Samson maiden T20 century the highlight in Delhi’s 97-run win over Pune

Match report

The villain for Delhi Daredevils (DD) from three days ago, smashed a magnificent 63-ball 102 (8×4 and 5×6) and set up a massive 97-run win for his team over a Steve Smith-less Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the 9th match of IPL 2017. Smith had to sit out his side’s clash against Delhi due to a reported stomach bug.

The stand-in captain for RPS, Ajinkya Rahane, won the toss and expectedly opted to field first, with the Pune pitch being tailor-made for strokeplay. All of the Daredevils batsmen except Aditya Tare, who was dismissed for nought in the second over by Deepak Chahar, exuded a lot more maturity and chose the right balls to hit. Not to forget, the emphasis was more on timing and placement instead of intending to power the ball in the air and into the stands. The result of this approach was rich rewards, first and foremost for Sanju Samson, who played a careless shot against RCB three nights ago (April 8) and was dismissed at a critical juncture.

The strength of this Zaheer Khan-led Delhi Daredevils side is obviously their bowling, but against Pune, the young Daredevils in the Delhi batting line-up stood up and delivered the goods. And, once a 200+ total (205/4, to be precise) had been posted, the Daredevils’s bowling attack could be banked on to defend it against an RPS batting line-up bereft of its lynchpin Steve Smith and a reliable middle order batsman Manoj Tiwary.

Samson walked into bat with just seven balls having been bowled in Delhi’s innings and took charge immediately. Samson’s first scoring shot on the night was a square drive which pierced the gap between cover and point and reached the boundary rope. The next ball was on a similar length to the previous one and the youngster from Kerala had to press forward and drive and boy did he come down on that sweetly… again!

Samson had begun well and having middled two of his first three balls, he must have felt really good too. But the quality of those two square drives wasn’t all that surprising… for all of us know how talented a batsman Samson is. But the question was and will continue to be for some time, “Is Samson capable of scoring runs with his prodigious talent?”.

On this night, against Pune, the answer was yes. A determined Samson barely played any loose shot and didn’t go aerial on many occasions either. During the powerplay, Samson was dealing in boundaries, hitting as many as six fours in his first 25 runs.

Samson, who was in his zone, found a good batting partners in Sam Billings and Rishabh Pant. The Englishman, like Samson, found the boundaries at regular intervals, but he was also not guilty of not rotating the strike and ensuring that Samson didn’t lose his rhythm by spending long durations at the non-striker’s end. What this meant was RPS were unable to build pressure and the scoreboard kept ticking over.

In trying to play an expansive stroke off Tahir in the ninth over, Billings perished, after being involved in a 69-run partnership for the second wicket. But Samson was joined by a younger wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who carried on from where he left off against RCB. The left-hander took a particular liking to his Delhi team-mate Rajat Bhatia, whose variations weren’t having the desired effect, and tonked him for a couple of straight sixes in the 12th over. The innings 100 was brought up in this over, and Daredevils had eight overs up their sleeve to nudge close to a total of 200 or even go past what’s the magic total in the shortest format of the sport.

And, for the first time since the 2012 season, Delhi posted a 200+ total. Chris Morris joined Corey Anderson in the 19th over, at the fall of Samson’s wicket with DD at 166/4. But the South African all-rounder was in supreme touch with the bat on the night and got to play nine of the last 10 balls of the Delhi innings. But the impact he had on the Delhi innings right at the death, was too good. 4, 2, 6, 4, 4, 2, 4, 6, and 6 was how Morris collected his runs (38*) of nine balls and was instrumental in pushing DD’s total over 200. 23 runs came off the last over, which was bowled by Ben Stokes, and no wonder, Delhi had the momentum while Pune will have been gutted.

DD made the momentum count by striking early. Daredevils’s skipper Zaheer removed his opposite number in the third over of the innings to significantly reduce Pune’s chances of overhauling Delhi 205/4. Pune missed Smith’s two-in-one package of being an anchor and aggressor, and their pursuit of 206 was never on. Rahane fell early; Faf du Plessis, playing his first match of this season, was not in great touch and dismissed cheaply; and Stokes and Dhoni, the other two vital batsmen for RPS, were dismissed before they might gotten into their zone. Opener Agarwal top-scored for Pune with 20 and the hosts were bowled for 108, to concede a 97-run defeat.

RPS v DD, 9th Match Scorecard

Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) won the toss and elected to field first.

