Indian Premier League, 28th match: Rajasthan Royals v Kochi Tuskers Kerala at Jaipur, Apr 24, 2011
Rajasthan Royals won by 8 wickets (with 35 balls remaining)
24 April 2011 - night match (20-over match)

7.55pm Jay Thakkar has wasted a good Sunday night's sleep: "Mccullum not playing today ?? You're kidding me I stayed up till 2.24 am just to watch him try the McScoop to tait and not even tait's playing!"

Opinion divided on Avish's drop-Warne idea; half agree with him that Warne hasn't pulled his weight enough as a player, others say his captaincy is enough for a place in the XI.

Nick: "RR bowling is so weak. Playing S binny as specialist bowler has to be biggest joke of this season." I guess that's one reason Warne chose to bowl, with this XI, I'm not sure the bowling can defend too much. He's placing the responsibility on his batsmen to win this one.

7.50pm Avish makes a radical suggestion: "Im a die hard royal fan and someone needs to point this out. Warne has to be dropped for both tait and botha to be included in the team. Then our team balance would be perfect." Agree?

Everyone seems to be wanting Watson and Taylor higher up in the order. Here's lolwut's XI: "1. Watson 2. Dravid 3. Menaria 4. Taylor 5. Rahana 6. Asnodkar 7. Yagnik 8. Botha 9. Warne 10. Binny 11. Trivedi "

Prasad Shetty has another suggestion for Warne: "Before Chahar, I think Warnie should try out P. Singh. He had a great Ranji Trophy for Rajashthan and should come in the team for S. Binny." And for the many of you who have written in, thanks for pointing out Chahar didn't make the final squad of the Rajasthan Royals.

7.45pm Paneendra: "Hope to see Dravid and Watson opening the batting at least today."

Kartik chips in with: "Not just Warne vs. Murali, it is also VVS Lakshman vs. Dravid. High stakes indeed!"

Abhishek: "Why do they have to make each and every match as battle between someone? Eg battle between newcomers,battle between southern teams,battle between gilly and warne,battle between sachin&dhoni? Such lously excuses of battles." There are 70-odd games, there needs to be something to build each of these many, many encounters.

7.40 pm David Guy from Australia: "When is Warnie going to try that tearaway bowler Deepak Chahar. He could surely do with some more firepower and Deepak may be the stimulus. Raw and talented and full of confidence. " Well Dave, Chahar doesn't really have much pace, usually bowls in the in the mid-120s but he does get the ball to move a lot. Not too sure how he fares in T20s.

Don points out: "We have a battle between Shane Warne & M Muralitharan."

Toss Warne spins it, its 'tails', Warne wins and chooses to bowl. He says keeping Kochi less than 160 would be a good job, Oram is still struggling with his fitness, but Dravid and Botha are both fully fit. Two changes: Botha in for Tait, Rahane in for Raut.

Mahela says he would have liked to bowl first as well, because he is a bit worried about the dew factor. Brendon McCullum is out since he has a shoulder problem, VVS is back, Thisara Perera also returns, there is no place for Ramesh Powar.

Brad Hodge: "Beating Rajasthan on home soil will be tough, but we have a pretty balanced side, and Mahela is captaining well." He expects the dry track to favour the finger spinners.

7.30pm Mumbai Indians are showing they are the team to beat in the IPL, moving four points clear at the top of the table. Kochi Tuskers Kerala get their chance to cut that to two if they pull off their fourth win in a row.


Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, Amit's first ball is short of a length outside off, guided to third man by Mahela


Singh to Laxman, no run, keeps it short of length and around off, defended by VVS

Daniel Alexander: "is this the first time two classy test batsmen openn in T20? classical T20" Think Kallis and Dravid opened sometimes for RCB


Singh to Laxman, no run, fullish ball, no room for VVS, pushed towards mid-off


Singh to Laxman, 4 leg byes, Amit loses his line, down the leg side, off the thigh pad and past the diving keeper for four leg byes


Singh to Laxman, FOUR, driven on the up by Laxman, beautifully timed, he gets well forward and square drives that over point for four more


Singh to Laxman, no run, width on offer for VVS, he doesn't move his feet as he slashes the ball towards backward point

Santanu: "Agree with Avish- Warne is becoming less and less effective with every passing game...Botha's calculated batting is a plus and its difficult to win too many matches just depending on slowers of Trivedi & Amit Singh...and of course Taylor should come earlier."

