IPL T20 Cricket: Pietersen slams ton for Delhi Daredevils

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April 20, 2012

Scorecard: Delhi Daredevils 162 for 5 (Pietersen 103*, Steyn 2-19) beat Deccan Chargers 157 for 8 (Parthiv 45*, Nadeem 3-16) by five wickets

Dale Steyn congratulates Kevin Pietersen, Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers, IPL, Delhi, April 19, 2012

April 20, 2012

Scorecard: Delhi Daredevils 162 for 5 (Pietersen 103*, Steyn 2-19) beat Deccan Chargers 157 for 8 (Parthiv 45*, Nadeem 3-16) by five wickets

Dale Steyn congratulates Kevin Pietersen, Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers, IPL, Delhi, April 19, 2012

Kevin Pietersen's first Twenty20 century carried the Delhi Daredevils to a five-wicket victory over the winless Deccan Chargers as they moved to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) standings yesterday.

Pietersen smashed his ninth six straight back down the wicket to score the winning runs with five balls to spare, taking his tally to 103 and Delhi's to 162 for five, four clear of their target for victory.

The England batsman needed just 64 balls to bring up three figures, and his masterful innings covered for the failures of others as only Yogesh Nagar, unbeaten at the close on 23, and Ross Taylor (13) made it into double figures for the Daredevils.

The Chargers will be left to rue mistakes in the field as they had dropped him three times, when he was on six, 68 and 94.

Bharat Chipli put him down at mid-wicket early on, a moment that could have altered Deccan's fortunes entirely, while JP Duminy and Kumar Sangakkara were guilty of later spills.

Pietersen's previous T20 best had been a 79 for England against Zimbabwe in 2007.

"This is absolutely amazing, this is what dreams are made of," said Pietersen. "You come here as an England player and it's very, very intimidating but to come here and have all these fans cheering for you is very special.

"That was my first Twenty20 100 so it will be pretty hard to beat."

Earlier, the Chargers had made 157 for eight, with Parthiv Patel making 45 and Shikhar Darwan 44, but Delhi had Shahbaz Nadeem (three for 16) and Morne Morkel (three for 23) to thank for keeping them in check.

The win sends Delhi above the Rajasthan Royals, having played a game less, while Deccan is stuck at the opposite end of the standings.


Courtesy: Cricketnext