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Kolkata Knight Riders 163 for 5 (Gill 36, Morgan 34, Karthik 29*, Natarajan 2-40) tied with Sunrisers Hyderabad 163 for 6 (Warner 47*, Bairstow 36, Ferguson 3-15)
Super Over Kolkata Knight Riders 3 for 0 whip Sunrisers Hyderabad 2 for 2
Two mid-table sides separated by just two points. Two misfiring middle orders. Two squads unable to use their reserve out of the country players in the most productive conceivable way. Two teams that were neck and neck with three wins every against every other since 2018. What happened when they met on Sunday evening? A Super Over, of class lesson.
Lockie Ferguson made that one-over face-off a one-sided affair though. Playing his first match in over seven months, Ferguson, in the space of three balls, first removed David Warner’s off stump to hand him a golden duck and then hit the base of Abdul Samad’s middle stump with a full and slower delivery, with only two runs allowed in between. A unmarried from Eoin Morgan and two leg-byes off Dinesh Karthik’s pads with a fumble at short-fine leg gave the Kolkata Knight Riders two points from the third Super Over of the season to retain them on fourth place on the points table.
Ferguson had earlier dented the Sunrisers Hyderabad chase of 164 with a spectacular spell of fast bowling that read 4-0-3-15 without conceding a unmarried boundary. Ferguson did the damage against a tweaked Sunrisers line-up that saw Kane Williamson open with Jonny Bairstow, and Warner push himself down to No. 4. He allowed just seven in the 18th over when the Sunrisers needed 37 from 18. With 30 to win from 12, Samad and Warner targeted Shivam Mavi on the off side for two fours before the former fell off the final ball of the over – another dismissal that featured Ferguson. Samad had clubbed a full toss to deep midwicket where Ferguson pouched the ball correct within the rope before carefully lobbing it to Shubman Gill when he missing balance.
Warner had struck only two fours in his 28-ball 33 when the final over started with Andre Russell bowling a big wide out of doors off to Rashid Khan from around the wicket which used to be later called a no-ball. Once Warner got strike, he first found the cow-corner boundary, then hammered a length delivery past the bowler and then whipped an innocuous-looking leg-stump delivery for the third four in a row. With four to receive off two, Warner took a double but couldn’t get bat on the final ball and settled for one leg-bye when Russell nipped the ball into his pads. It used to be time for a Super Over.
Sunrisers’ Williamson experiment Slow starts, an inexperienced middle order, and Warner not taking a look at his best made the Sunrisers change their line-up. Williamson, who used to be carrying a hamstring niggle, took charge at the top with fluent strokeplay, hitting consecutive fours off Mavi, while Bairstow muscled Varun Chakravarthy off the back foot. The duo also attacked Russell and Pat Cummins together to finish the sixth over on 58, of which 46 came in boundaries, and used to be the Knight Riders’ fourth consecutive powerplay without a wicket.
But then came Ferguson in the seventh over. Williamson upper cut his first ball to third man to end an enterprising 19-ball 29 that saw Priyam Garg come in at No. 3. Garg couldn’t last longer than seven balls as Ferguson’s slower delivery rammed into his stumps and, four balls later, Bairstow found long-off against Chakravarthy.
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