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Pune lose the plot; Zaheer, Samson shine for DD

Pune lose the plot; Zaheer, Samson shine for DD

DD put in a team effort to record their biggest ever win in the IPL history

Rising Pune Supergiants were skittled by Delhi Daredevils for 97 runs, courtesy a brilliant century by young Sanju Samson.

Cricingif looks at some of the top moments from the game.

5. Rahane fails to impress in Smith’s absence

In the absence of RPS’ skipper Steven Smith, a new captain had to take his shoes. Rahane was accorded with the opportunity but he failed to live up to the expectations despite MS Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps. Nothing seemed to work right for him in both bowling and batting. The RPS sits second last in the points table and will need their regular captain back as soon as possible.

Zaheer dismisses RPS’ stand-in captain

4. Zaheer, the captain

After letting the game slip away against the RCB, Daredevils struck the right combination and the bunch combined to overpower the mighty Supergiants. The 97 runs win is also the biggest ever for DD in the IPL history. Their captain Zaheer Khan led them from the front in the field, claiming 3 wickets as well as rotating his bowlers perfectly. The young Delhi side will need more of similar team efforts if they want to better their traditional record in the IPL.

Zaheer dismisses Mayank Agarwal

Zaheer gets his third of the innings

3. Pedestrian Stokes

A forgettable game for the richest buy of the season. Stokes was smashed for 41 off his 4 overs and contributed only 2 runs with the bat. Although he showed some signs of brilliance with the bat in the previous game against Kings XI Punjab, he has three ordinary outings with the ball now. A few more of such outings might just force the RPS to rethink their lineup.

Ben Stokes could only manage 2 with the bat

2. Chris Morris flays into the RPS bowling

Chris Morris’ 38 off 9 balls is the fastest 30 plus score in the IPL history. He blazed away towards the end of DD innings with four boundaries and three maximums. Morris specially got a liking of Stokes in the last over of the innings – smashing him for 22 including 2 sixes and 2 fours.

Morris launches Zampa over midwicket

Morris flicks Ben Stokes over square leg

Morris launches Stokes over midwicket and into the stands

1. Samson’s fortunes take a U-turn

Coming on the back of an ordinary season having scored just 72 in 5 innings at an average of 18, Sanju Samson’s fortunes took a big U-turn as became the second youngest player in the IPL to score a century. After slowing down midway following a blazing start, Samson accelerated towards the end of the innings to stretch Delhi Daredevils’ score across 200.

Samson goes downtown

Samson launches Tahir over midwicket

Samson smashes Dinda down the ground

Over the bowler’s head for maximum