Indian Premier League - 9th match

Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils won by 9 runs

Gambhir on strike,Balaji to bowl. One slip

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12.25pm: Five minutes to go. Viru and Gauti will be facing up to Manpreet Gony and L Balaji. There is only one favourite side in this contest, but anything can happen.

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Team news: Ashish Nehra will make his Delhi IPL debut, replacing Yo Mahesh. Kingsmead, by the way, is the scene of Nehra's six-wicket haul in an ODI against England, in the 2003 World Cup. Chennai are unchanged

12.01pm: Pommie Mbangwa wants to know if the empty stadium is ready for the toss. Virender Sehwag was ready, it would seem. He called "tails" correctly, and will bat first. He expects some swing for fast bowlers.

MS Dhoni is not disappointed because "he didn't have much control over the toss". Philosopher. "We had a good game at Port Elizabeth, but in Twenty20 you have to play well on the particular day." Really, we didn't know. No changes in the Chennai team, and it would have helped if Pommie had asked Sehwag about his team.

Jeremy Coney and Sunil Gavaskar inspect a bare pitch, dry and grassless. Lot more runs, they reckon.

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11.30am: Virender Sehwag, Matthew Hayden, Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, possibly David Warner. Then there are Daniel Vettori and Muttiah Muralitharan. And AB de Villiers, Andrew Flintoff, Albie Morkel. Welcome to the clash between possible semi-finalists this year, Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings. And keeping the big contest in mind, Durban is bright and sunny.

We still have time to go to start, but you have around 20 minutes left to predict the exact number of 4s and 6s for the day. If you get it right you could win an iPod Shuffle. Those Apples are up for plucking everyday during this IPL.

0.1

Balaji to Gambhir, OUT, And Bala has struck first ball. It looked like a harmless leave. Gambhir walked a couple of steps down, and while shouldering arms he could have got en edge to it. Not clear from replays so far. It moved in a bit, and brushed the glove on the way. What a start for Chennai

G Gambhir c †Dhoni b Balaji 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

AB de Villers in

0.2

Balaji to de Villiers, 1 run, AB just bunts it down, and takes a single to cover

And Sehwag pulls out because of the shadow of the moving camera overhead

0.3

Balaji to Sehwag, no run, short and sat up, and Sehwag looks to pull, but is beaten by the slowness of the ball

0.4

Balaji to Sehwag, no run, short and wide, and Sehwag looks for another big one, but misses out again. Didn't look to cut it, he looked to go straight

0.5

Balaji to Sehwag, no run, again short and wide, and Sehwag is early into the shot again, and ends up turning the bat face in his hand, and plays it back to Bala

0.6

Balaji to Sehwag, 1 run, slightly fuller, but not drivable, Sehwag plays it towards mid-off, with soft hands, and rushes through for a single. What an over from Bala, what a start for Chennai

End of over 1 (2 runs) Delhi Daredevils 2/1 (RR: 2.00)
V Sehwag    1* (4b)      L Balaji    1-0-2-1
AB de Villiers    1* (1b)     

Gony to bowl to Sehwag

1.1

Gony to Sehwag, FOUR, gentle loosener, 124ks, drivable length, and Sehwag gives it the treatement, straight down for four

1.2

Gony to Sehwag, no run, almost got him, is the pitch too slow for Sehwag's liking, he is early into the pull again, and almost carries to midwicket

1.3

Gony to Sehwag, 1 run, full again, and driven straight, and Bala makes a good diving save at mid-off, keeping him down to one

1.4

Gony to de Villiers, 1 run, on the target, on the length, and AB drops it down into the on side, and rushes through for one

1.5

Gony to Sehwag, no run, looks for pull, but the ball is too full, and he ends up playing it towards mid-off, not the best of starts for Sehwag so far

1.6

Gony to Sehwag, OUT, the was coming all along, Sehwag has not at all looked good today, and here he puiills a delivery that is too full, and he top-edges it this time, lobbing it to Morkel at mid-on. So the underdogs of this openeing battle, Bala and Gony, have struck once each. Sehwag and Gambhir gone

V Sehwag c Morkel b Gony 6 (9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 2 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 8/2 (RR: 4.00)
     MS Gony    1-0-6-1
AB de Villiers    2* (2b)      L Balaji    1-0-2-1

Dilshan, playing ahead of Warner, is in

2.1

Balaji to Dilshan, no run, full, on the stumps, hit towards mid-off, and shouts "no" straight away