End of over 1 (9 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 9/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • VVS Laxman 4 (5b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 1 (1b)
    • A Singh 1-0-5-0

Lots of people clamouring for Watson to open. He is, with the ball. No slips for him


Watson to Jayawardene, no run, starts with a ball on legstump, worked towards midwicket


Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, well outside off, length delivery, Jayawardene plays it late, opens the face to guide the ball towards third man


Watson to Laxman, no run, a hint of away movement for Watson after the ball pitched on a length outside off

Charindra: "I bet RR owners are regretting emptying their pockets for Warne this season. Even his captaincy has been a bit hit and miss. IPL 1 was hit. Then on it's miss, miss, miss!"


Watson to Laxman, 1 bye, beaten as he looks to glide the ball through the off side, that kept a touch low from Watson, this is a slow track, one reason why Tait is sidelined


Watson to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene gives the charge, it was a shortish ball from Watson, Jayawardene was nowhere near the pitch, and his attempted slash doesn't connect


Watson to Jayawardene, no run, length ball outside off, pushed towards mid-off to end the over, good one from Watson

End of over 2 (2 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 11/0 (RR: 5.50)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 2 (5b)
    • VVS Laxman 4 (7b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 1-0-1-0
    • A Singh 1-0-5-0

Singh to Laxman, 2 runs, gets forward and drive a ball that is well outside off, firmly hit and Warne dives to stop that one and seems to have hurt his fingers in the effort, nothing serious hopefully


Singh to Laxman, 1 run, inside-edged towards square leg for a single, an ugly Laxman Twenty20 shot, looking to power the ball after charging down


Singh to Jayawardene, 1 wide, down the leg side


Singh to Jayawardene, FOUR, lovely to watch, Jayawardene rocks back and carves the ball behind backward point for four, he played that shot so well in the World Cup final too


Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, length ball on middle, glanced down to fine leg for a single by Jayawardene


Singh to Laxman, 1 run, looks to drive this one and gets a bit of an outside edge past the keeper, and down to third man

KM: "The most ridiculous thing was not retaining YKP and then purchasing Botha for such a ridiculous price. "


Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, ends the over with a superb ball, follows the batsman who was looking to back away, hit in the handle as he looks to avoid that shortish ball, which lobs towards short third man

End of over 3 (11 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 22/0 (RR: 7.33)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 8 (8b 1x4)
    • VVS Laxman 8 (10b 1x4)
    • A Singh 2-0-16-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-1-0

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, swish and a miss outside off, loads of width provided by Watson, but batsman can't connect


Watson to Jayawardene, FOUR, bu-bye, that was overpitched by Watson just outside off, Jayawardene sledge-hammers that one to the bowler's left for four


Watson to Jayawardene, OUT, Laxman is gone, run-out by Dravid, Jayawardene can't connect anywhere as well this time to a fullish ball, which dribbles towards backward point, a tight single is called for, never a good thing when Laxman is in the middle, Dravid gets a direct hit that catches Laxman more than a yard short

VVS Laxman run out 8 (10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00


Watson to Patel, no run, Parthiv's first ball elicits a big appeal for lbw, it jags into the pads, but that was sliding down


Watson to Patel, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, whipped behind square leg by Parthiv to get off the mark


Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, this one ducks in towards Jayawardene, once more he's not at ease playing it, edged towards the leg side

Charan: "Dravid wins the race. Now look out for Warne vs Murali."

