De Villiers’ ton propel Daredevils to victory (Lead)April 24th, 2009 - 12:08 am ICT by IANS
Durban, April 23 (IANS) AB de Villiers struck a whirlwind century, the first of Indian Premier League (IPL) II, to steer Delhi Daredevils to a nine-run win over Chennai Super Kings in a high-scoring thriller at Kingsmead here Thursday.
Deciding to bat, Daredevils rode on the blitzkrieg by De Villiers (105 not out) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (50) to pile 189. The Super Kings came dangerously close to chase the total, with Matthew Hayden (57) and Suresh Raina (41) firing all cylinders, but their fall in quick succession, followed by three run outs, found them short.
Daredevils maintained a clean slate winning both their matches while Super Kings slumped to their second loss in three matches.
Hayden continued his hot form, racing to his second successive half-century in 27 balls.
Chasing the tournament’s highest total so far, Super Kings got off to a flying start with Hayden and Parthiv Patel (16) scoring 57 runs in 32 balls. Pradeep Sangwan, who was the pick of the Daredevils bowlers with three wickets, broke the stand dismissing Patel.
Hayden bludgeoned five fours and three sixes before Sangwan got the danger-man out. The Super Kings then lost the plot in the next 10 overs. They were in the hunt and one productive over could have turned the game their way. Vettori and Derek Nannes bowled with a cool head to deny them a victory, even with big-hitter Albie Morkel and Manpreet Gony at the other end.
Some smart catching and fielding by substitute David Warner helped Super Kings get rid of Andrew Flintoff, Joginder Sharma and Lakshmipathy Balaji in the death.
Daredevils had a terrible start with Balaji picking the in-form Gautam Gambhir in the very first ball.
Virender Sehwag, who was living dangerously, soon followed when he pulled Gony straight to Albie Morkel at mid-on in the next over. Sehwag’s departure left Daredevils staggering at 8-2 and brought Dilshan who along De Villiers added 68 runs for the third wicket.
Runs came in a flurry with Dilshan on strike, who smacked 11 fours and a six in the first 15 balls he faced and maintained the intensity till his stayed on the crease. His eventful innings came to an end when he was caught by Raina off Morkel.
De Villiers, whose batting paled in Dilshan’s presence, opened the floodgates after the Sri Lankan’s departure and added 38 runs with wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik (18).
The 25-year-old South African was ruthless in the last four overs and belted Super Kings most expensive recruit, Flintoff, for 20 runs in four balls.
The fifth-wicket stand between De Villiers and Manoj Tiwary produced 74, the latter making only nine.
–Indo-Asian new Service
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