Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2011, Kochi May 5, 2011

Gomez and Hodge star in hard-fought win


Kochi Tuskers Kerala 156 for 5 (Jayawardene 55, Unadkat 2-25) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 139 for 7 (Morgan 66, Gomez 2-14 by 17 runs
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A disciplined performance in the field and an explosive 35 off 19 balls from Brad Hodge helped Kochi Tuskers overcome Kolkata Knight Riders in the last match at the Nehru Stadium this IPL season.

Hodge's last over blitz, in which he took 21 runs off countryman Brett Lee, proved to be the difference between the two sides, as Kochi defended 156 by 17 runs. In the chase, RP Singh and Sreesanth failed to get the same kind of movement that Brett Lee extracted early in the Kochi innings. Jacques Kallis and Eoin Morgan didn't have to take many risks early on as there were many poor deliveries that were smacked to the boundary. In the first three overs, the bulk of the short and wide ones came from RP Singh.

R Vinay Kumar and Prasanth Parameswaran pulled back the chase before it raged out of control with a selection of back of a length deliveries that proved difficult to get away. Although they kept the boundaries down, they didn't trouble the batsmen much and failed to get a breakthrough until after the halfway stage, when Kolkata were well set. Kallis was the senior partner and easily outscored Morgan in that phase. Seven times in the first ten overs Kallis stole the strike at the end of the over.

Just as Kallis looked as though he had grown roots, Raiphi Gomez rattled Kolkata with a double strike in his second over. He bowled Kallis with a legcutter and had Gautam Gambhir caught in the covers off consecutive balls, which left Morgan to assume the senior role. Manoj Tiwary could not last long, and Yusuf Pathan was expected to counterattack, but he and Morgan were frustrated by Gomez's variations and Parameswaran's accurate fuller deliveries. Sreesanth let the noose loosen, giving Morgan back-to-back boundaries but Vinay Kumar was on hand to tighten it. Confusions between Morgan and Yusuf mounted in Vinay's last over, and Morgan was run out when both batsmen ended up at the wicketkeeper's end.

It brought Brett Lee to the crease, in poetic justice for the last over he bowled, which went for 21. There were 25 to get off the last over of Kolkata's innings. Lee was run-out and the task proved too steep.

Kochi's innings was anchored by a third-wicket partnership between Mahela Jayawardene and Michael Klinger before being given momentum at the death by Hodge. It didn't look as though Kochi would get over the 150-run mark, especially after the way things started. Lee's first over was a whole bag of peaches. He got impressive away movement and started the innings with a maiden.

Some success seemed inevitable after the start Kolkata got and it came from Jaidev Unadkat, although he hardly deserved it. He banged one in, too short and too wide outside off that Brendon McCullum chased and his fine edge nestled in Kallis' hands at slip.

Parthiv Patel came in at No. 3 and opened his account with two stunning boundaries. He looked energetic and confident in his strokeplay and dealt with Unadkat's bouncer and the introduction of spin, in the form of Iqbal Abdulla, with relative ease. Surprisingly, it was the short ball that undid him, when he charged down the track and miscued a pull shot to midwicket.

The stage was set for Jayawardene to play an innings of authority and, with Klinger at the other end, he did exactly that. They played creative cricket, managing a boundary off five of the seven overs they were together for and pushed each other to take singles before Klinger holed out. When Abdulla got the wicket of Ravindra Jadeja for eight, Kochi were being pegged back and some impetus was needed.

The floodgates were opened with Jayawardene's six over long leg at the start of the 17th over and Kochi put on 54 runs in the final four overs, with Hodge's fireworks yielding almost half of those.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Picture avi baki hey who say the dialogue... SRK? ..... so 3 to 6 May we all bangladeshi also bangali fan say nd proved that Sakib out side line is n't his performance its indian SRK manner hypocrite decision without bangali cazzy nd mystery boy Sakib why suspect to whaitmore tamim join the team...! May be in this case innner team group decided Sakib out side line... but we think KKR should be again sakib play RBC match 14 May... where sakib last play ... is it another chance..? NO please sakib come to the home nd return to join country cricket Worcestershire team 1st division league...its better 4 u sakib...!

  • Bijoy on May 7, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    KTK what a performence.They had defeated all tha favourates in the tournament.I think their mantra for win is team work and determination. They are playing bangalore tomorrow which is crucial match for both the teams but my heart say's it is going to be KTK. i love the way their bowlers are turning out to be in every match .prasantha parameshwaran just look at that lad bowlinf really well . If he keep's his down and work hard we are going to c this lad in indian colours very soon.

