IPL 2017: Delhi thrash Pune as Sanju Samson hits season's first ton

Apr 11, 2017, 23:15 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Sanju Samson's maiden T20 century helped Delhi Daredevils script a mammoth 97-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant to register their first win of IPL 2017 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday

Delhi Daredevils batsman Sanju Samson celebrates after achieving his landmark during the IPL T20 match played against Rising Pune Supergiants in Pune on Tuesday. PTI Photo
Delhi Daredevils batsman Sanju Samson celebrates after achieving his landmark during the IPL T20 match played against Rising Pune Supergiants in Pune on Tuesday. Pic;PTI 

Sanju Samson smashed the season's first century and powered Delhi Daredevils a one-sided win over Rising Pune Supergiants as the hosts, missing skipper Steven Smith, crumbled in the face of the season's first 200+ chase on Tuesday. 

Samson, who became IPL second youngest cricketer to hit a ton, took DD to a formidable 205 for four against Pune. Samson got to his maiden IPL century with a straight six off Adam Zampa in the innings' penultimate over.

Chasing 206 to win, Pune were never in the hunt with wickets falling regularly and the innings folded at 108 as DD scripted a mammoth 97-run win at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium at Pune on Tuesday.

Spinner Amit Mishra and pacer Zaheer Khan both took three wickets apiece to lead the demolition of Pune side.

Earlier, 22-year-old Kerala lad Samson hits his maiden T20 century had taken the Pune bowlers to the cleaners right from the word go, before converting his first T20 half century into a match-winning hundred.

Chris Morris blazed his way to 38 off a mere nine balls, helping Delhi amass 45 runs runs in the last two overs of the innings. 

During his 63-ball knock, Samson struck eight boundaries and five sixes, while Morris found the fence four times and cleared it thrice during his cameo.

Pune lost Aditya Tare early, but Samson took the Pune attack by the scruff of its neck, and was soon dealing in boundaries.

Samson was severe on Deepak Chahar, playing the bowler through the point region for two back-to-back boundaries, which got Daredevils off the blocks after an economical first over.

In the next over, Samson launched into Ashok Dinda for three boundaries, his off-side play standing out at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, as Delhi went along fluently.

Introduced into the attack after the first timeout, Imran Tahir provided Pune their second breakthrough when he cleaned up Sam Billings with a slider that went through the big gap between the bat and body.

Billings' dismissal paved the way for Rishabh Pant, who showed steely resolve in Daredevils' first match, having joined the team soon after performing the last rites of his father. Pant, once again, got into the act quickly, sending Rajat Bhatia's dibbly-dobblers, first straight over the sight-screen followed by one over the long-on for maximums.

Looking good to add some more runs to his name, Pant was run out when Mayank Agarwal's brilliant direct throw from the point region hit the stumps at the non-striker's end, leaving the batsman well short of the crease. 

Meanwhile, Samson reached his half century off 41 balls, hitting six boundaries. The 22-year-old scored his first six when he hit Adam Zampa over long-off. He paced his innings well and switched gears by hitting Dinda for 19 runs in the 18th over, which included two sixes and a boundary. 

South African all-rounder Morris then added the late order fireworks in the final two overs, with a 9-ball unbeaten 38, that included three sixes and four boundaries, to raise Delhi's 200.

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