2.2

Balaji to Dilshan, FOUR, this is full and wide, Dilshan reaches for it, and plays it with an open face, and gets enouigh elevation to clear the circle, not his cleanly, but four nonetheless

2.3

Balaji to Dilshan, 1 run, fullish, just outside off, and holding its line, and Dilshan manages to place it between mid-ff and extra, for a single

2.4

Balaji to de Villiers, no run, fullish, into the stumps this time, and AB plays it towards midwicket, where Parthiv is alert

2.5

Balaji to de Villiers, 1 run, full again, angling in, AB looks to drive and gets his pad too far ahead, but manages to get bat in front, and takes a quick single to mid-off

2.6

Balaji to Dilshan, no run, just short of driving length, Dilshan looks to crash it throuch covers, but can't beat Flintoff at short cover

End of over 3 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 14/2 (RR: 4.66)
TM Dilshan    5* (4b 1x4)      L Balaji    2-0-8-1
AB de Villiers    3* (4b)      MS Gony    1-0-6-1

3.1

Gony to de Villiers, no run, and a diving Raina saves four, full driving length, and AB drives it, but Raina is quick at cover

3.2

Gony to de Villiers, SIX, boom, first six of the match, just short of driving length, he picked it early, and pulled it, despite his weight being on the fron foot, and it goes saling over midwicket

3.3

Gony to de Villiers, 1 run, a length ball, just outside off, a thickish edge but there is no slip, and an easy single to third man

"First-ball duck has become a norm in this tournament so far," notes Ratheesh S. "Fascinating thing is that, those who are getting out are well established players in the international arena. Who said T20 is all about batsmen ?"

3.4

Gony to Dilshan, no run, accurate, length ball, Dilshan looks to clear his leg, but there is no room to hit through

3.5

Gony to Dilshan, SIX, second six of the over, Gony errs in line this time, into the pads, just short of driving length, but Dilshan just flicks it, gets solid power into it, and clears square-leg boundary easily

3.6

Gony to Dilshan, 2 runs, on the pads again, and flicked just to left of deep fline leg, and Dilshan and AB are exceptionally quick to get two from that shot

End of over 4 (15 runs) Delhi Daredevils 29/2 (RR: 7.25)
TM Dilshan    13* (7b 1x4 1x6)      MS Gony    2-0-21-1
AB de Villiers    10* (7b 1x6)      L Balaji    2-0-8-1

Albie Morkel replaces Bala

4.1

Morkel to de Villiers, FOUR, and what a poor loosener, angling down the leg, and deflected away fine, very fine, just to left of Dhoni, and easy four

4.2

Morkel to de Villiers, 1 run, superb running, full delivery played straiggt to mid-on, and they scramper through for one

4.3

Morkel to Dilshan, no run, full, on the off stump, and Dilshan looks to drive through the off side, but can't beat the cover ring

a fielding change, we now have a short fine

4.4

Morkel to Dilshan, FOUR, fulltoss, mistimed heave, beats midwicket, and deep square leg has no chance of stopping this

4.5

Morkel to Dilshan, FOUR, wrong line, with fine leg in the circle, on the pads, and flicked away to the left of the fielder, that was easy

4.6

Morkel to Dilshan, FOUR, three in a row, the best of the lot, full, on off, Dilshan clears the front leg, and drives it powerfully between mid-off and extra. Quick outfield, and Dilshan is enjoying it

End of over 5 (17 runs) Delhi Daredevils 46/2 (RR: 9.20)
TM Dilshan    25* (11b 4x4 1x6)      JA Morkel    1-0-17-0
AB de Villiers    15* (9b 1x4 1x6)      MS Gony    2-0-21-1

Andrew Flintoff on

5.1

Flintoff to de Villiers, 1 run, on target right away, just short of length, on off stump, and steered away to third man

5.2

Flintoff to Dilshan, no run, good ball again, short of length, and Dilshan looks to make room, but there is none, and this gets a bit big too

Thirty-two runs came in last two over. But Sujan is confident, despite the last two overs Chennai have had: "Chennai cannot be rated as underdogs. Just to remind, they were the finalists last year and Dhoni is a sort of captain who can manage his resources very effectively. Go Chennai get delhi out under 100."