Playing XIs

RPS: 1. Ajinkya Rahane (c), 2. Faf du Plessis, 3. Mayank Agarwal, 4. Ben Stokes, 5. MS Dhoni, 6. R Tripathi, 7. Rajat Bhatia, 8. Deepak Chahar, 9. Ashok Dinda, 10. Imran Tahir, and 11. Adam Zampa

DD: 1. Zaheer Khan (C), 2. Aditya Tare, 3. Sam Billings, 4. Karun Nair, 5. Sanju Samson, 6. Rishabh Pant, 7. Corey Anderson, 8. Chris Morris, 9. Pat Cummins, 10. Amit Mishra, and 11. Shahbaz Nadeem


DD: 205/4 (Samson 102 and Morris 38*; Tahir 1/24)
RPS: 108/10 (Agarwal 20; Mishra 3/11 and Zaheer 3/20)

Result: Delhi Daredevils beat Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by a whopping 97 runs in what was their second match of IPL 2017. Sanju Samson set up the victory for them with an authoritative 102, and he was awarded the man-of-the-match.

Delhi Daredevils’s (DD) Innings
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate  
Aditya Tare

caught Dhoni, bowled D Chahar

0 (5) 0 0 0.00
Sam Billings

bowled Tahir

24 (17) 4 0 171.42
Sanju Samson

bowled Zampa

102 (63) 8 5 161.90
Rishabh Pant

run out Agarwal

31 (22) 1 2 140.90
Corey Anderson

not out

2 (4) 0 0 50.00
Chris Morris

not out

38 (9) 4 3 422.22
Batsmen who didn’t bat Karun Nair, Pat Cummins, Zaheer Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Amit Mishra
Extras 8 (5 wides and 3 leg byes)
DD’s total 205/4 in 20 overs, at 10.25 runs per over
DD’s fall of wickets 2/1 (Tare, 1.1), 71/2 (Billings, 8.1), 124/3 (Pant, 15.2), and 166/4 (Samson, 18.2)
Rising Pune Supergiant’s (RPS) Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Ashok Dinda 3 7 36 0 12.00
Deepak Chahar 3 4 35 1 11.67
Ben Stokes 4 7 41 0 10.25
Imran Tahir 4 8 24 1 6.00
Adam Zampa 4 8 45 1 11.25
Rajat Bhatia 2 1 21 0 10.50
RPS’s Innings (target: 206 in 20 overs, at 10.30 runs per over)
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate  
Ajinkya Rahane

caught Samson, bowled Zaheer

10 (9) 0 0 111.11
Mayank Agarwal

caught Morris, bowled Zaheer

20 (18) 2 0 111.11
Faf du Plessis

caught Pant, bowled Nadeem

8 (7) 1 0 114.28
R Tripathi

caught Nadeem, bowled Morris

10 (5) 2 0 200.00
Ben Stokes

caught Pant, bowled Cummins

2 (5) 0 0 40.00
MS Dhoni

caught Nair, bowled Mishra

11 (14) 0 1 78.57
Rajat Bhatia

caught Morris, bowled Mishra

16 (17) 0 1 94.11
Deepak Chahar

caught Pant, bowled Zaheer

14 (6) 0 2 233.33
Adam Zampa

caught Samson, bowled Mishra

5 (7) 1 0 71.42
Ashok Dinda

caught Mishra, bowled Cummins

7 (7) 1 0 100.00
Imran Tahir

not out

0 (2) 0 0 0.00
Extras 5 (4 wides and 1 leg bye)
RPS’s total 108 all out in 16.1 overs, at 6.68 runs per over
RPS’s fall of wickets 24/1 (Rahane, 2.6), 34/2 (Agarwal, 4.5), 49/3 (Tripathi, 5.5), 52/4 (du plessis, 6.4), 54/5 (Stokes, 7.5), 79/6 (Dhoni, 11.6), 94/7 (Bhatia, 13.1), 100/8 (D Chahar, 14.1), 107/9 (Zampa, 15.3), and 108/10 (Dinda, 16.1)
Daredevils’s Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Shahbaz Nadeem 4 10 23 1 5.75
Pat Cummins 3.1 7 24 2 7.57
Zaheer Khan 3 8 20 3 6.67
Chris Morris 2 5 19 1 9.50
Corey Anderson 1 2 10 0 10.00
Amit Mishra 3 10 11 3 3.67

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