After a start of the season in the darkness surrounding the bottom of the table, Sunrisers Hyderabad cruised to a seven wicket victory over Mumbai Indians.
Variation is the key to unlock the Mumbai batting
Mumbai's innings never really got going as they limped to a modest total of 142-6 from their twenty overs, as the top order collapsed oncemore. Martin Guptill, Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma, Jos Buttler and Hardik Pandya all failed to score any more than 11 runs as the Sunrisers picked up wickets at regular intervals.
Midway through their innings they found themselves slumped at 60-4 as a talented batting order struggled to find the boundary. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Moises Henriques ended with terrific economy figures of less than six an over, with the former picking up the important early wicket of Guptill with a terrific swinging delivery on the New Zealander's IPL debut.
However the star of the show was undoubtedly Barinder Sran, whose slower paced deliveries gave him figures of 3-28 from his four overs. Variations of line and length assisted Sran as he picked up the wickets of Patel, Buttler and Ambati Rayudu.
It was that man Rayudu who did provide some respite for Mumbai. A patient innings of 54 from 49 helped his team into a much more respectable position, as he put on a fifth wicket partnership of 63 with Krunal Pandya. The number six realised the need to play as he smashed 49 from 28 to help his team to a defendable total.
Warner blasts Sunrisers to their first victory of the season
Mumbai got their defence off to the best possible start when Tim Southee dismissed Shikhar Dhawan for just two in the first over with a full delivery. The New Zealander, who barely featured in the World Cup, was the only Mumbai bowler to make a dent in the Sunrisers batting order though. He dismissed Henriques and Eoin Morgan for 20 and 11 respectively, with the latter caught out by Hardik Pandya with an excellent athletic catch.
Yet the evening belonged to an Australian as David Warner produced a typically aggressive performance to see his side over the line with 15 balls to spare. Warner made his half century off 42 deliveries, before accelerating in a perfect Twenty20 batting display to reach 90. His following 40 runs were made in just 17 balls, as the opener hit a total of 11 boundaries.
The victory moves Sunrisers above Mumbai into sixth, whilst the defeat leaves the reigning champions in a lowly seventh after a third defeat in four matches.