Delhi Daredevils rode on an all-round effort to thrash Rising Pune Supergiant by 97 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here yesterday.
While Kerala youngster Sanju Samson’s maiden T20 hundred set things on fire in the first innings as Delhi posted a mammoth 204 for 5, captain Zaheer Khan led from the front with three wickets to bundle the hosts out for a paltry 108 in 16.1 overs.
Zaheer (3 for 20) was complimented well by leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who returned with figures of 3 for 11 and Australian pacer Pat Cummins (2 for 24) as Pune succumbed to their second defeat in their three matches so far.
Chasing a mammoth 205, Pune’s innings derailed in the third over when opener and stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane (10) fell to Zaheer.
Zaheer again struck in his very next over with the wicket of Mayank Agarwal, whose poor run with the bat continued.
The Karnataka right-hander failed to read a slower one from the veteran left-armer and was beautifully latched on by Chris Morris at mid-off.
Thereafter, it seemed like the Pune batsmen were in a hurry to get back to the dugout as debutant Rahul Tripathi (10), Faf du Plessis (8) and IPL-2017’s million dollar boy Ben Stokes (2) fell in no time.
After scoring his first T20 century to guide Delhi Daredevils home, there was immense satisfaction on the 22-year-old’s face as Sanju Samson addressed the media.
“You need to have bad times to learn certain things about life,” Sanju Samson said.
“As a cricketer, if you make mistakes you learn from it in order to become a better person. I think my past has helped me to become a better cricketer and a better human being. I’ve learnt from it and I’m happy that my present is very good now.”
Sanju Samson’s knock, the sixth slowest for a batsman while scoring a century in the Indian Premier League, paved the path for Delhi Daredevils to post 205 as they thrashed Rising Pune Supergiant by 97 runs. Samson started aggressively, paced his innings in the middle and then finished on a high with a six to bring up his ton.