the tournamennt with glory which vanquished with every match played. Come on guys be a knight and show us ur chivalry.don't let us down.Sakib has played his part as a bowler and we want to see him batting as well.

  • on April 21, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    Man of the Match is Jayawardene for his 25 (27 balls)??? And Jadeja made 29 (of 18 balls) and took 2 wickets for 25!!!! What a joke!!!

  • krazzyking on April 21, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    a special mention to Raiphi Gomez's diving effort to save two runs when yusuf pathan smacked powar earlier personifies the team spirit

  • on April 21, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    Man of the match should have been Jadeja who scored 29 off 18 balls. He was responsible for running out Bhatija had the prize wicket of Tiwary finished with 2for 25 where as Jayawardene scored only 25. You can see the highest scorer and the best bowler was not awarded the Man of the match. Can anyone explain why?

  • Finn92 on April 20, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Jadeja is certainly having a good IPL, really staking a claim for reconsideration for the national side. I think Tiwary should also get more of a look in, only the one ODI to his name but he looks good.

  • on April 20, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    This is called good bowling and good capatincy............Tendulkar the worst captain ever in the history of game to had a few good bowlers too but he couldn't defend even 180 .......murali went for only 18 whereas malinga an equally good bowler also at his prime went for 40 runs..........that is the difference........................no matter you score 400 you cannot defend it even against aclub level side unless you have a solid plan A and an equally solid plan B to execute...............poor field placements can easily leak out 100 + runs in ODI and proportionally in T20 too

  • vattettan on April 20, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    Jadeja Should have been the Man Of the Match.

  • on April 20, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Well Done Kochi... Jayawardene as a captain is doing a great job.

    Big bow to the whole Kochi team & Geoff Lawson...Keep up the good work.

    Looks like keeping out Sreesanth has brought Kochi to the winning streak...:)

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 20, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Good captaincy by Mahela. I always felt Mahela was a better skipper than Sanga. Now he's doing it with his boys at Kochi. It will be a pity once he returns to SL for the England tour. Let Kochi make hay when the sun shines.

  • bigwonder on April 20, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    So why is Jayawardene the player of the match and not Jadeja?

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  • bigwonder on April 20, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    So why is Jayawardene the player of the match and not Jadeja?

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 20, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Good captaincy by Mahela. I always felt Mahela was a better skipper than Sanga. Now he's doing it with his boys at Kochi. It will be a pity once he returns to SL for the England tour. Let Kochi make hay when the sun shines.

  • on April 20, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Well Done Kochi... Jayawardene as a captain is doing a great job.

    Big bow to the whole Kochi team & Geoff Lawson...Keep up the good work.

    Looks like keeping out Sreesanth has brought Kochi to the winning streak...:)

  • vattettan on April 20, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    Jadeja Should have been the Man Of the Match.

  • on April 20, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    This is called good bowling and good capatincy............Tendulkar the worst captain ever in the history of game to had a few good bowlers too but he couldn't defend even 180 .......murali went for only 18 whereas malinga an equally good bowler also at his prime went for 40 runs..........that is the difference........................no matter you score 400 you cannot defend it even against aclub level side unless you have a solid plan A and an equally solid plan B to execute...............poor field placements can easily leak out 100 + runs in ODI and proportionally in T20 too

  • Finn92 on April 20, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Jadeja is certainly having a good IPL, really staking a claim for reconsideration for the national side. I think Tiwary should also get more of a look in, only the one ODI to his name but he looks good.

  • on April 21, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    Man of the match should have been Jadeja who scored 29 off 18 balls. He was responsible for running out Bhatija had the prize wicket of Tiwary finished with 2for 25 where as Jayawardene scored only 25. You can see the highest scorer and the best bowler was not awarded the Man of the match. Can anyone explain why?

  • krazzyking on April 21, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    a special mention to Raiphi Gomez's diving effort to save two runs when yusuf pathan smacked powar earlier personifies the team spirit

  • on April 21, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    Man of the Match is Jayawardene for his 25 (27 balls)??? And Jadeja made 29 (of 18 balls) and took 2 wickets for 25!!!! What a joke!!!

  • on April 21, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    I hope it doesn't become KKR's habit to open the tournamennt with glory which vanquished with every match played. Come on guys be a knight and show us ur chivalry.don't let us down.Sakib has played his part as a bowler and we want to see him batting as well.