Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2011, Kochi April 27, 2011

Ishant five-for wrecks Kochi

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Deccan Chargers 129 for 7 (Sangakkara 65, Vinay 3-27) beat Kochi Tuskers 74 (Ishant 5-12, Steyn 3-16) by 55 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

If you needed a punctuation mark to describe this game, you'd choose a big, bold exclamation mark and colour it a deep crimson red. Kochi Tuskers Kerala's scorecard was stunningly woeful at the end of four sensational overs: 0, 4, 0, 0, 0, 0 were the scores of the batsmen sucker-punched by Ishant Sharma, who harassed them with seam and bounce. And Kochi never recovered from that soul-crushing spell.

His hair bobbed up and down in characteristic fashion as Ishant ran in, fingers behind the seam and wrists snapping at the release, and the length was nearly always full. The first has been an ever-present theme with him in good and bad times, the second image hasn't always been consistently repeated, and the third was a pleasant surprise.

Ishant entered the scene after Dale Steyn took out Brendon McCullum in the first over with a delivery that jagged away to take the outside edge. It was the beginning of Kochi's nightmare as Ishant stunned them with a triple strike. Parthiv Patel stabbed at a delivery that bounced and seamed away from him to the keeper, Raiphi Gomez (what was he doing at No. 4?) was taken out for a first-ball duck by a sharp incutter, and Brad Hodge combusted off the fifth delivery. He played a loose and ambitious off drive, wafting outside the line of the full delivery that cut in to rearrange the furniture.

Kochi were 2 for 4 then and all their hopes rested on their opener and captain Mahela Jayawardene, who was a forlorn figure in the middle, watching the destruction unfold in front of him. Ishant wasn't done yet; he reserved his best for Jayawardene. After trapping Kedar Jadhav in front with a sharp incutter in the fourth over, he produced a brute of a delivery to knock out Jayawardene, and Kochi, in the same over. It screamed up from back of a good length, held its line and kissed the edge of the defensive prod en route to the delighted Kumar Sangakkara. Jayawardene gave an inquisitive, and accusing, look at the pitch before he turned and departed the crime scene.

Ishant's figures read an incredible 5 for 6 and Kochi were 11 for 6 from four overs, and though there were a couple of face-saving contributions from Ravindra Jadeja and Thisara Perera, they were rapidly heading along a cul-de-sac.

In retrospect, the middle-over massacre led by Sangakkara - Deccan recovered from the depths of 37 for 3 after 10 overs to reach 105 for 3 in 16 - lulled one into a false perception about the nature of the track. In hindsight, Kochi will be ruing a no-ball from Sreesanth that allowed Sangakkara to break free. Sangakkara was on 5 when Sreesanth produced a jaffa - it bent back in from the off stump line to knock out the middle stump - but the third umpire confirmed the on-field umpire's suspicion that it was a no-ball.

It was the 11th over, bowled by Perera, that changed the landscape. Both Sangakkara and Cameron White, who was on 6 from 17 balls, pulled two short deliveries to the boundary to take 11 runs in that over. It wasn't your massive "big over" that the IPL throws up on a daily basis but it was the spark that ignited Deccan, and Sangakkara in particular. In the 12th over, he dragged Vinay Kumar for two leg-side boundaries and threw in the conventional and the upper cut to collect two more fours in the 14th over, off Perera. He continued to slash and heave and even unfurled a paddle-swept boundary off Sreesanth but the next over over from Vinay brought Kochi back.

Vinay had White holing out to deep midwicket off the fifth delivery and induced Sangakkara to edge a slower one off the next. The lower order couldn't produce anything substantial and the question lingered at the end of their innings: Was 129 going to be enough? Ishant answered it in some style.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • wildbill85 on April 29, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    I'm Sri Lankan, and I have to say that, I know that people give subcontinent batsmen a lot of flack for being only good in conditions with little bounce, but people don't get that subcontinent batsmen are generally shorter than the aussies, kiwi's, saffers and poms. Sanga is tall, so the effect of bounce on him is not as great as it is on mahela who is several inches shorter. It's just something to think about. You only have to look at the scorecard to realize that this pitch is UNACCEPTABLE, lol. I mean bless Ishant Sharma, but this pitch was tailor made for him, he is freakishly tall and could get oodles of bounce here, so he should be sending the curator a gift, lol.

  • Kris7 on April 29, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    If you are not using Laxman as an opener, have him at 5 or 6. Its good to continue Mahela and Brendon opens. He will hold one end when wickets fall like on Wednesday. Why Jadhav in the team. Replace him with Laxman. Switch Murali and Perera as we do according the pitch.

