New Delhi: His whirlwind 82 brought Delhi Daredevils agonisingly close to victory and Chris Morris termed it as his "best innings in T20 cricket" but said it was "upsetting" to eventually go down by one-run against Gujarat Lions during an IPL match here on Wednesday.
Coming out to bat at a difficult time with Daredevils tottering at 57-4 in 10.4 overs while chasing a challenging 173, Morris blasted 82 off just 32 balls studded with four boundaries and eight sixes. He notched up his fifty in just 17 balls, the fastest half century of the season.
The South African shared 87 runs for the fifth wicket with country-mate JP Duminy (48 off 43 balls) to take Daredevils on the brink of a sensational win before experienced Praveen Kumar and Dwayne Bravo produced brilliant final two overs to restrict Daredevils to 171 for five.
"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 sun will again come up," he said at the post-match press conference late last night.
"There was a lot of pressure. We needed 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."
Morris 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.
"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 for six.
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....