Courtesy of Sanju Samson’s maiden IPL century and blitzkrieg cameo by Chris Morris, the Delhi Daredevils thrashed Rising Pune Supergiant by a whopping 97 runs. The RPS batting line crumbled under the pressure of a target of 205 and managed only 108 before being bundled out.
This defeat has increased the troubles of RPS who are still struggling to find their best bowling combination. On the other hand, Delhi Daredevils who have underperformed in the past few seasons, are sure to have earned momentum with this win and will be soaring high on confidence.
As a unit, RPS was abysmal in this match however some of their individual players displayed promise. Delhi Daredevils too had some magnificent performances but the failure of few players will worry them.
Here are the player ratings for this match.
Sanju Samson- 9/10
This was a dream night for the Kerala batsman who notched up his first IPL hundred. Samson came out to bat in the second over after an early fall of wicket and then steered the innings with patience and calmness. But when it looked like Delhi were likely to be a few runs short on a good batting track, Samson shifted gears with ease. This magnificent hundred and this match will be inked in Samson's memory forever.
Zaheer Khan- 8/10
Zaheer Khan once again bowled like the leader of the pack. He was accurate, fierce and bowled with intent. He was outstanding during the powerplay and got the big wickets of Rahane and Agarwal without leaking many runs. His fantastic first spell sucked out life from RPS’ batting line-up from which they never recovered.
Amit Mishra- 8/10
Amit Mishra quickly left behind the horrific memories of last game and bowled with a fresh mindset. His best moment of the day was when he got the wicket of Dhoni. Along with picking up three wickets, Mishra was very tidy as well with the ball.
Chris Morris- 7/10
The bowling figures of Morris aren’t that impressive. He went for 19 runs in 2 overs but what we remember about Morris from this match is his incredible hitting. The South African faced only nine delivers but smashed 38 runs which included four fours and three sixes. He also picked up the wicket of Tripathi.
Rishabh Pant- 6/10
Coming fresh off a high-quality half century, a lot was expected from Pant and the way he started his innings, it looked like he was set for another big knock. But an unfortunate run out ended his stay after scoring 31 runs. He added crucial 53 runs with Samson in the middle overs. Behind the wickets, Pant displayed a safe pair of hands and showed sparks of brilliance while dismissing Faf du Plessis.
Shahbaz Nadeem- 6//10
Bowling with a cushion of 205 runs behind him, Nadeem was accurate with the new ball and then came back to get the wicket of du Plessis. He kept the pressure intact and didn’t allow Pune batsman any freebies.
Pat Cummins- 5/10
Although a bit expensive, Cummins was effective on this pitch courtesy of his pace. His vital contribution was the wicket of Ben Stokes. If he maintains his pace and accuracy, then Delhi won’t have to search more to find Zak’s bowling partner.
Sam Billings- 4/10
Another promising start and another failure for Billings. His knock of 24 had heavy promise but it ended shortly. He was looking good when he started the innings but he will have to learn the art of constructing the big innings quickly.
Cory Anderson- 3/10
Roped as an allrounder, we couldn’t see Anderson’s batting skills thanks to the Morris magic. With the ball too he was offered only one over, in which he was very expensive.
Aditya Tare- 2/10
After this game, questions over Tare’s spot in the teams are looming large. With Pant handling the wicket keeper’s responsibility, Tare was playing in the side purely as a batsman. But a duck at the top of the order is going to do nothing good for Tare.
Karun Nair- 1/10
We couldn’t see any batting from Nair but we surely saw his fielding. He took the vital catch of Dhoni and then failed to hold on to Dinda’s edge at first slip.
Rising Pune Supergiant
Imran Tahir- 7/10
In what appeared to be a below average bowling performance by Pune, Tahir’s spell was the lone bright spot. He conceded only 24 runs in his four overs and also picked up one wicket which earned him the Purple cap.
Adam Zampa- 5/10
Everything went well for Zampa until his last over. That was when Morris and Samson belted Zampa for 22 runs in the 19th over of the innings and spoiled Zampa’s bowling figures. The Australian leggie bowled tidily in the middle overs and grabbed the wicket of Sampson.
Deepak Chahar- 4/10
Chahar was given the responsibility of opening the bowling and he responded by picking up Tare on his first ball of the night. But after that nothing went in his favour as he even failed to complete his bowling quota. With the bat, he did smash two sixes but by that time the match was already over.
Mayank Agarwal - 3/10
He made his presence felt during fielding by accounting for Pant’s run out and showed intent while batting as he scored a four in the first over itself. But, Agarwal failed to make any significant impact with the bat in this match.
Rajat Bhatia- 2/10
Bhatia had a poor outing with the ball as well as the bat. He went for 21 in his two overs and was out for 16 runs.
MS Dhoni- 2/10
He may have stepped down from captaincy, but even today MS Dhoni is the most significant force in Pune’s camp. He was decent behind the wickets but with the bat, he could only contribute 11 runs.
Ben Stokes- 2/10
Stokes and his tryst with the last over continued. His six deliveries were not as bad as the ones he bowled to Braithwaite but surely this will rank highly in the list of his worst performances. After being effective for the first three, the Englishman was thrashed for 23 runs in the final over by Morris and Stokes as he ended with figures of 41 for none after four. He failed miserably with the willow as well, scoring only two runs.
Rahul Tripathi- 1/10
For a youngster, nothing works better than IPL for showcasing your talent. This Maharashtra batsman had a big opportunity today as Pune offered him the number four slot in their batting line up. But Tripathi managed to stay only for five balls. He scored a boundary off the first ball he faced but was eventually out for ten runs.
Ajinkya Rahane – 1/10
In the absence of Smith, Rahane was given the captaincy but, Rahane failed to weave any magic in the field. Using Zampa in the 19th over was a huge mistake and even in the middle overs, he failed to produce any brilliance. While chasing 206 runs Pune expected a flying start from Rahane, but the skipper went to back to pavilion in the third over only.
Faf du Plessis- 1/10
du Plessis came in the team because Smith was injured and he too failed to make any impact. Batting at number three, the South African batsman managed only eight runs failed to handle the scoreboard pressure.
Ashok Dinda- 1/10
It looks like Dinda hasn't learned anything from his mistakes from the previous games. He was once again torn apart in the death overs as his missed his mark and failed to bowl according to plans. His future in the XI looks unsure after this drubbing.