Indian Premier League, 32nd match: Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Deccan Chargers at Kochi, Apr 27, 2011
Deccan Chargers won by 55 runs
27 April 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Robin Jackman says 160 is a winning score on this pitch. Kochi in a huddle, Mahela doing the talking and we're just about ready to go.

I did say I had closed the selection debate but Mani Kolbe will have the last word. "I think Lehman should play a match! his left arm spin and deft touches with his bat could be useful in T20s."

And Kiran hopes Cricinfo can make a difference to the results. "Firdose, at least two the matches you covered have resulted in DC's win. Expecting the same today." Can't guarantee any of that. Danny cheekily says to Sanga, "For you guys, the only way is up." Both have a good giggle. Going to enjoy Mr Morrison on comms today.

To end off the selection debate for today, Cyril Abraham is one of many who has mailed in asking for Michael Klinger for Kochi.

Ankur writes in about the Chargers misfortunes. "@Vignesh: But that would happen only in the later stages of the tournament, maybe the next stage... If they keep playing him, DC may never reach there to require his services."

And now I seem to have opened a can of worms about the number of international players in a squad. Ben says, "Is the IPL long enough to warrant such large squads? What are the chances Lumb, Theron, Price get game time?"

Punit says that there's simply no place for Lumb given the foreign players rule. "If Lumb comes in, which foreign player sits out? Sangakkara won't drop himself, White is a dangerous hitter, Steyn is the best bowler in the side and they have paid big bucks for Christian. Who would sit out?

Vignesh offers an explanation for White being picked. "I guess the only reason to play White is, when Sangakkara returns to his international duties they might need the service of White as captain."

And the love for the South Africans continues. Sajith says, "Why is DC still persisting with the out of form Cameron White when they have Jean Paul Duminy."

Vivek Bhandari also writes in with a selection suggestion. "What's Rusty Theron doing in the dugout? He should be there on the field..." Also, agreed, I've seen him in South Africa too.

My first feedbacker today is Elliott who says, "I wish the Chargers would give Michael Lumb a chance at the top of the order instead of Shikar Dhawan. Hes a class act and could get them off to a rapid start." I have to agree, having watched Lumb play in South Africa.

Toss: Kochi have won the toss and will field

Mahela says, "I think it is a very competitive wicket, spinners get some bounce in it, batsmen get value for their shots."

Brendon McCullum is back for Kochi, having recovered from his shoulder injury. Home boy Sreesanth is back in the starting XI too. VVS Laxman and Murali are not playing.

Sanga would have liked to bowl too, he says. The Chargers have dropped Pragyan Ojha and have brought Manpreet Gony in as an extra pace bowler.

19:55 Hello and welcome to the second match of the IPL today. We'll be headed to Kochi, for the Tuskers' second home game. They're taking on the Deccan Chargers. I'm Firdose Moonda and I'll be with you for this game.

Chennai have just beaten Pune by eight wickets and we can now shift focus to this match. There's a big battle on the cards, between Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene, who captaints Kochi, and Kumar Sangakkara, who skippers Deccan. Have a look at what they've said Abhishek Purohit's preview here.


Singh to Sohal, 1 run, RP starts proceedings with a back of a length ball, nips back a touch, bit of bounce, there's some glove on that and a run


Singh to Dhawan, no run, beautiful carry, goes through waist high, left alone by Dhawan


Singh to Dhawan, 1 run, back of a length again, Dhawan is cramped up, squeezes it out on the off side, quick single taken


Singh to Sohal, no run, keeps Sohal on the back foot, defends into the off side


Singh to Sohal, 1 wide, short and down the leg side, wide called


Singh to Sohal, no run, moves into Sohal and there's some good shape there. Tries to dab it onto the leg side and run a quick one but can't


Singh to Sohal, OUT, and success! RP goes fuller and Sohal goes back and across to try and get it away on the leg-side but gets struck flush on the pad. That was going to hit middle no doubt.

