Lockie Ferguson’s splendid bowling exhibition in the Super Over controlled KKR to a thrilling win over SunRisers Hyderabad in IPL at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

KKR openers Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi gave their side a firm start after SRH skipper David Warner elected to bowl after winning the toss. T Natarajan cleaned up Rahul Tripathi on the last ball of the Powerplay to give SRH first breakthrough. Nitish Rana took charge to SRH strike bowler Rashid Khan, smashing him for a couple of boundaries.

The leg-spinner came back well and broke the partnership dismissing Gill in his next over, thanks to a superb catch taken by Priyam Garg in the deep. Vijay Shankar got rid of Rana in the next over to push KKR on the backfoot. Andre Russell’s poor form with the bat in IPL 2020 continued as his miscued shot off Natarajan went straight into the hands of deep midwicket fielder.

Dinesh Karthik (29* off 14) and current captain Eoin Morgan (34 off 23) stitched a crucial partnership that helped them reach a competitive total of 163/5 against SunRisers Hyderabad.

Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow got SunRisers Hyderabad off to a swift start, scoring 57/0 in the Powerplay.

However, Lockie Ferguson, playing his first game of the season, dented two wickets in quick succession to pull things back for KKR. He got rid of Williamson on his very first ball and then cleaned up Priyam Garg to hand KKR double blow. Varun Chakravarthy dismissed Bairstow to push SRH further on the back foot. Ferguson got his third wicket when he clean bowled Manish Pandey with a yorker.

Skipper David Warner 47* runs off 33 balls played a magnificent Inning for his team and lasted till 20 over. Andre Russell was injured and off the field for a while but returned to bowl the final over of the innings. With the KKR allrounder not 100% fit, the decision seemed to have backfired initially after Warner knocked him for three consecutive boundaries. But with two runs needed off the final delivery, Warner couldn’t connect and we now have ourselves a Super Over.

It was no wonder to see Lockie Ferguson given the obligation of bowling the Super Over for KKR after his excellent performance with the ball during the 20-over match. And he was superb once again, dismissing David Warner and Abdul Samad as SRH’s over lasted just three deliveries.

Lockie Ferguson | Man of the Match: The team has been going good. Pleasure to get an opportunity and do well. We’ve obviously had a big sit with no cricket which is interesting back home. Had a couple of warm-ups and a lot of training sessions. Always getting David Warner, especially start of the Super Over was satisfying. It’s great having Morgs, we’ve both been part of this. Was good to use of his experience. Will take this win, enjoy tonight. It was a tough win on a very tough wicket.

David Warner | losing captain: I don’t know where to start. That was too good a game. We probably leaked a few too many towards the back end but for us it’s about trying to finish games. We’ve come too close in the last three games and we haven’t got across the line. I am quite disappointed. I stick by my decision (of bowling first). Obviously coming away from Dubai, this wicket here looked like a nice batting wicket and wasn’t gonna change too much. To be honest, it didn’t. It held up a little bit in the middle overs but at the end of the day, there’s no excuse. I thought 165-170 was a par total and you saw that towards the back end, we lost wickets at the crucial time again. He’s (Williamson) got a niggle near the top end of the adductors, so hopefully he gets some physio treatment in the next couple of days and comes up for our next game.

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