The Telegraph
Wednesday , May 7 , 2014
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KKR tie won’t be easy: Kevin

New Delhi: Delhi DareDevils (DD) captain Kevin Pietersen has a feeling that the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) can bounce back at Kotla, despite losing four matches on the trot in the IPL VII.

“Our match against Knight Riders won’t be an easy one,” said Pietersen on Tuesday. “Just because someone is on a losing streak does not mean we can sink someone at any time. They have the talent to make a comeback,” he said.

Like KKR, DD, too, are struggling in the competition and have lost five of their seven matches so far. But Pietersen backed his team, saying he was proud of the way his boys played in the tournament.

“We are proud of how we have played so far. Some moments have not gone our way, but we can guarantee we will continue playing the kind of cricket we played on Monday night (against Chennai Super Kings),” said Pietersen during a promotional.

Pietersen said the team has moved on from the loss against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) here. An unbeaten 58-run stand between JP Duminy (28) and Kedhar Jadhav (29) helped Delhi reach 178 for five in 20 overs.

But a Dwayne Smith (79) blitzkrieg, coupled with Suresh Raina’s 47 off 27 balls, took CSK to 181 for two in 19.4 overs, their sixth straight win on the trot.

“We are incredibly proud the way Duminy and Jadhav batted against CSK. There is no use pointing the finger at anyone.

“We have got to stand by and support each other and grow as a team,” said Pietersen.

“Chennai is a fantastic team with brilliant players and we can be proud of taking them so close.

“If we play cricket like that for the next two weeks, we are going to win more than we lose. With a little bit of luck going our way, we will be there,” Pietersen added.