S Sohal lbw b Singh 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

End of over 1 (3 runs) Deccan Chargers 3/1 (RR: 3.00)

    • S Dhawan 1 (2b)
    • RP Singh 1-0-3-1

Bharat Chipli is in earlier than expected. Sree to bowl


Sreesanth to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, Dhawan can't squeeze it away


Sreesanth to Dhawan, no run, And again. Dhawan is trying to get that away on the leg side but he can't make contact


Sreesanth to Dhawan, no run, now he goes full, Sree and Dhawan drives back to him. The crowd go mad for Sree


Sreesanth to Dhawan, no run, Big appeal for caught behind Dhawan tries to cut and misses. Patel was up in a flash for the outside edge but it's not given


Sreesanth to Dhawan, 1 run, Finally, they get a run. Driven back to Sreesanth who fields well off his own bowling and they sneak a single while the ball rolls to mid-off


Sreesanth to Chipli, no run, slower ball, Chipi trying to steer to third man, gets a slight edge and it doesn't carry

End of over 2 (1 run) Deccan Chargers 4/1 (RR: 2.00)

    • B Chipli 0 (1b)
    • S Dhawan 2 (7b)
    • S Sreesanth 1-0-1-0
    • RP Singh 1-0-3-1

Singh to Dhawan, 2 runs, run down to fine leg


Singh to Dhawan, OUT, what a superb catch by Gomez. Dhawan tried to get under that full delivery and did but his lofted shot didn't have the distance on it. Gomez had to run from mid-off to deep extra cover and took the catch over his shoulder.

S Dhawan c Gomez b Singh 4 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44


Singh to Chipli, no run, back of a length, moving into Chipli and he is rapped on the pads


Singh to Chipli, 3 runs, stroked through the covers. Perera gives chanse and gets to the ball but is saves it just beforeit goes over. The umpires check and its given as three runs


Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, turned to mid-wicket, nicely timed for the single


Singh to Chipli, no run, dropped Driven in the air to Brendon McCullum in the covers. He chests the ball instead of catches it and the Chargers will breathe a massive sigh of relief

Not much is going Deccan's way and Vish says they're being undone by their own, or ex-own. "All the ex-charges seem to be sinking the Deccan Ship this year. Symonds and Rohit the other day and then RP Singh with two wickets already today...."

End of over 3 (6 runs) Deccan Chargers 10/2 (RR: 3.33)

    • B Chipli 3 (4b)
    • KC Sangakkara 1 (1b)
    • RP Singh 2-0-9-2
    • S Sreesanth 1-0-1-0

Sreesanth to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length, dabbed to the off side


Sreesanth to Sangakkara, no run, straight delivery, Sanga can't do much except tap it back to Sree


Sreesanth to Sangakkara, FOUR, just stunning, That's short and inviting and Sanga rolls out the pull shot in stunning fashion. He picked the spot and drilled it there


Sreesanth to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, what a response Sree. Changes the length, not as short as the last one, it's swinging in and Sanga inside edges it onto his stumps. But wait, it looks like a no-ball, Umpires are checking.

Looks like Sree is on the line, oh dear, oh dear. We've got a Free Hit coming up, Sanga has another life


Sreesanth to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, Sree seems pretty angry and now he has bowled it too high and it's a no-ball again, this time for height


Sreesanth to Sangakkara, no run, full now and that goes between Sanga's legs as he tries to clip away on the leg side


Sreesanth to Sangakkara, no run, good line and length and dabbed back to Sree


Sreesanth to Sangakkara, 1 wide, oh gosh Sree! Now he has lost it. That one is swinging too far away and it's called wide


Sreesanth to Sangakkara, no run, much better, beats the bat and ends the over, what a mixed bag from the Kerala Express

End of over 4 (7 runs) Deccan Chargers 17/2 (RR: 4.25)

    • KC Sangakkara 5 (9b 1x4)
    • B Chipli 3 (4b)
    • S Sreesanth 2-0-8-0
    • RP Singh 2-0-9-2

Singh to Chipli, no run, full and driven to mid on


Singh to Chipli, no run, width offered and Chipli cuts but can only get it as far as the fielder on the ring


Singh to Chipli, 1 run, appeal for lbw good length and Chipli inside edges onto his pads, umpire says no immediately. replays show it was pitching outside leg


Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, tucked away to mid-on, quick single taken


Singh to Chipli, no run, full and straight, driven down the pitch, not too far


Singh to Chipli, no run, away swing and it's just out of Chipli's reach, he plays and misses

End of over 5 (2 runs) Deccan Chargers 19/2 (RR: 3.80)

    • B Chipli 4 (9b)
    • KC Sangakkara 6 (10b 1x4)
    • RP Singh 3-0-11-2
    • S Sreesanth 2-0-8-0

Sreesanth is taking some stick from the feedbacker. Vijay Varma has this to say. "Sreeshanth is not Kerala Express. He is Island Express (Bangalore - Kanyakumari Express). It is a great train, but no use as it is never there when you need it." Sree has been replaced by Vinay Kumar


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of a length, Sanga looks to drive square but gets a bottom edge to third man


Vinay Kumar to Chipli, OUT, Can't keep Sree out of the action, can you? Chipli looks to work the ball through mid-wicket but closes the face of the bat too early and chips it up in the air. Simple catch for Sree at mid-off.