5.3

Flintoff to Dilshan, FOUR, lucky Dilshan, looks to loft it over extra, a length ball, bounces and takes a thick edge overe the slip cordon

5.4

Flintoff to Dilshan, SIX, there is no luck involved in this one, shorter, this is pur timing, shorter, Dilshan rocks back and swings it over square leg, one of the longer boundaries. He looks in top form

5.5

Flintoff to Dilshan, 1 run, goes for a big heave, widish delivery, gets the outer half of the bat and a single to third man

5.6

Flintoff to de Villiers, 1 run, shortish, outside off, and AB dabs it towards thirdman

End of over 6 (13 runs) Delhi Daredevils 59/2 (RR: 9.83)
AB de Villiers    17* (11b 1x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    1-0-13-0
TM Dilshan    36* (15b 5x4 2x6)      JA Morkel    1-0-17-0

Joginder Sharma replaces Morkel now

6.1

Joginder Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, AB looks to chip down, but this is an accurate delivery on the stumps, and AB bunts it down and hands the strike over to Dilshan

6.2

Joginder Sharma to Dilshan, no run, slower ball, just outside off, Dilshan looks to run it down, but is early and is beaten

and again the shadow of the overhead camera holds up play. As if we don't have enough breaks

6.3

Joginder Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, lovely delivery, short and wide, Dilshan thinks ah easy four runs, but this one cuts in sharply, and cramps him up, only a single

6.4

Joginder Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, fuller, wide outside off, and the bat face opens for a single to third man

6.5

Joginder Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, what Misbah couldn't do, Dilshan does, he pre-medidates for a paddle Joginder, gets on a knee, to scoop a wide delivery outside off, over the short fine leg. this bounces just feet inside the boundary, what a shot

6.6

Joginder Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, short and wide, and cut away to sweeper-cover

End of over 7 (8 runs) Delhi Daredevils 67/2 (RR: 9.57)
TM Dilshan    42* (19b 6x4 2x6)      Joginder Sharma    1-0-8-0
AB de Villiers    19* (13b 1x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    1-0-13-0

Business is about to pick up. Murali in, bowling to compatriot Dilshan, from round the stumps

7.1

Muralitharan to Dilshan, 2 runs, flat, quick, on the pads, and flicked away for an easy two, good placement

7.2

Muralitharan to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller on the pads, and a single to mid-on

7.3

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, topspinner, AB didn't read it, but still manages a single to long-off

7.4

Muralitharan to Dilshan, no run, thrown up, on off stump, Dilshan looks for a big hit, and is beaten in the flight, and by the rip, lucky to not lob it

7.5

Muralitharan to Dilshan, FOUR, and Dilshan gets back now, through a deft late-cut, this one was flatter and quicker, he opens the face late and beats Morkel at short third man

7.6

Muralitharan to Dilshan, 1 run, thrown up again, and Dilshan gets to his fifty via a single into the covers. What an innings after two big wickets, early in the innings

End of over 8 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 76/2 (RR: 9.50)
TM Dilshan    50* (24b 7x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    1-0-9-0
AB de Villiers    20* (14b 1x4 1x6)      Joginder Sharma    1-0-8-0

8.1

Morkel to Dilshan, no run, Morkel comes back, and beats Dilshan right away with a slower delivery, he is into the shot way too early

8.2

Morkel to Dilshan, no run, and a yorker to follow it up with, quick, seam-up, and Dilshan hits it straight into the ground and back to Morkel

8.3

Morkel to Dilshan, OUT, out to a fulltoss, it's on the stumps, maybe leg, and Dilshan looks to make room, but can't get enough room to get the elevation to clear Suresh Raina at extra cover. Some might say a lucky wicket, but the pressure from previous two dot balls worked. At any rate, what a little gem from Dilshan

TM Dilshan c Raina b Morkel 50 (27b 7x4 2x6) SR: 185.18

Rohan Sharma: "Today is the time for Delhi Daredevils to show that they can perform without Sehwag and Gambhir..its a real test for rest of the players."

Dilshan sort of passed that test

Karthik comes in ahead of Tiwary

8.4

Morkel to Karthik, FOUR, and a cheeky start for him, a bouncer tried, just outside off, and he upper-cuts it late, over Dhoni's head, smart little shot

8.5

Morkel to Karthik, 1 run, short and just wide of off, and dabbed away towards thirdman

8.6

Morkel to de Villiers, 1 run, good running again, AB chips down the track, sees no room to hit it, and drops it straight towards point, and the two run through immediately

End of over 9 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 82/3 (RR: 9.11)
AB de Villiers    21* (15b 1x4 1x6)      JA Morkel    2-0-23-1
KD Karthik    5* (2b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-9-0

