Kochi Tuskers Do The Double Over Knight Riders
Kochi Tuskers Kerala 156-5 (Jayawardene 55) beat
Kolkata Knight Riders 139-7 (Eoin Morgan 66) by 17 runs
Indian Premier League 2011, Kochi
The Kochi Tuskers Kerala scored a second win of the season over the Kolkata Knight Riders to further their hopes of reaching the Indian Premier League 2011 play-offs.
Having shocked the high-flying Knight Riders with a win earlier this year at Eden Gardens, they repeated the trick with a 17-run victory at home in Kochi.
Batting first, captain Mahela Jayawardene led by example with 55 as the Tuskers posted 156 for five before the Knight Riders were held to 139 for seven in reply, despite Eoin Morgan's maiden IPL half-century.
Morgan played nicely in making 66 in 51 balls, putting on 69 with opening partner Jacques Kallis, who hit 45 in 41 deliveries but no other batsmen could make a substantial score as Kochi put the pressure on.
A brace of wickets apiece from Ranganath Vinay Kumar and Raiphi Gomez saw the Knight Riders pegged back and Morgan's eight fours and two sixes proved to be in vain.
Earlier, Kochi recovered from the early loss of Brendon McCullum, who flashed outside off stump and was caught by Kallis off Jaidev Unadkat for one.
Michael Klinger (29) and Parthiv Patel (21) rebuilt the innings before Jayawardene took charge, hitting two fours and two sixes on his way to 55 in 41 balls.
After Ravi Jadeja fell to Rajat Bhatia for just eight, Brad Hodge hammered 35 not out in just 18 balls to drive the Kochi side to a winning total.
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