Playing only his second game of the season, Lockie Ferguson showed on Saturday what Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steven Smith had been missing out on in the previous games. On a wicket not really favouring the bowlers heavily, he finished with figures of 2/7 from his four overs as Pune thrashed Bangalore by 61 runs at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Ferguson first sent back the dangerous AB de Villiers for 3. It was a normal delivery on the slot and ABD was unlucky to hit that straight to Manoj Tiwary at short cover. ABD made room and looked to play the booming drive.
The second wicket was that off Stuart Binny. The second one was more about smart bowling from the Kiwi pacer. He bowled it short and outside off and Binny looked to fetch it from outside off and managed to top-edge it to Washington Sundar.
More than the wickets, it was the economy rate of 1.75 that impressed all. There was no devil in the wicket and for the youngster to keep the pressure on with the likes of Virat Kohli at the crease speaks volumes about his presence of mind and the variety in his kitty.
Speaking at the end of the match, Man of the Match Ferguson said: “I think we were probably 15-20 short today, but we started really well, which made my job easier. I could create some pressure. The boys were incredible, and obviously, feels pretty good to do well personally well too. My strength lies in back of a length, I try to bowl a few cutters as well. But credit to the other guys as well for building up the pressure, I couldn't have done it without that."