Morris proves his worth orchestrating sensational run chase
A brilliant late onslaught from 16.25 crore Chris Morris has helped Rajasthan Royals to score 60 off just 4.4 overs towards the end of their innings and pick up a three-wicket victory over Delhi Capitals in Mumbai.
After 15 overs, Rajasthan were 90 for six with Morris yet to open his account. At that time, they needed 58 more runs to win. The situation became even more complicated once David Miller departed in the next over, scoring 62 off 43 balls with the help of 7 fours and 2 sixes.
But then, Morris took things in his own hands and struck four big sixes in his innings to not only make the task easier for his team, but also guide them to a successful run-chase with two balls to spare. In the end, Morris was unbeaten on 36 off 18 balls, while Jaydev Unadkat was 11 not out off 7 balls.
For the Capitals, Avesh Khan took three wickets conceding 32 runs, while Chris Woakes and Kagiso Rabada took two wickets each.
Earlier batting first, Delhi Capitals did not have the best of starts, as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals, and at one point they were tottering at 37 for four. However, captain Rishabh Pant came to their rescue and led from the front, playing a solid 32-ball 51 with 9 fours before getting run out by Riyan Parag.
There were some notable contributions from Tom Curran (21 off 16) and Chris Woakes (15 not-out off 11) as well, while Lalit Yadav struggled on his way to a 24-ball 20. Eventually the runners-up from last season’s IPL were restricted to 147 for eight in their allotted 20 overs.
For Rajasthan, Unadkat was the most successful bowler, as he finished with three for 15 in his four overs.
Mustafizur Rahman also had a great evening with the ball in hand, picking up the prized wickets of Marcus Stoinis and Tom Curran to return figures of two for 29.
Morris took one wicket for 27 runs in three overs.
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals 147 for eight in 20 overs (Pant 51, Curran 21; Unadkat 3/15) lost to Rajasthan Royals 150 for seven in 19.4 overs (Miller 62, Morris 36*; Avesh 3/32) by three wickets.