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IPL 2020, SRH vs KKR: Lockie Ferguson shines as KKR beat SRH in a super over

Lockie Ferguson grabbed 3 crucial wickets for the KKR

In the 35th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a super over at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Lockie Ferguson grabbed wickets of David Warner and Abdul Samad as KKR beat SRH in a super over. Aided by explosive knocks of Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik in the death overs, KKR were able to give a decent target of 164 runs for the SRH to chase today. Lockie Ferguson shined for the KKR with him grabbing 3 crucial wickets today. Despite the good start aided by the impressive partnership between openers Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson for SRH, they remained unsuccessful in their chase against KKR today. With their win today against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders continues to stand at the 4th position in the points table of the 13th edition of IPL.

Eoin Morgan & Dinesh Karthik gave last-minute push to KKR

Skipper David Warner won the toss and elected to field first, allowing for the slow partnership of openers Shubhman Gill and Rahul Tripathi for the KKR to start. While Gill played slow innings of 36 runs off 37 balls, the Rahul Tripathi lost his wicket after making 23 runs off 16 balls today. After the fall of the opening duo, Nitish Rana and Andre Russell came to the crease, with the former scoring 29 runs off 20 balls, while the latter scoring just 9 runs off 11 balls today. After their wickets, while KKR was in deep trouble with a low score on the board, skipper Eoin Morgan and former captain Dinesh Karthik saved the day for the KKR with their explosive partnership in the death overs. While Morgan lost his wicket after making 34 runs off 23 balls, Karthik remained undefeated with his quick cameo of 29 runs off 14 balls. Thangarasu Natrajan remained the most successful bowler for the SRH, with him grabbing 2 crucial wickets today. However, Vijay Shankar was the most economical bowler in his spell of 4 overs while also taking a wicket today.

Jonny Bairstow's 36 runs knock gave a good start to SRH

Sunrisers Hyderabad was given a great start by the openers Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson today. While Bairstow played brilliant innings of 36 runs off 26 balls, Williamson opened today for the SRH, unlike previous matches, and stormed the KKR bowlers with his quick innings of 29 runs off 19 balls. The next batsman in line, Priyam Garg failed to impress as he lost his wicket after making just 4 runs today. Skipper David Warner and Manish Pandey came to the crease to save the sinking ship of SRH after a great start by the openers today. However, Pandey disappointed the SRH as he lost wicket after making just 6 runs today. After Pandey's wicket, Vijay Shankar joined the skipper in chasing down the score given by KKR to chase. Both the skipper and Shankar took their time to adjust and played with vigilance today. While Warner played an impressive innings of undefeated 48 runs off 33 balls, Shankar lost wicket after making 7 runs off 10 balls. Abdul Samad's explosive innings of 23 runs off 15 balls kept the hopes of SRH for the victory alive till the very end. Skipper's amazing knock enabled SRH to go for a super over against KKR today. Lockie Ferguson shined for the KKR as he grabbed 3 crucial wickets today in his spell of 4 overs while also being the most economical bowler of the lot.

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