Kolkata Knight Riders v South Australia, CLT20 2011, Hyderabad September 27, 2011

Ferguson blasts South Australia to victory

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South Australia 188 for 5 (Ferguson 70*, Christian 42) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 169 for 9 (Tiwary 40, Putland 3-31, Harris 3-42) by 19 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Callum Ferguson's transformation, from a batsman who was struggling to find gaps in the field to a big-hitting finisher, helped South Australia earn their first points of the tournament and heal their damaged net run-rate to a certain extent. Ferguson turned the innings against Kolkata Knight Riders around in a single over and then helped ransack 94 off the last six to set up a match-winning 188 on a slow pitch.

The Knight Riders' 19-run defeat was their second loss in as many matches and a severe blow to their chances of progressing from their five-team group. Their chase was hampered by frequent wickets at one end and the lack of strike to Jacques Kallis at the other. The game was up when Yusuf Pathan fell, with the score on 102 for 5 after 14.1 overs, and all Ryan ten Doeschate and the tail could do was narrow the margin of defeat, which looked like being much larger until 59 runs came off the last four overs.

For 14 overs South Australia batted with bluster without being too effective. They slogged, often across the line, and tried to hit everything a bit too hard to reach 94 for 3. Then Ferguson found his fluency, and the boundaries, and added 84 runs with Daniel Christian in 7.2 overs, which changed everything.

Ferguson was dropped on 18 in the 13th over, bowled by Yusuf. He had lofted towards long-on, and Kallis ran in too fast, lost sight of the ball, and nearly got hit on the head as it went past him for four. It was Ferguson's first boundary, coming off his 22nd ball. They came quickly and in abundance after that.

In Yusuf's next over, Ferguson lofted to the straight boundary twice, once for four, once for six. He also pulled with power and paddled delicately, finding the spaces that had eluded him earlier. South Australia scored 20 runs off that over. The acceleration had begun.

The Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Uppal is Christian's home ground when he plays for Deccan Chargers in the IPL and he too lit it up. In the 16th over, Christian hit his first boundaries, pulling Iqbal Abdulla to midwicket and sweeping over square leg. He brought up the 50 partnership with Ferguson off 29 balls.

For an over or two Ferguson rode in Christian's slipstream, as the allrounder dismantled the Kinght Riders attack, using force to clear the long-on boundary and a deft touch when placing towards fine leg. Christian raced to 42 off 26 balls before holing out to mid-off. Ferguson then ensured a strong finish, pulling Lee into the second tier at midwicket and ending the innings with a massive blow over long-on to end with 70 from 40 balls.

Ferguson played the sort of innings Kallis is known for: a steady, if sedate, start followed by a compelling finish. Kallis, however, was unable to do that today. He didn't get enough strike: at the end of the sixth over, Kallis had faced only eight balls, and only 16 balls after ten. He was caught and bowled for 20 soon after by Daniel Harris, leaving the Knight Riders on 81 for 4.

Kallis' partners had used the majority of the strike to attempt a rash of attacking shots, and perished in the process. Manvinder Bisla struck three fours in the opening over but was bowled in the second by medium-pacer Kane Richardson, whom South Australia had drafted in for this game along with Gary Putland. Putland would finish with 3 for 31. Shakib Al Hasan and Gautam Gambhir hit sparkling boundaries but failed to get past 15.

The contest ended when Yusuf skied Putland towards third man and was caught by Aaron O'Brien, who sprinted back from the circle. It was the first ball off the 15th over, precisely when Ferguson had begun his onslaught in South Australia's innings.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • KiwiRocker- on September 28, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    KKR should beg Wasim Akram to bowl who has ben discarded by Pakistan. What will happen now is that all the Indian teams will be eliminated and rest of the world will have party in India's backyard. This just shows that how wortheless this so called CL20 is..Bit like IPL. ICC is just milking a cash rich BCCI and is hell bent on destroying cricket. Best T20 team in world is Pakistan who has won a WC and runners up in second and have best record in the world and their team is not even in the tournament.. Who wants to be a bowler in India when these circus tournaments in India are all for batsmen. No wonder India was hammered by a humiliating 4-0 in England! World champions..Yes Sure!

  • piecricket on September 28, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    ferguson looks like billie joe armstrong from green day

  • on September 28, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Gautam shold open the innigs with Bisla, bret lee shld be rplaced

  • Aussasinator on September 28, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    What's the TRP scenario like, I mean how many are actually watching this League this time?

  • robheinen on September 28, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Ferguson looked a very determined man. He was in the ozzy team wasn't he? Averages 41.43 in ODI's. That's a reason to not select him?

  • on September 28, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    shakib has fabulous figures yet again, but kolkata really needs to think of their bowling dept., without shakib's figures they conceded 165 runs from 16 overs, you cant win a match with this stat...

