Kiwi fast bowler Lockie Ferguson did wonders in his first match of this season’s Indian Premier League paralysing Sunrisers Hyderabad batting order and holding firm in the Super Over to hand Kolkata a much-important victory on Sunday.
After both teams were locked at 163 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the match had to be decided through Super Over where Ferguson took the wickets of David Warner and Abdul Samad with just two runs on board. Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Kartik collected the three runs in four deliveries from Rashid Khan.
Kolkata recovered from a sluggish start to reach 163-6, courtesy half century stand from skipper Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Kartik. Hyderabad got off to a flying start through their new opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson before Ferguson intervened to halt the proceedings.
Ferguson returned miserly figures of 3-15 before Andre Russell managed to force Super Over with Hyderabad making 163-6 in 20 overs. The fifth victory meant Kolkata were unchanged at the fourth spot with 10 points, while Hyderabad continued to live their life on the edge with just six points from nine games.
Warner had demoted himself to strengthen a brittle Hyderabad middle order and the move initially paid dividend with Bairstow and Williamson collecting important runs in the powerplays. Ferguson brought Kolkata back in the match enticing countryman Williamson for an upper cut but the New Zealand captain ended up handing a simple catch at third man to Nitish Rana.
Ferguson returned in the ninth over to clean bowl Priyam Garg and after Varun Chakravarthy got rid of Bairstow in the 10th, he bowled Manish Pandey (six) cheaply. Hyderabad headed towards a collapse at 109-5 by the 16th over but Warner and Samad brought them back in the game.
Hyderabad needed 37 runs from the last three overs and Ferguson made it difficult for them conceding just seven runs in his last and Kolkata’s 18th over. Shivam Mavi conceded 12 runs in the 19th over that saw him dismiss Samad (23) to end their 37-run partnership.
Ferguson was involved in the crucial Samad wicket when he relayed the ball to Shubam Gill at the boundary rope. Kolkata didn’t have best of the start in the final over after Andre Russell bowled a no-ball only to escape with a single in the free-hit.
Warner then hit three consecutive boundaries leaving Hyderabad to with just four to win from two balls. Warner scampered for a couple in the fifth ball but Russell contained just a leg bye in the final ball to force the Super Over.
Warner, who became the first overseas batsman to score over 5,000 runs in the Indian Premier League, remained unbeaten on 48 off 33 balls with five hits to the fence. Ferguson returned the figures of 3-15 from four overs.
Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi (23) had given Kolkata a decent start adding 48 runs for the first wicket at the end of the powerplays. Kolkata middle order, however, failed to build on to the start.
Gill was unable to make proper connection to up the ante before heading back following a brilliant diving catch from Priyam Garg.
Gill, who also added 39 runs with Nitish Rana (29) for the second wicket, made 36 off 37 with five boundaries. An unfit Andre Russell’s poor IPL campaing continued after he fell to T Natarajan for just nine as Kolkata were 105-4 in 15 overs.
Morgan and Kartik then added 58 runs for the fifth wicket pushing Kolkata towards what ultimately was a challenging total. Morgan made 34 off 23 with three fours and a six, while Kartik hit two sixes and as many boundaries in his 14-ball 29.