Pune: Kerala youngster Sanju Samson scored his maiden T20 century to help Delhi Daredevils (DD) post a mammoth 205/4 against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in an Indian Premier League 2017 match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old right-hander, who became the second youngest to strike a century in the IPL, took the Pune bowlers to the cleaners from the word go, before converting his first T20 half century to what could be a match-winning hundred. (IPL 10, RPS vs DD - Live Blog | Fixtures)
Samson, who got to his century with a straight six off Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa, clobbered five sixes and eight fours in his 63-ball 103.
Subsequently, South African all-rounder Chris 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.
Put in to bat, Daredevils were once again off to a poor start losing opener Aditya Tare for nought but Sam Billings (24) and Sanju Samson resurrected the innings with a 69-run second wicket stand.
Samson signalled his arrival with two consecutive fours of Deepak Chahar, who induced Tare off his first ball to get a thick edge to be caught behind by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
In the next over, Samson destroyed medium pacer Ashoke Dinda`s line and length by hitting two consecutive fours before Billings joined him to milk 16 runs from the third over.
The Englishman then struck Chahar for three back to back boundaries as the over yielded 15 runs, helping Delhi cross the 50-run mark by the end of the sixth over.
Pune leaked 45 runs in the final two overs as Morris went on with his natural game from the very first ball. He slammed Zampa for two fours and a six in the 19th over before clobbering Stokes for two more boundaries and as many maximums in the final over to take Delhi to the massive total.
I love watching Sanju Samson play cricket! Hes some talent!
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) April 11, 2017
He's 22! No player is complete at that age. I'm so happy he's got this 100! He's an entertainer! https://t.co/OXJpIYSTDv
— KP (@KP24) April 11, 2017
Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 205/4 (Sanju Samson 103, Chris Morris 38 not out, Rishabh Pant 31, Imran Tahir 1/24) vs Rising Pune Supergiant.
(With IANS inputs)