B Chipli c Sreesanth b Vinay Kumar 4 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Pressure squarely on Cameron White now


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, great movement, swings away from Sanga who leaves alone


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, good line and length, defended with the full face of the bat down to the bowler


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, full delivery, Sanga shoulders arms and lets it through


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, good length and pushed into the off side

End of over 6 (1 run) Deccan Chargers 20/3 (RR: 3.33)

    • KC Sangakkara 7 (15b 1x4)
    • CL White 0 (0b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-1-1
    • RP Singh 3-0-11-2

The headline contest is a tame one today, already won by everyone who has sent it Chipli comments like Ram. "Bharat goes out 'Cheaply'"


Sreesanth to White, no run, good length, shapes away and left alone


Sreesanth to White, no run, Sree still getting good shape, White dabs to point


Sreesanth to White, no run, and again, away movement, superb outswinger and left alone


Sreesanth to White, no run, and now he almost gets White. Moves in this time and is oh so close to the edge


Sreesanth to White, no run, straight and good length, defended on the off side


Sreesanth to White, no run, straighter and pushed back to Sree, who has bowled a maiden. Not a bad comeback at all.

End of over 7 (maiden) Deccan Chargers 20/3 (RR: 2.85)

    • CL White 0 (6b)
    • KC Sangakkara 7 (15b 1x4)
    • S Sreesanth 3-1-8-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-1-1

Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga's started to dance. Comes down the track, tucks one leg behind the other and smokes it to deep extra cover


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 2 runs, superb swing. Moves away sharply from Sanga, gets the outside edge and flies between the keeper and first slip. Patel made a desperate attempt to take it but couldn't


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked to deep square leg


Vinay Kumar to White, 1 run, decent line and length, probably not of the pullable type, but White tries anyway, gets off the mark as the ball rolls to deep mid-wicket


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, good length and steered down to third man


Vinay Kumar to White, no run, superb ball again, stays straight and beats White's outside edge

End of over 8 (9 runs) Deccan Chargers 29/3 (RR: 3.62)

    • CL White 1 (8b)
    • KC Sangakkara 15 (19b 2x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-10-1
    • S Sreesanth 3-1-8-0

Perera to Sangakkara, 1 run, Perera is introduced now. Sanga steers that down to third man


Perera to White, no run, moving away slightly, White swings and misses, totally out of touch


Perera to White, no run, pushed into the off-side, not too much in the way of timing for White


Perera to White, no run, just too good! What a beaut. Inswinger, comes into White and almost, almost takes off stump out of the ground.


Perera to White, 2 runs, swinging in again, White gets a leading edge to long off and Sanga pushed him for the second. Direct hit might have seen Sanga out


Perera to White, 1 run, run down to third man, there's protection there, and it's just the one

Right, we're timing out now, the players are drinking, its tea time for me

End of over 9 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 33/3 (RR: 3.66)

    • CL White 4 (13b)
    • KC Sangakkara 16 (20b 2x4)
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-4-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-10-1

Gomez to White, no run, angling into middle and leg, played to midwicket


Gomez to White, 1 run, it's go for it time, boom, says Danny. White gets that quite high bat, in the air between long off and long, a lot of effort for one


Gomez to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven to long on

Kapil asks, "I wonder how you guys eat with one hand and type so fast with the other. Do you have any software or are you guys really so fast?" We're THAT fast....


Gomez to White, 1 run, whipped to deep mid-wicket, length ball


Gomez to Sangakkara, 1 run, strike rotation seems better now, played to long on


Gomez to White, no run, White backed away for that one and only managed to dab it tamely back to Gomez, who got a finger on it and brok the stumps at Sanga's end. Sanga is safe

End of over 10 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 37/3 (RR: 3.70)

    • CL White 6 (17b)
    • KC Sangakkara 18 (22b 2x4)
    • RV Gomez 1-0-4-0
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-4-0

Perera to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga is a good long way down the track, flicks to deep mid-wicket


Perera to White, 1 run, great length, pushed past the bowler and just gets it past the man at mid-off to run through for one


Perera to Sangakkara, FOUR, short and Sanga doesn't let these goes. Pulls through mid-wicket, small adjustment needed because of the extra bounce, but he gets four


Perera to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven to long off


Perera to White, FOUR, White goes on the pull too, very awkward looking as he is offered a short ball, mistimes through mid-wicket, but he gets four


