CLT20: Pietersen flops but Daredevils win

2012-10-22 00:00

CAPE TOWN — An unhappy Champions League Twenty20 tournament for recalled England batsman Kevin Pietersen continued yesterday when he made a meagre nine runs.

Coming in one place lower than usual at number four for Delhi Daredevils against Perth Scorchers at a windy and chilly Newlands, Pietersen made his total off nine balls before being caught at short third man.

A slow, left-arm delivery from Michael Beer did the damage, with South Africa-born Pietersen getting a thick edge which was gratefully snapped up by Mitchell Marsh.

The highlight of the short Pietersen stay at the crease was his first shot as he came forward and struck a half-volley wide of mid-on for a four to applause from many warmly-wrapped spectators.

Pietersen struck 14 runs off 18 balls last weekend at Centurion in a victory over Kolkata Knight Riders and rain prevented any play against Auckland Aces in Durban two days ago.

He bowled three overs off spin against the Scorchers, but failed to capture any wickets in a stint that leaked 26 runs on a sticky “plasticine” wicket deemed unfriendly to batsmen.

He had some joy in the field as he caught Mitchell Marsh near the boundary, comfortably holding a reckless, ill-timed shot that took an age to drop.

The Daredevils won by three wickets with three balls to spare, making 123-7 after the Scorchers managed only 121-5 off 20 overs in a must-win match for the Australia-based outfit.

Although four of the 10 teams hail from the Indian Premier League, the Delhi franchise are the only one with a chance of reaching the last four as the Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata are out of contention.

Delhi complete a four-fixture pool schedule against South Africa’s Titans on Tuesday with Pietersen hoping for more success before joining his England team-mates for a tour of India.

The 32-year-old batsman was dropped by England two months ago after texting messages to South African opponents in which he criticised his team-mates during a three-Test series.

He also missed the World Twenty20 championship in Sri Lanka, spending his time in a commentary booth instead, working for a United States-based television network.

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