New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson was at his breathtaking best during the 1st T20I against the West Indies on Friday as he notched up his career-best figures of 5/22 in four overs in international T20s.
Ferguson once again displayed just what extra pace can do as he knocked over the likes of Andre Fletcher, Shimron Hetmyer with sheer pace. With the West Indian openers going at great runs after having racked up 58 runs in the first three overs, Lockie Ferguson changed the game on its head in his first spell that saw claim 3-8.
The standout among those first three dismissals was that of Andre Fletcher, who was knocked with a pacy fullish length delivery.
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Lockie Ferguson registered match-winning figures of 5/22
Ferguson returned to claim two more wickets at the back end to finish with figures of 5-22. West Indies eventually recovered to post 7/180 in a rain-curtailed 16-over-a-side fixture thanks to a belligerent 37-ball 75 by Kieron Pollard.
That, however, did not prove to be enough as the Kiwis romped home in 15.2 overs thanks to some pathetic bowling by Keemo Paul and belligerent knocks by Devon Conway [41 off 29 balls] and James Neesham, who smoked an unbeaten 24-ball 48.
Lockie Ferguson was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’ where he said-
“The boys started out okay. But a bit of bad luck happens at this ground, it is one of the craziest grounds to play as the ball flies everywhere. Fortunately for me, it went to hand. Certainly happy with how the boys chased the total. I have put in a lot of work to make sure the body can do it for a long period as I don’t think I swing it like Tim or Trent, the pace is an attribute that I can add. It is coming out nicely and pleased with the result. We have come to know that at Eden Park, it does rain at night and you go on and off. The boys were switched on and the fielding was exceptional tonight.”