KP suffers defeat on IPL return
A review of Friday's Indian Premier League action as Kevin Pietersen suffered defeat with the Delhi Daredevils.
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Kevin Pietersen's first appearance of the 2014 Indian Premier League ended in defeat as his Delhi Daredevils crashed to a four-run loss at the hands of Hyderabad Sunrisers, who registered their first win of the campaign.
Pietersen, in action for the first time since this winter's ill-fated Ashes series, made 16 runs on his return from a finger injury but was then forced to watch on from the dug-out as his side fell narrowly short.
JP Duminy needed to hit the last ball of the match for a six to force a Super Over but could only manage two off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's full toss, sparking celebrations from the Sunrisers, who had lost their two previous matches.
Hyderabad had earlier posted 184 for one from their 20 overs with Australia openers Aaron Finch and David Warner both impressing.
Finch posted 88 not out from just 53 balls and Warner finished unbeaten on 58 from 45 as only Shahbaz Nadeem enjoyed any success with the ball for Delhi.
The Daredevils made a strong start to their run-chase through Quinton de Kock (48) and Murali Vijay (52) but their departures in the space of six deliveries put pressure on Pietersen and fellow newcomer Dinesh Karthik.
Pietersen got himself going with a towering six off Darren Sammy but holed out to long off when Dale Steyn returned to the attack to put Hyderabad firmly in charge.
Duminy (20no off seven) threatened an unlikely win for Delhi with a stunning cameo, but he ultimately came up short as Kumar held his nerve.
Chennai Super Kings coasted to a seven-wicket win over the Mumbai Indians to make it three wins on the spin.
Seamer Mohit Sharma claimed four for 14, including three wickets in his final over, to restrict the Indians to 141 for seven, a total that the Super Kings comfortably surpassed with six balls to spare.
Brendon McCullum led the run chase for Chennai, the opener making an unbeaten 71 from 53 deliveries that saw him hit two sixes and eight fours.
The New Zealand skipper shared in a 57-run stand with Dwayne Smith, who hit four sixes in his 29, and then added a further 53 with Faf du Plessis (20) after Suresh Raina had fallen cheaply.
Harbhajan Singh had Raina stumped for just a single and then combined again with wicketkeeper Chidhambaram Gautam again to dismiss Du Plessis, though at 114 for three the Super Kings were well on course for victory.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit a six and a four in an unbeaten 14 that saw his team home.
They now sit level with the unbeaten King's XI Punjab at the top of the table on six points.