Indian Premier League, 61st match: Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Rajasthan Royals at Indore, May 15, 2011
Kochi Tuskers Kerala won by 8 wickets (with 76 balls remaining)
15 May 2011 - night match (20-over match)

The Kochi openers have walked out. Easy task ahead of them, we'll see how they go about it. McCullum and Jayawardene are the two men out. Tait will kick things off. Two slips in place


Tait to McCullum, no run, McCullum charges out first ball, it's a short one on middle and McCullum had to readjust, played it down awkwardly into the leg side and lost his balance in the process


Tait to McCullum, 1 no ball, back of a length on leg stump, tried to swing it past square leg, was struck on the ribs, no-ball, freehit coming up


Tait to McCullum, SIX, gets the treatment, short outside off and McCullum takes full toll, smashes the poor thing miles over deep midwicket, was expecting the short one and gave it a spanking


Tait to McCullum, FOUR, short ball outside off, stands tall and swats it hard past extra cover, dominating start


Tait to McCullum, 1 no ball, just as I said that, fires it full on middle and McCullum's already charged out, tries to squeeze it past cover but it's a too quick, can't dig it out and the stumps are splayed, middle and leg out of the ground. Wait a minute. The umpire wants to cross check if that's a back foot no-ball, and replays show it is. The back foot was touching the side crease, McCullum gets a life. Tait has had this problem. Freehit again


Tait to McCullum, 1 run, length ball and McCullum wants to swing it out of Indore, gets a top edge and Menaria and Pinal, the wicketkeeper, collide trying to go for it, predictably it's a drop


Tait to Jayawardene, FOUR, Kochi are running away with this, good length on middle and leg and Jayawardene begins in classy fashion, clipping it through square leg for a boundary


Tait to Jayawardene, 2 runs, short of a good length on middle, played through square leg again for a couple, expensive start for Rajasthan

End of over 1 (19 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 19/0 (79 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 19.00, RRR: 4.15)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 6 (2b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 11 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • SW Tait 1-0-19-0

Oram to share the new ball. What an eventful over that was from Tait


Oram to McCullum, SIX, McCullum showing no mercy towards his New Zealand team-mate, it's a length ball and he comes down the track to crash it high and handsome over the bowler's head


Oram to McCullum, 1 leg bye, full toss that McCullum fails to dispatch, only squeezes a single past square leg


Oram to Jayawardene, OUT, he's holed out, lovely shot but there was a deep square leg in place, walked across to that straight delivery and clipped it straight to Chavan in the deep, Rajasthan have struck

DPMD Jayawardene c Chavan b Oram 6 (3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

Parthiv Patel walks in


Oram to McCullum, SIX, full and McCullum's in a violent mood here, gives the bowler the treatment again, launching him over his head once more but much flatter this time, ferocious hit


Oram to McCullum, no run, full outside off, reaches for it and plays it to point


Oram to McCullum, SIX, three against Oram, full again, doling out deliveries on the spot, McCullum walks across just a hint and hammers him for another flat one, Rajasthan are speechless

End of over 2 (19 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 38/1 (60 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 19.00, RRR: 3.33)

    • BB McCullum 29 (11b 1x4 4x6)
    • PA Patel 0 (0b)
    • JDP Oram 1-0-18-1
    • SW Tait 1-0-19-0

He's inflicted major psychological damage in just 11 balls


Tait to Patel, no run, bowled full outside off, driven straight to mid-off


Tait to Patel, no run, banged in short outside off, drops his hands on that one and lets it go


Tait to Patel, SIX, upper cut for six, quick is Tait and it's short outside off, Parthiv plays that shot well, slashing it over third man


Tait to Patel, no run, back of a length outside off, punched to point off the back foot


Tait to Patel, 1 wide, shortish but down the leg side and it's called a wide


Tait to Patel, no run, back of a length outside off, tempted to play the upper cut again but backs out at the right time


Tait to Patel, no run, bowled it full on the off, dug out towards cover, thinks of a single but decides against it at the end

End of over 3 (7 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 45/1 (53 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 15.00, RRR: 3.11)

    • PA Patel 6 (6b 1x6)
    • BB McCullum 29 (11b 1x4 4x6)
    • SW Tait 2-0-26-0
    • JDP Oram 1-0-18-1

Nayan Doshi to bowl


Doshi to McCullum, OUT, dismisses McCullum, big relief for Rajasthan, McCullum dances down the track to smash him over midwicket, a touch too early he swings the bat, misses and it deflects off the pads onto the stumps

BB McCullum b Doshi 29 (12b 1x4 4x6) SR: 241.66

A riveting cameo comes to an end, in comes Brad Hodge, Kochi's hero with the ball


Doshi to Hodge, no run, floating it on the off stump, Hodge gets a stride out and is struck on the pads as he tries to defend, stifled appeal turned down


Doshi to Hodge, FOUR, Hodge wasting no time, tossed up, comes down the track, gets under it and lofts him clean over mid-on

A slip and silly point in place


Doshi to Hodge, no run, flighted on middle and off, gets forward and drops it down into the off side