Perera to White, no run, No bounce off that one, White gets beaten, surprised by how low it kept

End of over 11 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 48/3 (RR: 4.36)

    • CL White 11 (20b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 24 (25b 3x4)
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-15-0
    • RV Gomez 1-0-4-0

Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower ball, Sanga gets an inside edge as he tries to pull and it trickles to fine leg


Vinay Kumar to White, no run, White is looking for trouble, tips that to point and he's off for the run, had the fielder hit, he would have been gone as White is sent back


Vinay Kumar to White, 1 run, driven with a little more purpose, down to long off


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, FOUR, straying a little on the leg side, whipped away, Sanga loves that shot and its through midwicket for four


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, slower ball and keeps very low indeed. Sanga was swinging knee high but it was too low and there's no contact made


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, FOUR, this time the slower ball doesn't work. Short ball and flicked into the gap at fine leg

Venky asked if DC's score after 10 overs was the lowest in this IPL. Yes, it was

End of over 12 (10 runs) Deccan Chargers 58/3 (RR: 4.83)

    • KC Sangakkara 33 (29b 5x4)
    • CL White 12 (22b 1x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-20-1
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-15-0

Jadeja to White, 2 runs, full and flat, played wide of long on


Jadeja to White, 1 run, slower ball, White looks to heave away, only gets one


Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga mishits that to long off, luckily its not in the air for long enough and the fielder can't get there


Jadeja to White, SIX, picked like a cherry. White frees the arms, goes down on his knee and clobbers it over square leg.


Jadeja to White, 1 run, driven to long on


Jadeja to Sangakkara, 2 runs, played to deep extra cover, hard running to ensure the two

End of over 13 (13 runs) Deccan Chargers 71/3 (RR: 5.46)

    • KC Sangakkara 36 (31b 5x4)
    • CL White 22 (26b 1x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-13-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-20-1

Perera to White, no run, tucked away on the leg side, looking for the run but they decide not to


Perera to White, 1 run, good length, offers a little more width and White plays that along the ground to mid-on


Perera to Sangakkara, FOUR, upper cut for four. Sanga does well to go the aerial route, there's no third man and its a welcome boundary


Perera to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Sree! Superb fielding in the deep to cut off a boundary, Sanga drives square and it looked certain for the rope. Sree gets it from underneath him to save a boundary


Perera to Sangakkara, FOUR, now he gets four. Cut away and there's no stopping it this time. Jadeja at backward point can only watch


Perera to Sangakkara, 1 run, dabbed down to long off, good over for the Chargers

End of over 14 (12 runs) Deccan Chargers 83/3 (RR: 5.92)

    • KC Sangakkara 47 (35b 7x4)
    • CL White 23 (28b 1x4 1x6)
    • NLTC Perera 3-0-27-0
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-13-0

Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, slower delivery, pushed to long off


Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, flat and short, cut to cover


Jadeja to Sangakkara, 2 runs, played to Sree at long off whose fumble allows the second


Jadeja to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga brings up fifty with a fine stroke to fine leg, paddle sweep and plenty of cheers for this fine innings. He was bowled off a no-ball on six, remember?

Nikhil says, "Sangakkara is doing an excellent job here. Not only for himself, but also for White, who seems to be slowly coming out of his misery." Very true


Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, square driven to deep cover


Jadeja to White, no run, White wants to try the paddle, but defends

End of over 15 (7 runs) Deccan Chargers 90/3 (RR: 6.00)

    • CL White 23 (29b 1x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 54 (40b 8x4)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-20-0
    • NLTC Perera 3-0-27-0

Sreesanth to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga wants to run it to third man but gets a bottom edge and it's four


Sreesanth to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, wants to heave ho that over long off, but can't get it away and ends up playing it onto the pitch, single taken


Sreesanth to White, FOUR, White makes room for himself, drives on the off side, two bounces and four


Sreesanth to White, 1 run, driven to long off, Sree tries to get his leg in the way to field it, but he lets one through


Sreesanth to Sangakkara, FOUR, too cute from Sanga, moves across a little, picks that up on welll and flicks to fine leg, in the air for a while and its a clever little paddle scoop


Sreesanth to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven to long off, Sree finishes wicketless but with decent figures

Lots of admiration for Sanga's innings coming through on feedback, like this from Faisal. "You don't see such innings in a twenty20 format but Sanga has just shown the world that its not all about banging the ball hard everytime."

And some praise for the local boy, Sree, from Yavvan. "Kerala Express or Island Express whatever you want to call it derailed in the last over. Make no mistake, he was brilliant today."