  • max234 on September 28, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    i'm really suprised as they use Ryan ten Doeschate as a lower order batsman.he must have bowled 2-3 overs.

  • MAXMann on September 28, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Its Kallis who is wrong in KKR.. If Kallis drop KKR will win all the Mathces or he should come when wickets fall at No. 5 or 6. its not his type of game, They were chasing 190 and he is scoring runs only in singles and its tooooooo much pressure on other batsman as he has to do all the scoring as they know nothing comes from the other END... Last match Kallis play all 20 over as a opener and still on the loosing side the selectors should bring the match winner not the match loosers...

  • crow_eater on September 28, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Don't hold your breath Dashgar, as long as both Fergy & Christian play for SA they'll always be second or third pick behind the NSW boys.

  • kingcobra85 on September 28, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    @m_ilind CSK won the tournament last year in SA .I dont see any problem with local talent

  • KiwiRocker- on September 28, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    KKR should beg Wasim Akram to bowl who has ben discarded by Pakistan. What will happen now is that all the Indian teams will be eliminated and rest of the world will have party in India's backyard. This just shows that how wortheless this so called CL20 is..Bit like IPL. ICC is just milking a cash rich BCCI and is hell bent on destroying cricket. Best T20 team in world is Pakistan who has won a WC and runners up in second and have best record in the world and their team is not even in the tournament.. Who wants to be a bowler in India when these circus tournaments in India are all for batsmen. No wonder India was hammered by a humiliating 4-0 in England! World champions..Yes Sure!

  • piecricket on September 28, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    ferguson looks like billie joe armstrong from green day

  • on September 28, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Gautam shold open the innigs with Bisla, bret lee shld be rplaced

  • Aussasinator on September 28, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    What's the TRP scenario like, I mean how many are actually watching this League this time?

  • robheinen on September 28, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Ferguson looked a very determined man. He was in the ozzy team wasn't he? Averages 41.43 in ODI's. That's a reason to not select him?

  • on September 28, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    shakib has fabulous figures yet again, but kolkata really needs to think of their bowling dept., without shakib's figures they conceded 165 runs from 16 overs, you cant win a match with this stat...

  • max234 on September 28, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    i'm really suprised as they use Ryan ten Doeschate as a lower order batsman.he must have bowled 2-3 overs.

  • MAXMann on September 28, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Its Kallis who is wrong in KKR.. If Kallis drop KKR will win all the Mathces or he should come when wickets fall at No. 5 or 6. its not his type of game, They were chasing 190 and he is scoring runs only in singles and its tooooooo much pressure on other batsman as he has to do all the scoring as they know nothing comes from the other END... Last match Kallis play all 20 over as a opener and still on the loosing side the selectors should bring the match winner not the match loosers...

  • crow_eater on September 28, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Don't hold your breath Dashgar, as long as both Fergy & Christian play for SA they'll always be second or third pick behind the NSW boys.

  • kingcobra85 on September 28, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    @m_ilind CSK won the tournament last year in SA .I dont see any problem with local talent

  • rama_krish on September 28, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    Face it folks, the IPL teams in this competition are simply crud - KKR being the most obvious one, with Mumbai next. Simply buying high-priced players who can sometimes hit big sixes to form a team is not working for Indian cricket. The community teams like Redbacks, Somerset, TnT bring spirit, purpose, dedication, skill, talent, and many of the other characteristics so necessary for good cricket. Maybe the BCCI could develop an indigenous T20 league to both develop Indian cricket and match the T20 teams from elsewhere. Remember, since the start if this CLT20 championship 2 years ago, no IPL team has won. On the performance so far, they won't win this one either.

  • forcricket on September 28, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    All the indian teams should face some humiliation here. So far I'm pleased that they are having it. They should have no hiding place. KKR almost gone, MI with 2 lucky wins I wish other 2 teams also are thrashed badly. I'm loving it. Indian fan.

  • kingcobra85 on September 28, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Murali karthik & Gayle will be smiling :) KKR team doesn't know how to build a team.If so they would have dropped those two and claim we are building a fresh team..Its not corporate world guys ..this is sport where it is still a meritorious arena.

  • nishatml on September 28, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    an error in captaincy by Gautam. No problem sending Shakib up the order as a pinch hitter (even though it failed), but when Kallis was out, the smart thing to do was to replace him with Doeschate instead of leaving him in the end when its too late.

  • nishatml on September 28, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan 4 0 23 0 5.75

    this figure is so good then other.without shakib all are over 9.00.so kkr need to more think about there bolling side.

  • m_ilind on September 28, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    This CL is showing how India's domestic talent is lagging behind their counterparts from other countries. It's time BCCI and the Indian selectors stop using IPL performances as the yardstick to identify future stars for India.