    We still have chances to come back. COME ON TUSKERS ! ! !

  • on April 28, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    I think its hectic work for Selectors , if they want to alter the Winning Team..but certainly .Ishant ,RP ,Praveen are showing that they can be welcomed into Squad, as India is touring West Indis,England & Aussie After IPL

  • SHAMSAN on April 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    sorry to say kochi tuskers kerela team selection is not up to the mark iam a kochi fan thats why i have a question to ask .why did not give a chance to another 20players instead of hodge and perera because they are not in their good possission.what is the role of jhadav 7number boy he cant hit and bowl well .i hope laxman play that role well and jayawardane place down to 1down open by meccullum and laxman ,sreee boling well and powar is not fit for a good game.he is a waste person vinay is a absolutely superb man.i hope kerela will rest of the matches

  • on April 28, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    itz a gud sign 4indian cric.a well groomed geuine fast bowler is goin 2strike soon in our bowlin artillery in d form of ISHANT SHARMA.made remind of wasim akram...he is stil 22odd.hope he ll pick up his rythym very soon n stick his place in final 11 along wth zak.JAI HIND!!!!!!!

  • jorock on April 28, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    I was really sad to see Kochi Tuskers lose in such a manner but happy for the return of Ishant where it will benefit to the indian cricket ultimately. Now onwards we have to look after Ishant shama becuase our schedule due to hectic schedule and to avoid any fatigue in the next tours which is on foreign pitches.We have to rotate our indian bowlers according to the pitches and matches. We have bowlers like Zaheer,Ishant,Sree,RP in the test arena.I loved the way RP,Sree,and Ishant bowled yesterday really amazing to see something like that in an indian pitch.They will be important for winning a series @ West Indies,England,Australia.

  • Chinmayan on April 28, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Ishant's spell reminded Glen McGrath in his deadliest form. Is he the McGrath of India?

  • Guru_Bennur on April 28, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Its Really Nice to see Domestic Talant like S Badrinath, R Vinay kumar, Robin Uthappa, paul valthaty, R venugopal, Ambati Raydu, sidarth Trivedi and Amith mishra performing consistantly This time too.... selecters are you Watching Ipl 4....?...

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 28, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    sanga is a class act I mean I saw his innings against Aus in Aus and man SL were chasing a huge score and SAnga was trying his level best to win the match but he got a dubious decision, he is the best player now for SL and one ofthe top 5 batters in the game..

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 28, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    well trust me ishant, rp will do well in England because conditions will assist them..dont forget RP singh's heroics in England in 2007 and how Ishant tested a champion batsman like ponting in 2008 so much so that ponting mentioned Ishant's spell and Akhtar's spells were the fastest he ever faced

  • wildbill85 on April 29, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    I'm Sri Lankan, and I have to say that, I know that people give subcontinent batsmen a lot of flack for being only good in conditions with little bounce, but people don't get that subcontinent batsmen are generally shorter than the aussies, kiwi's, saffers and poms. Sanga is tall, so the effect of bounce on him is not as great as it is on mahela who is several inches shorter. It's just something to think about. You only have to look at the scorecard to realize that this pitch is UNACCEPTABLE, lol. I mean bless Ishant Sharma, but this pitch was tailor made for him, he is freakishly tall and could get oodles of bounce here, so he should be sending the curator a gift, lol.

  • Kris7 on April 29, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    If you are not using Laxman as an opener, have him at 5 or 6. Its good to continue Mahela and Brendon opens. He will hold one end when wickets fall like on Wednesday. Why Jadhav in the team. Replace him with Laxman. Switch Murali and Perera as we do according the pitch.

    We still have chances to come back. COME ON TUSKERS ! ! !

  • on April 28, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    I think its hectic work for Selectors , if they want to alter the Winning Team..but certainly .Ishant ,RP ,Praveen are showing that they can be welcomed into Squad, as India is touring West Indis,England & Aussie After IPL

  • SHAMSAN on April 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    sorry to say kochi tuskers kerela team selection is not up to the mark iam a kochi fan thats why i have a question to ask .why did not give a chance to another 20players instead of hodge and perera because they are not in their good possission.what is the role of jhadav 7number boy he cant hit and bowl well .i hope laxman play that role well and jayawardane place down to 1down open by meccullum and laxman ,sreee boling well and powar is not fit for a good game.he is a waste person vinay is a absolutely superb man.i hope kerela will rest of the matches

  • on April 28, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    itz a gud sign 4indian cric.a well groomed geuine fast bowler is goin 2strike soon in our bowlin artillery in d form of ISHANT SHARMA.made remind of wasim akram...he is stil 22odd.hope he ll pick up his rythym very soon n stick his place in final 11 along wth zak.JAI HIND!!!!!!!

