Sharma, Steyn Bowl Deccan Chargers To Victory
Deccan Chargers 129-7 (Sangakkara 65) beat
Kochi Tuskers Kerala 74 (Sharma 5-12) by 55 runs
Indian Premier League 2011, Kochi
Ishant Sharma became the seventh man to take a five-wicket haul in the Indian Premier League as he demolished the Kochi Tuskers Kerala batting line-up to bowl the Deccan Chargers to a 55-run victory.
At one point, Kochi were two for four without a run having been scored off the bat and following Sharma's outstanding burst with the new ball they were 11 for six.
Chasing 130 to win after the Chargers reached 129 for seven, there was no way back and they were eventually bowled out for 74 with Dale Steyn taking three for 16.
Steyn struck first to remove Brendon McCullum (0) before Sharma dismissed Parthiv Patel (0), Raiphi Gomez (0), Brad Hodge (0) and Kedar Jadhav (0) as well as Mahela Jayawardene, who made four.
Gomez and Hodge were both bowled while Jayawardene and Patel both offered wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara catches which were gladly taken while Jadhav was trapped in front.
Kochi attempted to counter through Ravi Jadeja (23), Tissara Perera (22) and Ranganath Vinay Kumar (18) but they had been left with far too much to do.
Steyn ended the match by bowling Kumar and RP Singh with consecutive deliveries - the first of which broke the leg stumps.
Sangakkara had earlier stroked an excellent half-century, making 65 in 47 balls as the Chargers bounced back from themselves being reduced to 20 for three when Sunny Sohal (1), Shikhar Dhawan (4) and Bharat Chipli (4) all fell early.
Having been bowled on five by a Shanthakumaran Sreesanth no ball, he went on to hit ten fours and put on 90 with Cameron White (31) for the fourth wicket.
They were the only two players to reach double figures but despit a late collapse which saw four wickets fall for 17 wickets as Vinay Kumar took three for 25 they had enough runs on the board on a pitch that offered plenty to the bowlers.
The win lifted the Chargers up to sixth place in the table thanks to their third win while the Tuskers dropped to eighth as a result.
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