Sangakkara reveals why Samson refused a single to Morris on the penultimate ball
The match between Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals witnessed a spectacular run-fest as both teams went all guns blazing with the bat. Batting first, Punjab Kings set up a target of 222 for the Royals. KL Rahul top-scored with 91 off 50 balls whereas Deepak Hooda scored 68 off 24 balls.
In reply, Sanju Samson was the lone warrior in the run-chase as he single-handedly dominated the game with ease. He scored a brilliant century and nearly pulled off the ropes but lost the game by a whisker of 4 runs.
When 5 runs were required off the last 2 balls, Samson tried to hit the ball off Arshdeep Singh’s bowling but decided not to take a single and thus denying Chris Morris the strike on the penultimate ball of the game.
Chris Morris, who is the most expensive player in the IPL history was visibly frustrated after his captain denied a single because the South African international ran a long way to cover the distance to reach the striker’s end but was immediately sent back by the captain.
Samson decided to go for a six off the last ball but he lacked enough power and timing as he was caught on the boundary rope by Deepak Hooda. After the game, Rajasthan Royals’ Director of Cricket Operations, Kumar Sangakkara responded to a controversial call made by the skipper.
The former Sri Lanka captain added that it was really encouraging to see the new skipper backing his abilities, Sangakkara reckoned that Samson believed in himself to accomplish the task and almost pulled it off. Samson was named the man of the match for his scintillating batting show.
“I think Sanju backed himself to get the job done and he nearly did, he was 5 or 6 yards short of hitting the last ball for a six. And sometimes when you know you are hitting the ball well, you are in form and you believe that you can do it, you got to take that responsibility and it was really encouraging to see Sanju do that.
We can always talk about a missed single here or there but the crucial thing for me is players’ belief, attitude and commitment to what they know their strengths are. Sanju took it upon himself to finish the game and he just fell a few yards short that happens but the next time I believe he’ll hit it 10 yards further to win us the game,” Kumar Sangakkara said at the post-match press conference.