Lockie Ferguson’s sensational bowling spell for Kolkata Knight Riders helped the mid-placed team pull off a Super Over win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday at Abu Dhabi. A hobbling Andre Russell managed to stop David Warner to force the game to a super over, third of the season, as Sunrisers Hyderabad finished their innings at 163/6 vs Kolkata Knight Riders in their allotted 20 overs. SRH continued to bat and Ferguson destroyed Warner’s off stump in the first ball and on the third ball dismantled the stumps again to to depart Samad. KKR needed just three runs to win. Rashid bowled for SRH but barely had anything to defend as Morgan and Karthik attained an easy win for Kolkata in the Super Over.
Today, Ferguson bagged three important wickets for his team as he first removed the set Kane Williamson, then cleaned up Priyam Garg and later departed Manish Pandey to unsettle Sunrisers in the 164-run chase.
Hyderabad openers Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow gave their team a super start with a fluent 57-run opening stand but the duo of sensational fast-bowlers Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson bowled remarkably well to get wickets at regular interval and get rid of Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson and Priyam Garg hurt to put KKR on top.
Chasing 164 for the win, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson walked out to opening the innings for SRH as regular opener Warner was pushed back in the bating lineup due to consistent poor outings. Pat Cummins come out to bowl the first over. The opening partnership got the chase going for the Hyderabad as they were striking the ball really well to set the tone in 164-run chase, withing the powerplay. KKR now desperately needed a breakthrough to pull themselves back into the match.
SRH openers Williamson and Bairstow looked in great touch and added 50-plus runs in the 1st Powerplay. At the end of first six overs, Sunrisers were on top but soon Morgan’s unusual move to introduce spinner Lockie Ferguson into the attack cleaned up Williamson (19-ball 29) in the very first ball. A valuable knock by the Kiwi skipper came to an end with Nitish Rana taking a simple catch.
In his next over, Ferguson bowled a brilliant slower ball to trap Garg for and after that, Sunrisers started imploding. KKR etched their way back into the game by getting the big wicket of Jonny Bairstow, who holed out to long-on to give Varun Chakravarthy his first wicket.
Ferguson came up with a triple strike as this time he castled Manish Pandey (6) with a perfect on target off-stump yorker. The star bowler had now highly unsettled the KKR in their run-chase. Skipper Warner was joined by Vijay Shankar in the middle with them needing 75 runs off the 42 balls.
Vijay Shankar was good with the ball but failed to perform with the bat and was departed by Pat Cummins. Hyderabad’s hopes hinged on Warner and Abdul Samad. Warner smashed back-to-back boundaries to level the score and force a super over. However, his efforts vent in vain as KKR ultimately won the game in the super over.
Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad invited Kolkata Knight Riders to bat first after winning the toss in the 35th match of IPL-13, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Sunday. Hyderabad bowlers showcased great disciplined bowling to restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to 163/5 on Sunday.
SRH Playing XI: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi
KKR Playing XI: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy