A file photo of Kane Williamson. Photograph:( Twitter )
Yusuf Pathan played a blistering knock of 27 runs in just 12 balls to help Hyderabad register victory over Delhi at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Saturday.
Pathan's innings included two fours and two sixes, but the runs came at a crucial time.
Skipper Kane Williamson once again proved his worth and calibre as he made crucial 32 runs in 30 balls to defeat his opponents.
Hyderabad openers Alex Hales and Shikha Dhawan gave their team the required start while chasing a decent total set by Delhi
Hales fell just five runs short of his half-century and was sent back to the pavilion on 45 by Amit Mishra.
Mishra struck for his team second time when he dismissed Dhawan, who made 33 runs in 30 balls.
Young cricketing sensation Prithvi Shaw's 65-run knock followed by skipper Shreyas Iyer's 44 helped Delhi post a moderate 163/5 against Hyderabad.
The two played great knocks to overcome a poor start.
They both had together put 86 runs for the second wicket after Delhi lost off-Glenn Maxwell cheaply.
While Shaw's knock had six fours and three sixes, Iyer faced 36 deliveries, hitting three fours and two sixes.
Just when Delhi were inching closer to the triple-digit score, Rashid Khan came with a much-needed breakthrough for the hosts.
Incoming batter Rishabh Pant then forged a 30-run stand for the third wicket with his skipper before pacer Siddharth Kaul dismissed Iyer in the 16th over.
Pant, 18, and Naman Ojha, 1, fell cheaply in the 17th over, with the visitor's scorecard reading 134/5.
While it was Khan, who struck again to pack back Pant, Ojha fell short of the crease to be run out.
Vijay Shankar and Daniel Christian, who remained unbeaten, chipped in with 23 and 7 runs respectively to help Delhi reach some sort of respectability.
For Hyderabad, Khan was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/23 while Kaul bagged a wicket for 37 runs.