Battle of the South
Kochi Tuskers Kerala defeat Chennai Super Kings by a comfortable 7 wicket in a rain interuppted match.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala are proving to be quite a good team and they proved it again yesterday as they beat the 2010 IPL Champions [SCORECARD], Chennai Super Kings at home. In a rain shorted match, Kochi came out ahead virtually in all departments and look more like a team contending for the title.
Kochi fielded first and bowled well with the new ball. R.P. Singh got some good swing movement and it looked like the old RP we all know had returned. He got Micheal Hussey and registered his first wicket this season. Raina and Vijay then strung a good partnership, but Vijay departed to a beauty from Perera just as he was looking dangerous. With rain starting to fall down heavily the match was interrupted with the match still in balance. When the rain did stop, the match was reduced to a 17 over affair and CSK managed a decent 131, on the back of a Raina half century.
Kochi once again opened with Jayawardna and McCullum and they got into their strides in no time. Jayawardna fell in the 5th over to Ashwin, but the Chennai bowlers got no reprieve as McCullum started punishing the bowlers with some brutal strokes. Parthiv Patel gave him good company and together they added 51 runs. Patel was also at his classy best until he fell to a pull of Bollinger. With a little over 20 to get, Jadeja finished the match with a small cameo that included 2 huge sixes.
With this win, Kochi look like a team to watch out for, while Chennai are left with some unanswered questions. But I must admit this Kochi team does look good when Sreesanth sits out in the dug out.