Delhi v Deccan, IPL, Delhi April 19, 2012

Pietersen ton keeps Deccan winless

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

Deccan Chargers dropped Kevin Pietersen three times on his way to 103, the second century of IPL 2012. It was an innings that condemned Chargers to their fourth defeat this season and left them winless at the bottom of the table. After taking three early wickets in defense of a below-par 157, Chargers were on course to turn their fortunes around, but Pietersen denied them. He took Delhi Daredevils to the top of the table with his authoritative knock, his highest score in Twenty20 cricket and hit most sixes in an IPL innings this season - nine.

Daredevils held the advantage from the halfway mark. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and Morne Morkel took three wickets apiece to keep to pull Chargers back from 101 for 2 after 11 overs. Despite another spell of fury from Dale Steyn, Chargers were unable to keep Daredevils from joining Rajasthan Royals at the top of the table, with a game in hand.

Chargers began strongly in the field when Naman Ojha looked to launch IPL debutant Veer Pratap Singh over the off side but was caught by JP Duminy. It brought Pietersen to the crease earlier than expected and he could have been sent back off the second ball he faced. Steyn bowled an inswinger that cut Pietersen in half as it beat him but Pietersen responded by flicking Steyn for four through midwicket. The next over Pietersen pulled Steyn to short midwicket where Bharat Chipli should have taken the catch to send him on his way for six, but spilled it.

Chipli would have felt a little better to see Virender Sehwag caught at second slip off the next ball and Mahela Jayawardene caught by Kumar Sangakkara in the next over. His relief was short-lived though, as he misfielded when Pietersen drilled a ball through the covers for four soon after.

Sangakarra brought on a slew of spinners - JP Duminy, Amit Mishra and Ankit Sharma - and Pietersen feasted on all of them. His first six came off Mishra, who he charged before smacking over his head, in an over in which he scored 14 runs.

When Ross Taylor was run out, Chargers had Daredevils cornered on 83 for 4 after 13 overs but Pietersen turned things around by mauling Duminy. Two full-tosses were clubbed over the leg side for six and a third delivery was dispatched over the sightscreen. Duminy's over cost 21 runs and he dropped a return chance off the last ball.

In that over, the required run-rate plummeted to a manageable 7.71 from a worrying 9.31 and Pietersen had all but done the job. He went on punish Mishra again, taught Veer not to bowl short and wide by smashing him for six and launch Daniel Christian over long-off.

With eight to get off the last two overs and Pietersen on 95, Yogesh Nagar, who played a good supporting role, blocked the last ball to give Pietersen a chance to bring up three-figures. Ankit bowled the first ball of the 20th over and Pietersen hit him over his head to win the match and complete his century, leaving Chargers in no doubt that they were at least 15 short.

Chargers' innings was built on one impressive stand, 71 runs in 6.5 overs, between Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel. But, none of the other batsmen built on their start and they stuttered after the pair was dismissed. Nadeem had Dhawan trapped lbw when he tried the reverse-sweep and Parthiv caught at deep square leg after he pulled one too many.

Nadeem took three wickets in three overs and was responsible for dragging Chargers' run-rate back. He also had Duminy caught at mid-on before he had been able to get stuck in. Although Nadeem did not take a wicket in his fourth over, he completed the catch that dismissed Christian the ball after Nadeem's spell ended. By then, Chargers' run-rate had been pulled back from 9 runs to the over, to 7.8.

Enough pressure was put on the lower order for them to perish as they tried to accelerate. Abhishek Jhunjhunwala edged behind as he tried to clear Morkel over long-off and Steyn failed to hit a short ball over Sehwag at cover. Bharat Chipli was able to take advantage of Agarkar's width to hit him for a six and two fours in this third over and steer Chargers over the 150 mark, but it wasn't enough.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on April 21, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Q - What if Dale Steyn has a bad day and Mishra had a good day? A - No change. DC loses. Q - How many runs did Daniel Christian give away in crucial circumstances? A - Doesn;'t matter. He's always there in the final XI. Q - What if Daniel Christian lived upto his expectatons? A - That's what he's been doing since IPL5 began. We knew he's not that good after IPL4. Q - What happens to the fans's attitude after every DC match? A - I don't know about others, but there a many of us who always believe in DC and we want it to win every match however many jokes we make on our team. We always say - GO CHARGERS GO!

