Indian Premier League - 3rd match

Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 6 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)

McCullum and VVS Laxman are opening. Zaheer Khan has the new ball, bowling from over the wicket. Let's go.

"Bangalore have chosen Tillakaratne Dilshan, AB de Villiers, Vettori and Dirk Nannes., what a pitty all are Ex-Delhi," says Sunil.

"Brendon McCullum is Kochi outfit is looking like a Superman for a Tamil Film," says Aamir. The Kochi outfits are rather lurid. There's a sizeable crowd at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi. I wonder how many Nehru Stadiums are there in India, across sports.

1950 Kochi's overseas players are Jayawardene, Brendon McCullum, Brad Hodge and Muttiah Muralitharan. Bangalore have chosen Tillakaratne Dilshan, AB de Villiers, Vettori and Dirk Nannes.

1930 Kochi's captain Mahela Jayawardene, dressed in a violet and light orange top and darker orange pants, says he has no World Cup hangover. Vettori's dressed in red, white and blue. Could be playing for the USA but he's the Bangalore captain.

Mahela tosses. Vettori calls heads. It's a tail. Kochi will bat. No idea of the final XIs yet. These things are not priority for the IPL. You'll know as soon as I do.

1925 Good evening and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the third of a gazillion IPL matches. Kochi Tuskers Kerala are making their debut, against a revamped, youth-filled Royal Challengers Bangalore. There's a tongue twister somewhere in these two franchise names. Here's the preview of the game.

These players came together not even a week ago. How on earth would they have gelled as a team? Time will tell I suppose ...

0.1

Khan to McCullum, 1 run, width offered outside off stump and McCullum slices it over the fielder at first slip, third man is fine enough to save it

0.2

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

0.3

Khan to McCullum, FOUR, charge! And slap! McCullum runs down the pitch at a length delivery, there's room outside off and McCullum flays hard at the ball, slapping it over cover for a one-bounce four

0.4

Khan to McCullum, no run, good length and line, McCullum plays on the off side

0.5

Khan to McCullum, 1 run, fuller length on middle and leg, McCullum wanted to hit straighter but ended up placing it to deep midwicket

0.6

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

End of over 1 (7 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 7/0 (RR: 7.00)
VVS Laxman    0* (2b)      Z Khan    1-0-6-0
BB McCullum    6* (4b 1x4)     

More left-arm pace, Dirk Nannes from over the wicket.

1.1

Nannes to McCullum, FOUR, full and wide outside off, McCullum stays in his crease and hammers the ball wide of the fielder at mid-off

1.2

Nannes to McCullum, FOUR, how New Zealand would have loved some of this a week or two ago, McCullum slashes at one and toe-ends it towards the third man boundary

1.3

Nannes to McCullum, SIX, explosive! McCullum latches on to a short ball and sends it sky-rocketing over the deep midwicket boundary with a vicious pull

1.4

Nannes to McCullum, 1 run, a full toss outside off stump, McCullum tries to hit it too hard and mis-times it towards mid-off

1.5

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

1.6

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

End of over 2 (16 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 23/0 (RR: 11.50)
VVS Laxman    1* (4b)      DP Nannes    1-0-16-0
BB McCullum    21* (8b 3x4 1x6)      Z Khan    1-0-6-0

2.1

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

2.2

Khan to McCullum, no run, no room to work with there but McCullum still manages to play the square drive to point

2.3

Khan to McCullum, no run, McCullum charges and makes room by moving towards leg, the wily Zaheer follows and cramps him. McCullum defends

2.4

Khan to McCullum, 1 leg bye, McCullum tries to work the ball through square but misses and gets hit on the pad, Laxman calls him through

2.5

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

2.6

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

"I'm a Bangalorean but cannot rustle up any enthu. No local boys. Last year's 'test' team is missing. And the jerseys look horrendous," says Venkatesh.

End of over 3 (4 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 27/0 (RR: 9.00)
VVS Laxman    4* (7b)      Z Khan    2-0-9-0
BB McCullum    21* (11b 3x4 1x6)      DP Nannes    1-0-16-0

Vettori's taken the ball, bowling at his New Zealand team-mate McCullum.

3.1

Vettori to McCullum, no run, McCullum leans forward to take it on the full and plays it towards the bowler

3.2

Vettori to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum nudges the ball off the front foot towards midwicket

3.3

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

3.4

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

3.5

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

3.6

Vettori to McCullum, 1 run, played towards wide mid-on for a single

End of over 4 (7 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 34/0 (RR: 8.50)
BB McCullum    23* (14b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-7-0
VVS Laxman    9* (10b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-9-0

Dilshan replaces Zaheer ...

4.1

Dilshan to McCullum, 1 run, played off the back foot towards point

4.2

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

4.3

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

4.4

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

4.5

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

4.6

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

"Goodness me, whoever thought bright orange and grape purple looked good together? BMac looks like he has a cantaloupe on his head," says Alastor.