  • on September 28, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    I think the champions league should be renamed as organisers league where a 4 place team is participating and the winners of the england t20 need to qualify and those who are not organisers

  • Rooboy on September 28, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Spot on Dashgar. Ferg's first class record isn't all that imposing but he has looked good everytime he has represented Aus. Avg over 40 and strike rate over 85 in his first 25 international one day innings is fairly handy. But Khawaja gets all the love despite not even making it to 40 once in five attempts on the international stage. Anyway, go the Redbacks!!

  • Dashgar on September 28, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    Teams should take home half their opponents match fee if they win

  • Dashgar on September 28, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    Its well past time for Ferguson to get an extended run for Australia in all formats. Should have been in the test team in the ashes but as usual the Aussie selectors like to give the NSW kids first crack.

  • Mary_786 on September 28, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    Fergie got lucky as he should have been out at 18. He also looked terrible for most of his innings except for the lat 5 overs when he smashed the ball around. Christian was the real hero with the bat, he changed the game.

  • johnathonjosephs on September 28, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    KKR is not a very good team. Very surprised that they edged Ruhuna out (would have loved to see jayasuriya and chandimal play), but thats part of the game. Big problem with KKR is (Surprisingly) Kallis. Kallis is a class player and is well required with chases around 140/160, but anything above that is a challenge to Kallis. Also, an error in captaincy by Gautam. No problem sending Shakib up the order as a pinch hitter (even though it failed), but when Kallis was out, the smart thing to do was to replace him with Doeschate instead of leaving him in the end when its too late. That said, Great innings from Ferguson. I have no idea why Aus omits him from the ODI side as he was pretty good when he played there

  • S.S.Sagar on September 27, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    About Shakib'S Batting PoSition, I Think If BiSla IS Out, Then Shakib And If KalliS IS Out, Then Tendo Should Come.

  • lokphy on September 27, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    I wish that all IPL teams loose and don't go to the next round so that our main players get some rest before England coming to India. Then they can be fresh and fit to compete England...

  • alexczarn on September 27, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    When is Australia gonna recall Fergy??

  • lokphy on September 27, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    I totally agree with the comments from maja2834 and Nasir....

  • Alexk400 on September 27, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    2.3 mil gambhir is unfit for T20.

  • on September 27, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    According to Haddin, the team has not had one single training session together. How can u foster ANY kind of team spirit or winning group mentality from that? No, as usual it's the 'turn up on the day, who cares if we win or lose 'cos we're superstars making tons of money' mentality as per usual lately.

  • on September 27, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Too many stars and legends in KKR couldn't win a game..

  • ian_ghose on September 27, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    @John Kirriemuir....are you still talking about the Cricket CL? For a moment I thought you were talking about the UEFA Champions League with all the 3-2-2-2-1 etc formation. The most innovative I thought was 2-2-2-2-2..wow...now which club could pull that off? Maybe SSC Napoli with last 2-2 being Inler & Hamsik and Cavani & Lavezzi :p. KKR looks a bit like Man City here...lots of money, but totally out of its depth in the big league :0

  • on September 27, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    For KKR, it's still possible, though unlikely, to qualify with 2 wins and 2 losses. They're relying on win columns such as 4-2-2-1-1, 4-2-2-2-0, 3-2-2-2-1, or the one which would be awesome: 2-2-2-2-2

    Key thing is that the only chance of qualifying, and it's still slim, with 2 losses in this stage is with a good net run rate. Rule of thumb is that to probably qualify for the semi finals, you can only afford to lose one match out of the four at this stage.

  • on September 27, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    KKR is a poor IPL team...

  • on September 27, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    very bad captency from gautam in the last 6 overs of the south australian redbacks innings is the first reason for their failure. second poor indivisual performance in the batting...they sould send tendo batting at three instead of sakib or gautam to be at three. KKR fieled poorly is the third reason and the fitness of yousuf is the fourth reason. i am really very dissapointed with the performance of KKR. so its over.......hats off to the callum and DAN for their performance. best of luck for SA redbacks for the rest of the tournament....they should win by a margin of around 50 to 60 runs but their casual bowling limit their winning margin......

  • ian_ghose on September 27, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    KKR is totally out of depth here i'm afraid. Sure they wanted more IPL teams in, but 3 were more than enough (with 2 of them still winless). And where would 'Mumbai Indians' (sic) be without its non-Indian players? Probably at the bottom of the pit.

  • on September 27, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    What's the prob of KKR with Ryan ten Doeschaste ? He has proven himself in whatever little chances he has got in the IPL and CLT20 for KKR till now. But still why is he not being used for anythin more than just grazing the grass. They could sure try him with the ball and even put him up the order when all is not lost.

