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FERGUSON STARS IN KKR’S SUPER OVER WIN

Ferguson struck first ball for KKR en route to figures of 3/15 in four overs as SRH tied the match.

KKR captain Eoin Morgan (left) had Lockie Ferguson to thank for the win. (@KKRiders/Twitter)

In his first game of IPL 2020, New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson made an immediate impact to star in Kolkata Knight Riders’ Super Over win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Ferguson – playing in place of Chris Green – struck first ball for KKR en route to figures of 3/15 in four overs as SRH tied the match after full time, and then in the Super Over, the on-song quick bowled David Warner and Abdul Samad to set KKR a target of three.

Set a target of 164 after a fifth-wicket partnership of 58 between new captain Eoin Morgan (34 off 23 balls) and Dinesh Karthik (29* off 14), SRH stumbled their way to 163/6 in 20 overs, with Warner not out on 47 off 33 balls having batted at No 4. The tie was followed by the fourth Super Over of IPL 2020, which Ferguson sealed for KKR with a terrific display.

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Given the seventh over, Ferguson found success with his first ball as Kane Williamson (29) uppercut straight to third man to end a stand of 58 with Jonny Bairstow. In his second over, Ferguson fooled Priyam Garg with a clever change of pace and in his third, a pin-point yorker did for Manish Pandey. In between Ferguson’s second and third wickets, Bairstow (36) lofted Varun Chakravarthy straight to Andre Russell at long-off.

Warner was left to carry the innings as Vijay Shankar top-edged Pat Cummins to point, and did so well in the company of Samad who struck 23 from 15 balls. Warner ran hard and dabbed the ball into open spaces, and lofted over the infield to take the chase down to the last over. SRH needed 18 from the last over, bowled by Russell, and Warner slapped three fours in a row to reduce the asking to four from two. The penultimate ball was heaved down the ground for two, and off the last Warner could only managed a leg bye to force the Super Over.

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That KKR got as far as 163 owed to the Morgan-Karthik stand which saw the pair take 58 off the last five overs, of which 16 came in the last of the innings. Scoring was difficult during the middle overs on a somewhat sluggish Abu Dhabi surface and SRH’s bowlers, led by Shankar and Rashid Khan, did a good job until Morgan and Karthik cut loose.

The pair used the crease to manufacture shots, the pick of the lot being Karthik’s swatted six off Sandeep Sharma over square leg. Karthik, who this week relinquished the KKR captaincy to Morgan, scored 18 off his last six balls faced and Morgan did superbly to attack Basil Thampi in the 20th over of the KKR innings.

This strong finished was what KKR needed after Shubman Gill (36), Rahul Tripathi (23) and Nitish Rana (29) fell after getting starts. Credit is due to Shankar, who for the first time in his IPL career bowled four overs; he slowed down his pace craftily to slow down the KKR openers and won Rana’s wicket. Gill struggled to accelerate and fell to Rashid and T Natarajan continued his impress IPL with wickets of Tripathi and Russell.

Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 163/5 in 20 overs (Gill 36, Morgan 34, Karthik 29*) drew with Sunrisers Hyderabad 163/6 in 20 overs (Warner 47*, Ferguson 3/15). KKR won the Super Over. 

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