End of over 5 (8 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 42/0 (RR: 8.40)
VVS Laxman    16* (15b 1x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    1-0-8-0
BB McCullum    24* (15b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-7-0

5.1

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

5.2

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

5.2

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

5.3

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

5.4

Mithun to McCullum, FOUR, length ball with width outside off, McCullum stays in his crease and slaps it through extra cover for four

5.5

Mithun to McCullum, SIX, that's a bit short, and McCullum's hammered it over the deep midwicket boundary. It wasn't that short but McCullum moves so quickly to create the time to pull

5.6

Mithun to McCullum, 1 run, fuller ball outside off, McCullum drives off the front foot towards wide mid-off

The players are taking a time-out. "You know it's IPL when Laxman slogs sixes off successive overs," says Aravind.

End of over 6 (19 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 61/0 (RR: 10.16)
BB McCullum    35* (18b 4x4 2x6)      A Mithun    1-0-19-0
VVS Laxman    23* (19b 1x4 2x6)      TM Dilshan    1-0-8-0

Vettori can spread his field now. The restrictions are over and Kochi have blazed in the first six overs.

6.1

Dilshan to McCullum, 1 run, played off the back foot behind point by angling the face of the bat

6.2

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

6.3

Dilshan to McCullum, no run, McCullum moves back and across and nudges towards the leg side

6.4

Dilshan to McCullum, 1 run, Dilshan's bowling quick and McCullum turns it off his pads through square

6.5

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

6.6

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

End of over 7 (7 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 68/0 (RR: 9.71)
VVS Laxman    28* (22b 2x4 2x6)      TM Dilshan    2-0-15-0
BB McCullum    37* (21b 4x4 2x6)      A Mithun    1-0-19-0

7.1

Vettori to McCullum, no run, McCullum moves towards the ball and cuts towards point

7.2

Vettori to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum moves back and across and nudges the ball through midwicket

7.3

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.

7.4

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

7.5

Vettori to McCullum, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards mid-on for a single

7.6

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

End of over 8 (6 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 74/0 (RR: 9.25)
VVS Laxman    32* (25b 2x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    2-0-13-0
BB McCullum    39* (24b 4x4 2x6)      TM Dilshan    2-0-15-0

8.1

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

8.2

Dilshan to McCullum, 1 run, played towards short fine leg

8.3

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

8.4

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

8.5

Dilshan to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum steps out and drives towards long-off for a single

8.6

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

End of over 9 (6 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 80/1 (RR: 8.88)
     TM Dilshan    3-0-21-1
BB McCullum    41* (26b 4x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    2-0-13-0

Mahela is the next man in, has a lovely platform to launch from.

9.1

Vettori to McCullum, no run, McCullum strides forward to defend

9.2

Vettori to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum stays in his crease and punches off the back foot to long off

9.3

Vettori to Jayawardene, no run, huge appeal for lbw after the arm ball skids through on Mahela and catches him on the back foot, that looked very close, but perhaps an inside egde

9.4

Vettori to Jayawardene, no run, played towards point

9.5

Vettori to Jayawardene, no run, pushed to cover off the back foot

9.6

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene gets going by moving back and cutting the ball towards deep point

End of over 10 (2 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 82/1 (RR: 8.20)
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (4b)      DL Vettori    3-0-15-0
BB McCullum    42* (28b 4x4 2x6)      TM Dilshan    3-0-21-1

"I remember watching a football match between India and Ghana in this stadium in 1997. Ghana played last FIFA World Cup and reached quarter finals while India still struggling to improve and ranked 145 in the world at present. What a contrast to cricket," says Tizuzi.

10.1

Nannes to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela has a flamboyant swing an a length ball that slants across him from Nannes, and makes contact with nothing

10.2

Nannes to Jayawardene, FOUR, he's connected with this! Flicking the ball from off stump with his wrists and sends it racing through square leg

10.3

Nannes to Jayawardene, 1 wide, the slower bouncer beats Mahela but it's been called wide

10.3

Nannes to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela uses the angle across him and cuts the ball in the air towards third man

10.4

Nannes to McCullum, 1 run, played from the crease towards point for a well-judged single

10.5

Nannes to Jayawardene, 1 run, there's a wide slip in place but Mahela cuts the ball over the fielder's head towards third man, so deft he is

10.6

Nannes to McCullum, 1 run, Nannes bowls a slower one nearly in the blockhole, McCullum drives past the bowler but doesn't time it too well

End of over 11 (9 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 91/1 (RR: 8.27)
BB McCullum    44* (30b 4x4 2x6)      DP Nannes    2-0-25-0
DPMD Jayawardene    7* (8b 1x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-15-0

11.1

Kohli to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum drives towards cover and takes a single off Kohli's first ball

11.2

Kohli to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven towards deep cover for a single

"I remember the India-Ghana soccer match. IM Vijayan was playing in his home turf and had massive support from the soccer crazy state of Kerala," says Lokesh.

