The David Warner side Sunrisers Hyderabad's top-order batted with aplomb before the bowlers delivered the goods as the defending champions registered a brilliiant 26-run victory over struggling Kings XI Punjab, at Mohali on Friday. Fifties from openers Shikhar Dhawan (77), skipper David Warner (51) and Kane Williamson (54 not out) propelled the visitors to a very challenging 207 for three after being asked to take the first strike. The home side were off to a flying start but intermittent wickets did not help their cause. All they could manage was 181 for nine, allowing Sunrisers consolidate their third position in the points table.
Earlier, the host captain Glenn Maxwell invited Hyderabad to bat but could hardly trouble the visitors who handled the attack with remarkable ease. The platform for the tourists second 200-plus total was set by the 107-run stand between openers Dhawan and Warner.