Zampa, Dinda help Pune restrict Daredevils to 121/6
Put into bat, the Daredevils struggled to get the runs throughout their innings and lost wickets at regular intervals to end their innings with a meagre total at the the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.
Zampa (3/21) and Dinda (3/20) led the Pune bowling charge with brilliant spells to stifle Daredevils for runs. The Daredevils did not have any partnership worth the name, the highest being 28 for the unbroken seventh wicket stand between Chris Morris (38 not out) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (2 not out).
Had it not been the 22 runs Morris took from Thisara Perera in the last over by hitting two fours and two sixes, the Daredevils total would have been much smaller.
One-down Karun Nair top-scored with a 43-ball 41 and along with Morris, he was the only other Daredevils batsman who gave a semblance of a fight.
Dinda gave Pune the first breakthrough in the third over by dismissing Quinton de Kock (2) as his delivery swung back to hit the batsman in front of the middle stump and the umpire had an easy call.
Shreyas Iyer (8) was sent back to the pavilion by Dinda in the fourth over as the batsman miscued a well-directed bouncer to deep square leg fielder Usman Khawaja.
Runs were hard to come by for Daredevils as they could hit just five boundaries in the first 10 overs. Their woes were compounded as they lost the wicket of Sanju Samson (10) in the last ball of the 10th over bowled by Zampa.
Zampa’s legbreak drew Samson forward and ripped past the outside edge for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to execute a simple stumping to leave Daredevils reeling at 49 for 3 at the halfway stage.
Zampa struck again in the 13th over as Rishab Pant attempted an across-the-line slog but the away-moving delivery took the outside edge of the batsman for long-off fielder Thisara Perera to take the catch.
The Australian leg-spinner had his third wicket two overs later as his spinning delivery beat Nair and hit him in front of off-stump. His 41 had five fours. J P Duminy out in the 19th over as he scooped straight to short fine leg fielder Irfan Pathan of the bowling of Dinda.