It was the rookie Sanju Samson who scored his first IPL century yesterday for the Delhi Daredevils. His knock of 102 runs off 63 deliveries propelled DD to a strong platform batting first versus a gritty Rising Pune Supergiant. But had not been Chris Morris there, RPSG could not be completely signed off even before the chase started!
When Samson returned to the pavilion, getting bowled by Adam Zampa, DD was at 166 with 10 balls left. That was enough for the Protea pace bowling all-rounder. Morris came to the crease, swung the bat and demolished the death bowlers. When he left the crease unbeaten, his tally looked 38 runs off just 9 balls, consisting of 4 fours and 3 sixes!
Here’s how he took the team score to 205 from 166 in just 10 balls –
- 18.3 Zampa to Morris, FOUR.
- 18.4 Zampa to Morris, 2.
- 18.5 Zampa to Morris, SIX (102 Meters)
- 18.6 Zampa to Morris, FOUR
- 19.2 Stokes to Morris, FOUR
- 19.3 Stokes to Morris, 2
- 19.4 Stokes to Morris, FOUR
- 19.5 Stokes to Morris, SIX
- 19.6 Stokes to Morris, SIX
Ben Stokes may have remembered that World T20 final over he bowled last year at Kolkata, where Brathwaite smashed him for four sixes to help West Indies win the trophy. There was no Brathwaite in the DD playing XI yesterday, but Chris appeared no less harsh to him.
Chris later finished with a figure of 2-0-19-1 in the second innings, scalping the wicket of debutante Rahul Tripathi.
The target appeared huge on the home team RPSG led by Ajinkya Rahane. Almost every big name failed to score yesterday, with former Indian skipper MS Dhoni scoring a 14-ball-11 against the brilliant DD bowling. DD captain Zaheer Khan (3/20), assisted by Amit Mishra (3/11) and other bowlers, ran over the opponents literally. RPSG was all out at 108, losing the game by 97 runs!
Sanju Samson was declared the Man of the Match, but Morris was praised highly for his cameo innings.