IPL 2019: Preview - Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)

Elena Summers
April 15, 2019

Warner said his elbow 'wasn't all too bad after doing a lot of work with his trainer back home.

They did not need to worry, though, as Russell lit up Eden Gardens with a display of brutal hitting, scoring 17 of the 18 runs that came from Kaul's final over and all 21 off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's last set of six, which allowed Gill to finish the job.

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

Led by Dinesh Karthik, KKR is a team packed with all-rounders such as Andre Russell, Joe Denly, Sunil Narine, Carlos Brathwaite, Anrich Nortje, Piyush Chawla, and Srikanth Mundhe.

While Warner and Smith were banned for a year, young Cameron Bancroft was left out for nine months for his role.

Though England global 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.

On Wednesday, in the second practice match organized between SunRisers-A and SunRisers-B, Warner scored a steady 25-ball 28, setting up his team to put on 187/5 in 20 overs.

He was given a one-year ban for his part in the scandal during a Test match against South Africa last March. Match 2, IPL 2019 - The two sides meet again in their first match of this year's tournament.

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Warner now has the most 50-plus scores (40) in the IPL history, ahead of Virat Kohli (38). Hence SRH will have to be at their best to counter Narine's batting. 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.

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

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

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

"We are definitely better balanced than we were a year ago with much better fast bowling options and more quality depth in all departments". Gambhir, who led Kolkata to two titles moved to Delhi a year ago before stepping down as captain midway into the 2018 season after a poor start for the team.

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