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on April 20, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    DD did not win the game but DC lost the game coz of JP silly mistake... since he is well known international player and a excellent fielder when he is playing for SA.. it was surprise not to see him being on line when KP was hitting... every kid when start playing cricket the coaches around the world says one word for each and every fielder to be ONTHELINE when u are fielding in deep.. and only JP can explain why was he 10 yards inside the fence... he was neither in 30 yards circle nor on boudary line... ALL IN ALL BELEIVE IT OR NOT ONLY JPS BLUNDERS HAS COST THE MATCH FOR DC NOTHING ELSE...AND WHAT SANGA WAS DOING WAS HE NOT KEEPING EYE ON EVERY FIELDER.... WELL ITS LATE BUT STILL NOT TOOOOO LATE FOR DC TO WAKE UP... STILL WE GOT MANY GAMES TO PLAY AND LETS HOPE WE IMPROVE WITH THE TIME AND SOMEHOW GET QUALIFIED FOR SEMIS... GOODLUCK AND WORK HARD...

  • on April 20, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    if deccan take out chipli, and bring in tanmay, 3 games would have been won

  • asraruwant on April 20, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    The Players that Deccan Either lost in the Auction by fighting and wanting a lot or traded them or let them go by easily were, Kevin Peitersen, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma. And the above 3 players were solely responsible for deccans defeats so far in their losses against Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai in this Ipl.I strongly believe they shud have traded sangakkara instead of kevin peitersen becuause the only good buy they had was parthiv patel who is keeping the wickets. Sangakkara is not a T20 match winner but peitersen is a match winner is T20's and T20's u dont need greats of the game you need T20's match winners. My Team wud be. 1) dhawan 2) parthiv patel 3) Daniel harris 4) duminy 5) christian 6) chipli 7) anand rajan 8) amit mishra 9) Dale steyn 10)Ankit sharma 11) veer pratap singh. Although this isnt an ideal team but thats the best they can choose from this lot. Skipper should be Duminy.( Daniel Harris is a terrific T20 batsman)

  • DINESHCC on April 20, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    sachin_vvsfan: I agree with you. Excepting the match with CSK, all other matches are closely fought.

  • on April 20, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    come on deccan charger improve fielding raise your lever above school match

  • on April 20, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Sanga's captaincy and batting were dismal. Duminy is one of the worst bowlers, in fact he isn't even a bowler, and Sanga asked him to bowl and over which cost 21 runs and proved to be a death-blow to the challengers.

  • on April 20, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    DD got through against DD primarily due to Nadeem & then KP. Also poor catching by DC helped. Sehwag should look for a strong team effort from the main batsmen. Should look to open with Jayawardene. His opening record is too good to be overlooked. KP & Taylor at 3 & 4 our perfect. Also Agarkar should give way to Rao or Aaron. Moreover, Morkel can be given a break for Andre Russell. Good to be top of the table. Feels great after last years disaster. All the best to Sehwag & co

  • Sano27 on April 20, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Deccan yet again proves that their team management dint have any brain at all.....giving out KP, Ojha,injured Ishant makes them the weakest team.....we cant blame Sanga as he has to play with a poor team that the management had given to him.....

  • pai11 on April 20, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    @ Thyagu5432: dont worry mate. KP will not be playing in the later part of tournament due to his national commitments. so bowlers need not worry after that. and this might help you to watch matches with open eyes!!!

  • on April 21, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Q - What if Dale Steyn has a bad day and Mishra had a good day? A - No change. DC loses. Q - How many runs did Daniel Christian give away in crucial circumstances? A - Doesn;'t matter. He's always there in the final XI. Q - What if Daniel Christian lived upto his expectatons? A - That's what he's been doing since IPL5 began. We knew he's not that good after IPL4. Q - What happens to the fans's attitude after every DC match? A - I don't know about others, but there a many of us who always believe in DC and we want it to win every match however many jokes we make on our team. We always say - GO CHARGERS GO!

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on April 20, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    DD did not win the game but DC lost the game coz of JP silly mistake... since he is well known international player and a excellent fielder when he is playing for SA.. it was surprise not to see him being on line when KP was hitting... every kid when start playing cricket the coaches around the world says one word for each and every fielder to be ONTHELINE when u are fielding in deep.. and only JP can explain why was he 10 yards inside the fence... he was neither in 30 yards circle nor on boudary line... ALL IN ALL BELEIVE IT OR NOT ONLY JPS BLUNDERS HAS COST THE MATCH FOR DC NOTHING ELSE...AND WHAT SANGA WAS DOING WAS HE NOT KEEPING EYE ON EVERY FIELDER.... WELL ITS LATE BUT STILL NOT TOOOOO LATE FOR DC TO WAKE UP... STILL WE GOT MANY GAMES TO PLAY AND LETS HOPE WE IMPROVE WITH THE TIME AND SOMEHOW GET QUALIFIED FOR SEMIS... GOODLUCK AND WORK HARD...

