Delhi managed to win two of their last games with Yuvraj Singh and JP Duminy as star leads and considering Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer have also hit fifties, the batting is looking good.
Delhi Daredevils got the wooden spoon last year as they finished at the bottom in the league table.
Amla hoped his fast bowlers, who did the bulk of the bowling at Galle, had enough time to recover.
Overall, it was Delhi’s 7th loss in the tournament and one that leaves them all but out of the reckoning.
For any other team in the IPL, 160/5 would be eminently defendable, but not for this Delhi team.
Duminy said that he tries to pick up finer points from players like AB, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Pietersen has recovered from his finger injury and is expected to play against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday.
DD lost three quick wickets but a 58-run stand between Karthik and Duminy seemed to have revived things.
Chahal had played in just one IPL match prior to Thursday despite having been part of Mumbai for three seasons.
New Zealand fail to score 7 runs from last over as South Africa’s tearaway has hand in three wickets.
After Duminy, de Villiers tons lead SA to 423, Parnell & Philander reduce visitors to 112/4
Legspinner Imran Tahir ripped through Pakistan’s batting order with figures of 4-53.
Asad Shafiq was the final wicket to fall when he was stumped by AB de Villiers off the bowling of Duminy.
Pakistan were eventually bowled out for 326 in their second innings.
Manzoor was unbeaten on 131 & Pakistan ended on 263/3,a lead of 14 runs over South Africa.