IPL 2017: Delhi Daredevils play spoiler in win over Rising Pune Supergiant

Offie Washington Sundar was taken to the cleaners in his first over with Nair collecting two fours on the leg side before Pant hit a flat six over mid-wicket to get going.

In the first and last over of the match Ben Stokes came up with two special displays of fielding.

Then, there was MS Dhoni run out.

Steve Smith batted beautifully for 38 from 32 balls, but his departure in the 10th over was the first of multiple Pune wickets to tumble at the wrong time of their chase.

"After we lost the first two wickets, I just had to play the 20 overs".

Stokes's momentum appeared to be taking him over the rope after holding on to a skier from Shami on the deep midwicket boundary at full stretch, but he had the presence of mind to throw the ball in the air and collect on his return to the field. Yes, it did sail over, but only to see a flying Stokes pulling off a stunning catch. On a sluggish surface where three other batsmen faced 25 or more balls and had a strike-rate of less than 135, Nair ended with a strike-rate of 142.22.

Pant looked to take Zampa to the cleaners but the spinner got his own back.

Stokes then weighed in with 33 off 25 balls, including three fours and two sixes, during Pune's unsuccessful pursuit.

Pant will be disappointed not carrying on after the start he got, having smashed his way to 36 from 22 balls.

Similar treatment was meted out to Pune's star all-rounder Stokes, who went for 13 in his opening over, courtesy three crisp hits from Nair.

Obviously, Supergiant, with a stalwart like M.S. Dhoni possessing the exceptional quality to finish a contest on his individual strength, will leave nothing to chance in a match it would do well to win.

Although Lockie Ferguson produced a Man of the Match performance in his last game, with their pace bowling unit doing well, the Rising Pune Supergiant management should be looking at replacing Imran Tahir, who has left the tournament for national duty, with Adam Zampa.

  • Jon Douglas