x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Warne and Rajasthan sent tumbling thanks to Hodge

Brad Hodge starred with ball and bat for Kochi Tuskers Kerala to dump Shane Warne's Rajasthan Royals out of the Indian Premier League in Indore.

Brad Hodge starred with ball and bat for Kochi Tuskers Kerala to dump Shane Warne's Rajasthan Royals out of the Indian Premier League in Indore.

Warne's fellow Australian Hodge, with his occasional off-spin, was the pick of the Kochi bowlers, taking four for 13 from four overs as the Royals were rolled over for a paltry 97 in 18.3 overs.

Hodge then plundered an unbeaten 33 from 17 balls to secure an emphatic eight-wicket victory - with 76 balls remaining - which kept alive Kochi's hopes in the competition.

"To lose four games in a row, we've just made too many mistakes," said Warne after the game. "Probably one of those nights when you were 100-120 [runs] short.

"We can only try as much as we can. Disappointing for the fans."

Kochi won the toss and opted to field first, and the decision paid dividends as they dismissed Rajasthan for a below-par total on a good pitch. Warne himself, contributed just two to the cause before being bowled by Hodge. Attempting to sweep it square, the 41-year-old got an inside edge onto the off stump.

"Warne's got me out plenty of times," Hodge said. "I got lucky, to be honest."