KXIP vs KKR Live Score

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) got their 2019 campaign off to a flying start as they snatched a 6-wicket win from the jaws of defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Eden Gardens on March 24.

Russell scored an unbeaten 49 runs off 19 balls, including 4 fours and 4 sixes and became the game changer for his side.

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While Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the Sunrisers pace department, Afghanistan's Rashid Khan will be in charge of the spin attack. 'It is good to get out there and contribute. Back in 2014, he had amassed 528 runs and then made 562 runs from 14 matches in 2015.

But it was largely trademark power hitting from Warner in a 118-run opening stand with Jonny Bairstow.

The former captain of SRH and the destructive opener David Warner has returned in the IPL after a 12-month ban. The BCCI had then imposed its own sanctions and barred Warner along with Steve Smith from playing in the league previous year.

Year-long bans from state and global cricket for Warner and Smith end on March 28 but the duo are keen to get among the runs in the IPL, ahead of the 50-over World Cup starting in May.

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"It's not a long-term injury, whether he plays, we will take a call on Sunday", Moody said.

Dinesh Karthik was dismissed in the next over and the Knight Riders looked like being left with too much to do when Nitish Rana (68) was out lbw to Rashid Khan following a delay due to floodlight failure, yet Russell and Gill had other ideas.

'We just couldn't finish well in the last three overs. But, Sunrisers will take heart from the fact that they have won the last two encounters at the Eden Gardens.

In came the big-hitting Andre Russell with KKR still needing 87 off 44 as the brilliant Rana brought up his sixth IPL 50 by picking a single of Sandeep in the 13th over.

"Kane is obviously the standing worldwide captain who is admired globally on that platform and what he did with us previous year, we felt that it seemed to make sense to continue that continuity", Moody said.

Sunrisers have traded in Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma for Shikhar Dhawan, but it remains to be seen how they overcome the Indian opener's departure.