Kochi made a sluggish start but ended up triumphant against Kolkata beating them by 17 runs during the 45th IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Thursday. Score | PhotosChasing 157, Kolkata could only manage to score 139/7 despite a fine 66 by Eoin Morgan.Kolkata openers Jacques Kallis and Eoin Morgan started the run chase on a high note. The two were making sure that the required run rate was well within control and were accelerating at the same time. In 10 overs the Kolkata scored was 69/0.Finally in the 11th over, Raiphi Gomez did more than what Kochi wanted. He not only scalped Kallis (45), but also got rid of captain Gautam Gambhir on the next ball to put firm brakes on the Kolkata charge. And Kolkata slumped to 69/2.But, Morgan isn’t the kind of batsman, who can be curtailed for long. A few balls later, he once again upped the tempo. He chose RP Singh for his blitz and hit a four and six off him in the 12th over bring the Kolkata chase back on track.Manoj Tiwary departed without making a major contribution to the team total. He wanted to pull R Vinay Kumar across the fence but ended up edging it to Brendon McCullum at mid-wicket for 1. Kolkata were 97/3 at the stage.Finally, in the 19th over Morgan fell, run out in R Vinay Kumar’s over after scoring a fine 66. His 51-ball innings was decorated with eight fours and two over the fence shots. Next ball, Yusuf Pathan fell to an R Vinay Kumar ball on 17 when the team total was 132/5.advertisementBrett Lee ended up getting run out on the third ball of the last over and Mark Boucher on the last as Kolkata finished with 139/7 on board.And Kochi ended their victory streak with a 17-run win at home at the Nehru Stadium.Kochi inningsCaptain Mahela Jayawardene’s dogged 55 Brad Hodge’s late charge helped Kochi post 156/5 against Kolkata in their IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Thursday. Live scoreEarlier, Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field. And he got to see the result of his decision early when Kochi opener Breondon McCullum was scalped by Jaidev Unadkat in the second over when the Kochi score was 6.Unadkat struck again on the second ball of the seventh over to despatch Parthiv Patel on 21 with Rajat Bhatia taking a fine catch at mid-wicket. Kochi were 30/2 at the stage.In the 12th over Michael Klinger, in a bid to up the run rate, charged away at Yusuf Pathan and ended up holing out in the deep to Iqbal Abdulla, who took a good catch inches away from the ropes. Klinger fell on 29 and Kochi fell to 81/3.There was no respite for the Kochi batsmen as Kolkata bowlers pressed on. Ravindra Jadeja, who is known for his quick-fire batting, too could not stay in the middle for long and fell in the 15th over off Ranji Trophy veteran Rajat Bhatia’s ball and Kochi were down to 96/4.In the penultimate over of the innings captain Mahela Jayawardene, who was holding fort with gusto, got run out after posting a dogged 55. Kochi were 134/5 at the stage.But, in the last over of the innings, Brad Hodge hit his Australian team-mates for a couple of fours and sixes as Kochi amassed 22 runs of it and finish the innings with a fine 156/5 on board.