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IPL 2012: Kevin Pietersen's daredevilry puts Delhi on top

Last Updated: Friday, April 20, 2012, 12:49
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IPL 2012: Kevin Pietersen's daredevilry puts Delhi on topZeenews Sports Bureau

New Delhi: Kevin Pietersen’s daredevilry with the bat helped Delhi Daredevils beat Deccan Chargers by five wickets in an Indian Premier League match at Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday.

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Pietersen’s heroics, scoring 103 off 64 balls have boosted DD's points, earning them the top spot on the points table. After electing to bat first, Kumar Sangakkara-led Deccan Chargers posted 157 for the loss of 8 wickets. Yet to find a victory in the on-going tournament, Chargers pressed hard for a competitive total (and a win) through Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel.


They could have done better than what was achieved if Patel and Dhawan stayed longer in the middle. After losing Sangakkara as early as in the third over to Morne Morkel, Patel and Dhawan took charge of the innings and went all out against a good Delhi bowling line-up. But not until the introduction of Shahbaz Nadeem in the 10th over. He struck in his first ball to remove an in-form Dhawan for 44 runs. He then removed the other dangerman, Parthiv Patel in the 12th over. He struck yet again with the wicket of Duminy later on.

A target of 158 was an easy target for Delhi with the kind of batting line-up they boast of. However, they suffered an early blow in their chase as they lost Naman Ojha in the fifth ball of the innings. Sehwag’s departure with just 20 runs on the board after 4 overs did bother them a bit. But Kevin Pietersen stood firm at one end while the wickets tumbled at the other and dragged Delhi out of danger to put them on the driver's seat.


Luckily, KP survived thrice before getting to that hundred after being dropped by Chipli while he was on 6, by Duminy on 68 and by Sangakkara when he was on 94 (it was a tough chance though). However, his Herculean effort earned him the Man of the Match award and a win for his team.

Teams:Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag (C), Naman Ojha (w), Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor, Yogesh Nagar, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem.

Deccan Chargers: Kumar Sangakkara (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Daniel Christian, Jean-Paul Duminy, Bharat Chipli, Parthiv Patel (W), Abhishek Jhunjunwala, Ankit Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Veer Pratap Singh.

First Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 15:23


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Kishor - Jabalpur
Viru dada nababgad ka nabaap ipl me sab ka baap h warner is come and aal bower viru kp warner ke naan se roynge
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ALJO JOSE M. - GURUVAYUR,KERALA,INDIA
DELHI IS A SUPERB PERFORMANCE IN THIS IPL.....I`AM FULLY SUPPORT THEIR MATCHES.....
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santhosh - Trichy
Dada Rock Pune Won the IPL 5
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santhosh - Trichy
Dada Rock Pune Won the IPL 5
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RaviS M M - Gokak
Royal Challeengers Bengaluru we will definately beat this ipl season frm all the wishers thank frm me
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dinesh garg - bathinda
delhi rocks this year in ipl piterson is rock
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dinesh garg - bathinda
delhi is my favourite team this year delhi finally won ipl
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ashish kashyap - lucknow
kevin is the top ranking bastmen in the world but he was
out of form in some days but his form is come back on time for D D very intresting to see him bating like this
thanks sir k p
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bhargav raj - vishakapatnam
what a outstanding performance.it is the best in this year.
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venkateswarlu - nayudupeta
DD no badi can reach him
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