Anrich Nortje took two key wickets as the Delhi Capitals beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven runs in the IPL on Monday.
The Proteas paceman bowled Englishman Harry Brook for seven early on and then had national teammate Heinrich Klaasen caught for 31 off 19 balls in the 19th over to finish with figures of 2-33.
Sunrisers captain Aiden Markram made just three as his team ended on 137-6.
Earlier, Delhi posted 144-9, with Marco Jansen going wicketless for 27 runs in his two overs.
It was Delhi’s second successive victory after starting the season with five losses. The David Warner-led team stayed bottom of the 10-team heap. Hyderabad are ninth with four points and five losses.
Nortje dented the Hyderabad chase as he bowled Brook and left-arm spinner Axar Patel soon joined in to cut short Mayank Agarwal’s knock on 49.
Pace spearhead Ishant Sharma and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav picked up a wicket each to rattle the opposition middle-order before Klaasen and Washington Sundar attempted to revive the chase.
Klaasen fell to Nortje and Sundar made an unbeaten 24, but Mukesh and Delhi had the last laugh.
Delhi elected to bat first but lost half their side, including Warner (21) in eight overs before Axar (34) and Manish Pandey (34) turned the innings around.
“I ordered for coffee and I left the glass like that, when three wickets fell in one over,” Man of the Match Axar said with a smile. “Pandey and I discussed we need to take it as deep as possible.”
Sundar returned figures of 3-28 with his mystery spin as he struck three times in one over, including the wicket of Warner.
Seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar took two wickets and the innings witnessed three run outs.