  • jorock on April 28, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    I was really sad to see Kochi Tuskers lose in such a manner but happy for the return of Ishant where it will benefit to the indian cricket ultimately. Now onwards we have to look after Ishant shama becuase our schedule due to hectic schedule and to avoid any fatigue in the next tours which is on foreign pitches.We have to rotate our indian bowlers according to the pitches and matches. We have bowlers like Zaheer,Ishant,Sree,RP in the test arena.I loved the way RP,Sree,and Ishant bowled yesterday really amazing to see something like that in an indian pitch.They will be important for winning a series @ West Indies,England,Australia.

  • Chinmayan on April 28, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Ishant's spell reminded Glen McGrath in his deadliest form. Is he the McGrath of India?

  • Guru_Bennur on April 28, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Its Really Nice to see Domestic Talant like S Badrinath, R Vinay kumar, Robin Uthappa, paul valthaty, R venugopal, Ambati Raydu, sidarth Trivedi and Amith mishra performing consistantly This time too.... selecters are you Watching Ipl 4....?...

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 28, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    sanga is a class act I mean I saw his innings against Aus in Aus and man SL were chasing a huge score and SAnga was trying his level best to win the match but he got a dubious decision, he is the best player now for SL and one ofthe top 5 batters in the game..

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 28, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    well trust me ishant, rp will do well in England because conditions will assist them..dont forget RP singh's heroics in England in 2007 and how Ishant tested a champion batsman like ponting in 2008 so much so that ponting mentioned Ishant's spell and Akhtar's spells were the fastest he ever faced

  • Guru_Bennur on April 28, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    I wonder some commentators in IPL panel Always talking about few stars performance in IPL. They simply forgot to notice some lesser Known players Performance...like R Vinay kumar of Kochi Tuskers, Bhatat Chipli Of Deccan Chargers, Brilliant Fielding of Manish Pandey... I request IPL l Commentators to be Unbiased....comment on real performers not your favorites

  • Finn92 on April 28, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Has he got his groove back? Like Valthaty he has to back up this one good performance with consistency, something he hasn't done internationally.

  • soumyas on April 28, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    sanga played nicely scoring 65, but he was clean bowled on single digit by sreesant, but umpires were bit harsh on giving it a no-ball after the replay. second time he edged the ball luckily got away between Keeper and first slip, on few occasions he was lucky to survive, and on the other hand Ishant got 5 wickets in first 3 overs, Kochi were 5 down for 6 runs, then 6 down for 11 runs, at that time itself Deccan had Won due to ishant's bowling. he dint bowl last over, before that match was over...

  • Vilander on April 28, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    @ kavum can you please s your t, ind beat sl to win the wc. ind is better please,ind batsmen are not flat track bullies. if ipl is circus why are your players so dep to play here,

  • on April 28, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    sanga's 65 and ishant's 5 wicket spell saved DC.

  • on April 28, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    I really needed during WC ....anyways I hope after this he will be able to get chance in Indian team.

  • Kavum on April 28, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    From a SL perspective, I relished the prospect of a Mahela vs. Sanga game. Sadly it was too one sided thanks to Ishant and DaleS. Sanga has shown in Australia that he is a better player on faster, seaming and swinging pitches though having less stylish shots in his armoury. Sadly Mahela is mostly a sub-continental home bully (like many Indians) and gets literally caught out even on exceptional pitches within the region. Much fun to see how SL batters fare on fresher pitches in England in May/June. Dilshan, Tharanga, etc., will have their techniques tested. India should have the better of English conditions leading into Summer. When the IPL circus is over, let the REAL international cricket begin!

  • ACHAaYAN on April 28, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Ishant should have been allowed to bowl his 4th over, and maybe we would have seen a new IPL record. Sad to see his full capacity not being used in this game.

  • on April 28, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    @danieldcric10, 99% of time everyone talks abt batsmen in IPL, this is that rare 1% time everyone excited talking abt bowlers, so let them talk... sanga is proved batsman, nothing left for him to prove....

  • on April 28, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    Ishant Sharma's spell yesterday was a 'gentle' reminder to the BCCI as to why he needs careful nurturing. If you are serious about looking for a fast (not medium fast, not fast medium, REALLY fast) bowler BCCI, you better wrap up this kid in cotton wool, or he'll become another Irfan Pathan (hoping against hope for Irfan to get back his bowling, though).