11.3

Kohli to McCullum, OUT, the scoop goes wrong for McCullum. He moved a long way outside off, got down on his knees and tried to scoop the ball over the keeper. He had no pace to work with and lobbed a catch to short third man

BB McCullum c Nannes b Kohli 45 (32b 4x4 2x6) SR: 140.62

11.4

Kohli to Hodge, FOUR, short ball, very short, and Hodge helps himself to a boundary by pulling through midwicket

11.5

Kohli to Hodge, 1 run, guided towards third man for a single

11.6

Kohli to Jayawardene, 1 run, nudged off the back foot between midwicket and mid on for one more

End of over 12 (8 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 99/2 (RR: 8.25)
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (10b 1x4)      V Kohli    1-0-8-1
BJ Hodge    5* (2b 1x4)      DP Nannes    2-0-25-0

12.1

Pathan to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela brings up the 100 by lapping the ball towards short third man

12.2

Pathan to Hodge, no run, a legbreak and considerable turn, played watchfully on the off side

12.3

Pathan to Hodge, 5 wides, that's wayward down leg side and de Villiers has no chance

12.3

Pathan to Hodge, no run, played towards cover

12.4

Pathan to Hodge, 1 run, full ball outside off, driven with power to the fielder at deep cover

12.5

Pathan to Jayawardene, 1 run, nudged off the pads for a single

12.6

Pathan to Hodge, 1 wide, another one slips down leg

12.6

Pathan to Hodge, 2 runs, full toss, flicked towards wide long-on for two more

End of over 13 (11 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 110/2 (RR: 8.46)
BJ Hodge    8* (6b 1x4)      AUK Pathan    1-0-11-0
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (12b 1x4)      V Kohli    1-0-8-1

13.1

Kohli to Jayawardene, 1 run, pulled towards deep midwicket, Mahela wanted the second but decided against it

13.2

Kohli to Hodge, no run, a loopy yorker from Kohli which Hodge digs out on the off

13.3

Kohli to Hodge, no run, Hodge's eyes lit up at a juicy full toss outside off. He tried to hit it too hard and missed

13.4

Kohli to Hodge, 1 run, pulled off the back foot towards wide long-on

13.5

Kohli to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela mis-times the push on the off and plays it towards the bowler

13.6

Kohli to Jayawardene, FOUR, ah Mahela, so delicate, so deft. He waits for the ball outside off and dabs it so very late, beating the fielder at short third man

End of over 14 (6 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 116/2 (RR: 8.28)
DPMD Jayawardene    16* (15b 2x4)      V Kohli    2-0-14-1
BJ Hodge    9* (9b 1x4)      AUK Pathan    1-0-11-0

14.1

Pathan to Hodge, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards deep cover

14.2

Pathan to Jayawardene, 1 run, makes room by moving towards leg and cuts through point

14.3

Pathan to Hodge, no run, tossed up outside off, driven off the front foot to cover

14.4

Pathan to Hodge, 1 run, Hodge tries to hit down the ground but gets an inisde edge on to the pad

14.5

Pathan to Jayawardene, 1 run, played with an open face towards point

14.6

Pathan to Hodge, FOUR, Hodge goes inside out and lofts the drive over cover, he's placed it wide of the fielder on the boundary too

End of over 15 (8 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 124/2 (RR: 8.26)
BJ Hodge    15* (13b 2x4)      AUK Pathan    2-0-19-0
DPMD Jayawardene    18* (17b 2x4)      V Kohli    2-0-14-1

15.1

Vettori to Jayawardene, OUT, Mahela charges, and isn't to the pitch of the ball. He's beaten in the flight and then has a swing that connects with nothing. de Villiers whips off the bails with the batsman a long way out of his crease

DPMD Jayawardene st †de Villiers b Vettori 18 (18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Jadeja is the new batsman ....

15.2

Vettori to Jadeja, no run, strides forward and defends towards the bowler

15.3

Vettori to Jadeja, 1 run, Jadeja works the ball off his pads behind square for a single

15.4

Vettori to Hodge, 1 run, paddle swept towards short fine leg

15.5

Vettori to Jadeja, no run, played off the pads towards midwicket off the front foot

15.6

Vettori to Jadeja, no run, flicked off the pads towards short fine leg but can't get past the fielder.

Time for another one of those time-outs.