Kuki: "@ KM..Botha is intelligent buy but what RR lack is potential Indian bunch of batsman.." Yup, while other franchises spent big on local talent, Rajasthan hardly did

End of over 4 (6 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 28/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 13 (12b 2x4)
    • PA Patel 1 (2b)
    • SR Watson 2-0-7-0
    • A Singh 2-0-16-0

Botha to Jayawardene, OUT, amidthe talk about whether he's worth the big money, Botha strikes first ball, getting the massive wicket of Jayawardene, it was pitching on middle and going on with the angle, Jayawardene moved across and wanted to play it towards fine leg, it takes the thigh pad and rolls on to the stumps, a trifle unlucky there the batsman, hit the bottom of the thigh pad

DPMD Jayawardene b Botha 13 (13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Botha to Hodge, 1 run, Hodge gets off the mark by tucking the ball to leg


Botha to Patel, no run, Parthiv slaps this one towards cover


Botha to Patel, no run, bit of width, Parthiv rocks back and slashes it towards backward point


Botha to Patel, no run, once more Parthiv gives backward point fielding practice


Botha to Patel, no run, Parthiv gets forward and looks to defend, the ball bounces more than he expects and he takes his bottom hand off the bat as he plays to control the ball

End of over 5 (1 run) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 29/2 (RR: 5.80)

    • PA Patel 1 (6b)
    • BJ Hodge 1 (1b)
    • J Botha 1-0-1-1
    • SR Watson 2-0-7-0

Change of ends for Amit


Singh to Hodge, no run, defended towards the off side


Singh to Hodge, no run, full ball into middle and leg, blocked to the off side by Hodge


Singh to Hodge, no run, short of a length ball outside off, defended off the back foot towards cover

Ojas: "@KM, I believe Botha is more consistent than YP so that justifies his selection than YP's, also he's cheaper."


Singh to Hodge, no run, looks to tuck this towards square leg but can't time it, the ball dribbles to the leg side


Singh to Hodge, 2 runs, goes for the big hit over extra cover, doesn't time it too well, ball clears the infield but doesn't go all the way, Hodge a bit early through the shot

Harish K: "OMG. Dropping Warne would be a crime. Wasn't everybody saying at the start of the season that Warne looks fitter & younger. Though some of Warne's tactics are questionable, he brings in the aura for the team. "


Singh to Hodge, 1 run, well outside off, jabbed towards backward point for a tight single

Sanjiv: "Although that may be true that RR did not spend much on Indian talent, they have one of the best young Indian talent in Rahane. His record speaks for itself. I just wish he would bat further up the order since he is a top order batsmen.. "

Umear: "if only botha could play like this for south africa!" Something Indian fans say about Rohit Sharma

End of over 6 (3 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 32/2 (RR: 5.33)

    • BJ Hodge 4 (7b)
    • PA Patel 1 (6b)
    • A Singh 3-0-19-0
    • J Botha 1-0-1-1

Botha to Hodge, 1 run, whipped off the pads past midwicket, the call is for two, but the batsman realise there isn't time to come back for the second


Botha to Patel, no run, that one skids on, gets the inside-edge as Parthiv looks to defend and runs away towards leg slip


Botha to Patel, FOUR, ugly but effective from Parthiv, swiped from outside off past a diving midwicket for four, there was no one in the deep in that area and Parthiv capitalised


Botha to Patel, 1 run, punched towards deep point for a single


Botha to Hodge, no run, length ball on the pads, punched past the bowler, some confusion where to go for the run before they decide not to

First sighting of Liz Hurley


Botha to Hodge, 1 wide, down the leg side


Botha to Hodge, 1 run, once again on the pads, nudged behind square leg for a single

Bryn from Australia: "I laugh and laugh and laugh at these hilerious comments, you really think Sir Shane would drop himself?? Haha Seriously? More chance Paris Hilton winning the next nobel price for services to molecular science. Plus its far from his fault that the locals boys aren't stepping up. There is only so much magic the great one can do."

Karn Mamgain (great name that): "@Kuku - KM probably meant that the utility of YKP's batting (plus scrappy bowling) exceeds that of Botha's clever bowling (and bit-more-than scrappy batting.) Really, I have to say that Shane Warne is hurting the team's balance. I am saying this despite the fact that Shane Warne is my favorite bowler of all time."

