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IPL: Kochi Tuskers thrash Delhi Daredevils by 7 wickets


A simply outstanding all-around performance by Kochi Tuskers Kerala helped them to score an emphatic 7-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here tonight.


Kochi achieved the target of 141 with 30 balls to spare and jumped to the sixth spot in the points table.


Brendon McCullum (37 runs off 19 balls) and Parthiv Patel (37 runs off 31 balls) were the top scorers for Kochi.


Tuskers were off to a flying start after they restricted Daredevils to a low total of 140 for six wickets in their 20 overs.


McCullum hit the Delhi bowlers all over the park to lead the Tuskers' run chase. However, Delhi pacer Morne Morkel dismissed the in-form McCullum to reduce the visiting team to 61-1 in 5.1 overs.


Spinner van der Merwe dismissed the other opener, Michael Klinger (18) plump leg before the wicket for in the seventh over to give some relief to the home team. Kochi skipper Mahel Jayawardhene (7) was needlessly run out, before Patel and Brad Hodge (24) killed off any Delhi dreams of a comeback with an unbroken 52-run stand.


The result leaves Delhi needing five wins in their remaining matches to reach the final four.


Earlier, a fine bowling display by Tuskers helped them restrict Daredevils to 140 for six wickets in 20 overs.


Tuskers' left-arm paceman Prasanth Parameswaran impressed on his debut with figures of two for 29, including the important wicket of Virender Sehwag (15), while Vinay Kumar also chipped in with two for 25.


R P Singh (1-28) and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth (1-24) also played their part in restricting the home team.


After opting to bowl first, Tuskers’ pacers shared wicket apiece early in the innings to reduce the hosts to 43 for three in 6.2 overs.


Delhi lost their top three batsmen cheaply with Sehwag, David Warner (13) and Naman Ojha (13) all failing to build on decent starts.


Rao and Yogesh Nagar (18) then shared in a sensible 54-run fourth-wicket partnership, before Nagar top-edged an attempted pull shot off the bowling of Kumar and was caught at fine leg.


Rao top-scored for Delhi but his knock was far from the most fluent innings the right-hander has played and he perished when he was caught at midwicket off the bowling of Parameswaran.


Australian Travis Birt briefly threatened to break loose with a breezy knock of 27 off 15 deliveries but he fell to the bowling of Kumar when the left-handed batsman was smartly caught by a diving keeper Parthiv Patel.


Singh was tasked with bowling the last over and, in keeping with the general theme of the innings, Irfan Pathan (5 not out) and Roelof van der Merwe (2 not out) could only cobble together five runs.


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