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Sanju Samson’s Superman dive for Delhi Daredevils is simply awesome - Watch it

Sanju Samson kept Delhi Daredevils in the IPL T20 game by producing a magnificent save in 19th over to prevent a maximum from Kolkata Knight Riders’ batsman Manish Pandey

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 18, 2017 12:28 IST
Sean Sequeira
Sean Sequeira
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Sanju Samson dives to save a boundary during the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 match between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Feroz Shah Kotla on April 17, 2017.(AFP)

Kolkata Knight Riders roared to a thrilling four-wicket victory over hosts Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Monday. (HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD)

One of the star performers for the visiting Kolkata Knight Riders team was Manish Pandey, who struck his second, unbeaten half-century of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

Pandey’s 49-ball 69 not out, that included four fours and three sixes, helped bring his personal tally to 221 runs in IPL 2017, and put him second in line for the orange cap behind Sunrisers Hyderabad’s David Warner, who has 235 runs.

Although the defeat would have been hard to digest for the Delhi Daredevils, they would have positives to take back, particularly with the fielding of Sanju Samson.

The 22-year-old produced a moment of brilliance along the boundary when he prevented a six with an athletic dive to keep the Delhi Daredevils in the game.

Sanju Samson dives to save a boundary during the Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL T20 match at Feroz Shah Kotla on Monday ( AFP )

As the Kolkata Knight Riders chased the DD’s 168-run target, Manish Pandey smashed a Chris Morris delivery in the second ball of the 19th over high towards the boundary line.

A six might have been on the cards until Sanju Samson — usually a wicketkeeper — produced an athletic dive across the line to grab the ball and swing it under him before crashing to ground, all in one swift motion.

The fans in the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium rose to their feet to applaud the effort, as did his support staff.

Kolkata Knight Riders' Manish Pandey, left, scores a run as Delhi Daredevils' Amit Mishra watches the ball during their Indian Premier League match in New Delhi on Monday. KKR won by four wickets ( AP )

Going into the penultimate over, Kolkata Knight Riders had needed 16 runs to win the match meaning Samson’s effort definitely kept Delhi Daredevils in the game.

However, the hosts could not see out the game for a result as Manish Pandey’s heroics won the match for KKR.

Needing eight runs in the final three deliveries, Pandey struck leg-spinner Amit Mishra for a six and ran two to win the match for Kolkata Knight Riders with a ball to spare.

First Published: Apr 18, 2017 12:09 IST