End of over 16 (15 runs) Deccan Chargers 105/3 (RR: 6.56)

    • KC Sangakkara 63 (44b 10x4)
    • CL White 28 (31b 2x4 1x6)
    • S Sreesanth 4-1-22-0
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-20-0

Vinay Kumar back


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of a length and pulled to the man at deep mid-wicket. There's a man covering that area


Vinay Kumar to White, 1 run, fuller ball, White backs away and wants to tonk it over long on but gets a bottom edge down the pitch, just the one


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, pulled to deep mid-wicket, not quite short enough to give that the treatment


Vinay Kumar to White, 2 runs, making some decent contact here, is White, hit hard past Sanga and gets his pad on the way, just the two


Vinay Kumar to White, OUT, swatted and swatted straight to deep mid-wicket. Jayawardene has put himself there to collect the catch, good captaincy. White was looking for the big pull but didn't get enough on the ball and it went straight to Jayawardene.

CL White c Jayawardene b Vinay Kumar 31 (34b 2x4 1x6) SR: 91.17


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, OUT, two in two for Vinay. Slower ball, Sanga looking to cut that and gets a faint edge through to Pathiv Patel who collects cleanly. Sanga out for 65, after surviving that peach of a ball from Sree when he was on six.

KC Sangakkara c †Patel b Vinay Kumar 65 (47b 10x4 0x6) SR: 138.29

End of over 17 (5 runs) Deccan Chargers 110/5 (RR: 6.47)

    • DT Christian 0 (0b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 4-0-25-3
    • S Sreesanth 4-1-22-0

Jadeja to Christian, 2 runs, turned to mid-wicket, Christian off the mark


Jadeja to Christian, no run, looking to sweep that, but ends up hitting into his boot


Jadeja to Christian, 1 run, driven to long on


Jadeja to Ravi Teja, 1 run, guided to short third man


Jadeja to Christian, no run, looking for the sweep again, can't get it away, Mishra was down the track awaiting the single, not on


Jadeja to Christian, 1 run, driven to long off, Christian keeps strike.

End of over 18 (5 runs) Deccan Chargers 115/5 (RR: 6.38)

    • DT Christian 4 (5b)
    • DB Ravi Teja 1 (1b)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-25-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 4-0-25-3

RP Singh to finish off from this end


Singh to Christian, 1 run, full ball, driven to long on


Singh to Ravi Teja, 1 run, slightly wider and Teja reaches for it, before tapping it to point


Singh to Christian, no run, backs away and the ball follows him, good seam movement and RP stops the leg bye


Singh to Christian, 2 runs, full and wide, carved away and good running ensures two


Singh to Christian, 1 wide, straying down leg, first mistake from RP tonight


Singh to Christian, 1 run, full again and dug out to long on


Singh to Ravi Teja, FOUR, it doesn't end the way RP would have wanted it to. Ravi Teja, down on one knee, swings that past short fine leg and beats deep square

End of over 19 (10 runs) Deccan Chargers 125/5 (RR: 6.57)

    • DB Ravi Teja 6 (3b 1x4)
    • DT Christian 8 (9b)
    • RP Singh 4-0-21-2
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-25-0

Vinay Kumar is bowled out, so there will be no hat-trick today. Perera to bowl the last


Perera to Christian, 1 run, Christian swinging and lobs it over cover in the end, only gets one


Perera to Ravi Teja, 1 run, driven beautifully, but it will just be the one, sweeper cover is out there


Perera to Christian, OUT, yorker, in the block hole, Christian is looking to loft it over long-on but drags it onto his stumps instead.

DT Christian b Perera 9 (11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 81.81


Perera to Mishra, OUT, Oh dear, oh dear. Whats is going on? Mishra wants to play the paddle, but misses and Ravi Teja has already screamed down to the stiker's end. Mishra sacrifices himself.

A Mishra run out 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Perera to Ravi Teja, 1 run, yorker length and dug out, that's the most Ravi can do


Perera to Gony, 1 bye, Patel misses a run out chance, tries to kick the stumps and misses that too. He is a jolly fellow, grinning as he goes off. Kochi have done a superb restriction job here.

Join us in a few minutes for the chase

Vinay Kumar: It is a good wicket to bowl on. Sanga and Cameron were playing really well and we needed a breakthrough. If we play normal cricket, we will get this total.

End of over 20 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 129/7

    • MS Gony 0 (1b)
    • DB Ravi Teja 8 (5b 1x4)
    • NLTC Perera 4-0-30-1
    • RP Singh 4-0-21-2





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