Big IPL signing Morris powers Rajasthan

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Chris Morris, Rajasthan's record IPL buy, has proved his worth again with some matchwinning bowling against struggling Kolkata Knight Riders.

The Royals pushed Kolkata to the bottom of the table with their six-wicket victory on Saturday as their multi-million dollar signing, Chris Morris, grabbed 4-23 to restrict the Knight Riders to 9-133.

Captain Sanju Samson, compiling a near run-a-ball unbeaten 42, then anchored Rajasthan to their target as they reached 4-134 with seven balls to spare.

"You could see in his eyes he wanted the competition. He wanted to get the big batsmen out," Samson said of the South African allrounder, who has now played matchwinning roles for them with both bat and ball.

Although Rajasthan's problems in the batting powerplay continued, Samson kept his team on track with able support from David Miller, 24 not out, and Shivam Dube, 22.

Jos Buttler's struggle at the top continued when he was trapped leg before wicket for five by legspinner Varun Chakarvarthy off his second ball.

Yashasvi Jaiswal hit five boundaries in his 17-ball knock of 22, before he holed out in the deep as Rajasthan lost both openers within the first five overs.

But Samson added 45 with Dube, and Miller twice survived lbw appeals against Shivam Mavi.

Earlier, Rajasthan's left-arm fast bowlers Mustafizur Rahman (1-22) and Jaydev Unadkat (1-25) bowled impressively up front.

Shubman Gill (11) and captain Eoin Morgan (0) struggled for their fifth successive game before they were run out.

Unadkat removed power-hitter Sunil Narine cheaply for six in the 10th over and top-scorer Rahul Tripathi, with 36, was deceived by Rahman's slower delivery to get caught in the deep just when it looked the batsman had settled down.

Morris chipped in with his four late wickets in his last two overs. They included dangerman Andre Russell, who was caught on the edge of the boundary by Miller.