Skipper David Warner headlined with a fine 73-run knock to pull Sunrisers Hyderabad to 158/7 in 20 overs against Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier league (IPL) match here on Friday.
Hyderabad got off to a decent start after Delhi skipper Zaheer Khan sent them in.
The opening partnership of Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner took the score to a promising 46 in 6 overs.
Skipper Warner scored bulk of the runs, receiving most of the strike. He eventually hit 8 fours and a six in his 56-ball knock.
But the rhythm was snapped when Dhawan (10) was run out because of some athletic fielding by Carlos Brathwaite. He was the most successful bowler, picking up two wickets for 27 runs of his four overs.
The West Indian stopped the ball with his left hand on his follow through and turned around to knock down the stumps while still on the turf, catching an over enthusiastic Dhawan short of his crease.
That triggered a double break, as four balls later, in the next over, Deepak Hooda (1) was run out.
This time Amit Mishra struck with a direct hit on the non-striker’s end after following Warners push towards short cover.
Warner’s responsibility increased after being involved in two run outs of his partners.
He hoped to put together a solid stand with Yuvraj Singh (10).
But the veteran southpaw ragged a away going balls into his stumps to leave his team 66/3 in 9.3 overs.
Warner completed his half century in the 12th over with a single towards midwicket of Brathwaite.
And celebrated it with a huge six over long-on.
Warner partially resurrected the innings with a 24-ball 39 run fourth wicket partnership with fellow Australian Mioises Henriques.
But Henriques (18) was dismissed trying to hit a six, caught at the midwicket boundary in the 14th over, reducing his team at 105/4.
But the most pivotal moment of the innings came when Warner was caught at third man by Mishra off Brathwaite in the 16th over.
Eoin Morgan (14) started brightly but also perished soon.
Naman Ojha (16 not out) struck some bold shots to guide the team past 150.