Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore have to be especially wary of Kiwi fast bowler Loki Ferguson of Kolkata Knight Riders, who played in the IPL match from 7.30 pm today, as Ferguson scored just 15 runs in the match against Hyderabad on 18 October. Had taken three wickets. Ferguson is in very good form. He has been named in the KKR squad after eight league matches and changing captain.
After removing Dinesh Karthik from captaincy, Hale is now handed over to Owen Morgan of England. Kolkata has won five of the nine matches and Bangalore has won six of the nine matches. Eoin Morgan finally gave Ferguson a chance and he first destroyed Sunrisers Hyderabad with his speed and variety. Ferguson was instrumental in KKR's victory. He took three wickets for 15 runs in four overs and then took two wickets for two runs in the super over.
Ferguson, who took just two wickets in five matches from KKR last season, dismissed New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on the first ball of the season and then troubled all the batsmen by combining fast and slow balls. Morgan's KKR is fourth with 10 points from five matches. Australia's Pat Cummins (three wickets in nine matches) failed to meet expectations and Ferguson now has hope. He will also remember the team that lost the match by 82 runs to RCB in the first round, with AB de Villiers scoring an unbeaten 73 off 33 balls. It will be thrilling to see how Morgan Ferguson is used against batsmen like de Villiers, RCB captain Virat Kohli and opener Aaron Finch.