  • NairUSA on September 27, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    A well knit unit won. You cannot expect miracles out of a set of hired guns all the time. KKR need to find a steady group of good domestic players to complement their international recruits.

  • maja2834 on September 27, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Eye opener for Mr.Shahrukh khan "its not the big bucks that wins you the matches its the eye for right selection that do the job" KKR have spend more then 40% of there purse on 2 stupid (overrated) players Gambhir and Pathan thus there Bowling is utterly weak because of lack of money to buy good bowlers..And the result is for everyone to see..Gambhir is nothing in 20/20 and Pathan is one dimension player ( Good against poor spinners esp on flattest pitches ) . So the Return on investment on these 2 Overrated players are negative and hurting KKR.Also Hitting AV Suppiah for runs does not make you worth 1.5 Million plus player.As far as gambhir's captainship is concern he contributes nothing and his fielding is average and doesnt bowl. How on earth this guy is Worth million plus is a unsolved mystery. So Mr. SRK be smart.

  • on September 27, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    although i personally would love to see shakib play some great innings, considering his current batting form it was nt a good move to put him at 3rd spot. Doeschate would be much much better in that position, infact swapping their positions would be just the thing to do

  • on September 27, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    ipl and champ league giant killers of test cricket

  • nuryhaque on September 27, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Shakib bowling performance in this match is poor!!!!!!! Please answer it my dear frdn Gupta?????????

  • Comments11 on September 27, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Again KKR not utilizing tendo. I think they don't want to win the matches. so they are not promoting tendo up in the order. Even they are not utilizing his bowling. If other strike bowler provide 10-15 per over, they will stick with them. Will not try with Kallis, tendo etc...

  • Gupta.Ankur on September 27, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    I think apart from ten Doeschate, all KKR's Intl. players are only their for sake of money.......atleast Kallis is........

    Even when he was Captain............he looked very dis-interested and it almost looks as if he doesn't care........

    Thus, all i can say for 4th year running " KKR: In it....to loose it...."

  • zico123 on September 27, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    i am glad KKR lost, because Gambhir who faked concussion injury and skipped England series is palying Champions league!!

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  • zico123 on September 27, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    i am glad KKR lost, because Gambhir who faked concussion injury and skipped England series is palying Champions league!!

  • Gupta.Ankur on September 27, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    I think apart from ten Doeschate, all KKR's Intl. players are only their for sake of money.......atleast Kallis is........

    Even when he was Captain............he looked very dis-interested and it almost looks as if he doesn't care........

    Thus, all i can say for 4th year running " KKR: In it....to loose it...."

  • Comments11 on September 27, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Again KKR not utilizing tendo. I think they don't want to win the matches. so they are not promoting tendo up in the order. Even they are not utilizing his bowling. If other strike bowler provide 10-15 per over, they will stick with them. Will not try with Kallis, tendo etc...

  • nuryhaque on September 27, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Shakib bowling performance in this match is poor!!!!!!! Please answer it my dear frdn Gupta?????????

  • on September 27, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    ipl and champ league giant killers of test cricket

  • on September 27, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    although i personally would love to see shakib play some great innings, considering his current batting form it was nt a good move to put him at 3rd spot. Doeschate would be much much better in that position, infact swapping their positions would be just the thing to do

  • maja2834 on September 27, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Eye opener for Mr.Shahrukh khan "its not the big bucks that wins you the matches its the eye for right selection that do the job" KKR have spend more then 40% of there purse on 2 stupid (overrated) players Gambhir and Pathan thus there Bowling is utterly weak because of lack of money to buy good bowlers..And the result is for everyone to see..Gambhir is nothing in 20/20 and Pathan is one dimension player ( Good against poor spinners esp on flattest pitches ) . So the Return on investment on these 2 Overrated players are negative and hurting KKR.Also Hitting AV Suppiah for runs does not make you worth 1.5 Million plus player.As far as gambhir's captainship is concern he contributes nothing and his fielding is average and doesnt bowl. How on earth this guy is Worth million plus is a unsolved mystery. So Mr. SRK be smart.

  • NairUSA on September 27, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    A well knit unit won. You cannot expect miracles out of a set of hired guns all the time. KKR need to find a steady group of good domestic players to complement their international recruits.

  • on September 27, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    What's the prob of KKR with Ryan ten Doeschaste ? He has proven himself in whatever little chances he has got in the IPL and CLT20 for KKR till now. But still why is he not being used for anythin more than just grazing the grass. They could sure try him with the ball and even put him up the order when all is not lost.

  • ian_ghose on September 27, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    KKR is totally out of depth here i'm afraid. Sure they wanted more IPL teams in, but 3 were more than enough (with 2 of them still winless). And where would 'Mumbai Indians' (sic) be without its non-Indian players? Probably at the bottom of the pit.