Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 35th Match
Match tied (Kolkata Knight Riders won the Super Over)
Sigh! What a cliffhanger! SRH needed 18 off the final over and a half-fit Andre Russell somehow managed to tie the game for his side as Warner failed to punish a leg-stump length delivery off the last ball of the game. The excitement went up a million notches though as the game went into superover, but it came crashing down at a rapid pace for SRH as they lost 2 wickets in 3 balls in the superover. This game had a lot of hype with both these sides finding to be a likely contender for the fourth spot in the points table, but this win will do a world of good for KKR on 2 counts: A) They will have a cushion where they can afford to lose one or 2 games here and there and B) Lockie Ferguson. If that name doesn't give you confidence, I wonder what will. KKR fans will be absolutely delighted to see the raw pace and smart variations from the Kiwi quick who single-handedly won the game for his side with a brilliant superover and as Baz, mentioned midst his interview, he could well be a very key component for KKR for the rest of the season. That's that from this game then. It's been quite huffy-puffy the last few moments, but thanks for tuning in and sticking by. The second game of the double-header is already up and running with Mumbai struggling, having lost 3 wickets inside the powerplay. Switch tabs and catch all the action from that game. Until next time, it's a goodbye from Sriram AS, Raju Peethala, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Hariprasad Sadanandan, Kumar Abhisekh Das and Siva. Cheers!!
Eoin Morgan - Winning captain - It's nice to be a part of the superover, it gives you a glimpse of what the guys are all about; especially in high pressure situations. For Lockie Ferguson to come into his first game of the tournament, to perform the way he did in the twenty overs and then in the superover, I think he was outstanding. The hunger and the drive he's shown off the field while waiting for an opportunity is pleasing. We have been striving to get wins off the last couple of games, it didn't quite work out. We ran into a Mumbai Indians side that was very very strong. Today, it was more competitive, but it's great to perform and get over the line. The batting order will always rest dynamic, it'll depend on a lot of match-ups, which team we will feel will play at that given time, given the nature of the side, with Andre, DK and myself in that middle order, we want to maximize our opportunity in every game. It was (the talk with Andre Russell), he went off the field, we thought he was injured, but he came back and said he could bowl. So, it'sÂ obvious we trust a player to deliver. He came off a short run-up, he does it so often but didn't manage to execute as well as he will have liked. I thought he showed a lot of character to come back and get us into to the super over after not starting as well as he will have liked (with a no-ball). He's been a superstar performer for us, has been such an integral part of the franchise for such a long time, we need Andre Russell to be fit. I think that's the nature of our middle-order (on he partnership withÂ Karthik), Andre plays in his own way, when he strikes, he does so fast. Myself - one who likes to hack the ball around, DK, who plays such a beautiful class game. So, hopefully we can gather some momentum after this win.
Lockie Ferguson | Man of the Match: The team has been going good. Pleasure to get an opportunity and do well. Weâve obviously had a big sit with no cricket which is interesting back home. Had a couple of warm-ups and a lot of practice sessions. Always getting David Warner, especially start of the Super Over was satisfying. Itâs great having Morgs, weâve both been part of this. Was good to use of his experience. Will take this win, enjoy tonight. It was a mighty win on a very mighty 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 comes the back end but for us it's about trying to finish games. We've come too close in the last 3 games and we haven't got whole 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 comes the back end, we lost wickets at the crucial match 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.
Ball 4: Rashid Khan to DK, leg byes, 2 runs. All over for SRH. This was the quicker googly from Rashid, DK misses the flick but manages to steal a couple of leg byes as the ball deflects wide of the fielder at short square. A better effort from the fielder (Sandeep Sharma) will have made things interesting, but wasn't to be. KKR win the superover and continue to fight for a spot in the playoffs. This is KKR's first win in the superover and what better game to get that
Ball 3: Rashid Khan to DK, no run, pushed into quicker on middle and leg, DK strides whole and pushes it comes mid-on. KKR - 1 for 0
Ball 2 : Rashid to Morgan, 1 run, flighted on off, Morgan kneels down and sweeps it along the ground to deep mid-wicket. Just a single. KKR - 1 for 0
Ball 1: Rashid Khan to Morgan, no run, full and drifting away outside off, Morgan goes for the reverse sweep and hits it straight to backward point. There was a temptation to go for the single but the duo resolve against it KKR - 0 for 0
Warner looks tired and frustrated as Rashid Khan limbers up to bowl. It's Eoin Morgan and DK to open for KKR, Gill will be its third batter. Looks like it's Morgan who will take strike. Right then, we are set to go...
KKR just need 3 to romp home. Should be a cake-walk unless something dramatic happens. Lockie, the game-changer for Kolkata, who has been outstanding today. First in his regular 4 overs and now this surreal SuperOver. Rashid and Sandeep are warming up for SRH while I type. The previous should be the obvious choice. I can see Gill padded up, who'll be the other 2 batters? Will confirm shortly. Hyderabad are in a huddle and now they disperse. Can Rashid work his magic and pull a rabbit out of the hat? Right, Morgan and Karthik have come out. So, Gill will come if a wicket falls.
2/2 is the joint-lowest Super Over score in IPL equalling KXIP against DC beginning in the season
Ball 3 : Ferguson to Samad, bowled!! It's all over for SRH. Lockie just kept it simple; full and at the stumps, Samad swings blindly and gets nowhere near the ball. SRH 2 for 2
Ball 2 : Ferguson to Samad, 2 runs, back of a length, Samad mistimes it down the ground and they will charge back for the second. A direct-hit at the bowler's end and Bairstow would've been gone. SRH - 2 for 1
Abdul Samad, right handed bat, comes to the crease
BALL 1 : Ferguson to Warner, bowled !! Ferguson continues to impress. A wicket off the first ball in the SuperOver. Length, nipped away a fraction after pitching. Warner made room and slashes but couldn't make any contact. The LED stumps light up and Lockie is thrilled. What a start to KKR. SRH - 0 for 1
Warner and Bairstow are opening for SRH; Lockie Ferguson with the ball for KKR. Not sure who will be the third batsman for SRH
18:02 Local Time, 14:02 GMT, 19:32 IST: What did we just witness? We have a third superover in this season's IPL, the most in any season. Didn't look like going that way when SRH needed 18 from the final over. But then Morgan had the choice of either Kuldeep Yadav or a limping Andre Russell to bowl the 20th. He went for the latter and it nearly backfired big match time - Warner took him for 3 boundaries, but couldn't apply the finishing touches. With 2 needed from the last ball, they sneaked in a leg-bye and didn't show any inclination to at least attempt the second run. Not sure what could be the reason. Going back to the chase, it started well with Bairstow and Kane Williamson (promoted to open) taking 58, but Lockie Ferguson, playing xi in his first match, struck twice to derail the chase. Warner stood firm even as wickets tumbled at the other end - he stayed till the end to enforce a super-over.
SRH: 163-6 after 20 overs
19.6 Over: Bowled Over: Bowled Russell to Warner, leg byes, 1 run, yes, start the tuk-tuk. We are going into the SuperOver . Back of a length, Warner is beaten for pace and it runs off the pads to point. Scores are level
2 runs from 1 ball . Are we in for a SuperOver here? Morgan has a chat with his bowler.
19.5 Over: Bowled Over: Bowled Russell to Warner, 2 runs, 128.2kph , fullish and straight, Warner dumps it down to long-on and comes back for the second