KKR script history as Andre Russell blitz downs Sunrisers Hyderabad at Eden

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Suspended superstar David Warner has made an emphatic World Cup statement in his team's Indian Premier League opener, smashing 85 in Kolkata.

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David Warner - announced his arrival on a day when he was slapped with a ban just a year ago as he peeled off 85 off 53 to take Sunrisers to that total on a pitch which was two-paced and was hard to play strokes on.

Moody dropped a hint that Jonny Bairstow could open with Warner as his wicket-keeping gives the team a balance. SRH head coach Tom Moody confirmed that a call on Williamson's availability will be taken on the morning of the match and in case he isn't fit enough, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the side.

181 for 3 in 20 overs.

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 global ban.

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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.

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

But it hardly seemed to matter as in-form all rounder Vijay Shankar showed his confidence by going down on one knee to slog sweep Narine over midwicket for a superb six.

Before the start of the league's 12th edition, Warner and Gautam Gambhir jointly held the record with 36 fifties. As the opener, Chris Lynn dismissed for 7, another opener Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa tried to steady the ship with an 80-run stand.

"We are definitely better balanced than we were past year with much better fast bowling options and more quality depth in all departments". In reply, KKR fell 14 runs short as this time Khan showcased his magic with the ball and ended the match with a bowling figures of 3/19. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was captaining the team for the very first time in absence of Kane Williamson. In the all-rounders department, Shakib-al-Hasan, Mohammad Nabi and Vijay Shankar will add variety. He took the game away from us.

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