Abu Dhabi: A fast and furious Lockie Ferguson delivered one of the most incredible bowling performances of this IPL version to lead Kolkata Knight Riders to an exciting Super Over victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad here.
Ferguson was the “Knight in Shining Armor” with his storage of alternation when he fired David Warner and Abdul Samad in the Super Over, leaving KKR only three times behind. That was after David Warner’s unbeaten 47 and 18 runs from the final Andre Russell was over, seeing Sunrisers equalize the scores at 163 with KKR in the set 20 overs.
Ferguson was great during the usual 20 overs, as his 3/15 in 4 overs had SRH in all sorts of trouble. He bowled a first game in which he sacked Kane Williamson with a short ball, got rid of Priyam Garg with a slower and saw the back of Manish Pandey with a worker. His five wickets in the match gave KKR the much-needed two points to take their score to 10, while Sunrisers remained at 6 points and were in danger of missing the playoffs.
Earlier, the carefree approach of ex-captain Dinesh Karthik was well complemented by skipper Eoin Morgan, when Kolkata Knight Riders scored a par 163 for five after being put in the bat. Karthik (29 not out) and Morgan (34 off 23 balls) tied at 105 for four powers and added 58 runs in the last five overs after 150 seemed a high order at one stage.
Morgan’s innings had three fours and a six over Basil Thampi’s midfield, while Karthik struck a couple of sixes and an equal number of boundaries. T Natarajan (2/40) was the most successful bowler, but it was Vijay Shankar (1/20 in 4 overs) who was the most economical.
Rahul Tripathi (23 off 15 balls) gave the first stroke in Powerplay when he hit Natarajan for a straight six and pulled a boundary, while Shubman Gill (36 off 37 balls) struggled to give the ball time , except for an ear of Thampi three consecutive fours. Tripathi could not maintain the momentum as an ugly crossbar from Natarajan only ended when the bail flew away. Gill, however, found it difficult to pull up after the flurry of fours.
Nitish Rana (29 off 19 balls) looked good after a gap of few games. He immediately took on the best bowler Rashid Khan and immediately deposited him for a six and also found some boundaries. But Gill’s inability to rotate a strike put KKR in trouble when he tried a shot from Rashid.
Priyam Garg runs to the left of long road and takes a dazzling dive to see the opener’s back. Gill’s dismissal was followed by Rana’s making an incorrect timing of Vijay Shankar and being caught again by Garg, who ran forward to take a well-rated catch. Andre Russell (9 off 11 balls)’s season only got worse and worse when his shot from Natarajan’s slower one ended up in Shankar’s hands at the deep midfield boundary. From a stable 87 for 1 in the 12th over, KKR dropped to 105 for 4 at the end of the 15th over.