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Kochi Tuskers beat Mumbai Indians for maiden IPL win

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Brendon McCullum and Mahela Jayawardene cracked brilliant half centuries to put into shade the maiden ton of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar in the shortest form of the game as Kochi Tuskers Kerala easily chased down a mammoth target of 183 to beat Mumbai Indians by eight wickets with one over left in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

Chasing the target of 183 for victory, Kochi Tuskers made 184 for two in 19 overs with R Jadeja on 25 and Brad Hodge on 11 at the crease when the winning runs were hit.

With this win, Kochi Tuskers registered their first victory in three matches, while for Mumbai Indians this was their first loss in three matches of the fourth edition of IPL.

Kochi Tuskers opener McCullum looked forward to take the battle to the opposition, but Lasith Malinga nearly got a wicket again with his first ball when he fired in a yorker to McCullum who squeezed it away towards Rohit Sharma at first slip, but was lucky as the fielder dropped a hard chance.

McCullum with this lucky break then decided to attack Malinga and smashed the Lankan seamer for 3 fours in his second over, the third of the innings, which was finished off by Jayawardene adding another boundary off the last ball of the over to get the chase underway in right earnest.

Munaf Patel at the other end continued to impress with his line and length giving away just 6 runs in his first two overs to keep a check on the Tuskers' scoring and with left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza also bowling tidily, Kochi's run rate was kept under check.

However, the introduction of Keiron Pollard in the sixth over once again saw the Tuskers openers attack the slow medium pace of the West Indian hitting him for three boundaries in his first over which also saw Jayawardene being dropped by Murtaza at backward point failing to latch on to an upper dab.

Murtaza dived to his right and got two hands to it but could not hold onto it and to rub salt into the wounds, the ball went to the point boundary for another four. Kochi Tuskers brought up their 50 in 6 overs.

McCullum then brought up his half century in just 41 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes as Kochi Tuskers pressed on the accelerator with the 100 of the innings coming up in the 12th over to set the stage for a thrilling finish.

The Kochi Tuskers captain Jayawardene then brought up his half century in just 30 balls with eight hits to the fence. Jayawardene who hit a classy century in the World Cup final was again elegance personified.

Malinga was brought back in the 14th over in hope of a breakthrough and though he went for 13 runs in the over he managed his trademark yorker to get rid of Mahela Jayawardene for 56 which came in 36 balls with nine hits to the fence to leave Kochi Tuskers on 128 for one.

Malinga coming back for his final over in the 18th over of the innings with McCullum in tremendous form got the breakthrough once again for Mumbai Indians, castling McCullum as the New Zealander tried a scoop over short fine leg but missed the ball and was bowled.

McCullum made 81 off just 60 balls with 10 fours and 2 sixes to leave Kochi Tuskers on 156 for two, still needing 27 runs in 2.5 overs.

Hodge, the new man in, kept the pressure on the Mumbai Indians with two boundaries in Malinga's over as Kochi Tuskers now needed 19 runs of the last two overs.

Jadeja then finished off the match hitting Murtaza for a four and 2 sixes as Kochi Tuskers registered their first win with one over to spare.

Earlier, a masterly century by batting maestro Tendulkar, his first ever century in the shortest version of the game, saw Mumbai Indians pile up a mammoth score of 182 for two.

Put in to bat by Kochi Tuskers, Mumbai Indians rode on the brilliant 66- ball 100 by Tendulkar and his 116-run second wicket partnership with Ambatti Rayudu who made 53 of 33 balls with three fours and four sixers to set up the mammoth total.

Mumbai Indians were given a rollicking start by Tendulkar and Davy Jacobs as they put on 61 runs in 8.2 overs before Jacobs was bowled by R Gomez for 12.

Rayudu then joined Sachin and the two put the bowling attack to the sword and it rained fours and sixes at the Wankhede stadium as the two put on 116 runs in just 11.2 overs before Rayudu was run out for 53.

Tendulkar remained unbeaten on 100 from 66 balls with 12 boundaries and three sixes as the Kochi Tuskers bowlers wilted under the onslaught of the master who made them pay after missing out on a ton in the World Cup final on the same ground.

R P Singh was the only bowler who kept things in check by giving away just 15 runs in his four overs.

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