IPL 2022: Great to have a potent bowling unit, says Gujarat’s Lockie Ferguson after win over Delhi | Cricket News



PUNE: After taking Gujarat Titans to victory with his four-wicket haul against Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League on Saturday, New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson said that having a potent bowling unit makes things easier for him.
Shubman Gill’s 84-run knock and Ferguson’s 4 for 28 guided Gujarat to a 14-run win against Delhi here at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
“It was one of those nights; and with the kind of bowling partners I have, it makes things very easy for me. It’s great (to have a potent bowling unit), helps to spread calmness in the group. The pressure was coming from both ends with the ball and it worked for us,” said Ferguson at the post-match presentation.

“There was a lot of bounce in the surface and I was looking to bang away on that at hard length. Some gripped and it worked for me with Rishabh’s (Pant) wicket. It was a good all-around performance from the bowlers. Hardik (Pandya) is always giving us confidence to play the game that we want to play, and it’s nice to have a captain who trusts your skills,” Ferguson added.
Chasing a 172-run target Delhi Capitals did not get an ideal start as Gujarat skipper Hardik dismissed Tim Seifert off the very first ball of his spell. In the fourth over, Ferguson was introduced into the attack and he struck twice, dismissing Prithvi Shaw for 10 and Mandeep Singh for 18, to leave Delhi tottering at 34 for 3.

Delhi needed a partnership. Rishabh Pant and Lalit Yadav did exactly that, taking the team’s total beyond the 50-run mark in the seventh over. The Pant-Yadav pair struck a fifty-run partnership in just 34 balls. The 61-run partnership was broken as Yadav was run out for 25 to leave Delhi at 95 for 4.
Rovman Powell joined his captain and Pant continued to bat aggressively. But Ferguson got his third wicket of the match, getting the prized scalp of Pant (43 off 29 balls). In the same over, Ferguson got his fourth wicket, dismissing all-rounder Axar Patel for 8 to leave Delhi in trouble at 126 for 6.

In the next over, Rashid Khan dismissed Shardul Thakur leg before wicket for 2. In the 18th over, Mohammed Shami came back into the attack to strike two blows off consecutive balls, first dismissing Powell leg before wicket and then Khaleel Ahmed for a golden duck.
Delhi managed to score 157/9 in 20 overs, falling short by 14 runs as the Hardik-led Gujarat Titans registered their second win in the two matches so far of their debut season.

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