Kevin Pietersen made a winning return to cricket for the Delhi Daredevils in the Twenty20 Champions League
Last Updated: 14/10/12 8:16pm
Kevin Pietersen returned but failed to score heavily in the Champions League clash
Kevin Pietersen returned to cricket for the Delhi Daredevils in their 52-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Twenty20 Champions League.
The 32-year-old struck 14 runs from 18 balls for the Indian franchise against the Knight Riders before being dismissed by old adversary Brett Lee.
Making his first appearance since being sidelined by England during the Test series against South Africa for sending 'provocative' texts to the opposition, Pietersen struck just one four on his comeback.
He just seemed to be moving into a rhythm when he attempted an on-side pull shot off Lee - only to find Sunil Narine at deep mid-wicket.
But Unmukt Chand (40) and Ross Taylor (36) put Delhi back on track with a fourth wicket partnership of 63.
Lakshmipathy Balaji broke the stand by dismissing Taylor, while West Indies spinner Narine breached Chand's defences and finished with figures of 3-21 as the Daredevils ended on 160-8.
Kolkata's reply was soon in ruins as Irfan Pathan took two wickets in his first over, with Pietersen catching Gautam Gambhir before he snared Manvinder Bisla.
Morne Morkel then accounted for Brendon McCullum and Jacques Kallis retired hurt after being rapped on the fingers by his South Africa team-mate.
Manoj Tiwary (33) tried to breathe life into Kolkata but he miscued a return catch to Ajit Agarkar, while Umesh Yadav (2-13) smashed Lee's stumps as Delhi ended on top.