South Africa’s Chris Morris’ tall paycheck for the IPL 2021 has been the talk of the town ever since the commencement of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League. However, on Thursday, Morris stood tall to justify the hefty price tag, scoring a crucial and brisk 18-ball 36 to take his side Rajasthan Royals home against Delhi Capitals. Royals, at one stage, were struggling at 90-6 in 14.5 overs chasing a target of 148 set by Rishabh Pant’s DC. Morris smacked four maximums in his unbeaten innings and helped the Royals register their first win in the IPL 2021 in style.
In no time, fans who had witnessed a stunning run chase, were reminded of RR skipper Sanju Samson who had denied Morris a single on the penultimate ball in their maiden contest where the team lost the match to Punjab Kings by just 4 runs.
Did Samson make a wrong call? Or was he right in trusting his own abilities after having accumulated 119 himself? That debate is for another day, what we do know is Morris’ heroics brought out the fans who imagined the South African’s reaction to his skipper Samson with hilarious memes.
— Shubhu007 (@Shu_bhu007) April 15, 2021
— Mr Sarcastic//Less Active (@MrKavi_dev) April 15, 2021
Sanju Samson: I scored hundred i must face last ball Very next match
— Ravi Shastree (@adam_styris) April 15, 2021
From this to this.Morris not only bodied DC today but Bodied his captain Sanju Samson as well pic.twitter.com/eOh7ysdjAH
— neeraj (@_masterofchase_) April 15, 2021
— Hari Asylum (@hariazylum) April 15, 2021
Sanju Samson : Morris bhai, kya match jitaya hai aapne wahChris Morris : pic.twitter.com/tuJUoARPIP
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) April 15, 2021
David Miller scored an invaluable 62 off 43 with seven fours and two sixes but fell when RR needed 44 runs off 25 deliveries and three wickets remaining. However, allrounder Morris showed why RR broke the record for the most expensive player in IPL history by belting an unbeaten 36 off 18 with four sixes to take his team over the line.
Earlier, DC were bailed out by their captain Rishabh Pant who struck a brisk fifty after the last year’s runners-up were reduced to 37/4 with thanks to a three-wicket burst from left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat (3/15). He accounted for DC’s top three – Prithvi Shaw (2), Shikhar Dhawan (9) and Ajinkya Rahane (8) inside the Powerplay.