‘We were trying to keep it simple and stay calm in the middle’ – Jaydev Unadkat on his match winning partnership with Chris Morris

Morris and Unadkat added 46 runs for the 8th wicket to take Rajasthan home. Unadkat remained unbeaten at 11

It was a dream day for the Rajasthan Royals’ million-dollar man Chris Morris as his late blitz helped Rajasthan Royals stun Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets. The game looked done and dusted at 104-7 in the 16th over but Morris went berserk in the final overs to snatch a victory for Rajasthan Royals. The all rounder remained unbeaten on 36 off 18 balls.

Jaydev Unadkat, who blew the Delhi Capitals top order and later made a vital contribution with the bat, supporting Morris from the other end and stitching an unbeaten 46 run partnership for the 8th wicket, has given his insights on his match winning partnership with Chris Morris. The left-arm seamer said that they tried to stay calm despite the tense situation. Speaking at a virtual press conference, Unadkat revealed that they knew a couple of big hits can get the game in their pocket.

“We were trying to keep it simple and stay calm in the middle. When you are in a pressure situation, at times, you lose your mind and start thinking ahead of the ball. We were both talking to each other, telling each other to watch the ball nicely and just go for it. He (Morris) couldn’t middle the first few balls. I kept telling him, it is just about one hit”.

He further said that the ball was coming on to the bat nicely which gave the pair confidence that the target could be achieved. Unadkat further praised Morris for his blistering knock.

“The ball was coming on to the bat nicely. The way he (Morris) was swinging it, we were confident that we were a couple of hits away. That’s what we were talking about in the middle, that we are just two hits away from getting the game in our pockets. It was amazing hitting by Morris. The sixes that he hit of Kagiso (Rabada) were probably some of the best shots today”.

The seamer further went on to say that they needed this win after the heartbreak in the previous game. Rajasthan Royals lost a nailbiter to Punjab Kings in their tournament opener. Chasing 222, Rajasthan went down by 4 runs despite a breathtaking century by Sanju Samson.

“It is always about that one game. It has been about 8-10 years since I have been playing the IPL. I knew that when my opportunity will come, I’ll have to be right up there in terms of performance. Happy to have contributed today. We needed this win as a team after losing the first game close up. It is always good to come out on the winning side in such close games. It gives a lot of confidence to the team. It gives you that much-required momentum in this format. I was able to execute what I wanted to do”.



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