9.1

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, just outside off, thrown up, and AB just defends it, strange

9.2

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, dances down the track, drops it straight towards midwicket,with sodft hands, and another single stolen

9.3

Muralitharan to Karthik, FOUR, just short of length, Karthik goes deep into the crease, picks the doosra, and cuts it to the right of the sweper-cover, what a shot, could well have been played in a Test

9.4

Muralitharan to Karthik, 1 run, flighted this time, and Karthik defends into the covers and takes off for one

9.5

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 2 runs, on the pads, and flicked away to the left of short fine and the right deep backward suare leg, easy two

9.6

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, dot ball, and again AB just ends up defending a topspinner, second time in this over

End of over 10 (8 runs) Delhi Daredevils 90/3 (RR: 9.00)
AB de Villiers    24* (19b 1x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    2-0-17-0
KD Karthik    10* (4b 2x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-23-1

Strategy break now. Time to take a breath. Dilshan earlier took the breath way with his hitting, helping Delhi recover from a disastrous start for them, when Gambhir and Sehwag got out in the first two overs. See you in a bit, will leave you with this: He's brash, he's flash, he's in love with himself, and he's in our CV feature. Meet Kevin Pietersen.

10.1

Flintoff to Karthik, 1 run, Flintoff is back, and bowls a short and wide one, and Karthik gets a single to third man

10.2

Flintoff to de Villiers, 1 run, short and wide again, and AB cuts it, despite being forward, and hits it to the right of point

10.3

Flintoff to Karthik, no run, well done Karthik, left alone in a Twenty20 game, and it wasn't too wide also

10.4

Flintoff to Karthik, 2 runs, short again, smart batting from Karthik, who moves across to get inside the line, and drops it with soft hands into the on side, where they have no fielder in the ring, and they pick up a smart two

10.5

Flintoff to Karthik, 1 run, length delivery, outside off, and Karthik opens the face again, beats the flying slip, and gets a single

10.6

Flintoff to de Villiers, 1 run, on the stumps, good length, and AB just drops it to off the pitch and runs for what turns out to be an easy single

End of over 11 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 96/3 (RR: 8.72)
AB de Villiers    26* (21b 1x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    2-0-19-0
KD Karthik    14* (8b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-17-0

11.1

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 2 runs, Murali starts with a topspinner, AB opens the face towards point, and sees a slow Parthiv at short third, and runs a quick two, smart running

11.2

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 2 runs, steps down and chips it over midwicket, good placement again, and an easy two

11.3

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 2 runs, two again, this was on the pads, and AB turns it to between sqaure leg and midwicket

11.4

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, on the off, flighted, and defended into the covers for a single

11.5

Muralitharan to Karthik, 1 run, full, around off, turning in, and Karthik turns his around front pad for an easy single

11.6

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, looks to sweep, doesn't read the doosra, but changes the shot midway to open the face towards point for another single. They are milking Murali

End of over 12 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 105/3 (RR: 8.75)
AB de Villiers    34* (26b 1x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    3-0-26-0
KD Karthik    15* (9b 2x4)      A Flintoff    2-0-19-0

Morkel replaces Flintoff

12.1

Morkel to de Villiers, 1 run, bowls a length ball, outside off, and AB slap-drives it to sweeper-cover

mid-off is up to provide cushion at deep fine leg

12.2

Morkel to Karthik, no run, full, almost a yorker, and Karthik can't beat mid-off

12.3

Morkel to Karthik, 1 run, widish, but not short enough, Karthik still cuts, and top-edges it to third man

12.4

Morkel to de Villiers, no run, swing and a miss, it was there for the drive, just outside off, fullish, and AB looks to hit through the line, but misses completely

12.5

Morkel to de Villiers, 1 run, angling in, fullish, and played straight to long-on

12.6

Morkel to Karthik, 1 run, fulltoss, a little higher than what the batsmen smack their lips at, and Karthik can't get the timing right on this one, playing it straight to mid-off, and rushing through for a quick single

End of over 13 (4 runs) Delhi Daredevils 109/3 (RR: 8.38)
KD Karthik    17* (12b 2x4)      JA Morkel    3-0-27-1
AB de Villiers    36* (29b 1x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    3-0-26-0

Bala to replace Murali

13.1

Balaji to Karthik, 1 run, this should have been wide, but Karthik throws his arms at it, cutting powerfully, straight to sweeper-cover

13.2

Balaji to de Villiers, 2 runs, on the pads, and flicked away to between square leg and midwicket for an easy two

