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IPL 2021: Match 18 RR vs KKR- RR won by 6 Wickets

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RR– 134/4 (18.5 over)

Sanju Samson- 42(41)*
Chris Morris- 4-0-23-4

KKR- 133/9 (20 over)

Rahul Tripathi- 36(26)
Varun Chakravarthy- 4-0-32-2

RESULT: RR won by 6 wickets

It’s a good win for the Royals this. They came in here after a proper hammering by RCB, but have turned things around really well. A performance like this was desperately needed to lift a camp that’s been bogged down by losing key players to injuries. KKR haven’t had much joy in this tournament either and there’s lot more to worry about now for Morgan and Co after a dismal outing today. Brendon McCullum said it – the intent was missing with the bat at the start. Their powerplay lethargy set the tone for an innings where the run rate only climbed over six in the 15th over. Russell was still waiting for his turn till then. And when he didn’t provide the big finish, the writing was on the wall. The pitch wasn’t the belter that we’ve seen at the Wankhede. It was slower and the ball was gripping. But 133 is asking too much of the bowlers here. Another pleasing aspect for RR will be their skipper showing the maturity in guiding them home. Now for him to take it forward and show more consistency.

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Man of the Match:

Chris Morris

Just a clear mind (what worked for him). In the previous game with those guys going as well as they were, the mind gets cluttered. Today wasn’t the easiest wicket to bat on as you saw in both innings. But to keep it as simple as possible with the odd change of pace. Just my turn to do well today I think. Obviously those guys are massive losses. We’ve got the right personnel in place. We have to find a way to lift ourselves. Have to almost find a motivation and our motivation as a team is that there’s a lot of suffering going on. We’re privileged to do what we’re doing and we’ve got to keep people smiling. Had a lot of fun today on the field. I said to Miller it’s the most fun 7 overs I’ve ever had in my career. The conditions always change, they’re always difficult against Dre Russ. Experience of playing against him has helped over the years.

—Chris Morris, Man of the Match

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Upstox Most Valuable Asset of the Match: Chris Morris

Unacademy Lets Crack It Sixes of the Match award: Rahul Tripathi

CRED Power Player of the Match: Yashasvi Jaiswal

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Safari Super Striker of the Match: Rahul Tripathi

Dream11 GameChanger of the Match: Chris Morris

VIVO Perfect Catch of the Match: Yashasvi Jaiswal

The body gave in towards the back end, but it was nice to finish off the match well. Sanju batted extremely well, he actually did in the first game, came in, showed what he’s got, was a good team performance, nice and clinical. In T20 cricket, everything happens rather fast, it was a tactical decision (batting down the order), and came off well tonight. The key is to finish off games, I will not mind batting anywhere, just want to help the team win. Tewatia is a local and he plays the spinners well, brings out the sweeps and reverse sweeps (hence batted ahead). We have a good bunch of guys and a great set-up, There was a lot of positive energy tonight, today was a big win and we’ll take confidence into the next game, hopefully get onto a nice little run. Was a nice wicket although the cutters were holding up a bit, I couldn’t get bat on ball at the start, it was good to finish it off.

David Miller

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Winning Captain, Sanju Samson (RR):

Our bowlers have been doing really well for the last 4-5 matches. There are many options for me to juggle around. Really enjoy captaining them. You could see in his eyes he wanted the competition. He wanted to get the big batsmen out (Morris). Situation of the match demands the way I play. That’s what I’ve learnt from previous years. Even if you bat and score a quick fifty you feel bad if the team doesn’t win. Sakariya is a very different kind of person. Very happy going, very chilled out. Same person inside and outside the ground. Hopefully he will win us more matches in the future. Need to chill down a bit. Have been playing continuous matches from last week. Will take a day off and plan for the next game.

Losing Captain, Eoin Morgan (KKR):

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The batting let us down. We lacked a lot of intent throughout the whole innings. We were behind the game right from the get-go. Didn’t put the bowlers under enough pressure. RR adapted to the pitch much better. We were probably 40 short which is a lot in a T20 game. The wicket today wasn’t as good as it has been here at the Wankhede and that was a challenge in itself. Every time we tried taking an attacking option, we lost a wicket. Left us a lot to do at the back end, which we didn’t obviously do. Clearer the mind, the easier it is (to play with intent). We want guys to play free-flowing cricket. It wasn’t there today unfortunately.

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