Best Bowling Performances of Chris Morris in IPL
Although South Africa might not have the trophies to show it, they have been one of the strongest competitors on the biggest stage in cricket and have produced a steady stream of matchwinners. The all-rounder Chris Morris is one of a long line of such players, who can win matches for their teams with bat or ball.
Having shown his abilities with the bat and the ball in the IPL, Morris has been a useful asset for Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, and Chennai Super Kings during his time in India.
This list of the top 5 bowling performance of Chris Morris in his IPL career will illustrate exactly how dangerous he can be with the ball in hand.
5. 4-0-40-3 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (2013)
Kicking off this list of the top 5 bowling performances of Chris Morris in IPL matches is his effort in 2013 for Chennai Super Kings in their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Batting first, RCB posted a score of 165/6 thanks largely to half-centuries from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Morris took 3 of the 6 wickets to fall in the RCB innings, sending back Chris Gayle, Kohli, and Dan Christian as he finished with figures of 3/40 in 4 overs. CSK did not get off to the best of starts in reply, but a series of useful contributions in the middle order took the men in yellow over the line, with the winning runs scored off the penultimate ball.
4. 4-0-35-2 vs Gujarat Lions (2016)
Jumping forward to 2016 for the next entry on this list of the top 5 bowling performances of Chris Morris in his IPL career, we come to this match between Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions. Gujarat’s openers had put on 112 for the first wicket before Morris and Co. got in on the act, taking 5 wickets before the next 30 runs were scored. For his part, Morris took the vital wickets of Brendon McCullum and skipper Suresh Raina, ending up with figures of 2/35 in his 4 overs. The South African then rounded up a man of the match performance with an astounding 82* off just 32 balls low down in the batting order, hitting 4 fours and 8 sixes. Unfortunately, Delhi ended up falling just one run short in the end.
3. 3-0-22-3 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (2019)
Staying with Delhi for the next entry on this list of the top 5 bowling performances of Chris Morris in IPL matches, we have a 2019 encounter between the Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Batting first, Delhi put on a competitive 155/7 in their 20 overs. SRH looked to be in complete control in their innings, scoring 71 for the first wicket. However, that was when the Delhi bowlers got their claws into the SRH batting lineup, choking the supply of runs. While Kagiso Rabada made the early inroads, Morris and Keemo Paul came in to mop up the tail. Morris scalped the wickets of Deepak Hooda, Abhishek Sharma, and Rashid Khan in quick succession as the SRH innings quickly ran out of steam, ending up all out for 116 in the 19th over.
2. 4-0-26-4 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (2017)
The list of the top 5 bowling performances of Chris Morris includes another showdown between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils, this time coming from the 2017 edition of the tournament. SRH posted an imposing total of 191/4 in their 20 overs, on the back of 70 and 89 from Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson respectively. Despite SRH’s high score, Morris put in a commendable performance, taking 4 wickets for 26 runs in his 4 overs. There were all 4 of the wickets to fall in the innings and makes for impressive reading – David Warner, Dhawan, Williamson, and Yuvraj Singh. Unfortunately for Morris, his teammates could not match his heroics with the ball in the second innings, falling short by 15 runs in the end.
1. 4-0-23-4 vs Kolkata Knight Riders (2015)
Going back to 2015 for Morris’ best bowling performance in the IPL, which came for Rajasthan Royals against Kolkata Knight Riders. The Royals’ first innings was lit up by a sparkling century from Shane Watson, which propelled them to 199/6 in 20 overs. In reply, KKR threatened to make a fist of it but were kept in check by the efforts of Morris and his teammates. The South African sent back Gautam Gambhir cheaply before then taking care of the dangerous Andre Russell, Suryakumar Yadav, and Shakib Al Hasan, wickets that knocked the stuffing out of the KKR chase.