  • on April 28, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    good to see Ishant bowling well, but he has to cut his hairs and concentrate more on cricket, become professional,Same applies to Saurab Tiwari, First try to keep your face clean, dont try doing fancy things until u have not yet proved on big stages....

  • on April 28, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    @cooljack_143 There is another team - Rajasthan Royals. And if really check - then Deccan is "The Plateau". Even Pune belongs to that. So DC's support base included all the way from MP to AP to Orissa and all. DC don't need a Hyderabad tag. DC represents the whole of the plateau.

  • on April 28, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    no one speaks of sangas class here. He was the mainstay out there???

  • Percy_Fender on April 28, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    I was never in doubt that Ishant and R P would make a big comeback to the Indan team. I had similar hopes for Irfan Pathan but sadly, he seems totally out of sorts right now from the cricketer he was. Ishant on the other hand has made the best of his association with Dale Steyn apparently and as we see in the IPL. He has consistently bowled at over 145kph htiting 150 and above quite frequently when Steyn has been in the early 140s most of the time. In fact he has been a revelation and should be more than a match for the Englishmen come July. R P Singh is bowling very well also. He could with the trio of Zaheer and Ishant make for a good summer for Duncan Fletcher against a team he coached not too long back. I hope that Ishant and R P keep up the good work. I have always believed that when you have it in you you can always make a comeback provided you are not distracted. To me that seems the case with Irfan Pathan.

  • danieldcric10 on April 28, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    Why isn't talking about Sanga'a brilliant knock that accounted for 50 per cent of Deccan's total...i think that gave confidence to Ishant and Steyn to go all out at the batsman with a moderate if not match winning total on the board...

  • East_West on April 28, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Good one TheBigFatFlap..in my view, they would not have scored more than 150 [either team] or for that matter no one would have played full 50 overs! such was the pitch!!! India needs similar ones if they want to be the best on all surfaces!!

  • on April 28, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Excellently written article.I think Mahela was unlucky to have faced that ball, any batsmen would've struggled to keep it down. Bravo Ishant !!

  • pratit on April 28, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Pitches like these are a relief to fast bowlers who generally toil on lifeless pitches through the rest of ipl.having said that, kochi probably prepared the wrong pitch as the deccan fast bowling attack was always going to be far better than the kochi one

  • cooljack_143 on April 28, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    WHO IS DECCAN CHARGERS???? WHICH CITY THEY BELONG??? Gujrat?? Bihar?? Srinagar?? How can someone support a team with no representing identity of a city in their franchise.I hope Reddy & Gaytri are watching this.Come on man its high time you change it to DCH not DC..Well done Ishant boy, you surely are knocking doors on Team India.I am sure DUNCAN will pick you. You seem to be much better than Sreeshant if not those NO BALLS..GL mate.

  • 36638875ash on April 28, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    The beauty of ishants wicket were that none of them had to deal with the outfielders all were negotiate either at the wicket, behind the wicket or in front of the wicket, and none was a reresult of the batsmen's mistake but the venom in Ishant's bowling. But this man needs to be consistent even in dead surfaces, which could be the best news for Indian selectors ho are in search of a quickey with tours to England and Australia in the onging season.

  • nataraajds on April 28, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    Great to see ishanth bowl an excellent spell. hope he can do it more frequently in test and odi for india

  • meechael on April 28, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Due to the disputes between the Kochi corporation and Tuskers management, most probably this ground wont host any matches after this season.

  • kewlkanna on April 28, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    When Sreesanth and RP Singh were swinging the bowl at will and picking up wickets with a sarcastic smile on their faces I thought "Wait, there is Steyn and Ishanth in the Opposition who can swing the ball at a much quicker pace and take wickets". This is what exactly happened. Even if the ball swings some times pace helps. Kudos to Ishtant hope he continues doing this and gets a call from Indian National Team. But last but not the least Sanga was the man, he helped Deccan reach 129 otherwise for sure DC wouldn't have reached a three figure mark. As a DC fan I am happy that we won and hopefully I get to see few more of such classy innings from Sanga and fiery swing bowling from Ishant & Steyn.

  • krazzyking on April 28, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    Sree was on fire last night. Except for the last three overs... the author is right... for those lovers of fast bowling... this was heaven... i hope we see more international matches here... it is probably the best pitch in India as of now... and to think that this isn't even a cricket ground!

