Kevin Pietersen made a losing return to action as his Delhi side went down by four runs to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.
Pietersen, who missed the opening three games due to a broken finger, made just 16 as the Daredevils were unable to chase down 185.
Earlier, Australians Aaron Finch and David Warner put on 128 for the second wicket as the Sunrisers made 184-1 in their 20 overs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Sunrisers captain Shikhar Dhawan and Finch put on 55 without loss in the powerplay before the Indian opener went for 33 in the seventh over.
However, with eight boundaries and four sixes in his 88 from 53 balls, Finch—along with Warner—punished the Delhi bowlers.
Warner contributed a further three maximums in making 58 from 45 balls with 85 coming off the final six overs.
|Sunrisers Hyderabad: 184-1 (20 Overs)|
|Shikhar Dhawan||c Kevin Pietersen b Shahbaz Nadeem||33||22||150.00||5||1|
|Aaron Finch||NOT OUT||88||53||166.03||8||4|
|David Warner||NOT OUT||58||45||128.88||3||3|
|EXTRAS||(w 2, lb 3)||5|
|Laxmi Ratan Shukla||2||0||21||0||10.50||5|
Delhi's reply started brightly with Murali Vijay and Quinton de Kock sharing a 99-run stand for the first wicket.
The South African departed for 48 in the 12th over with Vijay following in the next for 52.
Pietersen came to the crease with 82 runs required from 46 balls. Despite hitting a four and a six, he looked rusty in his 17-ball innings before becoming Dale Steyn's second victim in as many balls.
Form man JP Duminy blasted 20 off just seven balls, but Manoj Tiwary was unable to hit a six off the final ball to force a super over, and the exiled England batsman may regret the decision to bat ahead of the South African.
|Delhi Daredevils: 180-4 (20 Overs)|
|Quinton de Kock||c Aaron Finch b Karan Sharma||48||30||160.00||6||1|
|Murali Vijay||c Dale Steyn b Darren Sammy||52||40||130.00||7||1|
|Kevin Pietersen||c Darren Sammy b Dale Steyn||16||17||94.11||1||1|
|Dinesh Karthik||c Lokesh Rahul b Dale Steyn||15||14||107.14||1||0|
|JP Duminy||NOT OUT||20||7||285.71||1||2|
|Manoj Tiwary||NOT OUT||23||13||176.92||2||1|
|EXTRAS||(nb 1, w 2, lb 3)||6|
It was a first win in three attempts for Hyderabad, while Delhi—who lost 13 of 16 games last season—lost their third match in four.