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IPL: Kochi Tuskers beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 17 runs

Hosts Kochi Tuskers Kerala scored a convincing 17-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium here today.

Batting first, Kochi made 156 for five wickets, with skipper Mahela Jayawardene topscoring with 55, made off 41 balls with two fours and two sixes.

Brad Hodge contributed 35, made off 19 balls with three fours and two sixes, Michael Klinger 29 and Parthiv Patel 21.

Chasing a competitive 157 for victory, KKR could manage only 139 for seven wickets from their 20 overs, thanks to some fine bowling by Kerala lad Raiphi Gomez (2 for 14) and R Vinay Kumar (2 for 28).

The Kochi Tuskers had beaten KKR in the previous encounter in the league at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on April 20.

Eoin Morgan topscored for Kolkata with 66 and his opening partner Jacques Kallis made 45. Yusuf Pathan (17) was the only other KKR batsman to cross into double figures.

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