Abu Dhabi, October 18
Lockie Ferguson produced one of the most incredible bowling performances of this IPL edition to lead Kolkata Knight Riders to a thrilling Super Over win over Sunrisers Hyderabad here today.
Ferguson took just three deliveries to dismiss David Warner and Abdul Samad in the Super Over, leaving KKR with only a three run-target to chase.
The match was pushed to the Super Over after SRH scored 17 runs off the final over, bowled by Andre Russell, to level the scores at 163.
Ferguson was magnificent during the regulation 20 overs also as his 3/15 in 4 overs had SRH in all sorts of trouble. He dismissed Kane Williamson with a short ball, got rid of Priyam Garg with a slower one and saw the back of Manish Pandey with a yorker.
His five wickets in the game got KKR the much-needed two points, while Sunrisers are in serious danger of missing the playoffs.
Earlier, ex-captain Dinesh Karthik and skipper Eoin Morgan helped Kolkata Knight Riders score 163/5 after being put in to bat. Karthik (29 not out) and Morgan (34 off 23 balls) joined forces at 105/4 and added 58 runs in the last five overs.
T Natarajan (2/40) was the most successful bowler but it was Vijay Shankar (1/20) who was the most economical.
Rahul Tripathi (23 off 15 balls) gave the first charge in the Powerplay, while Shubman Gill (36 off 37 balls) struggled to time the ball.
Chasing a 164-run target, Jonny Bairstow (36) and Williamson (29) gave SRH a great start, adding 58 for the opening wicket. But things slowed down as SRH lost wickets at regular intervals before a late onslaught from Warner (47 off 33) and Samad (23 off 15) helped SRH even the scores.
Brief scores: KKR: 163/5 (Gill 36, Morgan 34, Karthik 29*; Natarajan 2/40);
SRH: 163/6 (Warner 47*, Bairstow 36; Ferguson 3/15).
Super Over: SRH: 2/2 (Ferguson 2/2); KKR: 3/0.— PTI
MI score 176 against KXIP
Dubai: Electing to bat, Mumbai Indians scored 176/6 in their IPL match against Kings XI Punjab here today.
Brief scores: MI: 176/6 (Quinton de Kock 53, Krunal Pandya 34, Kieron Pollard 34*; Mohammed Shami 2/30, Arshdeep Singh 2/35).
Narine’s bowling action cleared
Kolkata Knight Riders’ West Indian spinner Sunil Narine was today cleared by the IPL’s suspect bowling action committee after being reported last week. Narine was reported for a suspect action last Saturday and another such instance could have led him to being barred from bowling in the league.
Bravo out for couple of weeks?
Chennai Super Kings’ Dwayne Bravo could be “out for a few days or a couple of weeks” due to a groin injury, according to head coach Stephen Fleming. Bravo’s inability to bowl the final over cost CSK the game on Saturday as Delhi Capitals knocked off the required 17 runs. pti