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LINCOLN, NEW ZEALAND – NOVEMBER 25: Lockie Ferguson of Auckland bowls during the Ford Trophy match between Wellington Firebirds and Auckland Aces on November 25, 2019 in Lincoln, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)
New Zealand fast bowlers Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult starred as they held their nerve to produce super over finishes for their respective teams in Indian Premier League action on Monday.
There were eventually contrasting fortunes for the two Blacks Caps on a dramatic day of action in the two matches, with Ferguson victorious in the first game and Boult losing the gripping second match that needed two super overs to decide it.
Ferguson was the star for the Kolkata Knight Riders as he took 3-15 in regular time without conceding a boundary in his first appearance of the season.
Included in that haul was the wicket of fellow Black Cap Kane Williamson (29 runs off 19 balls) as the Sunrisers Hyderabad were restricted to 163-5 to tie the scores.
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But Ferguson’s heroics came when he was asked to bowl the super over and restricted the Sunrisers to just two runs.
He took out David Warner’s off stump to hand the Aussie a golden duck and rocked Abdul Samad’s middle stump with a full and slower delivery.
A single from captain Eoin Morgan and two leg-byes saw Kolkata take the honours.
“For Lockie Ferguson to come in for his first game of his tournament so far and perform in both the 20-over game and the super over like he did was outstanding,” Morgan said. “The hunger and drive that he’s shown off the field, he’s been waiting for an opportunity.”
Williamson picked up an adductor injury when making a diving stop in the field that will be a concern moving forward.
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Trent Boult eventually ended up on the wrong side of a double super over drama in the IPL.
Boult couldn’t snare a wicket as he conceded 48 runs off his four overs for the Mumbai Indians.
But crucially, he restricted the Kings XI Punjab batsmen to just eight runs off his final over that saw them finish tied on 176.
Incredibly the teams needed two super over contests to break the deadlock.
Mumbai eventually set the Kings 12 to win and Boult was asked to bowl the second super over. It didn’t go well.
His first ball was an attempted yorker but it turned into a full toss and West Indian star Chris Gayle hit it for six.
Gayle then hit a single and left Mayank Agarwal to seal the win with consecutive fours off Boult.