  • on April 20, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    if deccan take out chipli, and bring in tanmay, 3 games would have been won

  • asraruwant on April 20, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    The Players that Deccan Either lost in the Auction by fighting and wanting a lot or traded them or let them go by easily were, Kevin Peitersen, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma. And the above 3 players were solely responsible for deccans defeats so far in their losses against Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai in this Ipl.I strongly believe they shud have traded sangakkara instead of kevin peitersen becuause the only good buy they had was parthiv patel who is keeping the wickets. Sangakkara is not a T20 match winner but peitersen is a match winner is T20's and T20's u dont need greats of the game you need T20's match winners. My Team wud be. 1) dhawan 2) parthiv patel 3) Daniel harris 4) duminy 5) christian 6) chipli 7) anand rajan 8) amit mishra 9) Dale steyn 10)Ankit sharma 11) veer pratap singh. Although this isnt an ideal team but thats the best they can choose from this lot. Skipper should be Duminy.( Daniel Harris is a terrific T20 batsman)

  • DINESHCC on April 20, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    sachin_vvsfan: I agree with you. Excepting the match with CSK, all other matches are closely fought.

  • on April 20, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    come on deccan charger improve fielding raise your lever above school match

  • on April 20, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Sanga's captaincy and batting were dismal. Duminy is one of the worst bowlers, in fact he isn't even a bowler, and Sanga asked him to bowl and over which cost 21 runs and proved to be a death-blow to the challengers.

  • on April 20, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    DD got through against DD primarily due to Nadeem & then KP. Also poor catching by DC helped. Sehwag should look for a strong team effort from the main batsmen. Should look to open with Jayawardene. His opening record is too good to be overlooked. KP & Taylor at 3 & 4 our perfect. Also Agarkar should give way to Rao or Aaron. Moreover, Morkel can be given a break for Andre Russell. Good to be top of the table. Feels great after last years disaster. All the best to Sehwag & co

  • Sano27 on April 20, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Deccan yet again proves that their team management dint have any brain at all.....giving out KP, Ojha,injured Ishant makes them the weakest team.....we cant blame Sanga as he has to play with a poor team that the management had given to him.....

  • pai11 on April 20, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    @ Thyagu5432: dont worry mate. KP will not be playing in the later part of tournament due to his national commitments. so bowlers need not worry after that. and this might help you to watch matches with open eyes!!!

  • pai11 on April 20, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    in last IPL DD were the worst performing team. their think-tank sat down and made few changes... and what changes!!!! they got only 3 foreign players -KP, MJ, RT and this makes their team one of the favourites! just a food for thought to teams like KXIP, DC that more than the performance of the team during this 2 months, what the think-tank does in the remaining 10 months matters more!!!

  • Thyagu5432 on April 20, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    KP is probably the most ugliest batsman I have ever seen, graceless, if you may say. The unfortunate thing is that he is scoring and if you do want to watch matches involving DD, you can't possibly close your eyes. To help us watch these matches, I hope bowlers soon find ways to get KP out early.

  • Vivian_Richard on April 20, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    DC might be scratching their heads in despair. Clearly the wobbly and dibbly-dobbly bowling (Steyn apart) of DC is better suited to green tops and amateur batsmen, neither of which they've faced in the tournament this far.

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 20, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Yet another match DC gave away. We should have 3 won matches by now and we keep making mistakes at crucial stages. We got early wickets and had KP's catch been taken we would have more chances.

    But i want to ask one question to DC owners. Why did you let players like KP, Ojha, Suman Rp singh go? What did you get in return? We fans deserve an explanation. And the most pathetic thing is you try to get jadeja for 2 million.You have no foreign allrounders better than christian, white.

  • on April 20, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    now its turn for chris gayle to make another ton in this IPL Petersen did yesterday.

  • on April 20, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    DD was brilliant with bowling yet again, the only black sheep was Ajit Agarkar. He has nothing to deliver for the team, no swing, no pace and no variation what so ever. I think viru need to find a better replacement in the team sharing the Medium pace balling.

  • ktk2020 on April 20, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    DC performance are going Down each IPL season , it is pathetic to watch their match's , still they are not taking any action to improve their team ,instead of that they are giving away their good player to other team (like Pietersen) to make worst . it is really sad for DC fans and IPL -5 tournament ,The last year Delhi also not had a good team but their management analysis this situation and put their effort to improve their team For this IPL-5 season and that reflected on their result also , but DC and kings XI management is not doing any plan on this regards because of this all are losing interest on this team and IPL tournament ,If IPL or DC management not taken care on this then it will impact on IPL tournament since because of these two Weak team people are losing the interest on IPL .

