Hyderabad: Manan Vohra played the best knock of his Indian Premier League career as he blasted 95 off just 50 deliveries but still finished second best on the night as Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned with his career best T20 figures of 5/19 to help Sunrisers Hyderabad edge out Kings XI Punjab by 5 runs.
This after David Warner had carried his bat through the Sunrisers' innings, staying unbeaten on 70 after a disciplined bowling performance by the Kings XI Punjab bowlers.
Chasing a below par total of 160 to win the match, the Kings XI Punjab had a terrible start as they lost opener Hashim Amla on the first ball of the innings, Bhuvneshwar Kumar trapping the South African in front of the wicket.
Manan Vohra and Glenn Maxwell brought some momentum by hitting a boundary apiece of Barinder Sran's over but Bhuvneshwar came back to take the important wicket of Maxwell (10) as KXIP slumped to 17/2 after three overs.
Eoin Morgan was the next man in and he announced himself on the crease with a big six off the first delivery of the fifth over.
But the Afghan duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi hit back by picking up three wickets between themselves as the KXIP slumped to 62/5 at the end of 10 overs, needing 98 run sto win off the remaining 10 overs.
The equation seemed out of Punjab's reach but that is when Manan Vohra began a vicious assault on the Hyderabad bowlers. He first targetted Barinder Sran in the 15th over, hitting two sixes and four to bring up his half-century.
And then came the innings' biggest over, Vohra became the first batsman to solve the Rashid Khan 'mystery' as he hit the Afghan leg-spinner for 20 runs in five deliveries to bring the target within reach as Punjab now needed 35 runs to win off the last four overs.
Vohra though kept KXIP in the hunt by helping the team take 12 runs off Siddarth Kaul's 18th over as the visitors now needed 16 runs off the last two overs.
But Bhuvneshwar Kumar would have the last laugh as he first dismissed KC Cariappa and then trapped Vohra in front with a perfect yorker to claim his fifth wicket of the innings.
Siddarth Kaul took the Sunrisers to victory after taking the last wicket of Ishant Sharma as the Sunrisers won by 5 runs.
Sent into bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad were off to a slow start with openers Warner and Shikhar Dhawan managing only 25 runs in five overs.
Warner and Ojha then gave the innings momentum, adding 60 runs for the fourth wicket in six overs.
Warner hit seven boundaries and two six during his stay in the middle.
For Kings XI Punjab, Mohit Sharma and Axar Patel were the most successful bowlers, returning figures of 2/25 and 2/33 respectively.
Sunrisers handed Afghanistan's Mohammed Nabi IPL debut.