  • krazzyking on April 28, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    Yea well... always thought Kochi wouldn't go far in the competition... but they played well too... just happened to be one of those nights where their luck ran out and they sold their brains...

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 27, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    HIGH QUALITY fast bowling by Ishant and Steyn. The Tuskers had no clue. It was a heaven for fans of fast bowling. It was like watching the first day of a test match. The pitch at Kochi was a delightful one. Batsmen with strong technique could score runs and bowlers could take wickets if they had in them. I wish test cricket in India is played a lot more on similar surfaces. Excellent performance by the Chargers. I hope they string a few victories now.

  • TheBigFatFlapjack on April 27, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    Why can't they have more pitches like this? It wasnt exactly a "bowling pitch", cos no team was bowled out for a sub-50 score. Sanga scored a classy 65 and several others played cameos. This pitch balanced the tussle between bat and ball and provided for an exciting game of cricket. It just happend that players from both teams didn't quite expect the pitch to be lively. Had this been a 50 over or a Test match players would've been more cautious and a score of 200 would've been a possibility. This being a T20 match players wanted to hit out but got out quickly.

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  • TheBigFatFlapjack on April 27, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    Why can't they have more pitches like this? It wasnt exactly a "bowling pitch", cos no team was bowled out for a sub-50 score. Sanga scored a classy 65 and several others played cameos. This pitch balanced the tussle between bat and ball and provided for an exciting game of cricket. It just happend that players from both teams didn't quite expect the pitch to be lively. Had this been a 50 over or a Test match players would've been more cautious and a score of 200 would've been a possibility. This being a T20 match players wanted to hit out but got out quickly.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 27, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    HIGH QUALITY fast bowling by Ishant and Steyn. The Tuskers had no clue. It was a heaven for fans of fast bowling. It was like watching the first day of a test match. The pitch at Kochi was a delightful one. Batsmen with strong technique could score runs and bowlers could take wickets if they had in them. I wish test cricket in India is played a lot more on similar surfaces. Excellent performance by the Chargers. I hope they string a few victories now.

  • krazzyking on April 28, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    Yea well... always thought Kochi wouldn't go far in the competition... but they played well too... just happened to be one of those nights where their luck ran out and they sold their brains...

  • krazzyking on April 28, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    Sree was on fire last night. Except for the last three overs... the author is right... for those lovers of fast bowling... this was heaven... i hope we see more international matches here... it is probably the best pitch in India as of now... and to think that this isn't even a cricket ground!

  • kewlkanna on April 28, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    When Sreesanth and RP Singh were swinging the bowl at will and picking up wickets with a sarcastic smile on their faces I thought "Wait, there is Steyn and Ishanth in the Opposition who can swing the ball at a much quicker pace and take wickets". This is what exactly happened. Even if the ball swings some times pace helps. Kudos to Ishtant hope he continues doing this and gets a call from Indian National Team. But last but not the least Sanga was the man, he helped Deccan reach 129 otherwise for sure DC wouldn't have reached a three figure mark. As a DC fan I am happy that we won and hopefully I get to see few more of such classy innings from Sanga and fiery swing bowling from Ishant & Steyn.

  • meechael on April 28, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Due to the disputes between the Kochi corporation and Tuskers management, most probably this ground wont host any matches after this season.

  • nataraajds on April 28, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    Great to see ishanth bowl an excellent spell. hope he can do it more frequently in test and odi for india

  • 36638875ash on April 28, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    The beauty of ishants wicket were that none of them had to deal with the outfielders all were negotiate either at the wicket, behind the wicket or in front of the wicket, and none was a reresult of the batsmen's mistake but the venom in Ishant's bowling. But this man needs to be consistent even in dead surfaces, which could be the best news for Indian selectors ho are in search of a quickey with tours to England and Australia in the onging season.

  • cooljack_143 on April 28, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    WHO IS DECCAN CHARGERS???? WHICH CITY THEY BELONG??? Gujrat?? Bihar?? Srinagar?? How can someone support a team with no representing identity of a city in their franchise.I hope Reddy & Gaytri are watching this.Come on man its high time you change it to DCH not DC..Well done Ishant boy, you surely are knocking doors on Team India.I am sure DUNCAN will pick you. You seem to be much better than Sreeshant if not those NO BALLS..GL mate.

  • pratit on April 28, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Pitches like these are a relief to fast bowlers who generally toil on lifeless pitches through the rest of ipl.having said that, kochi probably prepared the wrong pitch as the deccan fast bowling attack was always going to be far better than the kochi one