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KP century guides Delhi Daredevils to five-wicket win over Deccan Chargers
By IPL desk
Mumbai 19 April 2012
A masterful century from Kevin Pietersen ensured that the Delhi Daredevils kept their winning run going. They registered a five-wicket win over the winless Deccan Chargers at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
Chasing 158 to win, the Daredevils lost opener Naman Ojha (1) in the very first over. 19-year-old Veer Pratap Singh got the better of the right-hander. DD skipper Virender Sehwag (7) was the next to go as he nicked one straight into first slip’s welcoming hands off a Dale Steyn delivery. The Chargers were rampant in the early overs, and it only got better for the winless visitors.
Mahela Jayawardene (6) couldn’t quite get his innings going as Daniel Christian got the Sri Lankan veteran to mistime one straight to Kumar Sangakkara at wide mid-off. Ross Taylor’s 13-run stint in the middle was abruptly halted by a direct hit from Shikhar Dhawan.
At 65 for four, the Daredevils were desperately searching for some inspiration. And it came in the form of Kevin Pietersen. The dashing right-hander was the lone man standing between victory and defeat for the Chargers; and Bharat Chipli was eventually made to rue dropping Pietersen on seven. The aggressive Englishman’s brilliant 103* along with Yogesh Nagar’s 23* ensured that the Daredevils won with five wickets in hand.
Earlier, Kumar Sangakkara’s luck with the coin continued as he won the toss and elected to bat. But unfortunately, the Sri Lankan’s good fortune didn’t extend to the game. The left-hander edged a Morne Morkel delivery straight up in the air to leave the Chargers on 10 for one in the third over. But fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan continued his good form with the bat to blunt the home side’s bowling attack. Parthiv Patel too exuded confidence as his quick fire 45 helped the Chargers grab the early advantage.
Dhawan’s (44) confidence got the better of him after he tried an audacious reverse sweep only to be caught plumb in front off a Shahbaz Nadeem delivery. The young left-arm spinner was at it again after he dismissed Parthiv, who found the fielder at deep square-leg. JP Duminy (4) couldn’t continue his good form as he eased one into the short mid-wicket fielder’s hands to give Nadeem his third wicket. The Daredevils slowly got back in the contest with those quick wickets and some good bowling from Morne Morkel. Bharat Chipli was the last man standing; his 17-ball 25* pushed the Chargers to a reasonable 157 for eight in 20 overs.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore undertake their first trip to North India as they square up against Kings XI Punjab in Match 25 of DLF IPL 2012. Both teams are in the bottom half of the table, both having won just two of their five matches. They will look to make a move up the ladder.
Kings XI Punjab struggled in their previous match against the Kolkata Knight Riders; after opting to bat first, they lost direction after their skipper Adam Gilchrist was forced to retire hurt, and only managed to post 124 for seven. They ended up losing that match by eight wickets.
Meanwhile, RCB will be buoyed by their last-ball victory over the Pune Warriors India in their previous match. After Chris Gayle had set the platform for the run-chase, AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary combined well to see them home.
In their last three outings, RCB have conceded totals of 206, 195 and 182, and they will know that is an area they have to fix in a hurry. When
Friday, April 20, 2011, 08:00 p.m.
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
Kings XI Punjab will be aware that they have a few problems to fix. These problems start at the top of the innings; Adam Gilchrist has looked far from the destructive player he is known to be. The KXIP skipper injured his hamstring in the previous match, and given that he will be sitting out of the RCB match, his team will have their work cut out.
The KXIP will need support from stand-in David Hussey and Shaun Marsh. The former is the second highest run-getter in T20 cricket, and he will need to start pulling his weight in the team. Marsh occupies the crucial No.3 position, and has looked good in two of his four innings this season. The southpaw has an outstanding record against the Royal Challengers Bangalore; he will hope to build on that.
For RCB, the focus will once again be on that West Indian – Chris Gayle. The Jamaican hasn’t been at his attacking best just yet; in both his significant innings in the competition, he has spent some time at the crease before doing what he does best – hitting bowlers out of the park.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Sunil Narine and Pune Warriors India’s Rahul Sharma had very good outings against KXIP. While RCB benched Muttiah Muralitharan to make room for Tillakaratne Dilshan in the previous match, they might contemplate getting the Sri Lankan off-spinner back in their XI to tackle KXIP.
Honours are split at four apiece between Kings XI Punjab and the Royal Challengres Bangalore in eight previous meetings between them. While KXIP won the first three contests, RCB clinched the next four.
In the most recent meeting between the two teams, KXIP handed their opponents a sound 111-run thrashing at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Chris Gayle is now the leading six-hitter in the IPL; he’s so far hit 85 sixes in the 32 matches he’s played.
Only one Kings XI Punjab has posted a score in excess of 50 in IPL 2012.
This match will feature two of the standout performers in the IPL. KXIP’s Shaun Marsh holds the record for the highest contribution to a team cause – he’s contributed 26.31 percent of his team’s runs. Second to him in the list is Chris Gayle, who has contributed 25.42 percent of the runs scored by the RCB in the matches he has played.
Kings XI Punjab will head to India’s financial capital, Mumbai, to take on the Mumbai Indians on April 22. Royal Challengers Bangalore will be seen in action next Monday (April 23) when they take on the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.