Cape Town - The Sunrisers Hyderabad had to endure a lengthy rain delay in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, but they ultimately held on for a morale-boosting, 16-run win over the Kolkata Knight Riders, with the assistance of the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Having posted 177 for four in their overs, the Sunrisers then watched on as an extended shower kept them off the field for over an hour, and then the match reduced to a 12-over dash for the defending IPL champions, reports the supersport.com website.
The luckless Dale Steyn watched on as three chances were missed off his first two overs, but the Sunrisers then hit their straps, as the mounting run-rate proved too much for the 2014 winners.
Manish Pandey was left stranded on 33 not out, as wickets fell regularly at the other end.
Robin Uthappa played some breath-taking strokes on his way to 34 off 21 balls, and the powerful Andre Russell briefly threatened to explode into life, but the Sunrisers held their nerve.
David Warner had earlier slammed 91 off just 55 balls, to help the Sunrisers to 177 for four, after Gautam Gambhir had won the toss and elected to bowl first. Warner and Shikhar Dhawan (54 off 46 balls) clubbed 130 for the first wicket, with Warner the aggressor. 43 runs were added in the first six overs, before the Aussie ace reached his half-century off just 36 balls.
Having got to 100 inside 12 overs, the Hyderabad outfit looked set to put on a total beyond 200. But, the reintroduction of Kolkata trump-card Morné Morkel dragged the Knight Riders back into the game.
Having conceded 19 in his first two overs, Morkel returned to claim two for 12 in his last two overs, getting Warner out to a skied pull, and then having Ravi Bopara caught by Johan Botha at cover. Botha himself had earlier served up a fine spell of 0 for 26 in his four overs.
The Sunrisers secured their second win of the season, and leave the coastal venue of Visakhapatnam with hope renewed for the 2015 campaign.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: DA Warner (captain), S Dhawan, KL Rahul, NV Ojha (wicketkeeper), RS Bopara, MC Henriques, KV Sharma, Bipul Sharma, P Kumar, B Kumar, DW Steyn
Kolkata Knight Riders: RV Uthappa (wicketkeeper), G Gambhir (captain), MK Pandey, SA Yadav, YK Pathan, AD Russell, J Botha, PP Chawla, SP Narine, M Morkel, UT Yadav