- Daniel Sams defended 9 runs in the final over against Gujarat Titans to help Mumbai register their second win of IPL 2022.
- The MI all-rounder had earlier conceded 35 runs in an over against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Mumbai Indians pulled off a stunning last-ball victory against Gujarat Titans at Brabourne Stadium on Friday. Daniel Sams bowled an excellent final over in the second innings to defend just nine runs in front of in-form David Miller. Although Mumbai Indians are out of the playoff race and became the first team to get eliminated, the franchise snatched victory from Gujarat Titans.
Sams recently revealed that he planned to bowl slower deliveries throughout and tried to keep them out of the batters’ hitting arc. The Aussie bowler also shared that he tried to mix up the lengths and kept it away from David Miller while bowling nice and slow.
Undoubtedly, that was a redemption moment for Sams, who earlier conceded 35 runs in an over against KKR as Pat Cummins punished him and brought up the joint-fastest fifty in the history of the IPL. Sams’ over was one of the reasons why Mumbai Indians lost that match against Kolkata.
Speaking of the same, Sams revealed that it took him a while to move on from that incident but admitted that it’s part and parcel of an athlete’s life. He said, “After that, I worked on my bowling and focused on where I lacked. I was nervous the earlier games, but the last two games, I went out there like nothing to lose.”
Commenting on his strength, Mumbai Indians bowler revealed that his slower variations are his biggest strength. “It’s just one ball, but I can bowl it in different areas. It’s the same conversations with Bondy, figuring out the angles and the finer details. Looking at previous footage, I figured out that I was not bowling my best balls and through chats with Mahela and Bumrah,” further added.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians have been out of contention but have found their mojo back as five-time champions have now won two back-to-back matches and become party spoilers for other franchises.