Doshi to Hodge, FOUR, sweetly struck, flighted on middle, Hodge comes down the track again to get to the pitch and drives him hard down the ground to beat the diving mid-on fielder


Doshi to Hodge, SIX, they're trying to finish it quickly, Hodge uses his feet again to just chip that over the bowler's head, superb timing as it clears long-off comfortably

End of over 4 (14 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 59/2 (39 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 14.75, RRR: 2.43)

    • BJ Hodge 14 (5b 2x4 1x6)
    • PA Patel 6 (6b 1x6)
    • ND Doshi 1-0-14-1
    • SW Tait 2-0-26-0

Oram runs in without his nemesis facing him


Oram to Patel, 2 runs, short of a length on middle, pulled past square leg for a couple of runs


Oram to Patel, 1 run, short o a good length, punched to extra cover, attempts an impossible single and Menaria misses the stumps at the non-striker's end, Parthiv was a gonner otherwise


Oram to Hodge, 1 run, gets back and turns it down towards fine leg for a single


Oram to Patel, FOUR, lovey shot, short of a good length, stands tall and punches him hard through the covers


Oram to Patel, FOUR, Parthiv looking in fine touch, pulls off an almost identical shot, again it's past the cover fielder, found the gap perfectly


Oram to Patel, 2 runs, nice timing again, fullish on leg stump, pushed firmly past midwicket for a couple of runs

End of over 5 (14 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 73/2 (25 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 14.60, RRR: 1.66)

    • PA Patel 19 (11b 2x4 1x6)
    • BJ Hodge 15 (6b 2x4 1x6)
    • JDP Oram 2-0-32-1
    • ND Doshi 1-0-14-1

Chavan to bowl


Chavan to Hodge, 4 leg byes, straying on the pads and it clips the pads on its way to the fine-leg boundary


Chavan to Hodge, no run, slightly short on middle and off, knocked down into the off side


Chavan to Hodge, no run, held it back and pushed it slower, came down the track and played it to the bowler


Chavan to Hodge, no run, went for the slog-sweep, fullish, got an inside edge on the pads


Chavan to Hodge, SIX, six more, short on middle, a long hop, runs back and pulls it hard over square leg for another flat six


Chavan to Hodge, FOUR, poor delivery once more, short again, another long hop and he helps it on its way to the deep square-leg boundary

Kochi will give their net run-rate a significant boost with this win,giving themselves a slim chance

End of over 6 (14 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 87/2 (11 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 14.50, RRR: 0.78)

    • BJ Hodge 25 (12b 3x4 2x6)
    • PA Patel 19 (11b 2x4 1x6)
    • AA Chavan 1-0-10-0
    • JDP Oram 2-0-32-1

Tait to Patel, 1 run, back of a length on middle, gets back and knocks it into the off side


Tait to Hodge, no run, good length, he makes room and swats it straight to mid-off


Tait to Hodge, 1 wide, short and way too wide, called by the umpire


Tait to Hodge, no run, short and wide, tries to slash it over point, the shot was on but he couldn't connect


Tait to Hodge, FOUR, short and Hodge is unstoppable here, picks the length early, gets into position and smotes him over midwicket


Tait to Hodge, no run, the bouncer, tries to pull it into the stands but couldn't connect


Tait to Hodge, FOUR, scores level, landed in the slot on middle, made room and smacked him over mid-on for a one-bounce four

End of over 7 (10 runs) Kochi Tuskers Kerala 97/2 (1 run required from 13 overs, RR: 13.85, RRR: 0.07)

    • BJ Hodge 33 (17b 5x4 2x6)
    • PA Patel 20 (12b 2x4 1x6)
    • SW Tait 3-0-36-0
    • AA Chavan 1-0-10-0

Doshi to Patel, no run, slightly short on the off, pushed to mid-on


Doshi to Patel, 1 run, turned away wide of midwicket to complete a thumping win for Kochi

Rajasthan have been knocked out of the IPL. Kochi have a really slim chance, this win keeping them alive still. A mismatch. On a track that Jayawardene said merited around 150, Rajasthan were skittled out for next to nothing and a Kochi victory from there on was a foregone conclusion. Good way to sign off for Jayawardene, who'll join the Sri Lankan team in the UK soon. Join us in a bit for the presentation. No doubts about who's the MOM.

Shane Warne: "Probably one of those nights when you were 100-120 short. We can only try as much as we can. Disappointing for the fans. Such a great crowd and buzz here, I'm still proud of our guys. To lose four games in a row, we've just made too many mistakes."

Jayawardene: "The other day we couldn't defend 180, today we executed our plans. Easy win, so happy with that. We need to try and be more consistent, that's a key word in Twenty20 cricket. We want to finish off the season on a high and we'd like to say we had a good season."

Hodge is Man of the Match: "It's good for us to come up here and put in a good performance. Warne's got me out plenty of times, I got lucky to be honest. Used to bowl to him at the Junction Oval. We've performed pretty well. We are short of where we need to be, but it's coming together. We played with some freedom chasing a low total. We are up against Chennai, it's going to be a tough game but hopefully we can pull it off."

Thanks much for joining us folk,s please direct your attention to this thriller here. Until the next time, it's goodbye.






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