Rajasthan Royals required 5 runs off 2 balls when captain Sanju Samson, on strike, has the chance to take a single and pass on the strike to Chris Morris who was on 2 off 4 at that point.
Samson on 119 off 61 refused to take the single as Morris was not set on the field yet and decided to face the last ball himself.
However, Sanju Samson lost his wicket on the last delivery while trying to go all the way for a six and RR lost the game to Punjab Kings by 4 runs on Monday (April 12).
“Sanju Samson backed himself, he nearly got the job done. He was five or six yards short of hitting the last ball for a six and sometimes when you know you’re hitting the ball well and you’re in form and you believe that you can do it, you’ve got to take that responsibility. And it was really encouraging to see Sanju do that,” Sangakkara said at the post-match press conference.
“We can always talk about a missed single here or there but the crucial thing for me is the players’ belief in attitude and commitment and they know what their strengths are. And Sanju took it upon himself to finish that game and he just fell a few yards short. That happens, but the next time I’ll believe he’ll hit it that 10 yards further to win us the game.”
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Samson, who got out off the last ball, scored 119 off 63 in his debut as IPL captain. Sanju Samson hit as many as 7 sixes and 12 boundaries as he single-handedly took the Royals close to the finish line in a mammoth chase of 222.
“I don’t think I could have done anything more than that [on the last ball]. Thought, timed it well for a six but it somehow landed inside the rope. I don’t have words to tell that [explain my feelings]. It was a very close game and would really love to have finished it off for my team but unfortunately don’t have much to say,” Samson said after RR’s loss.
“The second part of my innings was my best IPL performance. I was really struggling to get my rhythm but I went back to the basics, communicated with my partners, took my time a bit more, respected the bowlers bowling well. I took the singles and I rotated the strike and slowly I got into my rhythm,” he said during the presentation.
“When I am in the zone, and I’m watching the ball well with good intent, my batting automatically happens. The sixes come out naturally, and in that process, I tend to lose my wickets also. I’ve very happy to play in that manner no matter what.”
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