The Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bat but the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers restricted their visitors to a modest 130 for seven.
Yusuf Pathan made a determined 29-ball 49 not out as wickets fell around him on a slow wicket at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium with Jacques Kallis the other notable contributor with 24.
Chasing 131 for the win, Hyderabad made a solid start but had a mini-collapse following the dismissal of Parthiv Patel in the 14th over with Cameron White, Hanuma Vihari and Thisara Perera dismissed in quick succession as the home side lost three wickets for 12 runs.
However, Darren Sammy’s 12-ball 17 ensured that Hyderabad took the win.
Iqbal Abdulla, who was hit for two consecutive sixies in the penultimate over, had best figures for the visitors with 3 for 29 but it was not enough as the hosts made the chase with seven deliveries to spare.