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Lions in, Delhi out

Kevin Pietersen’s half- century was not enough.

DURBAN – Delhi Daredevils failed to break the jinx of not being able to get past a semi-final as they ended up 23 runs short of the target against the Highveld Lions today in the first semi-final of the Champions League T20 Competition.

Put in to bat, Lions managed 139 for 5 with Gulam Bodi (50 off 49) and Neil McKenzie (46 not out off 28) top-scoring. Umesh Yadav, who was celebrating his 25th birthday, picked up 2 for 20 to be the best bowler.

In reply, Delhi kept losing wickets regularly, and despite a fighting 50 off 44 balls by Kevin Pietersen, ended up being restricted to 117 for 9.

Fast bowler Chris Morris (2 for 7) was the pick of the bowlers while Aaron Phangiso (2 for 18) and Dirk Nannes (2 for 34) also contributed.

The Daredevils, for whom West Indian Andre Russell was kept on the bench throughout the competition, opted to field first, keeping the overcast conditions and the Duckworth/Lewis implications in mind.

The Delhi team management decided that it was best for them to go in with an unchanged eleven, which meant that Ross Taylor was captaining the side again while Mahela Jayawardene had to sit out for David Warner.

The Lions too were unchanged from their previous game.

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