Kochi Tuskers Kerala Make It Three In A Row

Kochi Tuskers Kerala Make It Three In A Row
Kochi Tuskers Kerala Make It Three In A Row
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Kochi Tuskers Kerala 132-7 (Jadeja 29) beat
Kolkata Knight Riders 126-9 (Tiwary 46) by 6 runs
Indian Premier League 2011, Kolkata

The Kochi Tuskers Kerala notched their third successive Indian Premier League 2011 win with a six-run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.

They produced an excellent display in the field to defend a score of 132 for seven, itself a decent effort after they lost wickets in clusters and no batsmen could score more than Ravi Jadeja's 29.

In reply, pace-setting Kolkata were restricted to 126 for nine with RP Singh and Jadeja both taking two wickets.

Kochi advanced to 49 without loss with openers Brendon McCullum (23) and Mahela Jayawardene (25) in good touch before both men, along with Parthiv Patel (9), Brad Hodge (2), Kedar Jadhav (12) and Ranganath Vinay Kumar (11) fell to spinners Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan.

Pathan returned three for 20 and the impressive Shakib three for 28 before Jadeja's 29 kept the Tuskers alive although he was dismissed when he was caught by Pathan off the bowling of  Brett Lee.

Kolkata then made a poor start, losing Manvinder Bisla for 16, Jacques Kallis for six and Gautam Gambhir for three, Kumar and RP Singh taking the big wickets as Jadeja had Bisla bowled.

Manoj Tiwary then stood firm, making 46 in 51 balls, hitting two fours and two sixes as the Knight Riders, despite losing wickets, kept themselves in with a good chance of victory.

However, eventually the loss of wickets knocked them back and they fell short with all five Kochi bowlers used - Kumar, Singh, Jadeja, Romesh Pawar, Muttiah Muralitharan - taking at least one wicket.