In what can be termed as transmigration of his batting, Sanju Samson has silenced his critics with a swashbuckling century against Rising Pune Supergiant. Having made his name in the nation since the sixth season of the IPL, Samson had failed to live up to the expectations not only in the IPL but in the domestic circuit as well. After scoring the first century of IPL 10 (43rd overall), 22-year old Samson would be full of confidence.
Coming in to bat at No. 3, Samson was in the middle in the second over after the fall of Aditya Tare. Samson took on the bowlers from the word go. Taking full advantage of the powerplay, Samson reached 31 in the first 14 balls that he faced. The fact that he scored six fours in the powerplay set the tempo for the Daredevils.
The right-hand batsman fell into a shell after the wicket of Sam Billings. In the next 27 balls that he faced, only 19 runs came from his bat. But the slog overs brought out the best out of him. Last 52 runs that he scored came in only 22 balls. He finished his innings on 102 off 63 deliveries. The ever-so-impressive innings was comprised of eight fours and five sixes.
Samson, who was the youngest batsman to score a fifty in the IPL (18y, 169d in 2013) has now become the second youngest to score a century (22y, 151d), behind Manish Pandey. He has also become the 28th batsman to score a century in the IPL.
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