Rajasthan Royals (RR) beat Delhi Capitals (DC) by three wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday, thanks to Chris Morris, the most expensive player in IPL history, who blasted 36 off just 18 balls at the death. Rajasthan Royals got off to a bad start in their chase for 148 runs, with half of their team returning to the dugout with just 42 runs on the board. David Miller and Morris, a South African duo, came to their side’s rescue and drove them home. Morris took over after Miller left and smashed four sixes in the final two overs to give Rajasthan Royals their first win of the season.
Morris became a social media sensation after his match-winning innings, with fans and experts praising the South African all-rounder for justifying his high price tag.
Morris was denied a single with five required off the last two balls by skipper Sanju Samson, who had sent him back on the penultimate ball in the previous game against Punjab Kings, which they lost.
On Thursday, however, the South African all-rounder showed his worth against Delhi Capitals. Former India opener Virender Sehwag wrote on Twitter, sharing a split picture of the batsman from the previous game and Thursday’s match, that this one knock will gain him both money and respect.
Morris, who was bought for a record price of Rs 16.25 crore by RR, demonstrated his worth by slamming two sixes in the penultimate over bowled by fellow countryman Kagiso Rabada, reducing the equation to 13 off the final six balls.
In the final over, bowled by Tom Curran, he cleared the fence twice more. He ended the game on a high note, hitting a huge six to send RR home with two balls to spare.