Chasing 130 runs to win, hosts Kochi Tuskers Kerala got off to a horror start by losing as many as six wickets in the first six overs that put Deccan Chargers right on top in the Indian Premier League match here on Wednesday.
Ishant Sharma was the tormentor-in-chief claiming five of the six wickets to fall as Mahela Jayawardene watched the procession standing at the other end. But it was Dale Steyn who started the carnage with the wicket of Brendon McCullum.
Kochi Tuskers' bowlers put up an impressive show as they managed to restrict visiting Deccan Chargers to a manageable 129/7 after their skipper Mahela Jayawardene elected to chase here on Wednesday.
RP Singh removed Deccan Chargers' openers early in the innings as he got rid of Sunny Sohal and Shikhar Dhawan to get Kochi Tuskers off to a perfect start.
Bowling against his former employer, Singh first caught Sohal plumb in front and then got Dhawan to miscue one for a simple catch to Raiphi Gomez to reduce the visitors to 6/2.
Earlier, skipper of this IPL's giant killers Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Mahela Jayawardene, decided to invite Kumar Sangakkara's team to bat first.
With the tournament hitting midway, the Chargers are in serious need of resurrection before it gets too late for them. While talks of Sangakkara returning to join his national side haven't helped the team's focus, the skipper would like to lead from example and leave an impression before he leaves the Indian shores.
The Tuskers - who were on a roll having beaten Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata - hit a roadblock in their last match at Jaipur where they lost to the Rajasthan Royals. Brendon McCullum - who missed that match - made a welcome return at the top of the order where he will accompany skipper Jayawardene.
The Chargers opted to go with an extra pacer in the form of Manpreet Gony, which means Pragyan Ojha was left out of the XI.