Russell steals thunder from Warner

Russell steals thunder from Warner

Russell steals thunder from Warner

For SRH, David Warner returns and both the teams are raring to go.

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Kolkata Knight Riders 183/4 in 19.4 overs (Nitish Rana 68, Andre Russell 49 not out; Rashid Khan 1/26) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 181/3 in 20 overs (David Warner 85, Vijay Shankar 40; Andre Russell 2/32) by 6 wickets.

The 32-year-old left-handed batsman has played in Twenty20 leagues in Bangladesh, Canada and the Caribbean with his worldwide ban set to end on March 28.

Though England worldwide Bairstow has played far more cricket in recent weeks, it was Warner who displayed greater fluency for the Sunrisers, moving to his 50 by jumping off the ground to cut Russell for six. The pair made quick work of Kolkata's bowlers in the first 12 overs, with Warner leading the charge in an 118-run partnership.

He was given a one-year ban for his part in the scandal during a Test match against South Africa last March. The suspension did not include club games but IPL's governing council decided not to allow the disgraced duo in the 11th edition of the T20 league a year ago in a bid to avoid controversy.

Afghanistan's other cricket sensation, Mujeeb Zadran, has joined Kings XI Punjab and has already started training sessions for the opening match.

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Warner's 37th IPL fifty also made him the first cricketer in IPL to have most 50-plus scores (40) ahead of Virat Kohli (38) as the Aussie also has three centuries.

Last time when these two teams met, it was a close encounter where SRH posted a good total of 174/7 thanking to the late heroics from Rashid Khan (34* off 10 balls).

KKR have gone on to establish themselves as consistent performers in the IPL.

Shubman Gill, however, delivered the finishing touch by blasting Shakib Al Hasan for two sixes to cap a stunning comeback victory.

While the opening game remained a one-sided affair, we have a significant competitive game to look forward to later today. "We just felt there was no need to make any change from past year". However, the dampener for Sunrisers is the likelihood of skipper Kane Williamson missing the match with an injury.

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