End of over 7 (8 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 40/2 (RR: 5.71)

    • BJ Hodge 6 (10b)
    • PA Patel 6 (9b 1x4)
    • J Botha 2-0-9-1
    • A Singh 3-0-19-0

Warne into the attack


Warne to Hodge, no run, on target right away, on legstump inside-edged


Warne to Hodge, no run


Warne to Hodge, 2 runs, swept fine by the batsman, Amit Singh puts in a dive at fine leg


Warne to Hodge, OUT, Instant impact from Warne, pitched on middle and scooted low, spun just past off, Hodge backed away and looked to slash that through cove, gets a bottom-edge and drags it on to the stumps, Rajasthan in charge here

BJ Hodge b Warne 8 (14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Big test now for Jadeja, who is now up against his old team


Warne to Jadeja, no run, is that a bouncer from a legspinner? it was a medium-pacer's delivery that, 109kmh, short and just outside leg, Jadeja ducks

Oscar Wood: "@Ojas RR could have retained Yusuf for 900,000 as they had already retained Warne and Watson." Yes, but no one knows how much the retained players are being paid by the franchises, if Yusuf wanted, sya @m$, perhaps Rajasthan couldn't afford it.


Warne to Jadeja, no run, outside off, and goes straight on, blocked by Jadeja

End of over 8 (2 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 42/3 (RR: 5.25)

    • RA Jadeja 0 (2b)
    • PA Patel 6 (9b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 1-0-2-1
    • J Botha 2-0-9-1

Botha to Patel, no run, watchful forward defense from Parthiv


Botha to Patel, no run, massive appeal from Botha, might have hit outside off, as Parthiv looked to defend


Botha to Patel, 2 runs, launched over the bowler's head by Parthiv, once again the ball doesn't go all the way, Trivedi runs around from long-off


Botha to Patel, 1 run, heaved towards midwicket by Parthiv off the back foot

Peyush makes the case for Yusuf: "Did I read YP being inconsistent? 9 MoMs in 3 IPLs for RR including the one in finals. If this is inconsistency, I want to retain this inconsistent player as a first choice for IPL-IV!"


Botha to Jadeja, 1 run, full and outside off, eased towards mid-off

sarfin: "Captaincy is a funny thing. When everything is going right you are the boss. But whenever your bets are lost, you are doomed. The same man, same brain who won the title, but nowadays loads of questions hanging over Warne!!!"


Botha to Patel, 1 run, thumped down to long-on for a single

Time for a Statsguru time-out. This stat from Manish: "Just realized that Rohit Sharma has scored more runs in IPL than in 57 ODI innings for India. Is this going to be the new generation India player? RP Singh seems to be heading in the same direction."

Abhiram: "why is everyone commenting on the balance of royals side?? they have chosen the best possible side today. this is a side with very good balance. batting goes deep with warne at 9 and bowling is also strong with binny as 6th bowler and menaria as 7th."

Anurag Acharya: "OK seriously, who are these people with ridiculous comments. Been watching cricket first time or what? Warne, apart from his magical bowling, binds the team together. Next you'll say let's build houses with only bricks. Concrete and iron bars don't make walls anyway."

End of over 9 (5 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 47/3 (RR: 5.22)

    • PA Patel 10 (14b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 1 (3b)
    • J Botha 3-0-14-1
    • SK Warne 1-0-2-1

Warne to Patel, no run, flighted and way outside off, looks for the sweep but doesn't connect


Warne to Patel, 2 runs, overpitched by Warne, and the sweep connects this time, down towards deep backward square leg


Warne to Patel, 1 run, backs away and lashes it towards extra cover, no timing at all on that shot, fifty finally comes up for Kochi


Warne to Jadeja, 1 run, driven down to long-on for a single


Warne to Patel, 2 runs, outside off and off the pad before it edges towards the vacant slip


