It's like a dream, beams KP as England star hits stunning T20 century for the Delhi Daredevils
14:56 GMT, 19 April 2012
Kevin Pietersen's first Twenty20 century carried the Delhi Daredevils to a five-wicket victory over the winless Deccan Chargers as they moved to the top of the Indian Premier League standings.
Pietersen smashed his ninth six straight back down the wicket to score the winning runs with five balls to spare, taking his tally to 103 and Delhi's to 162 for five, four clear of their target for victory.
Delight: Pietersen scored the winning runs in the victory over the Deccan Chargers
The England batsman needed just 64 balls to bring up three figures, and his masterful innings covered for the failures of others as only Yogesh Nagar, unbeaten at the close on 23, and Ross Taylor (13) made it into double figures for the Daredevils.
They had run into early trouble when opener Naman Ojha went for just one and Virender Sehwag followed for seven, bringing Pietersen into the action sooner than he might have expected.
Take bat: KP described his maiden T20 ton as a 'what dreams are made of'
His partners continued to fall, with Mahela Jayawardene managing just six and Irfan Pathan five, but Pietersen stood firm, even if he rode his luck a few times.
The Chargers will be left to rue mistakes in the field as they had dropped him three times, when he was on six, 68 and 94.
Mistakes: The Chargers dropped Pietersen on three occasions
Bharat Chipli put him down at mid-wicket early on, a moment that could have altered Deccan's fortunes entirely, while JP Duminy and Kumar Sangakkara were guilty of later spills.
Pietersen's previous T20 best had been a 79 for England against Zimbabwe in 2007.
'This is absolutely amazing, this is what dreams are made of,' Pietersen told ITV4.
'You come here as an England player and it's very, very intimidating but to come here and have all these fans cheering for you is very special.
'That was my first Twenty20 100 so it will be pretty hard to beat.'
Earlier, the Chargers had made 157 for eight, with Parthiv Patel making 45 and Shikhar Darwan 44, but Delhi had Shahbaz Nadeem (three for 16) and Morne Morkel (three for 23) to thank for keeping them in check.
The win sends Delhi above the Rajasthan Royals, having played a game less, while Deccan are stuck at the opposite end of the standings.