New Delhi, Apr 30: Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid has said Morne Morkel's penultimate over changed the fate of the game, as his side slumped to a one-run loss against Delhi Daredevils in Game 39 of IPL 5 at New Delhi on Sunday.
Chasing 153 to win, Royals were clear favourites as they had scored 138/1 in 18 overs while things took a turn after Morkel's penultimate over, as the Daredevils' pacer conceded only 3 runs to make things difficult for Rahul Dravid's XI.
With 12 runs to win off the last six balls, Royals managed only 10 runs off Umesh Yadav's last over, as Owais Shah was run out by a direct throw from wicket-keeper Naman Ojha when the two batsmen ran for a desperate single in order to level the scores and take the match to a Super over.
"It was disappointing to lose from that position. We had the game within our grasp till the 18th over, but Morne's 19th over was crucial. He bowled really good balls. We must give credit to him the way he bowled under pressure," Dravid said at the post-match press conference.
"It happens in Twenty20 cricket. May be we could have finished the game much earlier.
"But we will have to bounce back (from this defeat), we have no other option. We probably needed the points more than Delhi," he added.
Dravid, praised Rahane for his 63-ball 84 which helped to chase the target easily but Morkel's three-run over shattered Royals' hopes as the young opener's superb knock ended in a losing cause.
"He (Rahane) will be disappointed not to end on the winning side after such a wonderful knock. I told him not to be disappointed because this sort of things happen in cricket. He is batting amazing this season. It is not only good for us but also augurs well for India," the Rajasthan skipper said.
Dravid acknowledged his bowlers for their superb performance, as they could restrict Delhi's star-studded line-up to 152/6 in 20 overs.
"Our bowling today was superb. We probably bowled the best of any teams against Delhi, who has such a formidable batting line-up," he insisted.