Warne to Patel, 1 run, driven off the backfoot past cover

Karn Mamgain: "@Bryn - I'm sorry, but don't think you are an avid IPL follower. Look, I play high-school basketball, and I am pretty decent at it. But if you put me in the NBA in a team with Kobe and bunch of other high-schoolers, I don't think we'd do very well - despite the fact that I might (or not) have talent. Same goes with Warney's team. Now, imagine Meneria being myself and Warney being Kobe. @Sid - Actually, it's not a player's choice to be retained or not. So even if YKP asked for Millions, he'd still have to stay with RR for whatever price they would be willing to pay him (of course in the $0.9 to 1.8 mil range.)" I'm not sure players have no say, as with many things with the IPL, there is no clarity on that

End of over 10 (7 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 54/3 (RR: 5.40)

    • PA Patel 16 (19b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 2 (4b)
    • SK Warne 2-0-9-1
    • J Botha 3-0-14-1

Trivedi to Patel, 1 run, whipped off the pads towards fine leg


Trivedi to Jadeja, no run, short of length ball, driven on the up off the front foot towards the bowler


Trivedi to Jadeja, 2 runs, on a length on middle and off, punched off the back foot towards wide long-on


Trivedi to Jadeja, 1 run, length ball on off, eased towards long-on for a single


Trivedi to Patel, FOUR, nicely done by Parthiv, stays back and short arm pulls that leg stump ball behind square leg for four, superbly placed by Parthiv to beat fine leg and deep backward square leg


Trivedi to Patel, 1 run, nifty shot from Parthiv, opens the face to guide the ball towards third man

End of over 11 (9 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 63/3 (RR: 5.72)

    • PA Patel 22 (22b 2x4)
    • RA Jadeja 5 (7b)
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-9-0
    • SK Warne 2-0-9-1

Warne to Patel, 1 run, too full from Warne, well outside off, swept firmly by Parthiv


Warne to Jadeja, 1 run, goes straight on, pushed off the back foot past the bowler


Warne to Patel, 1 run, worked past midwicket for an ambled single


Warne to Jadeja, no run, quicker on middle and off, turned towards midwicket, not wide enough of the fielder to take a single


Warne to Jadeja, 1 run, a lot of effort from Jadeja for a single, swept hard to deep midwicket


Warne to Patel, 1 run, swept fine by Pathiv this time after the batsman leaned across to off

End of over 12 (5 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 68/3 (RR: 5.66)

    • PA Patel 25 (25b 2x4)
    • RA Jadeja 7 (10b)
    • SK Warne 3-0-14-1
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-9-0

Trivedi to Patel, 1 run, short ball down the leg side, attempts a powerful pull, gloved towards short fine


Trivedi to Jadeja, no run, short of length ball on middle, makes a bit of room and drives towards cover, where Warne dives to stop it


Trivedi to Jadeja, no run, length ball on off, hit hard by Jadeja but can't beat extra cover, he hasn't been anywhere as fluent as Parthiv today


Trivedi to Jadeja, FOUR, Jadeja unleashes another effortful pull, this time he has the placement to match, beats the diving Amit Singh at deep midwicket to pick up a boundary


Trivedi to Jadeja, 1 run, short ball on legstump, another pull from Jadeja, this time he can't beat deep square leg


Trivedi to Patel, no run, the Trivedi slower ball makes its appearance, batsman wanted to send that out of the stadium but it sneaks under his bat

Micky: "Just putting Warnes' stats for this season into perspective: Most wickets for RR, second best economy rate, second best strike rate ... and people think he's shouldn't be in the team!!"

End of over 13 (6 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 74/3 (RR: 5.69)

    • PA Patel 26 (27b 2x4)
    • RA Jadeja 12 (14b 1x4)
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-15-0
    • SK Warne 3-0-14-1

Botha is back


Botha to Jadeja, no run, length ball outside off, inside-edged on to the pads


Botha to Jadeja, 1 run, length ball just outside off, eased towards long-off for a single


Botha to Patel, 1 run, just outside off, dabbed towards short third man and a quick single is sprinted


Botha to Jadeja, 1 run, full and fired into the pads, driven towards the mid-on


Botha to Patel, 1 run, whips the ball towards short fine for a single


Botha to Jadeja, 1 run, on the pads, once more the batsman tucks it wide of short fine for a single, end of a good effort from Botha

