Another day, another IPL game. Or two in this case. First up today is Delhi vs Hyderabad and it is a game Delhi has to win if they are to entertain any hope of making the playoffs.
The keys for Delhi will be surviving the opening spell from Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and then having JP Duminy go nuts at the end because Delhi's bowling hasn't been very good at containing opposing batsmen.
Pietersen: As the leader, you have to try to lead from the front. I haven't been doing that with the bat. Have to get us off to a good start today.
Pietersen: Need to change our attitude. Can't guarantee results but we can guarantee effort.
Surnrisers have won the toss and will field first. Dhawan says it is a small ground and easier to chase. Pietersen agrees. Delhi would have bowled first too.
SRH playing with the same team. DD has made three changes. It means Imran Tahir will be playing.
DD has also brought in Mayank Agarwal and seamer Rahul Shukla. Wayne Parnell, Murali Vijay, and Shabaz Nadeem have been dropped.
Rameez Raja just said the crowds are decreasing with every match. Have a feeling he might get a call from the BCCI tonight.
SRH XI: S Dhawan, A Finch, L Rahul, D Warner, N Ojha, M Henriques, I Sharma, K Sharma, D Steyn, A Mishra, B Kumar.
DD XI: Q de Kock, M Agarwal, K Pietersen, D Karthik, JP Duminy, K Jadhav, L Ratan Shukla, I Tahir, R Shukla, M Shami, S Kaul.
The umpires are walking out to the middle now.
Quinton de Kock has KP for company at the top of the order. It is the first time KP is opening this season. The captain showing he wants to lead from the front.
SRH's opening combo is unchanged: Steyn and Bhuvi. There is some cloud cover, which should make things interesting.
Quinton gets DD off the mark with two to deep square leg.
Just four from the first over. Not much seam movement or swing on offer for Steyn. Bhuvi up next.
Quinton inside-edges on onto his pads but not much movement for Bhuvi either.
Six from the second over. DD 10/0. No boundaries yet.
Steyn gets a second over with the new ball.
Wild swing and miss from Quinton. That wasn't far away from the offstump.
Looks even closer on the replay. Missed by the proverbial coat of paint.
OUT! Steyn strikes. Quinton scoops a drive to mid-off. DD 10/1.
That was a poor shot from Quinton. Played away from his body and hit it straight to the fielder.
Q de Kock c Rahul b Steyn 7 (12b 0x4 0x6)
Mayank Agarwal is the new batsman.
FOUR! Mayank cuts Steyn powerfully to the point boundary to end the over. DD 14/1 after 3 overs.
FOUR! Pietersen turn to beat the man at point, this time off Bhuvi.
FOUR! Third one in a row but KP was well beaten. But with no one at third man, the thick outside edge was always going to the boundary.
Not sure why there isn't a slip for Bhuvi. Perhaps it is because the ball isn't doing much.
Lout shot for caught behind off the last ball as it sneaks past Mayank's bat. The umpire is not interested though.
After 4 overs, DD is 23/1.
Karn Sharma replaces Steyn. So spin inside the PowerPlay.
SIX! Doesn't matter. KP uses that big bat of his to drive Sharma over long-off.
KP moving around in the crease to distract Sharma. Works as he forces the bowler into a wide down legside.
A very good over for DD. 14 from it. They are 37/1 after 5 overs.
SIX! Henriques first ball is sent soaring over long-on. It was a nice half-volley and KP clobbered it.
FOUR! Mayank punches Henriques through the covers to bring up the 50 for DD from 5.5 overs.
Delhi flying now. 29 runs have come from the last two overs. DD 52/1 after the PowerPlay overs.
SRH take the strategic time out. They need to regroup here.
The strategy after the time-out is to give the ball to Amit Mishra.