The 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) witnessed yet another low-scoring thriller and it was Rajasthan Royals who came out at the top. A timid bowling effort and some Protea firepower saw Delhi Capitals lose their second game of the season. While David Miller scored a fifty, it was Chris Morris‘ blistering cameo that saw Rajasthan over the line.
RR skipper Sanju Samson who registered his first win in the IPL as captain was relieved to see his side get over the line. While Sanju admits that he didn’t have much hope of winning the game, he adds that he some hopes from the South African duo. Samson feels that variations were key on the ‘bit sticky’ Wankhede wicket.
“Had some hopes with Miller and Morris to come but to be really honest I thought that it was tough from there and I think the boys did really well to get over the line. It’s about reading the conditions. Was a bit sticky to start with. Hard lengths and mixing up with the variations was the key,” Samson said following the game.
“If I play that match again 100 times I would not take the single,” Sanju Samson
In a surprising move, Rajasthan fielded as many as three left arm pacers, Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman and Chetan Sakariya for the game. Samson hailed the left arm quicks as the strength of his side while he stressed that the three are different from each other.
“That’s also our strength – three left-armers. They are slightly different from the other so we can use it in a different way. We had a chat with him, he was very confident and very clear (Sakariya),” Samson adds.
With the ball in hand, Unadkat was brilliant for Rajasthan. Unadkat registered figures of 3 for 15 in his four overs to be adjudged the man of the match. Mustafizur too chipped in with a couple of wickets as RR restricted the opposition to 147.
Rajasthan’s season opener against Punjab Kings was a high scoring thriller. While RR lost the game, Samson’s valiant hundred was the highlight of the game. But what hogged the limelight was Samson denying Morris a single on the penultimate ball of the game with five more runs required. While many questioned the call, the Kerala batsman asserts that he would have taken the same decision had he been in the situation a 100 times.
“Can’t do much, was just praying inside. Always sit back and review my game. If I play that match again 100 times I would not take the single,” he concludes.