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

Ishant five-for wrecks Kochi


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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  • William 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.

  • krishna 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 ! ! !

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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!!!!!!!

  • Bijoy 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.

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

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

  • Guru 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....?...

  • Sanjeev 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..

  • Sanjeev 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

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