Chris Morris, the most expensive player in Indian Premier League’s history, showed by Rajasthan Royals paid the big bucks to acquire his services after leading his team to a miraculous win over Delhi Capitals in Match 7 in Mumbai on Thursday.
Morris finished the match with his fourth six as the Royals successfully chased down 148 in 19.4 overs even after joining the action late with his team reeling at 90 for 6 in the 15th over.
He remained unbeaten on 36 off 18 balls, and along with Jaydev Unadkat, added 46 for the 8th-wicket to take the team over the line with 2 balls to spare.
Morris and David Miller were the chief architects of the chase after a flop-show from the other recognised RR batsmen. The South African duo didn’t get to bat together but made sure to keep the team in the fight despite losing partners at the other end.
Miller top-scored in the match with 62 runs off 43 balls with 7 fours and a couple of sixes.
Morris, who was bought for a whopping Rs 16.25 crores at the February auction this year, was at his wittiest best after the match got over.
“I thought Delhi played really well. Dave played a great hand and it went out way. I think the dew plays a part here. I think they hit the length a lot better than we did and they got a lot of guys skying with the extra bounce. But we would have taken a chase of 140-odd,” Morris said.
Morris, who only dealt in sixes in the death overs, also revealed the secret behind his big-hitting abilities.
“There are guys that get paid to bat and guys that get paid to slog, and I know which I am. That’s why I play so much golf.
“I think the last game, that close game, we took a lot as a team. For us to get as close on the day, we took a lot out of that first game of ours. Nice to know we can win from anywhere after being down in the dumps,” Morris said.
Rajasthan Royals, the 2008 IPL champions, will now get to enjoy a 4-day break before they face 3-time winners Chennai Super Kings in their next game at the same venue on April 19.