IPL 2016: Chris Morris upset after 32-ball 82 goes in vain for Delhi Daredevils

first_imgChris Morris termed his breezy 82 as his “best innings in T20 cricket”, but on the other hand was disappointed to see his team Delhi Daredevils go down to Gujarat Lions by one-run in a thrilling IPL match yesterday.  Morris walked to the crease when Delhi were struggling at 57 for 4 in 10.4 overs chasing 173, but after that the South African allrounder took control and blasted a 32-ball 82. His innings was studded with four boundaries and eight sixes and the half-century of his off 17 balls is the fastest of the season.Morris and JP Duminy (48) shared a crucial 87-run partnership for the fifth wicket and almost took Delhi to a sensational win before Praveen Kumar and Dwayne Bravo used their experience to restrict the hosts to 171/5. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )”It probably was my best innings in T20 cricket. I could have missed a straight one first ball and looked like an absolute idiot but it was just one of those days for me when I got going from ball one. It was upsetting we lost but tomorrow sun will again come up,” he said at the post-match press conference.”There was a lot of pressure. We need almost 13 an over when I came out to bat. Before I came out to bat I told myself ‘give yourself one or two’. It was quite obvious what we needed to do. I just played my natural game. If the ball is in my zone any day I would have gone after it even if we need five an over. It’s just the way I play my game. Luckily it worked today.”advertisementMorris said it was a good wicket to bat on and they were targeting short boundaries and not any particular bowler during the chase. He also praised Duminy for lending him support from the other end. (Gujarat edge Delhi by one-run in pulsating match )”We targeted the short boundary more than the bowlers. Like I said it was quite a good wicket. JP (Duminy) played hell of a knock in terms of rotating the strike and hitting his zones. Unfortunately he got out at a vital point of the game. Like I said if the ball is in our zone we will go after it no matter who the bowler is,” he said.Daredevils skipper Zaheer Khan’s decision to put the opposition in after winning the toss backfired as openers Brendon McCullum (60 off 36) and Dwayne Smith (53 off 30) played explosive knocks before Daredevils bowlers pulled things back to some extent to restrict Gujarat Lions to 172/6.The way McCullum and Smith were going at one stage, Gujarat were well on course for a 200 plus total. But Delhi bowlers, especially Imran Tahir (3/24) and Morris (2/35) bowled well in the middle overs to keep the total under check.”We were bowling to two of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket to be honest. If those two get going you can see what they can do. I thought they played beautifully. We gave them a few too many loose balls but that’s the game of cricket. If you could bowl perfect six balls every time then you will be a legend. At the end of the day it was quite a good wicket and a serious game of cricket. Unfortunately we lost and that’s quite upsetting,” Morris said.Morris also came out in support of his skipper Zaheer, who was taken to task by McCullum and Smith on Wednesday.”That guy (Zaheer) is a genius. The way Zak’s brain works is brilliant. It could have been a different day for Zak. Zak went for four off the first ball and he induced a nick that went between the keeper and slip fielder. When Zak makes a decision I back him 100 per cent. That’s the reason he is the captain and that’s the reason he has got so many wickets.”Morris, who turns 29 on Saturday, praised the back room combination of Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton, who were so far instrumental in turning Delhi’s fortunes around this season.”That’s the genius of Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton. They give you a lot of space to grow as a person. As a cricketer they let you grow as much as possible. They give you something to do about. They are brilliant together.”Meanwhile, Gujarat Lions pacer Praveen Kumar, who bowled a sensational penultimate over and conceded just four runs off the 18 needed in the final two overs, said he just focussed on bowling to his strengths.”The plan was to bowl as much dot balls as possible to increase the run rate and create pressure on their batsmen. My mindset was simple. My strength is that I can bowl good Yorkers and that’s what was going on in my mind. You need to bowl according to your strength and my strength is yorkers,” said Praveen, who gave away just 13 runs from his four overs but without any success.advertisementOut of the national team reckoning for a while now, Praveen accepted that a comeback is in his minds but what is more important for him is to contribute in his side’s victory in any cricket match.”I take every match seriously. I play normally in every match whether it’s IPL, domestic cricket or a match in my neighbourhood. I always try to give my best and contribute in the team’s win. Yeah every cricketer thinks of making a comeback but I am satisfied with the fact that I am bowling well and the team is winning,” he said.Asked why Ravindra Jadeja was not utilised after the left-arm spinner conceded 14 runs in his only over of the match yesterday, Praveen said: “There was plenty of dew in the ground and the fast bowlers were bowling well so our plan was to bowl more with the pacers. Spinners were not getting much turn with the ball. Even (Suresh) Raina tried two overs but the ball was skidding more because of dew.”(with PTI inputs)last_img

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