  • Dev9212 on April 20, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    @Vivekaks good point dude everybody knows if you want to be a good IPL side your domestic players need to be good and DC management has taken some bizarre decisions by letting go Ojha. R.P.Singh and a few others.

  • vvsquare on April 20, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    @vivekaks: deccans problem lies in its foreign players...dont forget delhi won bcoz of KP(whom deccan let go :D) & deccan were competent enuf only bcoz of d innings frm dhawan & patel...de'r problem is they have only 1 star batsman in sanga who is currently out of form & no other consistent performer in d batting line-up....deccan shud hv invested on a genuine batsman in d first place rather than make shift allrounders such as christian or duminy.

  • Lovetesh on April 20, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    DC sold KP and he showed them what they have lost. DC rules, though at the bottom of the table. DC's team spirit looks weakest though they are not the weakest side. They are just not gelling and that pride in winning is just not there.

  • Vivekaks on April 20, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    The problem wid DC this season or for that reason each season is...their Foreign players just dont perform. they jus refused to. I cant believe Steyn getting clobbered like this... Christian isnt delivering, when steyn delivers other let go... Duminy and Sanga arent finding their feet going...infact sanga is coming from his worst form slump in years.... DC shud invest a bit more on its local talent and blood them.... Look at CSK...most of their performers are indian players....Foreign players do contribute..but not as much as the local ones...

  • MWDZ on April 20, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    An innings to rank with one of the very best in all t20 games - forget about the dropped catch by Chipli, if the fielding side is willing to give the batters chances, full marks to them for grabbing it with both hands. By the way wy is Chipli persevered with, keeps dropping catches and misfielding and no runs to boot, come on Sanga turn it around

  • pai11 on April 20, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    n well played DC. most expected it to be a one-sider but they fought hard. mistakes in field cost the game for them. if they pull up their socks, i am sure they can give few good teams a run for their money in this tourney.

  • India_boy on April 20, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    IPL should have champion league style play-offs one each of home and away games for semi finals! one bad day makes all the effort worthless for a good team, like DD in first and third season

  • shishirji on April 20, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    "Dhakkan" chargers lost again???? nothing to be surprised about!!!!!

  • Htc-Baseball on April 20, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    @dravid gravitas: Good to see another RR fan around, but am no fan of kp and damn sure that hogg will remove him straightaway . And he was dropped many a times and that wont be the case with other teams

  • on April 20, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    I think DD should look to change their batting order as the top order is failing cosistently ... no doubt they have a more than formidable middle order ... But if they could possibly open with say KP and Nagar ... and get Sehwag one down and Ojha next would be a good ploy ....also Taylor needs to come before Mahela ... they are definitely missing a trick there coz Mahela can be a good finisher ....

  • pai11 on April 20, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    things could have been completely different had KP been caught by Chipli on 6! time for DD to introspect.. cant let things loosen in later knock-out stages... and I think DC owners will be kicking themselves for transferring KP to DD. what a player to send away!!!!!

  • gannyboy on April 20, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    The great Fielding effort of Deccan continues but it was a terrific effort by KP no matter what i mean the way he hit those sixes were simply majestic.

  • on April 20, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    What will happen to DC if dale steyne have bad day ?

  • vvsquare on April 20, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    wat a performance by Delhi ,KP & nadeem (& deccan fielding :D) in particular...bt guys wat ws agarkar doin..:D :D...come on Agarkar...u can do bettr ....GO DELHI GO!!!!!!

  • cricketman123 on April 19, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    @Llb Siddhant Sharma: r u trying to weaken them even more. U r asking to sack the best batsman in the side.

  • on April 19, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    DC Should have win this match..

  • krajesh10 on April 19, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    kp shows everyone what a player he is, a great inning by him and now delhi are on top of the table, delhi has such a strong batting line up that anyone can win it by his one,,,

  • Munkeymomo on April 19, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    KP is in great form at the moment, top innings to watch.

