In the battle of the two Ks, Kings XI Punjab got the better of Kochi Tuskers Kerala by an impressive six wicket margin in a high scoring game at Indore. The win means Kings XI’s chances of making it to the next round remain faint but alive at the same time. The win was set up an excellent effort by Dinesh Karthik and his smashing 111 run stand with Shaun Marsh, which ensured Punjab beat Kochi easily, on a typical batting surface at Indore.
Karthik and Marsh’s brutal partnership made sure that the equally impressive effort of Mahela Jayawardene earlier in the day went in vain. Kochi’s skipper made a stroke filled 76, combined with his usual well timed strokes. The innings was punctuated with graceful flicks, cursory lofted hits and also featured some crispy hits, which was primarily responsible for Kochi lifting themselves to 178.
In reply, Punjab were dealt with some early blows, but Karthik and Marsh counter attacked with great purpose and knocked Kochi out of the game. They took on the bowlers with ease and made sure that a minimum of one four came per over, during their stint at the crease together. A few overs, they scored at much better than a boundary per over. Marsh comfortably drove length deliveries all over; he got plenty while Karthik slammed the short balls to all parts of the ground.
Karthik hit the ball very hard of the two, and raced to a well deserved half century with a slashing stroke to midwicket. The two batted so fiercely that Punjab at one stage needed to score only at a run a ball to clinch victory. However, RP Singh who had claimed two wickets earlier, came back to send back both and rejuvenate Kochi’s hope. However, David Hussey and Mandeep Singh ensured there were no further hiccups as Punjab got home rather easily in the end.
Kochi themselves got off to a great start, as their openers put on 93 for the first wicket. Brendon McCullum, Ravindra Jadeja and Owais Shah all assisted Jayawardene as Kochi ran riot. Shah slammed 23 in only 11 balls. However, his run out resulted in Kochi ending well below 200, eventually it made big difference to the result of the match.
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