PUNE: Sanju Samson hit IPL-10’s first century in Delhi Daredevils’ 97-run annihilation of Rising Pune Supergiant here tonight, firmly putting behind a domestic season he would like to forget with an innings to remember. With his 63-ball 102, the 22-year-old wicketkeeper underlined why he is considered talented, as Daredevils notched up a formidable 205 for four after being sent in.
Chris Morris blazed his way to 38 off a mere nine balls, helping the visitors amass 45 runs runs in the last two overs of the innings with a flurry of sixes and fours. In reply, Pune’s innings fell apart within the first 10 overs as they were reeling at 54 for five. Eventually, the hosts were bowled out for a paltry 108 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
Samson’s last domestic season was marred by disciplinary issues – he had left the team dressing room in the middle of a Ranji Trophy match.
The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) let him off with a warning for his alleged misconduct with a rider that his father Viswanadh would not “interfere with his son’s cricketing activities”. An unconditional apology salvaged the situation for the father-son duo.
Given the way he toyed with the bowlers, Samson made it amply clear that he has put those issues behind, and an attack that was lacking in both venom and vision would not take away anything from his knock that happened to be his maiden T20 hundred.
Samson got to his maiden T20 century with a straight six off Adam Zampa in the Daredevils innings’ penultimate over.
In all, 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.
Delhi Daredevils innings
AP Tare c †Dhoni b Chahar 00
SW Billings b Imran Tahir 24
SV Samson b Zampa 102
RR Pant† run out (Agarwal) 31
CJ Anderson not out 02
CH Morris not out 38
Rising Pune Supergiant innings
AM Rahane* c Samson b Khan 10
MA Agarwal c Morris b Khan 20
F du Plessis c †Pant b Nadeem 08
RA Tripathi c Nadeem b Morris 10
BA Stokes c †Pant b Cummins 02
MS Dhoni† c Nair b Mishra 11
R Bhatia c Morris b Mishra 16
DL Chahar c †Pant b Khan 14
A Zampa c Samson b Mishra 05
AB Dinda c Mishra b Cummins 07
Imran Tahir not out 00
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