Kolkata Knight Riders fast bowler Lockie Ferguson displayed his high pace when he dismissed Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal during their clash at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.
Lockie Ferguson gave KKR their first breakthrough of the night after Padikkal and Virat Kohli’s 49-run opening stand. On the first ball of the sixth over, Lockie Ferguson bowled a fast 149.5 Kph speed delivery, which was well outside off to Padikkal.
The left-hander threw his hands at it, looking to send it through the covers. However, the ball nipped in slightly and took the inside edge of Padikkal’s bat, deflecting straight onto his stumps. Lockie Ferguson was pumped up with this wicket.
RCB get off to a solid start before Lockie Ferguson gives KKR first breakthrough
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Virat Kohli made his intentions clear, stroking three fours in the first two overs. Devdutt Padikkal joined in too, taking two boundaries off Lockie Ferguson.
Mavi leaked 13 runs in the fifth over. But Lockie Ferguson, in the sixth over, dismissed Padikkal (21 off 18), who edged a fast delivery onto his stumps. RCB capped off the powerplay at 53/1. KKR would want to further squeeze the flow of run, while RCB will be looking to continue with the attacking shots.
RCB are coming off a high off a last-ball win over Delhi Capitals. They finished third on the points table, tied with CSK at 18 points. This is also, not to forget, Virat Kohli’ last season as RCB’s skipper.
Eoin Morgan’s team pipped Mumbai Indians for net run rate and finished fourth with 14 points. They have made a commendable turnaround in their fortunes during the UAE leg, winning 5 of the 7 matches after winning just two during the India leg