- Sanju Samson played 119 runs in 63 balls
- Still could not win the team, lost by 4 runs
- The first player to score a century in IPL 2021
- Chris Morris did not strike in the last over
Chris Morris is the most expensive foreign player in IPL history. He has been bought by Rajasthan Royals (RR) for Rs 16.25 crore. Despite spending so much money, Morris did not show up in the first match of this season against Punjab Kings (PBKS). From the top, Sanju Samson did not give a strike when set at the crease, Morris expressed his unhappiness while making a mouth.
The case is the last over of Rajasthan’s innings. RR needed 5 runs off the last two balls. The captain of the RR who scored a century on the strike was Sanju Samson and Chris Morris at the other end. There was a chance of a single off the fifth ball but Samson did not take a single. Morris had run to half the crease but had to return disappointed.
Now the memes being built on the reaction of Morris
There is a lot of discussion on social media about the making of Chris Morris. However cricketers like Sanjay Manjrekar and Jimmy Neesham wrote that Sanju Samson was right in his place. At such a time, it is not right to give a strike to Morris.
What happened in the last moments?
Rajasthan needed 22 runs off the last 12 balls. Riley Mederith bowled Rahul Teotia off the very first ball of the 19th over. He was replaced by Chris Morris. Mederith conceded a single off the next two balls. Now RR needed 20 runs off 9 balls. Samson hit a six off the fourth ball and took a single off the next ball. No run scored on the last ball of the 19th over.
Sanju Samson scored a century in the first match as captain, made a unique record
The last over of the innings was to be thrown. Rajasthan needed 13 runs. Samson was on strike in front of Arshdeep Singh. No run scored on first ball. Samson was able to take only a single off the second ball. Now 12 runs were needed from 4 balls. Morris was able to take just one run on the next ball. 11 runs were needed off three balls.
Samson hit a six off the fourth ball and now needed five runs off two balls. Not a single run scored on the fifth ball. Samson played the ball like a wide launch-off. Morris ran for half the pitch, but Samson denied the single. The last ball required a six but Samson was bowled. Rajasthan lost the match by four runs.