End of over 16 (2 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 126/3 (RR: 7.87)
RA Jadeja    1* (4b)      DL Vettori    4-0-17-1
BJ Hodge    16* (14b 2x4)      AUK Pathan    2-0-19-0

16.1

Dilshan to Hodge, 1 run, slants down leg side and Hodge nudges the ball behind square

16.2

Dilshan to Jadeja, no run, Jadeja tries to work the ball off his pads but fails

16.3

Dilshan to Jadeja, 1 run, tries to slam the ball down the ground this time, instead he mis-times it hard into the pitch and the ball bounces over the bowler's head

16.4

Dilshan to Hodge, FOUR, Hodge aims for down the ground but gets an outside edge that flies wide of de Villiers for four towards third man

16.5

Dilshan to Hodge, 1 run, Hodge mis-times the pull through midwicket

16.6

Dilshan to Jadeja, 2 runs, a touch short and Jadeja cuts the ball off the back foot towards deep point

"'Why o why Jadeja ahead of Parthiv?'' laments Samir and 34 others.

End of over 17 (9 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 135/3 (RR: 7.94)
RA Jadeja    4* (7b)      TM Dilshan    4-0-30-1
BJ Hodge    22* (17b 3x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-17-1

Zaheer's back, to bowl this and the last.

17.1

Khan to Hodge, 2 runs, short and wide outside off, Hodge makes room and cuts the ball in the air but in front of point for two, quick running

17.2

Khan to Hodge, 2 runs, Hodge clears his front foot to slam the ball over the boundary but doesn't get under it, he ends up hitting along the ground through midwicket

17.3

Khan to Hodge, 1 run, the slower ball outside off, driven from the crease towards long-off

17.4

Khan to Jadeja, SIX, Jadeja's cleared the sight screen! He moves his front foot out of the way, winds up, and unleashes hell against a length delivery, slamming it with power

17.5

Khan to Jadeja, 1 run, driven to sweeper cover for a single

17.6

Khan to Hodge, OUT, Hodge charged, and then ended up yorking himself. He tried to dig the ball out on the off but missed. Zaheer uprooted leg stump.

BJ Hodge b Khan 27 (21b 3x4 0x6) SR: 128.57

End of over 18 (12 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 147/4 (RR: 8.16)
     Z Khan    3-0-21-1
RA Jadeja    11* (9b 1x6)      TM Dilshan    4-0-30-1

Raiphi Gomez is the new batsman, but he's not on strike.

18.1

Nannes to Jadeja, no run, Jadeja tries to pull one that angles into him from Nannes and gets into a massive tangle

18.2

Nannes to Jadeja, FOUR, full ball from Nannes and Jadeja drives the ball dead straight, between the bowler and the stumps, and he's timed it superbly. He cleared his front foot out of the way to make contact with the attempted yorker

18.3

Nannes to Jadeja, 1 run, this time he mis-times the ball past the bowler

18.4

Nannes to Gomez, OUT, Gomez lasts one ball. He tried to pull but Nannes was too quick for him. The short ball hurried on to him and the mis-hit lobbed in the air to Tiwary at midwicket

RV Gomez c Tiwary b Nannes 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.5

Nannes to Jadeja, 1 run, short ball, pulled away but not timed well towards midwicket

18.6

Nannes to Patel, no run, a fast short ball, Patel tries to chip it over the wicketkeeper but fails to make contact

End of over 19 (6 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 153/5 (RR: 8.05)
PA Patel    0* (1b)      DP Nannes    3-0-31-1
RA Jadeja    17* (13b 1x4 1x6)      Z Khan    3-0-21-1

19.1

Khan to Jadeja, 1 run, the yorker from Zaheer, the batsman digs it out on the leg side for a single

19.2

Khan to Patel, 1 run, another yorker, superbly bowled, Parthiv defends on the leg side

19.3

Khan to Jadeja, 1 run, another yorker, Jadeja makes room and hits the ball through extra cover

19.4

Khan to Patel, no run, Patel tries to hook a short delivery, no one is sure where the ball is, and it eventually ends up near the bowler

19.5

Khan to Patel, 1 bye, Parthiv misses the ball and attempts a bye to the keeper, de Villiers misses the stumps, Zaheer collects and then misses at the bowler's end

19.6

Khan to Jadeja, FOUR, superb shot. Jadeja steps out to a blockhole delivery and drills it down the ground, timing it well enough to beat the fielder at long-on

Kochi need to defend 161, a competitive total, to win on debut in the IPL. I'll be back in ten minutes for the chase.

"Ravindra Jadeja makes me eat humble Kappa (tapioca) and Meen (fish) Curry," says Jagdheesh Singaram. That's not a bad thing to eat at all.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 161/5
RA Jadeja    23* (16b 2x4 1x6)      Z Khan    4-0-28-1
PA Patel    1* (4b)      DP Nannes    3-0-31-1
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Apr 9, 2011

Brendon McCullum congratulates bowler Vinay Kumar for taking the wicket of Virat Kohli, Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2011, Kochi, April 9, 2011

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