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

Ferguson blasts South Australia to victory


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
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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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  • Bobby 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!

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

    ferguson looks like billie joe armstrong from green day

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2011, 7:31 GMT

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

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

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

  • Rob 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?

  • Dummy4 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...

  • maxson 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.

  • Max 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...

  • Trey 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.

  • Arulprakash 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

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