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Pietersen guides Delhi to 5-wicket win

Kevin Pietersen blasted 103 not out to guide Delhi Daredevils to a five-wicket win over Deccan Chargers while half-centuries from Faf du Plessis and Subramaniam Badinath helped Chennai Super Kings beat Pune Warriors by 13 runs in the Indian Premier League on Thursday.

The England batsman smashed nine sixes and six fours off 64 balls in his maiden Twenty20 century as Delhi scored 5-162 in 19.1 overs after restricting Deccan to 8-157 at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground.

Deccan had looked set for a huge total before Shahbaz Nadeem (3-16) and Morne Morkel (3-23) pegged them back with timely strikes.

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Parthiv Patel (45) and Shikhar Dhawan (44) were the main scorers for Deccan.

Delhi struggled at 3-23 at one stage with captain Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jaywardene back in the pavilion, but Pietersen batted himself in before unleashing three consecutive sixes off allrounder JP Duminy in the 13th over. He smashed the winning shot – a six off Ankit Sharma.

“This is absolutely amazing, the crowds cheering for the teams here,” Pietersen said after the match that piut his team top of the table.

“I would love to have more English cricketers playing here, but I am enjoying playing in India.”

The Chargers have four wins from five games while Deccan remain winless after four games.

At Chidambaram Stadium, openers Faf du Plessis (58) and Badrinath (57) figured in a 116-run stand that helped defending champions Chennai post a challenging total of 5-164.

The Pune batsmen failed to capitalise on good starts and could manage only 7-151 in reply. Sri Lanka allrounder Angelo Mathews topscored with 27.

Both teams have three wins and three losses from six games.

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