result
22nd match (N), Kolkata, Apr 20 2011, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 133)126/9
Kochi won by 6 runs
player of the match
Mahela Jayawardene
Kochi Tuskers Kerala
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• The 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 
Scorer: S Balasubramanian
Commentator: George Binoy
Scorecard summary
Kochi Tuskers Kerala132/7(20 overs)
Kolkata Knight Riders126/9(20 overs)
end of over 207 runs • 1 wicket
KKR: 126/9CRR: 6.30 
Lakshmipathy Balaji1 (1)
Iqbal Abdulla12 (9)
Vinay Kumar 4-0-21-1
RP Singh 4-0-25-2

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 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 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

Rajat Bhatia run out (†Patel/Jadeja) 10 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125

"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 to 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 to 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 to 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
Vinay to 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.

end of over 1912 runs
KKR: 119/8CRR: 6.26 RRR: 14.00
Iqbal Abdulla7 (5)
Rajat Bhatia9 (7)
RP Singh 4-0-25-2
Muthiah Muralidaran 4-0-18-1
18.6
1
Singh to Abdulla, 1 run

another low full toss but Abdulla tried to hit it too hard, mis-timed towards cover

18.5
4
Singh to Abdulla, FOUR runs

Abdulla makes room and drives the ball through cover, the attempted yorker finished up as a low full toss

18.4
1
Singh to Bhatia, 1 run

Bhatia steps out and lofts towards long-on, better length this time, much fuller

18.3
1
Singh to Abdulla, 1 run

Abdulla makes a bit of room to hit one that angles into him through point

18.2
1
Singh to Bhatia, 1 run

fuller ball, played to extra cover

18.1
4
Singh to Bhatia, FOUR runs

RP has bowled a rubbish full toss, the yorker gone wrong, and Bhatia pulls wide of the fielder at long-on

end of over 186 runs • 1 wicket
KKR: 107/8CRR: 5.94 RRR: 13.00
Rajat Bhatia3 (4)
Iqbal Abdulla1 (2)
Muthiah Muralidaran 4-0-18-1
Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-25-2
17.6
1
Murali to Bhatia, 1 run

pulled off the back foot from off stump through the leg side

17.5
1
Murali to Abdulla, 1 run

Abdulla makes room and slaps the ball in the air through cover point

17.4
Murali to Abdulla, no run

the batsman misses the sweep and gets hit high on the thigh

17.3
W
Murali to Lee, OUT

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

Brett Lee c Jadhav b Muralitharan 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
17.2
1
Murali to Bhatia, 1 run

Bhatia cuts off the back foot towards point, singles won't do for Kolkata

17.1
1
Murali to Lee, 1 run

Lee forces the ball off the back foot through extra cover

17.1
2w
Murali to Bhatia, 2 wide

Murali strays down leg side, Bhatia misses the sweep, the ball beats the keeper as well and short fine leg has to field

end of over 173 runs • 1 wicket
KKR: 101/7CRR: 5.94 RRR: 10.66
Brett Lee0 (1)
Rajat Bhatia1 (2)
Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-25-2
Ramesh Powar 4-0-29-1
16.6
Jadeja to Lee, no run

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.

Best performances - batters
Manoj Tiwary portrait
MK Tiwary KKR
46 runs (51)
2 fours
2 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
17 runs
2 fours
1 six
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Ravindra Jadeja portrait
RA Jadeja Kochi
29 runs (18)
1 four
3 sixes
Control74%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
12 runs
0 four
2 sixes
101417600
Best performances - bowlers
YK Pathan player pic
YK Pathan KKR
O
4
M
1
R
20
W
3
ECO
5
Shakib Al Hasan portrait
Shakib Al Hasan KKR
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
3
ECO
7
Match details
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
TossKolkata Knight Riders, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2011
Player Of The Match
Mahela Jayawardene
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 days20 April 2011 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
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Russell Tiffin
TV Umpire
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Sanjay Hazare
Reserve Umpire
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Subrat Das
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft
PointsKochi Tuskers Kerala 2, Kolkata Knight Riders 0