Mumbai: Chris Morris produced a timely 36-run unbeaten knock as Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Capitals by three wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Thursday.
To be very honest, I thought that it was tough from 40 for 5. We had Miller and Morris, but I thought it was tough, Samson said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
It’s about reading the conditions. It was a little sticky at the start. Taking pace off is the strength of our fast bowlers and that worked out, he said.
Morris said the Capitals batsmen did not handle the bounce well but their bowlers hit the right length.
That happens every now and then in the game of cricket, 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 it was nice to know that his side can win from anywhere after being down in the dumps.
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, he said.
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.
The Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant said his side did a good job but we let them get over us in the end.
He said dew also played a role in the result of the match.
We could have bowled better. Dew got the better of us. I think we were 15-20 runs short. But there is something to gain from this match, the bowlers did well at the start. Hopefully in the future we can pull things off.
In the second innings there was more dew than the first innings so we had to be doing our part, because the slower ball wasn’t stopping, he said.
Meanwhile Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting on Thursday said that pacer Ishant Sharma is suffering from a heel niggle and the side is working on his faster recovery. The experienced Indian pacer missed the first two games for Delhi Capitals. Rishabh Pant-led side lost against Rajasthan Royals by three wickets in their second game. Ishant’s absence created space for Avesh Khan who has impressed with his bowling in both games. He has been ultra-impressive, pretty much from the first day we arrived here for the training camp.