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Samson’s maiden ton razes Rising Pune

A maiden T20 hundred from Sanju Samson and a blistering unbeaten 38, off just nine balls, from Chris Morris, led Delhi Daredevils to their first 200-plus total since April 2012.

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Sanju Samson’s maiden ton razes Rising Pune Supergiant  Pic:BCCI

It was more than enough to give them their first win of the season, as Rising Pune Supergiants – who were without Steven Smith, their regular captain and best batsman – crumbled in the face of a steadily mounting asking rate, folding for 108 in 16.1 overs.

The efforts of Samson and Morris – helped by some not particularly clever death bowling from Ashok Dinda, Adam Zampa and Ben Stokes – brought Daredevils 76 runs off their last four overs. It was the third-best last-four tally in the IPL, behind two Royal Challengers Bangalore blitzes, and it undid the control Rising Pune’s bowlers – Imran Tahir in particular – had exerted through the middle overs, and ensured they would be chasing 206 rather than, say, 184.

An innings of three thirds

Samson walked in after Daredevils lost Aditya Tare in the second over and began with a flurry of boundaries against Rising Pune’s quicks, piercing the field with a series of drives and punches through point and cover. Capitalising on the width given by Deepak Chahar and Dinda, Samson scored 31 off his first 14 balls, hitting six fours in that time. With Sam Billings similarly positive at the other end, Daredevils scored 62 for 1 in the Powerplay – their best effort since scoring 64 against Deccan Chargers in May 2012.

The spreading of the field and the introduction of slower bowlers – Tahir, Zampa and Rajat Bhatia – slowed Samson down. He didn’t manage a single boundary as he went from 31 off 14 to 54 off 45, with Rishabh Pant – who smacked 31 off 22 – assuming the dominant role in a third-wicket partnership worth 53.

Then came the third phase of Samson’s innings, which began with a straight six off Zampa. From that ball on, Samson made 48 off 17 – the bulk of them in a 19-run 18th over from Dinda – and reached his century with another six off Zampa before being bowled by his quicker ball in the 19th over. Samson’s 63-ball 102 was the 43rd IPL hundred, and the sixth slowest.

The Morris massacre

 Daredevils were 166 for 4, with ten balls left in their innings, when Morris entered the picture. Of those ten balls, Corey Anderson would only face one, wisely taking a single off it – wisely, because Morris was in utterly unreal form, dispatching seven of the nine balls he faced to or over the boundary, all off the middle of his bat. Zampa went for 22 in the 19th over, and Stokes for 23 in the 20th. There were three massive sixes in Morris’ innings, but his best shot went for four – an off-stump yorker from Stokes, squeezed past backward point with a cleverly manipulated bat-face.

A non-rising Pune chase

Rising Pune’s bowlers had sent down a number of freebies to get Daredevils’ innings going. Daredevils’ bowlers did not return the favour. There were only four boundaries in Rising Pune’s Powerplay overs, and three wickets. Two fell to Zaheer Khan’s slower ball, and one – the debutant Rahul Tripathi – to a fast and accurate bouncer from Morris.

With the required rate nearing 12 an over, Faf du Plessis and Stokes fell in the next two overs, trying to manufacture shots. From 54 for 5, there would be no way back for Rising Pune.

Delhi Daredevils 205 for 4 (Samson 102, Morris 38) beat Rising Pune Supergiant 108 (Mishra 3-11, Zaheer 3-20) by 97 runs

Credit:Espncricinfo

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