ICC World Cup 2019: Lockie Ferguson Plans to Bowl Dot Balls to Pressurise Team India Batters
New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson plans to use dot balls to create pressure on India ahead of their clash on Thursday (June 12). With a balanced pace attack, the Kiwis have emerged as a big threat for any team at the ODI showpiece. Till now, they have won all three World Cup games and tops the points table. On the other hand, India has also won both games of the World Cup 2019, so far.
The Black Caps bulldozed past Sri Lanka in their opening clash in less than 30 overs. The lead bowlers Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson wreaked havoc as Sri Lanka stumbled for mere 136 runs.
Both the bowlers took three wickets each to concede less than 30 runs in six to seven overs. Meanwhile, in their last encounter against Afghanistan, Ferguson scalped four wickets 37 runs in 9.1 overs. The big names of Noor Ali, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rashid Khan were dismissed by the pacer Ferguson.
Ferguson plans dot balls or early wickets to pressurise India for their next game
The emerging pace attack of New Zealand now looks forward to their fourth and big game on Thursday. Till now, they have taken down Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan respectively.
The Kiwi’s will now face their real competition in the match against India. Although they have defeated India in the first practice match by six wickets. Kiwi’s knocked out Virat Kohli-led India for just 179 runs in less than 40 overs. Meanwhile, they chased down the low-score target with 77 balls to spare.
And to defeat India in the World Cup game, the Kiwi bowler Ferguson plans to use dot balls. He said they will try to take out the opening order of 2011 World Cup Champions. And if they couldn’t succeed, they are planning to use dot balls to halt the Indian batsmen.
“Taking early wickets is the key against India. But if not, then you have to bowl a lot of dot balls and create pressure. They are world class players and we are not going to blow them up. But we can create enough pressure and create those half chances and you can build from there. They are one of the top teams in the competition. And we’re looking forward to playing them in England which we haven’t done for a while,” Ferguson said at the Trent Bridge on Tuesday.
Windies highlighted the extra bounce on Trent Bridge, will have to adjust to the wicket: Ferguson
Talking more about their strategies in the upcoming big game, the 27-years-old pacer said that the pitch there is batsmen friendly. And in Windies game, everyone the carry on Trent Bridge surface.
“It’s a high scoring ground which puts the pressure on batsman to get those runs,” said Ferguson.
He added, “I’ve only played once before at Trent Bridge so I will have to adjust to the wicket. West Indies showed there is extra bounce here and they caused problems for the Aussies.”
However, India has opened the tournament with two straight wins against the tough contenders of the World Cup 2019. They defeated South Africa by six wickets in 47.3 overs.
Whereas, dismissed Australia for 316 runs and won the match by 36 runs. India has shown impeccable game with both bat and bowl. Yet, their opening order has proven to be the strongest factor in both the matches. The attacking Rohit Sharma stole the opening match from the opponents while Shikhar Dhawan thrashed Australian bowlers.
It will surely be interesting to watch the outcome of the New Zealand-India clash if the weather doesn’t interfere.
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