Nirav says: "Two players from Gujarat helping Kochi recover against neighboring Rajasthan. "

Kevin: "@Karn Mamgain: The point isn't that the "high school" players are "bad", it's just that they're not good enough for the competition. A better analogy would be having Kobe and a bunch of high school players, but playing in a college tournament. Kobe would be the class of the field, but the high school players would be outclassed, just like Meneria & co, notwithstanding their talent or potential. "

End of over 14 (5 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 79/3 (RR: 5.64)

    • RA Jadeja 15 (18b 1x4)
    • PA Patel 28 (29b 2x4)
    • J Botha 4-0-19-1
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-15-0

Watson to Jadeja, 1 run, skates out of the crease and lashes the ball towards mid-off, where the fielder moves across smartly to field


Watson to Patel, no run, Parthiv looks to whip that after shuffling across, off the pads towards the bowler, Jadeja had scrambled out for a single, has to turn back and a direct hit from Watson would have made it interesting


Watson to Patel, 1 run, slashed towards sweeper cover for a single


Watson to Jadeja, FOUR, width on offer for Jadeja, who steadies himself and powerfully crunches it past point for four, well done by Jadeja

Watson round the wicket


Watson to Jadeja, 1 run, cramps the batsman up by angling into the pads, defended off the back foot to the left of the bowler for a single


Watson to Patel, 2 runs, an unseemly flat-batted hit towards long-on, very good running from Kochi, scamper back for the second

Kandarp Pandya: "Are KTK delaying the assault? Its only 5 overs remaining now and they have 7 wickets in hands..."

End of over 15 (9 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 88/3 (RR: 5.86)

    • PA Patel 31 (32b 2x4)
    • RA Jadeja 21 (21b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 3-0-16-0
    • J Botha 4-0-19-1

The time-out's been taken. Warne back for his final over.


Warne to Jadeja, 1 run, Jadeja down the track, but Warne fires it in short, nicked towards short third man

Jay: "Do all these people who are complaining about RR batting, bowling, fielding really think its gonna make their performance any better??? Because it definitely seems to be working. Kochi who has beaten MI and CSK are tottering here, against RR."


Warne to Patel, 1 run, Parthiv can't time it as he looks to smash the ball towards extra cover, ball keeps low and rolls towards cover


Warne to Jadeja, OUT, Jadeja holes out, he was looking send the ball into orbit, sweeps hard at a length ball, top-edges it and Warne back-pedals to take a looping catch

RA Jadeja c & b Warne 22 (23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 95.65


Warne to Patel, OUT, Parthiv unwisely attempts the reverse-sweep after coming out of the crease, he doesn't connect, the keeper collects and Yagnik removes the bails in a jiffy, Parthiv's fighting cameo is over

PA Patel st †Yagnik b Warne 32 (34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 94.11


Warne to Perera, no run, no hat-trick for Warne, solidly defended by Perera


Warne to Perera, no run, a fantastic spell comes to an end, as the batsman survives a loud lbw appeal

End of over 16 (2 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 90/5 (RR: 5.62)

    • NLTC Perera 0 (2b)
    • RV Gomez 0 (0b)
    • SK Warne 4-0-16-3
    • SR Watson 3-0-16-0

Trivedi to Gomez, OUT, Kochi are crumbling, a length ball from Trivedi, Gomes wants to smash that over long-on, can't connect as well as he wants, and finds Watson waiting at long-on, Rajasthan get their sixth wicket, and it seems there will be no late onslaught

RV Gomez c Watson b Trivedi 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Trivedi to Perera, 1 run, short of length and just outside off, Perera opens the face and guides the ball towards backward point and zips through for a single


Trivedi to Jadhav, no run, defended back to the bowler this time


Trivedi to Jadhav, no run, inside-edge as the batsman looks to drive, bounces through to the keeper


Trivedi to Jadhav, 1 run, just outside off, nudged in front of square leg for a single