13.3

Balaji to de Villiers, 1 run, misses out, angling into the pads, and AB just misses out on it, getting just a leg bye

13.4

Balaji to Karthik, no run, almost a yorker, and driven back to the bowler

13.5

Balaji to Karthik, 1 wide, slower ball, 99ks, but down the leg, Karthik thought of a scoop, but this was too slow

13.5

Balaji to Karthik, no run, and Karthik walks across, trying the scoop again, but is beaten by the slower one, he was just saved from an LBW because he has moved far too across

13.6

Balaji to Karthik, OUT, and he gets his Ranji captain, luckily, though, this was a poor delivery, full and on the pads, Karthik connected but couldn't get enough power. And what a cool catch from Flintoff yards inside the square-leg fence, he moved to his right, and just about got his fingers under it

KD Karthik c Flintoff b Balaji 18 (16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

End of over 14 (5 runs) Delhi Daredevils 114/4 (RR: 8.14)
     L Balaji    3-0-13-2
AB de Villiers    39* (31b 1x4 1x6)      JA Morkel    3-0-27-1

Flintoff is on

14.1

Flintoff to de Villiers, 2 runs, full, and outside off, and driven to left of sweeper-cover

14.2

Flintoff to de Villiers, SIX, what timing, good length, on the stumps, and AB just frees his arms, sweetly, and clears the long-on fielder, the first hit to boundary since 9.3 overs

14.3

Flintoff to de Villiers, 1 run, good comeback, a perfect yorker, and only a single to fine leg

14.4

Flintoff to Tiwary, no run, Flintoff gets away with this one, tries a bouncer, it passes the stumps outside leg, and then swings to end up in line, and it's not called a wide

14.5

Flintoff to Tiwary, no run, short into the body again, Tiwary gets inside the line, but can't turn it to fine leg as he intends to

14.6

Flintoff to Tiwary, no run, and Tiwary is not finding it easy, Flintoff keeps his inside the crease, and he can't force this bouncer for runs either. Three dots

End of over 15 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 123/4 (RR: 8.20)
MK Tiwary    0* (3b)      A Flintoff    3-0-28-0
AB de Villiers    48* (34b 1x4 2x6)      L Balaji    3-0-13-2

Gony comes back

15.1

Gony to de Villiers, 2 runs, and almsot gets AB, who steps down, and top-edges it over the keeper and it bounces before the thirdman, and gets to his fifty

15.2

Gony to de Villiers, 1 run, and AB enjoys the good luck for longer, lofted straight to Morkel at long-on boundary, and Morkel drops an absolute sitter

15.3

Gony to Tiwary, 1 run, banged into the body again, and Tiwary this time manages to get some bat to it and takes a single to short fine

15.4

Gony to de Villiers, 2 runs, slower ball, on the pads, and Ab turns it to just to left of Parthiv at short fine, and they take a quick two; they seem to have picked Parthiv as their slow fielder

15.5

Gony to de Villiers, FOUR, Morkel will be sursing himself, a peach of a shot, short, on the stumps, he stands tall, and pulls it flatly between midwicket and long-on, and Morkel, who dropped him earlier this over, has no chance this time

15.6

Gony to de Villiers, 1 run, and AB keeps the strike, via a single into the covers

End of over 16 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 134/4 (RR: 8.37)
AB de Villiers    58* (39b 2x4 2x6)      MS Gony    3-0-32-1
MK Tiwary    1* (4b)      A Flintoff    3-0-28-0

16.1

Morkel to de Villiers, FOUR, and Morkel is being tormented more by his compatriot. He bowls a fulltoss, and smacked over midwicket. AB is cashing in remorselessly

16.2

Morkel to de Villiers, SIX, He is a sucker for punishemnt, is Morkel, another fulltoss, AB goes midwicket again, but higher, and for a six. is he looking at 200?

