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
|Shakib Al Hasan||KKR||47.44||2(5)||- 1.14||- 4.83||3/28||3.31||52.27|
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."
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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
"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.
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.
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
another slow ball and Abdulla mis-times the hit through cover, they come back for the second at the throw to Parthiv is poor
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.
another low full toss but Abdulla tried to hit it too hard, mis-timed towards cover
Abdulla makes room and drives the ball through cover, the attempted yorker finished up as a low full toss
Bhatia steps out and lofts towards long-on, better length this time, much fuller
Abdulla makes a bit of room to hit one that angles into him through point
fuller ball, played to extra cover
RP has bowled a rubbish full toss, the yorker gone wrong, and Bhatia pulls wide of the fielder at long-on
pulled off the back foot from off stump through the leg side
Abdulla makes room and slaps the ball in the air through cover point
the batsman misses the sweep and gets hit high on the thigh
caught at long-on! Lee stood in his crease and smashed the ball hard and flat, he didn't get enough elevation though and Jadhav barely had to move as the ball sped to him at head height
Bhatia cuts off the back foot towards point, singles won't do for Kolkata
Lee forces the ball off the back foot through extra cover
Murali strays down leg side, Bhatia misses the sweep, the ball beats the keeper as well and short fine leg has to field
played back to the bowler, terrific over from Jadeja, the game is headed Kochi's way
Brett Lee is the new batsman with 32 needed off three overs.
|Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|Toss||Kolkata Knight Riders, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00|
|Match days||20 April 2011 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Kochi Tuskers Kerala 2, Kolkata Knight Riders 0|
Over 20 • KKR 126/9
|EJG Morgan||run out||10||12|
|Shakib Al Hasan||bowled||2||5|
|R Bhatia||run out||10||8|
|Iqbal Abdulla||not out||12||9|
|L Balaji||not out||1||1|
|Extras||(b 4, lb 4, w 3)|
|Total||126(9 wkts; 20 ovs)|