Indian Premier League, 3rd match: Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Kochi, Apr 9, 2011
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 6 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
9 April 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Khan to Laxman, 1 leg bye, Zaheer gets some movement into the right hander but the line is too straight, the ball hits the pad and there's a leg bye for the taking


Khan to Laxman, no run, good length on middle stump, Laxman nudges it off his pads. A gentle moment in this crash bang world

Kochi Tuskers Kerala 7/0   VVS Laxman 0* (2b)

Nannes to Laxman, no run, Laxman pushes the ball from his crease towards mid-off


Nannes to Laxman, 1 run, played gently down the ground for a single to keep strike

Kochi Tuskers Kerala 23/0   VVS Laxman 1* (4b)

Khan to Laxman, 1 run, length ball outside off, Laxman leans into a cover drive and hits it wide of the fielder at mid-off to take the single


Khan to Laxman, no run, that's not that short but Laxman tries to pull anyway, makes contact and plays it to square leg


Khan to Laxman, 2 runs, a slower ball outside off stump, Laxman gets under it and scoops it over cover

Kochi Tuskers Kerala 27/0   VVS Laxman 4* (7b)

Vettori to Laxman, FOUR, VVS! Lovely strike. He makes room by clearing his front foot and lofts the ball cleanly over the fielder at mid-off


Vettori to Laxman, no run, played back to the bowler


Vettori to Laxman, 1 run, and again, VVS takes a step or two down, makes room and drives in the air towards long-off, Vettori's placed a fielder there but it falls well short

Kochi Tuskers Kerala 33/0   VVS Laxman 9* (10b 1x4)

Dilshan to Laxman, no run, huge appeal for lbw after Laxman pulls off the back foot and misses. The ball hits pad but that would have missed leg


Dilshan to Laxman, SIX, Laxman gets down on one knee, gets under the ball, and lofts it cleanly over deep midwicket for six


Dilshan to Laxman, no run, big bounce for Dilshan and he beats Laxman


Dilshan to Laxman, no run, Laxman goes back and hits the ball towards mid-off


Dilshan to Laxman, 1 run, Dilshan is firing them in, Laxman goes back and drives to long-on

Kochi Tuskers Kerala 42/0   VVS Laxman 16* (15b 1x4 1x6)

Mithun to Laxman, no run, Mithun starts with a yorker which Laxman digs out


Mithun to Laxman, (no ball) SIX, Laxman's slogged it. It's a front-foot no ball as well. Length ball outside off stump, Laxman stays in his crease and flat-bats it over long-off


Mithun to Laxman, no run, Laxman charges and tries to go over the off side but gets beaten by the extra bounce


Mithun to Laxman, 1 run, Mithun delivers from wide of the crease and Laxman opens the face to guide towards third man and bring up Kochi's 50

Kochi Tuskers Kerala 50/0   VVS Laxman 23* (19b 1x4 2x6)

Dilshan to Laxman, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards long off


Dilshan to Laxman, FOUR, delicate from Laxman, uses the pace and width outside off to dab the ball fine of the fielder at short third man. Laxman played that very late


Dilshan to Laxman, no run, Laxman tried to do it again but got beaten, de Villiers fumbled the take

Kochi Tuskers Kerala 68/0   VVS Laxman 28* (22b 2x4 2x6)

Vettori to Laxman, 2 runs, Laxman steps out, makes room, gets to the pitch of the ball, drives fluently to wide long-off and he might be run out! He didn't dive or put in a massive stretch while returning for the second but he's just safe. Just.


Vettori to Laxman, 1 run, driven from the crease through cover


Vettori to Laxman, 1 run, Laxman drives inside out through extra cover

Kochi Tuskers Kerala 74/0   VVS Laxman 32* (25b 2x4 2x6)

Dilshan to Laxman, 1 run, Dilshan aims for middle, Laxman aims for midwicket with a wristy flick off the front foot


Dilshan to Laxman, 2 runs, that's a complete mis-hit and it falls in no-man's land. Laxman charges and aims for down the ground, he ends up slicing it in the air over the in-field at cover


Dilshan to Laxman, 1 run, played towards long-on for a single


Dilshan to Laxman, OUT, caught! Laxman connects with the slog-sweep but hits it flat and in the air straight to the fielder at deep midwicket. Pujara barely had to move and took the catch easily

VVS Laxman c Pujara b Dilshan 36 (29b 2x4 2x6) SR: 124.13

Kochi Tuskers Kerala 80/1   VVS Laxman 36 (29b 2x4 2x6)





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