16.3

Morkel to de Villiers, 1 run, into the pads, and an easy single to long-on

16.4

Morkel to Tiwary, no run, another dot ball for Tiwary, slower ball, wide outside off, and Tiwary gets on a knee to drive, but finds Raina at cover

16.5

Morkel to Tiwary, 1 run, Tiwary is early intro the attempted drive again, and the bat handle turns and he gets a single to long-on

16.6

Morkel to de Villiers, 2 runs, there is no justice in this world, Albie. perfect yorker, all AB can do is play it into the ground, whereupon the ball lobs over Morkel, and AB gets two

End of over 17 (14 runs) Delhi Daredevils 148/4 (RR: 8.70)
AB de Villiers    71* (43b 3x4 3x6)      JA Morkel    4-0-41-1
MK Tiwary    2* (6b)      MS Gony    3-0-32-1

17.1

Gony to Tiwary, FOUR, and Tiwary goes midwicket this time,and gets a four finally

17.2

Gony to Tiwary, no run, outside off, and Tiwary moves across, too far, and ends up defending

17.3

Gony to Tiwary, 1 run, slower ball, on the pads, and he falls over while playing it into the on side for one

17.4

Gony to de Villiers, SIX, he saw the slower ball even before Gony had thought of bowling it, waited for it, and monstrously lofted it over long-on, he could get a hundred here folks

17.5

Gony to de Villiers, no run, and misses out, this was short, at ideal pace to be cut over point, but AB had committed to front foot, and couldn't manage the cut shot

17.6

Gony to de Villiers, 2 runs, who says Hayden is 37-and-a-half? AB had placed this half-volley perfectly between long-on and midwicket, but Hayden runs around from midwicket, makes a tumbling save, collects cleanly and saves tw0

End of over 18 (13 runs) Delhi Daredevils 161/4 (RR: 8.94)
AB de Villiers    79* (46b 3x4 4x6)      MS Gony    4-0-45-1
MK Tiwary    7* (9b 1x4)      JA Morkel    4-0-41-1

18.1

Flintoff to Tiwary, 1 run, fulltoss, low, fast, into the pads, and Tiwary plays straight to Hayden at midwicket and goes for single, would have been a goner had Hayden hit

18.2

Flintoff to de Villiers, SIX, you don't slog-sweep balls at 136ks, but you are not AB either, and he gets under it and clears the midwicket boundary by a long way

18.3

Flintoff to de Villiers, FOUR, low fulltoss, almost a yorker, and he gets down to a knee again, and clears midwicket again, a yorker slog-swept for four, that is something

18.4

Flintoff to de Villiers, FOUR, into the nineties with a lovely cover-drive, this is a half-volley and crashed though extra cover

18.5

Flintoff to de Villiers, SIX, and AB has got more, Flintoff tries a bouncer, sits up rib-high, and AB pulls it from front foot, over the short suqare-leg boundary, one run to go to hundred

18.6

Flintoff to de Villiers, 1 run, there it is, the first hundred of this IPL, full on the pads, and flicked away, what's more, he keeps the strike

End of over 19 (22 runs) Delhi Daredevils 183/4 (RR: 9.63)
AB de Villiers    100* (51b 5x4 6x6)      A Flintoff    4-0-50-0
MK Tiwary    8* (10b 1x4)      MS Gony    4-0-45-1

19.1

Balaji to de Villiers, 1 run, hit into the leg side, AB wants two but doesn't chance Hayden's arm

19.2

Balaji to Tiwary, 1 run, Tiwary looks to make room, trying for a single, mishits, ball goes nowhere, is inside the popping crease, but AB runs through and makes it easily

19.3

Balaji to de Villiers, 3 runs, AB looks for the paddle this time, it is too full for it, but he makes contact and clearsa short fine easily, but doesn't get four

19.4

Balaji to Tiwary, no run, even Tiwary looks for the scoop, but this is sharp, and outside off, and he looks to open the face and misses

19.5

Balaji to Tiwary, OUT, and Bala gets Tiwary with a slower one this time, scratchy innings this has been. Under 100ks, and Tiwary gets more height and less distance in his flick and holes out to Flintoff at square-leg fence

MK Tiwary c Flintoff b Balaji 9 (13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 69.23

19.6

Balaji to de Villiers, 1 run, another slower ball, AB is on a knee, but is early into the shot, and drives with an open face, but can't beat the sweeper-cover, so one it will be

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Phew what an innings AB has played, 105 off 54 deliveries. A measure of his innings was his partnership with Tiwary, worth 74, and Tiwary scored only nine of those. It's a mamoth target, but with short square boundaries, and a flat track, this one will be an interesting chase. Watch out for Hayden. See you in a bit

End of over 20 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 189/5
AB de Villiers    105* (54b 5x4 6x6)      L Balaji    4-0-19-3
DL Vettori    0* (0b)      A Flintoff    4-0-50-0
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Andrew Flintoff latches on to a catch at the boundary, Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils, IPL, 9th match, Durban, April 23, 2009

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