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Anand Subramaniam in Dubai 18 April 2014 - 07:20pm IST

Just a matter of one good win: Shukla

Delhi Daredevils all-rounder hopeful his side will do well against KKR

With a completely revamped team, the Delhi Daredevils looked to start their Pepsi IPL 2014 campaign on a winning note. However, that was not to be as they suffered a heavy loss against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday. Their top order failed, there were catches being dropped and their bowlers were dealt with severely by the RCB batsmen.

Delhi Daredevils all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla believes that his side had an off day on the field during that eight-wicket defeat, and he is hopeful that his team will come back stronger. “Murali Vijay, Dinesh Karthik and Manoj Tiwary had an off day on Thursday and we fell short by close to 25 runs. We did lose the first match, but we played some good cricket. I hope we come back strong.”

The Daredevils will only get stronger with the inclusion of their key player and skipper, Kevin Pietersen. The Englishman, however, is out with a finger injury, and it is still unclear whether he will be a part of the playing XI for the KKR game. “There will be a review on his injury tomorrow. He is one of the most valuable players in our team. We all want him to play and we are eager to see him play.”

Shukla also believes that his side is just a win away from striking form in the tournament. “It is a very bright chance that we get going in the tournament. It is just a matter of one good win. I hope we win against KKR tomorrow.”

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