Trivedi to Perera, OUT, and that's another one down for Kochi, a superb catch from Binny, Perera becomes another batsman holing out attempting a big hit, he can't get the distance either and Binny falls forward as he takes a low catch

NLTC Perera c Binny b Trivedi 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

End of over 17 (2 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 92/7 (RR: 5.41)

    • KM Jadhav 1 (3b)
    • SK Trivedi 3-0-17-2
    • SK Warne 4-0-16-3

Singh to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, clipped towards midwicket for a single


Singh to Jadhav, 1 run, a mistimed punch towards mid-on for a single


Singh to Vinay Kumar, FOUR, well outside off, superbly timed by Vinay off the back foot, carves it through cover for four


Singh to Vinay Kumar, no run, short of length ball heading for off, defended down the pitch


Singh to Vinay Kumar, OUT, Kochi doing a house-of-cards impersonation, batsman looks to cheekily dab the ball past short third man, hits it in the air to Watson fielding there, that's the fifth wicket in little more than two overs

R Vinay Kumar c Watson b Singh 5 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

Murali is the new batsman, should be some entertainment now


Singh to Muralitharan, 1 run, Murali gets off the mark by guiding the ball towards third man

End of over 18 (7 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 99/8 (RR: 5.50)

    • M Muralitharan 1 (1b)
    • KM Jadhav 2 (4b)
    • A Singh 4-0-26-1
    • SK Trivedi 3-0-17-2

Watson to Muralitharan, no run, Watson slips in the bouncer, batsman ducks at the last moment


Watson to Muralitharan, 1 no ball, another short ball, outside off again, batsman can't get bat on it, that was a no-ball due to some breach of the fielding restrictions, not sure what though


Watson to Muralitharan, 1 run, makes room and chops the ball towards mid-off


Watson to Jadhav, 1 run


Watson to Muralitharan, 1 run, backs away and swipes it to the leg side for a single


Watson to Jadhav, 1 run, length ball heading for legstump, batsman skips away from leg again, jabbed behind point


Watson to Muralitharan, 2 runs, shortish and outside leg, batsmen have decided to move beyond leg every ball, helped along to third man

End of over 19 (7 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 106/8 (RR: 5.57)

    • M Muralitharan 5 (6b)
    • KM Jadhav 4 (6b)
    • SR Watson 4-0-23-0
    • A Singh 4-0-26-1

Trivedi to Jadhav, 1 run, heaved behind square leg for a single

Anuj: "The anti-Warne Campaign has acted as a reverse Jinx for Warne..."


Trivedi to Muralitharan, no run, bangs in a bouncer to the No. 10, Murali can't get near it


Trivedi to Muralitharan, 1 bye, Murali looks to swipe the ball towards midwicket, misses the ball, but they run through for a bye


Trivedi to Jadhav, no run, another attempted heave, another miss, this time the batsman is hit above the waist, Murali was more than halfway through for a single, batsman was in no position to attempt the run, Murali turns back, he had given up actually, but the bowlers throw misses


Trivedi to Jadhav, OUT, outside off, and Trivedi gets a third wicket, nicked to the keeper, Jadhav's troubled stay is over

KM Jadhav c †Yagnik b Trivedi 5 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55


Trivedi to Singh, 1 run, OUT, another heave, RP gets it away towards deep midwicket, Murali was sprinting for two, RP wasn't, he was casually sauntering, and the throw from Botha catches him short, Kochi are bowled out for 109, Rajasthan will be thrilled with this

RP Singh run out 1 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Narayan: "Just when people were discounting Warne he may end up being MOM, Rajasthan may catapult just under Mumbai. You got to give Warne few practice games since he almost doesn't play otherwise. I still would backup Warne!"

Vinit: "Kochi are a victim of nervous nineties!"

Arvind Balan: "Please tell how to send live comments on commentry." You just did!

Ok, time for dinner. Back in a bit, these IPL breaks are too short for a decent meal.

End of over 20 (3 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 109/10

    • M Muralitharan 5 (8b)
    • SK Trivedi 4-0-19-3
    • SR Watson 4-0-23-0





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