Skipper Kane Williamson led from the front by scoring a fine 57, as the Sunrisers Hyderabad beat the Gujarat Titans by 8 wickets at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Monday.
After being asked to bat first by SRH skipper, Gujarat lost Shubman Gill early as Rahul Tripathi took a splendid one handed catch at covers off Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 7.
T Natarajan then dismissed Sai Sudharsan (11) back to the pavilion, caught at mid off by Williamson.
Matthew Wade’s (19) poor run with the bat continued as he was trapped right in front by Umran Malik.
The pair of Hardik Pandya and David Miller featured in a 40 run stand for the fourth wicket before the latter (12) mistimed a Marco Jansen pull to Abhishek Sharma at mid wicket.
Hardik along with Abhinav Manohar provided the impetus to the innings with a 50 run stand for the fifth wicket. Abhinav who was let off thrice, smashed a quickfire 21 ball-35 before falling to a fine diving catch by Tripathi.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Thangarasu Natarajan claimed 2 wickets each for Sunrisers , as the Titans were restricted to 162/7 in their 20 overs.
All rounder Hardik Pandya remained unbeaten on 50 off 42 balls.
Chasing 163, Abhishek Sharma and Kane Williamson got Hyderabad off to a solid start. The duo put on 64 runs for the opening stand before the former was caught at deep midwicket by Sudarshan off Rashid Khan for 42.
Rahul Tripathi had to retire hurt on 17, after smashing Rahul Tewatia for a maximum.
The Sunrisers skipper along with Nicholas Pooran put on 25 runs for the second wicket before Pandya dismissed his opposite number with a slower off-cutter for a 46 ball-57.
Pooran (34)* and Aiden Markram (12)* shared an unbeaten 39 run stand for the third wicket to take Hyderabad to a comprehensive win.
Gujarat Titans 162/7 (Pandya 50*, Manohar 35, Natarajan 2-34, Bhuvneshwar 2-37) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 168/2 (Williamson 57, Abhishek 42, Pooran 34*, Pandya 1-27) won by eight wickets