Kolkata Knight Riders fast bowler Lockie Ferguson starred as Sunrisers Hyderabad went down in the Super Over in Abu Dhabi. After finishing even stevens at the end of the game, David Warner & Co managed to score just two runs in the Super Over which was chased down quite comfortably.
Chasing a moderate total of 164 runs, Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow put Hyderabad into the stride. They played some gorgeous looking shots to add 50 runs for the first wicket before Kolkata Knight Riders pulled the brakes.
Hyderabad continue to drop points
Lockie Ferguson starred the show to bring KKR back in the folds with three wickets. With David Warner and Abdul Samad, Hyderabad looked to pull it off before but some brilliant bowling made the equation look like 18 off the final over. Warner managed to score 17 runs to take the game to the Super Over before losing it.
Batting first, Kolkata Knight Riders did start off briskly but were hamstrung by the dot ball percentage, most notably that of Shubman Gill who failed to kick on after he was dropped on one. Nitish Rana looked the most fluent, but he too threw it away after building a nice momentum.
Lost wickets at crucial times – David Warner
The promotion of Andre Russ once again failed, but it also acted as a blessing in disguise for the KKR side. Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik played most of the death overs giving something for their bowlers to defend.
Speaking at the end of a heartbreaking defeat, David Warner said that leaking too many runs in the middle and death overs. He also backed his decision to bowl and rued that they lost wickets at crucial junctures which took the game deep.
“I don’t know where to start. At the end of the day, we probably leaked a few too many in the middle overs and at the back end. For us, it’s about finishing games and we’ve failed the last 2-3 occasions. Not at all in two minds about bowling first. I thought this was a nice wicket that wouldn’t change and to be fair it didn’t. We lost wickets at crucial times again.,” David Warner said.
Furthermore, David Warner added that Kane Williamson needs to work with the physio to recover. Incidentally, the Kiwi skipper suffered a hamstring injury while fielding. As a result, he also batted ahead of David Warner during the chase.
“Kane had to open because he had a slight niggle with his adductor. Will need some physio work,” David Warner concluded.