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DD may get Kevin boost

Kevin Pietersen

Dubai: After a disastrous start to their campaign with two successive defeats, bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad will be eager to bounce back against an inconsistent Delhi DareDevils, who are likely to be boosted by the return of Kevin Pietersen, in IPL VII on Friday.

In their inaugural season, Hyderabad had reached the playoffs but their campaign this year started on a disappointing note as they first lost to Rajasthan Royals by four wickets and then were blown away by Glenn Maxwell during their 72-run crushing defeat to Kings XI Punjab.

Delhi, on the other hand, blew hot and cold as they began with a eight-wicket loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore, bounced back against Kolkata Knight Riders and an abject batting failure saw them suffer an embarrassing 93-run loss to Chennai in their last match.

Their campaign seemed to be effected by the absence of Kevin Pietersen, who has so far missed all the three matches, owing to an injury, which he suffered during fielding drills with Surrey at the Oval last month.

The former England player is hopeful of leading the Delhi outfit when they take on Hyderabad and it is going to give a big boost to their batting as well.

Hyderabad too have been battling batting woes. While in their opening game, the Shikhar Dhawan-led side failed to put up enough score on board against Rajasthan, in their second match they simply capitulated against Kings XI Punjab.

On paper, Hyderabad have some explosive batsmen in Aaron Finch and David Warner but both the batsmen have done little to live up to their names, while Dhawan, himself, could only contribute just 38 and one so far.

The middle-order too have failed with the likes of Lokesh Rahul and Venugopal Rao struggling to keep the scoreboard ticking. (Agencies)