Result
23rd match (D/N), Delhi, Apr 19 2012, Indian Premier League
157/8
(19.1/20 ov, target 158)
162/5
Daredevils won by 5 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Delhi Capitals
1y
• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Pietersen ton keeps Deccan winless

Deccan Chargers dropped Kevin Pietersen three times on his way to 103, the second century of IPL 2012; it left them winless and consigned them to a fourth defeat this season

Match centre 
Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Suneer Chowdhary
Scorecard summary
Deccan Chargers157/8(20 overs)
Delhi Daredevils162/5(19.1 overs)

Presentation

Sehwag: We have strengthened our batting, that is why we picked the likes of Taylor, KP and Mahela to allow us to go with the Indian bowlers. Nadeem is a good prospect, we picked him last year and he is reaping benefits this year. Crowds have been good and I thank the fans for all the support to be there for a four o'clock match.

Sangakkara: Back to the drawing board yes, we need to hold on to our catches, we were also 20 runs short, but KP batted brilliantly. We need to play more smartly, from 100/2 in 12 overs we needed to get going.

Man of the match, Pietersen: This is absolutely amazing, crowds cheering for the teams here. I would love to have more English cricketers playing here, but I am enjoying playing in India. Steyn is a class bowler and it was good playing him, the crowds have been amazing. Yes, this is my best innings in this format, hope to get some more.

Delhi have romped away to their fourth win from five games and along with Rajasthan Royals, are at the top of the table. Deccan Chargers have lost their fourth in a row and could have some hard questions coming their way.

Pietersen's century was the obvious difference between the two sides, but one must say that he was dropped on a couple of occasions. Poor fielding was one of the big reasons behind Deccan's debacle this season.

Speaking of KP, he has been in the form of his life, coming from a century and a 40 in the second Test against Sri Lanka, another 40 in the first innings he batted in the IPL and now has followed it up with this match-winning century. Delhi's net run-rate takes them to the top of the points table.

19.1
6
Ankit Sharma to Pietersen, SIX runs
short and KP has smacked the bowler back over his head for a flat-as-flat-can-be six to bring up his century. And yes, to win the game for his side!

KP on strike and there can hardly be any doubt he is going for a big one here.

end of over 196 runs
DC: 156/5CRR: 8.21 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 2 from 6b
Yogesh Nagar23 (15)
Kevin Pietersen97 (63)
Dale Steyn4-0-19-2
Daniel Christian4-0-35-1
18.6
Steyn to Nagar, no run
nicked away, but goes on the bounce to the wicket-keeper, which means that KP sill has a chance to get his century.
18.5
1
Steyn to Pietersen, 1 run
pitched up o the bat and drilled by KP through the sweeper region for a single.

KP's on 96 with DD needing 3.

18.4
1
Steyn to Nagar, 1 run
short and Nagar plays an ugly swipe, it goes to the long-off region for a single.
18.3
1
Steyn to Pietersen, 1 run
short ball from Steyn, KP was expecting it given the number of fielders on the leg-side, deep, he pulls it away to the deep mid-wicket region for a single.
18.2
1
Steyn to Nagar, 1 run
slower one and Nagar waits for it, before playing it to the third-man region for a single. Over to KP now.
18.1
2
Steyn to Nagar, 2 runs
pitched right up to the bat and Nagar gives himself some room and drills it through the covers for a couple of runs.

Delhi need 8 to win, KP needs 5 for his 100. Steyn has the ball.

end of over 1814 runs
DC: 150/5CRR: 8.33 • RRR: 4.00 • Need 8 from 12b
Yogesh Nagar19 (11)
Kevin Pietersen95 (61)
Daniel Christian4-0-35-1
Veer Pratap Singh4-0-31-1
17.6
1
Christian to Nagar, 1 run
and driven yet again down to the long-off region for a single. Only eight needed from 12 balls.
17.5
1
Christian to Pietersen, 1 run
dropped by Sangakkara I think, driven hard to short cover and the captain got his right hand to it. Hits the wrist instead of the palm.
17.4
1
Christian to Nagar, 1 run
goes down the track and drives it to long-off.
17.3
4
Christian to Nagar, FOUR runs
short from Christian and that has been pulled away rather easily to the deep square-leg region for a boundary. It is slipping away for the Chargers.
17.2
1
Christian to Pietersen, 1 run
and he plays it away to the leg-side for a single now. This is easy now.
17.1
6
Christian to Pietersen, SIX runs
pitched up and drilled over the long-off fielder, that could have well been caught had the fielder been up to the fence!

Christian, with 1/21 from three overs, to bowl now.

end of over 1715 runs
DC: 136/5CRR: 8 • RRR: 7.33 • Need 22 from 18b
Yogesh Nagar13 (8)
Kevin Pietersen87 (58)
Veer Pratap Singh4-0-31-1
Daniel Christian3-0-21-1
16.6
2
Pratap Singh to Nagar, 2 runs
yep, he is pitching them right up to the bat but it could well be a matter of too little, too late. Driven to wide long-off for a couple of easy runs.
16.5
1
Pratap Singh to Pietersen, 1 run
again, pitched right up and KP only needs to play it away to the off-side for a single.
16.4
1
Pratap Singh to Nagar, 1 run
pitched right up and this time he drills it to the mid-off fielder for a single.
16.3
4
Pratap Singh to Nagar, FOUR runs
short and what a shot! He is bowling it short and wide and this time Nagar flashes hard at it and gets the placement right, through point!
16.2
1
Pratap Singh to Pietersen, 1 run
drilled through to the long-off region for a single.

KP is on 85, highest score in this format of the game for him.

Best performances - batsmen
KP Pietersen
103 runs (64)
6 fours
9 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
37 runs
4 fours
2 sixes
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PA Patel
45 runs (27)
5 fours
1 sixes
Control74%
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
13 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
S Nadeem
O
4
M
0
R
16
W
3
Eco
4.00
M Morkel
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
3
Eco
5.75
Match details
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
TossDeccan Chargers , elected to bat first
SeriesIndian Premier League 2012
Player Of The Match
Kevin Pietersen
Season2012
Hours of play (local time)16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.25, Interval 17.25-17.45, Second Session 17.45-19.10
Match days19 April 2012 - day/night match (20-over match)
Twenty20 debut
Veer Pratap Singh
Umpires
Shavir Tarapore
Billy Bowden
TV Umpire
Vineet Kulkarni
Reserve Umpire
Sanjeev Dua
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsDelhi Daredevils 2, Deccan Chargers 0