Delhi v Deccan, IPL, Delhi April 19, 2012

Pietersen ton keeps Deccan winless


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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  • Dummy4 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!

  • Baba 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...

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2012, 12:31 GMT

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

  • Asrar 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)

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

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

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2012, 10:12 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Sano on April 20, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Deccan yet again proves that their team management dint have any brain at 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.....

  • shailesh 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!!!

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