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Williamson experiment


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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

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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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(Kolkata won the one-over eliminator) VS TEAMS P W L NR PTS NRR

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