By: Tarish Bhatt
Delhi Daredevils displayed a near-perfect performance in Pune to win the contest by 97 runs. They handed a thumping defeat to Rising Pune Supergiants, who lost their second match in a row.
Sanju Samson scored a scorching hundred for Delhi. Meanwhile, Zaheer Khan and Chris Morris dismantled the Supergiants. The hosts could only manage to score 108 in reply to Delhi 205 at the MCA Stadium.
“This team has tremendous potential, we just need to back ourselves,” Zaheer said. “We have some amazing talent, you see Samson batting like that and Morris going at it in the end. It’s just about focusing on our processes.”
“We have guys like Rabada and Shami and Jayant who has a Test hundred sitting out,” the Daredevils captain added. “It’s good to look at the bench and see that we have the firepower.”
Chasing 206, Pune were off to a disastrous start and at one time reduced to 54-5. They never able to recover from it and eventually got bundled inside 17 overs. Pune completely failed as a batting unit while chasing.
“When you are chasing 200-plus, you need to take your chances,” Ajinkya Rahane said. “There are a couple of areas for improvement, still early days in the tournament and I am sure we will learn.”