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WATCH: Wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik taken aback by Lockie Ferguson’s express 150kph delivery

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Lockie Ferguson is one of the fastest bowlers in the world right now and the Kiwi speedster manages to clock ridiculous speeds at regular intervals. He had bowled the fastest ball in this season’s IPL until Umran Malik took over yesterday. However, he continues to hit the 150 mark regularly and this time in the game against Rajasthan Royals, his pace almost took the keeper on his knees.

Dinesh Karthik was taken aback by the scorching pace of Lockie Ferguson in the 6th over of the game. Ferguson had bowled it a little away from the off-stump, pitched it on the length and the ball took off from the pitch. The keeper collected it near his face, which speaks for the bounce Ferguson generates by hitting the deck so hard.

Upon collecting the ball, Karthik could feel the pressure at which it traveled towards him and lost his balance. He was left grounded with that stellar delivery, as batter Glenn Phillips and KKR skipper Eoin Morgan were left bewildered. The speedometer showed the ball to have clocked just over 150 kph.

Here’s a look at that scorcher of a delivery that took Dinesh Karthik by surprise.

 

Lockie Ferguson picks 3 wickets with the ball

Having set up a fantastic total on board, Lockie Ferguson and the rest of the KKR bowlers had a fantastic platform built to do their business. It started in the very first over with Shakib Al Hasan dismissing Yashasvi Jaiswal, whilst Mavi picked up Samson in the next over. Lockie Ferguson came on to bowl for the first time in the 4th over of the innings, and picked up 2 wickets straight away.

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He first dismissed Liam Livingstone, who just smashed it up in the air and was caught in the deep at square leg. He then dismissed Anuj Rawat with a stellar full delivery, that was straight on the stumps and Rawat was caught plumb in front of the stumps. Rajasthan Royals could only manage 85 runs in 16.1 overs before getting bowled out, and Ferguson finished with figures of 3/18.