David Warner failed for the first time in four innings but his Sunrisers Hyderabad were still able to beat the Ricky Ponting-coached Delhi Capitals by five wickets in a low-scoring IPL clash.

Warner, who is the highest-scoring batsman in the competition, looked out of sorts on a slow wicket, after his side restricted the hosts to 8-129 after winning the toss and electing to field.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Nabi and Siddarth Kaul took two wickets apiece as the Capitals, still reeling from their stunning collapse against Kings XI Punjab earlier this week, posted an under-par score.

Warner scored just 10 from 18 balls as he played a supporting role to opening partner, the equally in-form Jonny Bairstow, who smashed 48 from 28 balls as the pair put on 64 for the first wicket, their fourth consecutive partnership of 50 or more.

Warner, who has been in top form as he targets a return to Australia’s World Cup squad, struggled to get going before he fell to paceman Kagiso Rabada for 10 off 18 deliveries.

The departure of the openers sparked a mini collapse for the Sunrisers, but Nabi (17 not out) and Yusuf Pathan (nine not out) got the visitors over the line and take them back to the top of the table.

Ponting's side slip to fifth on the eight-team table but have played five matches, the most of any team in the competition.

"Really pleased with the start, just going to try and keep going," wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow said after receiving the man of the match award.

"We have three games in quick succession now and hopefully we keep playing the same brand of cricket. We have a great bunch of guys and we hope to keep going."

Bairstow, who was involved in a record 185-run opening stand with Warner on Sunday as both men scores centuries, took the attack to the opposition with nine fours and one six before being trapped lbw off leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia.

"Jonny is obviously in red-hot form coming on the back of a hundred. When you are confident like that, you don't think about the negative result," Ponting told reporters after his team's third loss in five matches.

"Running down the wicket, he is not even thinking that he is going to miss the ball, always thinking about that he is going to hit it in the middle for a six."