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    I'm also interesting to your coment Mr. Jibin Cr. 1st you say all bangladeshi people Bangladeshi fan can watch Sakib play all match but if Sakib did n't play well than right ur argument but he miss first 2 match and why last 2 match sakib outside line can u explain? 2nd we are against of Morgan coze last match i think he would n't done well maximum all match nd last match he is the loser point KKR (IPL 50 ball 66 run n't accept) and also bouchar and i think ur are watching clearly last match and fast mach and u blaming Sakib run rate 2... Please man r u watching KKR match nd did u know Sakib only play betting 1 match nd betting position no. 7 although we bangladeshi accept Sakib much be better No. 3....!

  • Shubhra on May 6, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    What is SRK doing??? In paper, KKR has the best coaching team including Whatmor and Akram...I believe their team management sucks...or they are listing to Gambhir too much!!!...Gambhir is not a Good captain...he proved that...KKR management axed Sourav...who could be a MUCH better and aggressive captain, almost a similar batsman and dependable fielder....very sorry to say...KKR is not wining IPL....at the best they can play the semifinal...but they will suck...after 10 matches they could not arrange their line up!!!!..If Sourav is old what about Boucher? Even he does not play for his country in one day/T20....ha ha ha ha....what a choice!!!! He can't make big shots, his reflex is compromised.... the team could be- 1. Kallis 2. Srivatsa 3. Gautam 4. Manoj 5. Yousuf 6. Lakshmi 7. RTD 8. Shakib 9. Lee 10. Abdulla 11. Balaji (Morgan can replace either RTD or Shakib based on the pitch and weather condition). If they need more variation then Vatia can replace either Lakshmi or Shakib .....

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    It is interesting to see all Bangladeshi fans want Shakib to play every match for KKR. Guys IPL is a high profile tournament where players like Graem Smith and JP Dumni is struggling to get a match. There is no way you can assure your presence if you are not an Indian cos of the rules of this game.

    Shakib is talented no doubt in that but does he really worth to count as an unavoidable player in this format. So far his batting average is 2 and bowling average is close to 8 in this tournament. In an indian wicket where batsmen traditionally play good against spin you cant assure your presence in team if you dont score runs (if u r a foreign player). In international arena also his batting avg or strike rate is not comparable with likes of Morgan and Kallis.

    So guys be patient I feel he get chance in spin friendly tracks (like Kolkata or Jaipur) as his batting let him down. I prefer RN ten Doeschate ahead of him in pacer friendly tracks as Yusuf and Iqbal is doing good as spinner.

  • madhuri on May 6, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    MAHELA...You are a GENIUS. Weldone KTK.. I remeber few guys commenting that KTK has got a test team.Now what...!!!

  • KADIR on May 6, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Gauti take this team u will win all matches 1] Kallis 2] bisla/shrivastav 3] Gautam 4] tiwari 5] Pathan 6] Morgan 7] Rayan / Sakib 8] Bhatiya 9 ]Unatkat 10 ] Abdullah 11 ] Balaji

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    I think it's high time to changed the selection of foreign player.I think morgan is getting many chance though he not perform well,when player like SAKIB-AL-HASAN,TEN DOESCHATE be sitted in sideline though they perform well and balaji should not be rested.though brett lee will be the key factor but his bowling is also not up tp mark.i think the team will be. 1.kallis 2.Gautam 3.tiwary 4.yusuf 5.Ryan/lee 6.Sakib 7.Boucher 8.bhatia 9.iqbal 10.balaji 11.unadkat

  • Bimal on May 6, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    When a team fail to perform ,the captain faces all the fires . Here Goutam Gambhir ,once again proved that he needs time to settle down to work as a captain of a team. It was a great mistake by the owner to appoint him as a captain. He may be a superb batsman on his day , but leadership quality in Goutam is still in the club levels . Lots of decisions are proving to be wrong from the very first match against Chennai, which was a sure win situation .

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    @reghuh: Thats correct.. if he get the bowl at right place in first over he will get it for next 4 overs.. so its better Sreesanth to play 4 over together.. and RP Singh is needed as a new ball bowler we dont have any.. if u dont get 100% rite with new ball you will be all over the place..

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