Ferguson explains bowling penultimate over to MS Dhoni: The New Zealand spearhead bowled an impressive penultimate over vs India.
31 runs required off two overs with only three wickets in hand sounds tough in the general run of things but not when Mahendra Singh Dhoni is batting at one end. Easily past his prime, Dhoni still instills fear in the opposition’s mind during such situation.
Batting in the first semi-final against New Zealand, Dhoni hit a six on the first ball of the penultimate over to bring down the equation to 25 runs in 11 balls. While it seemed as if the 38-year old cricketer would turn back the times, a composed Lockie Ferguson ended up winning the battle with aid from “gem” in Martin Guptill.
Speaking in an interview with Cricbuzz, the Kiwi fast bowler opened up on the “bizarre” game against India. The 28-year old cricketer explained how Dhoni hitting him for a six made him change his plan against the legendary cricketer.
“It was a bizarre game for sure. It was one of those day where I had the odd feeling that we are gonna go right. But then bowling at the death, running in to MS [Dhoni] at the end, he left the last ball of my last over, which I was surprised. Thought I would go with it again, he hit me for a huge six. Definitely put me under the pump.
“But then we went back to Plan A which had been working pretty well. Fortunately, we’ve got a gem on he field in Martin Guptill who ran him [Dhoni] out,” Ferguson was quoted as saying.
Ferguson explains bowling penultimate over to MS Dhoni:
Chatting with @collinsadam on #CricbuzzUnplugged, New Zealand’s pacer #LockieFerguson reviews the thrilling encounter against India and talks about his role in the Kiwi pace attack.#NZvENG #BlackCaps pic.twitter.com/pyIslBJrvf
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Having dismissed 18 batsmen in eight matches at an average of 19.94, an economy rate of 4.87 and a strike rate of 24.5, Ferguson is currently the highest wicket-taker for New Zealand and fourth-highest overall.