Dubai: Kevin Pietersen finally played his first match for the Delhi DareDevils. But he failed to light up the stage as Sunrisers Hyderabad rode a brilliant batting show by Aaron Finch and David Warner to notch up a narrow four-run win, on Friday.
Electing to bat, the Sunrisers scored an imposing 184 for one with Aaron (88) and Warner (58) stitching an unbeaten 128-run stand for the second wicket and then restricted Delhi to 180 for four to record their first win of the season, here, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Chasing a stiff target of 185, the DareDevils were on course at 86 for no loss at the end of first 10 overs, but ran out of steam once openers Quinton de Kock (48) and Murali Vijay (52) were out in successive overs, 12th and 13 th, respectively.
J.P. Duminy (20 not out off 7 balls) and Manoj Tiway (23 not out off 13 balls) made a last ditched effort but in vain. Their valiant efforts took the game down to the wire, but the asking rate had gone too high for the duo to take their side to victory.
Daredevils captain Pietersen, who made it to the playing XI after recovering from a finger injury, struggled in his first match this season as he looked rusty and tentative, before falling for 16 in the 17th over.
Coming out to bat at No. 3 in the 12th over after the fall of De Kock’s wicket, Pietersen took four balls to open his account and then could not hit a boundary for 13 deliveries at a time when the team needed them to bring down the required rate.
Pietersen tried to open up with a six off Darren Sammy in the penultimate ball of the 16th over.