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16-May-2011 02:17:00 GMT
Kochi v Rajasthan, IPL 2011, Indore

Kochi Knock Woeful Rajasthan Out

Indore: Scores are settled now. Rajasthan Royals had beaten Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Jaipur in the first leg, and the Tuskers avenged the defeat in style by mauling the Shane Warne side at 'home' on Sunday.

The huge eight-wicket victory by Tuskers in their penultimate match at the Holkar Stadium meant Royals have now lost all hopes of reaching the playoff stage. They have now joined the 'losers' list of Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors, Deccan Chargers and the Tuskers.

Tuskers produced a clinical performance but their outstanding show was too late to save them from staying in the hunt for playoffs. Brad Hodge, known more for his batting prowess, produced one of the most impressive bowling performances of this edition to bag four wickets as Rajasthan Royals were bundled out for mere 97.

Thanks to Hodge's remarkable spell of 4-13, Kochi looked a completely different side compared to Friday when they lost a high-scoring encounter against Kings XI Punjab by a margin of six wickets at the same venue.

A couple of days back the same bowling attack, barring the exception of RP Singh, was thrashed mercilessly by the Dinesh Karthik and Company. But on Sunday, they were spot on from the word go.

Hodge made the day memorable for himself when he excelled with the willow too as Tuskers romped home in just 7.2 overs. He hammered an unbeaten 33 off just 17 balls and in the company of Parthiv Patel (21 not out) and knocked out the required runs with utmost ease.

Earlier, Brad Hodge took 4 wickets for 13 runs to help Kochi Tuskers Kerala bowled Rajasthan Royals out for 97.

Hodge dismissed Ashok Menaria (31), Shane Warne (2), Jacob Oram (0) and Pinal Shah (5) to lead the disciplined Kochi bowlers as they bundled out the Royals in 18.3 overs. Hodge also inflicted a run out of Ankeet Chavan (1) to go with four wickets.

Menaria top-scored for Rajasthan as he hit a six and three boundaries in his 28-ball 31 runs innings. Shane Watson was the other main contributor for the Royals as he smashed three huge sixes in his 13-ball 20 cameo.

Sent in to bat, Rajasthan lost wickets at regular intervals and failed to build any substantial partnership.

Sreesanth (2-16) and Parameswaran (2-20) shared two Royals wickets each whereas RP Singh (1-17) took the remaining one scalp.

Kochi made two changes as injured Vinay Kumar and Raiphi Gomez are rested. Local boys Prasanth Padmanabhan and Gnaneswara Rao are included in the playing eleven for the Tuskers.

Brief scores
Rajasthan Royals
97 (Menaria 31, Hodge 4-13, Sreesanth 2-16)
Kochi Tuskers Kerala 98 for 2 (Hodge 33*)
Results Kochi Tuskers Kerala won by 8 wickets
MOM Brad Hodge (Kochi Tuskers Kerala)
Points Kochi Tuskers Kerala 2, Rajasthan Royals 0

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