New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson makes his mark on his debut for Kolkata Knight Riders as they secure their 5th victory in 2020 IPL in a thrilling Super Over showdown against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
KKR’s slow start receives a boost from Morgan-DK duo
SRH had won the toss and elected to field first. Although Shubman Gill started KKR’s innings with a slow 36-off-37, his opening partner Rahul Tripathi scored a quick 16-ball-23 to get their score in motion. Nitish Rana (29) landed some hits, while the out-of-form Andre Russell (9) disappointed again. The new captain Eoin Morgan (34) partnered with the former skipper Dinesh Karthik (29) to land some big hits to propel their total to 163 at the end.
T Natarajan secured the wickets of Tripathi and Russell, while Rashid Khan and Vijay Shankar picked off Gill and Rana while also maintaining good economy rates. Basil Thampi dismissed Morgan at the last ball of the innings.
David Warner’s fireworks at the chase ended on equal scores
Sunrisers started their chase with Jonny Bairstow raining fours (36-off-28) joined by Kane Williamson in the opening (29). Warner went down the batting order and came in 4th and led the chase with a superb 33-ball-47 along with the young Abdul Samad, who landed some important hits. However, tying the score at 163, the game went into super over.
Lockie Ferguson catalyses KKR’s victory with five wickets combined
Making his IPL 2020 debut, Lockie Ferguson became the star of KKR’s defence, picking the vital wickets of Williamson, Priyam Garg and Manish Pandey during SRH’s innings with a stunning 3.75 economy rate. Cummins, Mavi and Varun Chakravarthy each secured one wicket.
The Kiwi pacer again made the difference in the super over, exhausting SRH out of their two wickets while only pitching out two runs.
With a target of just three and facing Rashid Khan, the Morgan-DK duo finished off the easy work.
Kolkata Knight Riders- 163/5 (20 overs) (Shubman Gill 36; T. Natarajan 2-40)
Sunrisers Hyderabad- 163/6 (20 overs) (David Warner 47*, Lockie Ferguson 3-15)