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Wil­liamson ex­per­i­ment

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Abu Dhabi, UAE - place on the points ta­ble.

Fer­gu­son had ear­lier dented the Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad chase of 164 with a spec­tac­u­lar spell of fast bowl­ing that read 4-0-15-3 with­out con­ced­ing a sin­gle bound­ary. He did the dam­age against a tweaked Sun­ris­ers line-up that saw Kane Wil­liamson open with Jonny Bairstow, and Warner push him­self down to No 4.

Fer­gu­son al­lowed just seven in the 18th over when the Sun­ris­ers needed 37 from 18. With 30 to win from 12, Sa­mad and Warner tar­geted Shivam Mavi on the off side for two fours be­fore the for­mer fell off the last ball of the over - an­other dis­missal that fea­tured Fer­gu­son.

Sa­mad had clubbed a full toss to deep mid­wicket where Fer­gu­son pouched the ball right in­side the rope be­fore care­fully lob­bing it to Shub­man Gill when he lost bal­ance. Warner had struck only two fours in his 28-ball 33 when the last over started with An­dre Rus­sell bowl­ing a big wide out­side off to Rashid Khan from around the wicket which was later called a no-ball.

Once Warner got strike, he first found the cow-cor­ner bound­ary, then ham­mered a length de­liv­ery past the bowler and then whipped an in­nocu­ous­look­ing leg-stump de­liv­ery for the third four in a row. With four to get off two, Warner took a dou­ble but couldn't get bat on the last ball and set­tled for one leg-bye when Rus­sell nipped the ball into his pads. It was time for a Su­per Over.

Wil­liamson, who was car­ry­ing a ham­string nig­gle, took charge at the top with flu­ent stroke­play, hit­ting con­sec­u­tive fours off Mavi, while Bairstow mus­cled Varun Chakravart­hy off the back foot. The duo also at­tacked Rus­sell and Pat Cum­mins to­gether to fin­ish the sixth over on 58, of which 46 came in bound­aries, and was the Knight Rid­ers' fourth con­sec­u­tive pow­er­play with­out a wicket.

But then came Fer­gu­son in the sev­enth over. Wil­liamson up­per cut his first ball to third man to end an en­ter­pris­ing 19-ball 29 that saw Priyam Garg come in at No 3. Garg couldn't last more than seven balls as Fer­gu­son's slower de­liv­ery rammed into his stumps and, four balls later, Bairstow found long-off against Chakravart­hy.

Warner got a life on the first ball he faced from Kuldeep Ya­dav when Karthik missed a stump­ing af­ter a loopy de­liv­ery de­flected off the bat­man's pad.

At the other end, Man­ish Pandey was re­moved by a 148kmh Fer­gu­son yorker. The duo com­bined for 18 dots from their seven overs to­gether, which fea­tured no bound­aries. Warner saw them off and saved his bound­aries for the end, which even­tu­ally tied the scores.

Knight Rid­ers slow off the blocks

In what was a start-stop-start in­nings, the Knight Rid­ers strug­gled to get go­ing prop­erly be­cause Shub­man Gill couldn't find the gaps and ate up 17 dots in his 37-ball 36. Apart from his three con­sec­u­tive fours off Basil Thampi in the fifth over that helped the Knight Rid­ers reg­is­ter their best open­ing stand this IPL, it was mainly Rahul Tripathi's at­tack­ing strokes that rel­a­tively drove up the run rate. How­ever, Tripathi's dis­missal on the last ball of the pow­er­play, for 23 off 16, slowed them down again as Rashid Khan came on in the eighth over.

Be­fore Rashid, though, the sev­enth over was given to Vi­jay Shankar, who dried up the runs fur­ther with his clever use of length and pace vari­a­tions. But it was nei­ther Rashid nor Shankar who pushed Kolkata back as much as Garg. Two run­ning catches - one at the long-off bound­ary to re­move Gill in the 12th over and the other run­ning in from deep mid­wicket in­side the cir­cle when Ni­tish Rana tope­dged Shankar three balls later, left them on 88 for three with just un­der eight overs left.

Eoin Mor­gan

DK and Mor­gan show

An­dre Rus­sell's poor run with the bat con­tin­ued as he was caught at deep mid­wicket for eight against Natara­jan. Rashid’s quota was done by then but the slow and dip­ping york­ers and full tosses of San­deep Sharma and Natara­jan were still not let­ting the bats­men score freely.

Di­nesh Karthik gave his team a late push. He first walked down to sweep a low Sharma full toss for six, then stayed back for a Natara­jan yorker to hit for four, and then went back again to dis­patch an­other Natara­jan de­liv­ery for a six over long-on.

Af­ter 19 overs, the Knight Rid­ers were 147 for four with Mor­gan on 18 off 17 and Karthik 29 off 14. Mor­gan faced the en­tire last over from Thampi. He smashed him over square leg for a six and ran three dou­bles be­fore hand­ing a catch to lon­goff to col­lect 16 off the over. Knight Rid­ers had taken 52 from the last four to post a chal­leng­ing to­tal. It proved to be just enough.

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