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Pietersen satisfied with maiden ton in T20 cricket

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Published: Friday, April 20, 2012, 11:43 [IST]
 
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Getting a T20 ton is special: Pietersen

New Delhi, Apr 20: Delhi Daredevils batsman Kevin Pietersen described his brilliant unbeaten century as one of his favourite innings in Twenty20 cricket, which cruised Delhi Daredevils to a five-wicket victory over Deccan Charges in New Delhi.

"It is amazing, a special feeling to score a century in T20 cricket. This is my first in this format, so it has to be my favourite", said Pietersen, who smashed an unbeaten 64-ball 103, his first century in IPL, at the post match press conference.

"It is good to get a century in T20 cricket. It was a good wicket to bat on and also good for the pacers who bent their back, not much for the spinners. In Twenty20 you need entertaining wicket," he added.

The English batsman, who was awarded the man of the match for his unbeaten ton, said tried to play according to the situation.

"I played as per the situation. Once you get yourself in there, you can get the boundaries. I was in good form against Sri Lanka and it is all about backing yourself in the field," Pietersen said.

"When you lose wicket, you slow down and Ross's (Taylor) wicket put pressure on me. They (Deccan) played good cricket," he added.

The 31-year-old batsman also lauded the bowling effort of spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, who took three wickets for 16 runs in four overs.

"He bowled a good spell in the last match taking three for nine against Mumbai. He was fantastic today as well. He changes his angle and is a clever bowler. There were talks of who could be the spinner of IPL 5 and he is turning out to be a superstar," Pietersen said.

Pietersen said he felt sorry for Deccan Charges, "I feel sorry for Deccan. They played good cricket, they are a good team and could have won in Mumbai but I think it is still a long way to go and nothing is lost for them."

Deccan Charges coach Darren Lehmann said poor fielding cost the game, Charges had dropped three catches of Pietersen who ended up winning the game for Daredevils.

"Our fielding is not good enough. You can't drop Kevin. It was one of the best innings that we have seen and when you drop someone like him, it costs you the game," he said.

"We bowled well early on but Kevin took the game away from us. In the 12th-13th over we lost our way because of some poor decisions," he added.

The former Australian batsman said his team was 20 runs short in the end.

"We were probably 20 runs short with the bat. We are playing 90 per cent but we need to put another 10 per cent. But I am not disheartened yet. We are playing good cricket. It is a young side but we are not finishing well," he said.

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