Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Chris Morris perhaps displayed his best bowling performance of IPL 2021 to strangle the Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai. Chris Morris, who earlier won a match for Rajasthan against the Delhi Capitals with the bat, did it with the ball this time, snaring four wickets. The South African all-rounder conceded that the absence of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Liam Livingstone are massive losses; however, he credited the management for inspiring them.
Rajasthan Royals, electing to bowl first against the Kolkata Knight Riders, did not let their opposition grab any momentum from ball one till the end. Despite the Knight Riders having a long batting line-up with several power-hitters, hardly any man could rule over the Royals’ bowlers for an extended period. The Knight Riders had lost four wickets with only 61 on the board in a little more than ten overs. Rahul Tripathi top-scored with 36 as the two-time champions finished with 133.
Even though Rajasthan lost Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler relatively early during the run-chase, the former had injected momentum into the innings. Sanju Samson added another 45 runs with Shivam Dube; however, the latter could not be present to finish the game. The Royals lost Dube and Rahul Tewatia before Samson played responsibly and took Rajasthan past the finish line with six wickets to spare.
We had a lot of fun on the field and our supporters were keeping us going: Chris Morris
Chris Morris, who finished with figures of 4-0-23-4, underlined that clarity of mind worked for him and felt that it was not the easiest wicket to bat on. The seam-bowling all-rounder credited the personnel behind the reason for bouncing back and attributed their supporters, who kept them going. Morris said that his success against Andre Russell is the result of the experience of playing against him and hopes for further positive results from the Royals.
“Just a clear mind [what worked for you?] I just went back to the drawing board and today wasn’t the easiest wicket to bat on as you saw in both innings. Obviously, those guys [Stokes, Archer, Livingstone] are massive losses on and off the field, but we have the right personnel in place. I won’t say who, though. We had a lot of fun on the field and our supporters were keeping us going. I think conditions change and are difficult against Dre Russ. As I said, he struck it well in the last game. Experience playing against him has helped me a little bit. Hopefully, there’s a lot more to come from this squad. We are fighting,” Chris Morris told in the post-match presentation.