Deccan’s 4th straight loss, Delhi wins comfortably
Kevin Pietersen produced a blistering unbeaten 103 to almost single-handedly steer Delhi Daredevils to a five-wicket victory over Deccan Chargers in an Indian Premier league match in Delhi.
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.
During his sustained onslaught that saw him record his first century and highest score in Twenty20 format, Pietersen slammed a staggering nine sixes and six fours in his 64-ball knock.
The star England batsman was, however, dropped thrice and he ensured that Deccan paid the price for their sloppy fielding.
Pietersen finished the match in style, smashing Ankit Sharma over his head for six, which also brought up his century, the second of this edition of IPL.
Earlier, Parthiv Patel (45) and Dhawan (45) chipped in with useful contributions as the Chargers managed to post a fighting 157 for eight. The two put on 71 runs for the second wicket in little under seven overs to put the Chargers back on track after the early loss of skipper Kumar Sangakkara.
But Shahbaz Nadeem, who triggered a batting collapse against Mumbai in Daredevils’ last match, did a repeat as the Chargers seemed to have lost the plot in the middle overs.