  • InnocentGuy on April 19, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    DD have historically been a very strong team on paper and they have put on strong performances in the league stages of the tournament. They have floundered when it matters most. This time too they look like the strong team that they are and have always been. They should easily make it to the semis. After that, it is just who is better on the day.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 19, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Absolute stunner from KP! Jai ho KP! Go mate go......There's no looking back. Proud to be your fan. Blessed! I don't know how my team RR is going to tackle you :-(

  • JG2704 on April 19, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Fair play to KP. Didn't like the comms from the other day but he's backing it up with the bat

  • on April 19, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    well done KP!!! It feels good to see some one like him living up to his reputation! this victory showcases the balances and depth DD is carrying hope they continue to blister and entertain... poor captaincy by sangakara once again.. he is been failing to ploy his resources to fullest and i fear the debacle of team in coming matches also...

  • shrastogi on April 19, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    DC again flattered to deceive. They were very well placed after cameo partnership by Dhawan & Parthiv but couldnt post a real competitive total on the short Kotla ground. And after that they were undone by some poor fielding. Its hard to say which way match would have gone if Pietersen had got out. The score wasnt such that Delhi needed to go all guns blazing. and still they managed to lose 3 wickets way to early. Oh Sehwag dont you read crciinfo pages. You've exasperated Delhi fans today. Learn something. KP was afantastic innings but I thought young Nagar batted really well. He took pressure of KP. Irfan Pathan should make runs to justify his price tag. Sehwag preferred Agarkar over Yadav in the final stages which cost a tad more. In all Delhi hasnt disappointed me.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 19, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    What an innings by KP !! he's having a blast with the Daredevils. He belongs to the right team now !!! he loves playing with Viru and Mahela. Delhi surely look like winners this season. CSK, Mumbai and KKR watch out !!!

  • subbaraogaru on April 19, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    DC never going to win a single game..with this team...this team iwill even loose to 2nd string Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi teams surely... they need to remove Sanga first he never played a good innings in T20 cricket ..he is not a T20 player...make Dale Steyn captain and select other give other overseas player chances ...and main thing Indian bench in DC team is worst ever

  • Rezaul on April 19, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    When you have Sehwag, KP, Mahela and Taylor batting together in a team, you better destroy the opposite bowling line up! Any of these four are capable of murduring any good bowler. DD is really the team to beat in this IPL.

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  • Rezaul on April 19, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    When you have Sehwag, KP, Mahela and Taylor batting together in a team, you better destroy the opposite bowling line up! Any of these four are capable of murduring any good bowler. DD is really the team to beat in this IPL.

  • subbaraogaru on April 19, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    DC never going to win a single game..with this team...this team iwill even loose to 2nd string Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi teams surely... they need to remove Sanga first he never played a good innings in T20 cricket ..he is not a T20 player...make Dale Steyn captain and select other give other overseas player chances ...and main thing Indian bench in DC team is worst ever

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 19, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    What an innings by KP !! he's having a blast with the Daredevils. He belongs to the right team now !!! he loves playing with Viru and Mahela. Delhi surely look like winners this season. CSK, Mumbai and KKR watch out !!!

  • shrastogi on April 19, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    DC again flattered to deceive. They were very well placed after cameo partnership by Dhawan & Parthiv but couldnt post a real competitive total on the short Kotla ground. And after that they were undone by some poor fielding. Its hard to say which way match would have gone if Pietersen had got out. The score wasnt such that Delhi needed to go all guns blazing. and still they managed to lose 3 wickets way to early. Oh Sehwag dont you read crciinfo pages. You've exasperated Delhi fans today. Learn something. KP was afantastic innings but I thought young Nagar batted really well. He took pressure of KP. Irfan Pathan should make runs to justify his price tag. Sehwag preferred Agarkar over Yadav in the final stages which cost a tad more. In all Delhi hasnt disappointed me.

  • on April 19, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    well done KP!!! It feels good to see some one like him living up to his reputation! this victory showcases the balances and depth DD is carrying hope they continue to blister and entertain... poor captaincy by sangakara once again.. he is been failing to ploy his resources to fullest and i fear the debacle of team in coming matches also...

  • JG2704 on April 19, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Fair play to KP. Didn't like the comms from the other day but he's backing it up with the bat

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 19, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Absolute stunner from KP! Jai ho KP! Go mate go......There's no looking back. Proud to be your fan. Blessed! I don't know how my team RR is going to tackle you :-(

  • InnocentGuy on April 19, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    DD have historically been a very strong team on paper and they have put on strong performances in the league stages of the tournament. They have floundered when it matters most. This time too they look like the strong team that they are and have always been. They should easily make it to the semis. After that, it is just who is better on the day.

  • Munkeymomo on April 19, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    KP is in great form at the moment, top innings to watch.

  • krajesh10 on April 19, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    kp shows everyone what a player he is, a great inning by him and now delhi are on top of the table, delhi has such a strong batting line up that anyone can win it by his one,,,