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Sehwag's 119 powers Delhi Daredevils to 4-wkt win over Deccan Chargers

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Skipper Virender Sehwag hit a sizzling 119 off just 56 balls to power Delhi Daredevils to an emphatic four-wicket win over Deccan Chargers in their return Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here last night.

Batting first, the home team put up an imposing 175 for five from their allotted 20 overs. In response, the visitors made 179 for six in 19 overs, with Sehwag single-handedly taking the match away from the Chargers. His maiden century in the IPL was made with the help of 13 fours and five sixes.

The win has revived Delhi's chances of making it to the play-off stage of the tournament.

Delhi began the difficult chase in disastrous fashion, losing three early wickets - Aaron Finch, Naman Ojha and Venugupal Rao - with just 25 on the board in 3.2 overs.

Sehwag and Travis Birt added 61 for the fourth wicket, with the latter contributing only four runs to the partnership. Sehwag brought up his half century off just 27 balls, that included six fours and three sixes. His century came off just 48 balls with 12 fours and four sixes.

The Delhi skipper was finally out to a short one from Dale Steyn, going for a big shot and ending up caught behind by Kumar Sangakkara. His 119 was the second highest in the current season of IPL, just one behind Paul Valthaty's 120 not out at Mohali.

Sehwag's domination of the innings could be made out from the fact that the next big scores were 17 by J Hopes and 12 by Irfan Pathan, with none of the other batsmen reaching double figures.

Earlier, a late charge by J P Duminy (55) helped Chargers reach 175 for five in their 20 overs. They had begun badly, losing opener Ravi Teja with just 19 on the board in the third over. Skipper Sangakkara (44) and the other opener Shikwar Dhawan (29) added 39 for the second wicket to repair the innings before Duminy consolidating matters with his superb knock. Daniel Christian remained unbeaten with 71 and he and Duminy added 71 for the fourth wicket in 5.3 overs.

Ajit Agarkar was the pick of the Delhi bowlers with two wickets for 29 runs.

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