We have just crossed the halfway point of the 2019 World Cup and we have witnessed some outstanding individual performances.
There are quite a few candidates for the batting performance of the tournament, with Eoin Morgan’s record century against Afghanistan the latest.
One the bowling front as well, there have been some impeccable efforts from world-class bowlers across teams.
While great performances with bat and ball will continue to pour in over the next few weeks, we might have already seen the ball of the tournament.
In the match between New Zealand and South Africa in Birmingham, the Kiwis bowled first and their seamers tried to make the most of overcast conditions. Left-arm seamer Trent Boult sent Quinton de Kock early but South African captain Faf du Plessis held fort.
With the Proteas approaching the 15-over mark with no further damage, fast bowler Lockie Ferguson produced the ball of the tournament to send Du Plessis back to the hut.
After bowling a quick bouncer, off the last ball of the 14th over Ferguson hurled a 92mph yorker at the base of Faf’s off stump and despite his best effort to block the delivery from the crease, the skipper lost his woodwork. The batsman tried but couldn’t even block the delivery.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
Ferguson is the engine of the Kiwi bowling attack. The right arm pacer has been the quickest bowler across 10 overs in this World Cup and is already among the top wicket takers this tournament with 11 scalps.
Not only that, he has maintained an economy of 4.4. If he continues to fire on all cylinders, the Kiwis will be good as gold.
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