Russell blitzkrieg spoils Warner's return to IPL

Russell blitzkrieg spoils Warner's return to IPL

Russell blitzkrieg spoils Warner's return to IPL

David Warner made a roaring comeback to the Indian Premier League (IPL) by cracking a stroke-filled 85 as Sunrisers Hyderabad posted 181/3 in 20 overs against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their campaign opener at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

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 was a but nervous in the dressing room and kept drinking pickle juice", Warner said during the mid-innings break.

His new opening partner Jonny Bairstow complemented well by giving Warner the maximum strike as the pair raced to the 100-mark in 10.5 overs in their 118-run opening partnership.

And come this year, both Warner and Smith would be hoping to make an impact for their respective IPL sides. 'It is good to get out there and contribute.

The sacked vice-captain, now into the final week of his year-long ban from worldwide cricket, was already expected to march into Australia's 15-man World Cup squad.

The former captain of SRH and the destructive opener David Warner has returned in the IPL after a 12-month ban. Match 2, IPL 2019 - The two sides meet again in their first match of this year's tournament.

David Warner smashes another delivery during his entertaining knock of 85 runs
Camera Icon David Warner smashes another delivery during his entertaining knock of 85

'We just couldn't finish well in the last three overs.

Dinesh Karthik (C), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson and Prasidh Krishna. But, Sunrisers will take heart from the fact that they have won the last two encounters at the Eden Gardens.

KKR were dealt a big blow ahead of the event as their two rising fast-bowlers Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi were ruled out through injury. "We had a good night out and I am excited the way we have started the season", the Jamaican said when talking about his ability to hit the big shots at will.

"Russell, the way he played, changed the game".

With KKR virtually down and out, needing 53 runs off the final three overs, Russell snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with an awesome display of power hitting.

India World Cup probable Vijay Shankar also made a fine return to the Orange Army with a quick-fire unbeaten 24-ball 40 (2×4, 2×6) following Warner's exit in the 16th over.

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