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Tuskers hopes slump after batting collapse

The Kochi Tuskers Kerala suffered a middle order collapse to hand the Royal Challengers Bangalore the upper hand after being restricted to a total of 125-9.

Having won the toss, the Tuskers got off to a great start thanks to an opening stand of 43 between Brendon McCullum and Michael Klinger.

The pair were scoring at over eight an over until Daniel Vettori struck in the 6th over to remove McCullum (22) who spooned an easy catch to Arun Karthik at short third man.

Parthiv Patel could have followed five deliveries later after he was caught by Chris Gayle at midwicket but the new batsman was reprieved after Abhimanyu Mithun bowled a front foot no ball.

Despite the let off the Royal Challengers took control of the game as the Tuskers lost three wickets in the space of 16 deliveries to slip from 64-1 from 73-4.

Klinger (24) was the first to go after he was bowled by Chris Gayle in the 9th over before Vettori struck to claim the big wicket of Mahela Jayawardene who edged a delivery from the Royal Challengers skipper through to wicket keeper AB de Villiers.

With wickets tumbling Patelís reprieve soon ended when he was run out de Villiers after Brad Hodge took a quick single; with Patel stranded in the middle of the wicket de Villiers took the bails off with a one handed diving flick.

Hodge and Ravindra Jadeja held up the Royal Challengers charge with a 5th wicket stand of 16 but the visitorís slump continued when Hodge (5) was caught by Zaheer Khan at short fine leg.

Raiphi Gomez (7) and Vinay Kumar (3) quickly followed as the Tuskers innings petered out to leave the Royal Challengers facing a simple run chase.

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