584dThe Bulletin by Abhishek Purohit

Kochi stifle Kolkata in hard-fought win

Kochi Tuskers Kerala won a battle of attrition against Kolkata Knight Riders on a slow Eden Gardens pitch that aided the spinners, in the process moving third position in the points table

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MK Tiwary
46(51) 2x4 - 2x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 17 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
0 0 8 4 3 2 6 23
RA Jadeja
RA Jadeja
29(18) 1x4 - 3x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 12 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
1 0 1 4 17 6 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

YK Pathan
O4
M1
R20
W3
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan
O4
M0
R28
W3
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: S Balasubramanian | Commentator: George Binoy

END OF OVER:
20 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | KKR: 126/9 (7 runs required, RR: 6.30)

  • Lakshmipathy Balaji1 (1b)
  • Iqbal Abdulla12 (9b)
  • Vinay Kumar4-0-21-1
  • RP Singh4-0-25-2

Kolkata have lost a game after winning three on the trot. Kochi have now won three in a row. Jayawardene said at the toss that 130-140 would be a defendable score. His team got 132 and they won by six runs. He read the game perfectly.

"Kochi have become the giant killers, after MI and CSK now they beat in-form KKR. They have conquered 3 of the 4 metro cities too!" says Bhavish.

"I find this game far more interesting than the usual run-fests. Great pitch!" says Harry.

Gambhir: "We should have chased that target easily. The wicket was playing better than it did in the last game. Credit to Kochi. The way their bowlers bowled. We were disappointing, not up to the mark ... Nothing serious with Yusuf's injury, he should be OK for the next game."

The Man of the Match is Mahela Jayawardene: "I thought it was going to be a scrappy game, 130 was a competitive score. We missed out on about 15 runs, we batted really well. The bowlers performed under pressure, the fielding was outstanding ... Our quicks had the variation, knew I could use them at the end of the game. We took early wickets, guys like Gambhir and Kallis can hurt you. I had quality at the end as well."

Thank you for all your emails. That's all we have for you today. The IPL rolls on tomorrow and so will we. See you then. Cheers.

19.6
1
Vinay Kumar to Balaji, 1 run, Vinay bowls off a short run to ensure he doesn't over-step and the batsman hits it towards mid-off, Kochi have defended superbly
19.5
W
Vinay Kumar to Bhatia, 1 run, OUT, Bhatia slugs the ball down the ground, the fielder at long-on runs to his left and slides to field, Bhatia returns for the second but doesn't dive as Parthiv breaks the stumps, it's very close and he's on the line as the bails come off, a dive would have saved him

R Bhatia run out (†Patel/Jadeja) 10 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

"What accuracy from Mahela to predict 130 as the par score at the beginning. Prove to be a winning score. Great cricketing brain!" says Randy. It's almost a winning score.

Superb use of slower balls against a batsman who isn't adept at improvising and adapting.

19.4
1
Vinay Kumar to Iqbal Abdulla, 1 run, and it is! Another slower ball outside off and Abdulla can't do anything with them, mis-times the hit towards the off side

Will Vinay bowl another slower one? Abdulla must be expecting it now.

19.3
2
Vinay Kumar to Iqbal Abdulla, 2 runs, another super slow ball, worked of the pads through midwicket, no pace to hit the ball with and Abdulla plays through midwicket, he dives full length to complete the single and manages to do so in the nick of time before Parthiv breaks them
19.2
2
Vinay Kumar to Iqbal Abdulla, 2 runs, another slow ball and Abdulla mis-times the hit through cover, they come back for the second at the throw to Parthiv is poor
19.1
0
Vinay Kumar to Iqbal Abdulla, no run, a clever slow ball outside off stump, it was extremely slow and Adbulla was hopelessly beaten

Kolkata need 14 off the final over and Vinay Kumar will bowl it.

KKR 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st24JH KallisMS Bisla
2nd3G GambhirMS Bisla
3rd10MS BislaMK Tiwary
4th36EJG MorganMK Tiwary
5th13MK TiwaryShakib Al Hasan
6th11YK PathanMK Tiwary
7th4R BhatiaMK Tiwary
8th4B LeeR Bhatia
9th20R BhatiaIqbal Abdulla
10th1L BalajiIqbal Abdulla