Russell steals dramatic win for KKR against Sunrisers Hyderabad

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The first super Sunday of IPL 2019 starts with a clash between two of the most consistent IPL teams, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

His effort, however, went in vain as Andre Russell's blistering knock of 49 off just 19 balls helped Knight Riders pull off a thrilling win.

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"I'm pretty chirpy in the changing room but I didn't really say..." In this match, Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson is not playing due to injury and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the captain.

"It is good to get out there and contribute".

The form of Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja and David Warner is set to create a splitting headache for Australia's selectors.

Now into the final week of his year-long ban from global cricket, Warner was already expected to march into Australia's 15-man World Cup squad. The 2018 finalists scored a challenging total of 181 for 3, thanks to 53-ball 85 by the comeback man, David Warner.

Last Friday it was announced that Cameron Bancroft, the first of the banned trio to return to cricket, will captain English county side Durham after his nine-month ban came to an end in December. Such was the Warner assault that four of the regular KKR bowlers including the frontline spin duo of Sunil Narine (0/29 in three overs) and Kuldeep (0/18 in 2 overs) did not even bowl their full quota of four overs.

"We are definitely better balanced than we were a year ago with much better fast bowling options and more quality depth in all departments".

The 32-year-old has now scored 37 IPL half-centuries, more than anyone else in the competition's history, despite missing last year's tournament following the fallout from his worldwide ban. "It's not a long term injury, whether he plays, we will take a call tomorrow", Moody said on the eve of the match.

Chasing 182, KKR were helped by Nitish Rana (68) and Robin Uthappa (35). Putting behind the embarrassing ball tampering scandal, that kept him out past year, the Aussie smashed three sixes and nine boundaries in his 53-ball knock. "Warner is available. He is jumping out of his skin to start his campaign", Moody said.

But India all-rounder Vijay Shankar ensured that Sunrisers had enough runs on the board with an unbeaten 24-ball 40 (2x4, 2x6).

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