No triumphant return for rusty Pietersen

Australia

The Sunrisers Hyderabad finally got a tick in the win column in this year's IPL as they beat the Delhi Daredevils by a narrow four runs on Friday, preventing Kevin Pietersen from having a successful return to the middle.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad finally got a tick in the win column in this year's IPL as they beat the Delhi Daredevils by a narrow four runs on Friday, preventing Kevin Pietersen from having a successful return to the middle.

The men in orange batted first and their Australia duo of Aaron Finch and David Warner finally found form, leading them to 184 for one. The Daredevils then did quite well initially, but once their set batsmen departed, and Pietersen failed to fire, they ended on 180 for four.

The Sunrisers won the toss and chose to bat first, hoping their top-heavy line up would fire for once, and they did. Finch and Shikhar Dhawan got off to a good start, putting on 56 for the first wicket. They had some help from Manoj Tiwary though, who dropped two sitters off Wayne Parnell.

Once Dhawan was out for 33 off 22 balls, caught by Pietersen, the Aussie big hitters set about accumulating a big score. Warner was the slightly more sedate partner, but still made his 58 not out off 45 balls, including three sixes.

Finch, who had not looked good in the tournament yet, found his feet against the hapless Delhi bowlers, and was man of the match for his 88 not out off 53 balls, including four sixes and eight fours.

The chase began well for Delhi, with Quinton de Kock given a game and showing the reason why. He and Murali Vijay put on 99 for the opening stand, with De Kock scoring 48 and Murali 52, but both were out within a few balls of each other.

This was the turning point really, as KP, who had not played a proper game for weeks due to a broken finger, showed a lack of match practice. He took nearly two overs just to get off the mark, clearly under huge pressure, and was out for 16.

This left Dinesh Kartik and JP Duminy and Tiwary to get the rest of the runs, and Dale Steyn hampered that by taking two wickets in one over. In the final over, they needed 20 runs, and Bhuveneshwar Kumar just-just managed to prevent Duminy from getting them.

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