Tuskers take revenge, spank Delhi by 7 wickets

Tuskers take revenge, spank Delhi by 7 wickets

New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils’ play-off hopes suffered a jolt as Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK) snapped their three-match losing streak by thrashing the hosts by seven wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Monday.

Daredevils’ middle-order let them down yet again as the hosts just about managed to score a modest 140 for six after being invited to bat at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground.

In reply, Tuskers overhauled the target in just 15 overs with Parthiv Patel scoring an unbeaten 37, thus avenging their defeat at the hands of the same team on Saturday.

Kochi, who were languishing at ninth place in the points table, have now moved up to sixth, while Delhi slipped to eighth.

Delhi had revived their campaign with a win over Tuskers at their den but Monday’s defeat means they will have to win perhaps all the remaining five matches to qualify for the play-offs.

With Brendon McCullum (37 off 19) in full flow, Kochi raced to 53 in just four overs and the Kiwi, with his opening partner Michael Klinger (18), put on 61 runs off just 5.1 overs to give his side a flying start.

After smashing Morne Morkel for three fours in the second over, the Kiwi batsman clobbered Umesh Yadav’s first over for 23 runs as he hit the Delhi paceman for two sixes and as many fours.

Klinger joined the party by reeling two boundaries off Irfan Pathan but Morkel returned for his second spell to dismiss McCullum in the first ball.

Trying to hit Morkel out of the park, McCullum went for a pull but mis-timed the shot and the ball landed in the hands of Yadav at mid-on.

Klinger joined his opening partner in the dugout with Roelof van der Merwe trapping him in the very first ball of his spell.

But by that time, Kochi had put on 71 runs and the stage was set for an easy win.

Skipper Mahela Jayawardene (7) was run out right after surviving a confident leg-before appeal from Merwe, which brought Brad Hodge to the crease.

Patel and Hodge then played sensibly and steered the side to easy win with their 52-run unconquered fourth-wicket partnership.

Patel’s knock came off 31 balls and had five boundaries in it while Hodge scored 24 off 13 and hit three shots to the fence.