Team Kolkata emerged victorious against Hyderabad, led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar with six wickets to spare after being handed a target of 182 to chase. West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell was the man to watch out for smashing 49 runs off 19 deliveries in an innings comprising of four boundaries and four sixes.
Here are the highlights:
# Team Kolkata win by 6 wickets!
# Shakib Al Hasan to bowl the final over!
# 21 runs off the 19th over as Andre Russell smashes two boundaries and sixes apiece.
# Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the 19th over!
# 19 runs off the over, as Russell smashes two consecutive sixes along with a boundary. Team Kolkata 148/4 (18 overs)
# Two sixes off the first two deliveries, to make it 41 runs off 16 deliveries!
# Siddharth Kaul set to bowl his final over!
# Just six runs off the over, Team Kolkata 129/4 (17 overs)
# Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl his 3rd over!
# Shubman Gill is the new batsman in!
# Wicket! Rashid Khan strikes with the key wicket of Nitish Rana with a turning delivery which the batsman failed to negotiate effectively!
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# Rashid Khan to bowl his final over, with 68 runs needed off 30 deliveries!
# 10 runs off the 16th over bowled by Sandeep Sharma. Team Kolkata 114/3 (15 overs)
# Need 78 runs off 36 deliveries!
# 7 runs off the over, as Rana survives a close call off the first delivery. Team Kolkata 104/3 (14 overs)
# Rashid Khan set to bowl his third over!
# Need 85 runs off 42 deliveries!
# Andre Russell is the new man in!
# Wicket! Sharma accounts for the key wicket of skipper Dinesh Karthik who fails to control his shot off a slow delivery, handing a catch to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
# Sandeep Sharma set to bowl his third over!
# Dinesh Karthik is the new man in!
# Wicket! Kaul strikes with a perfect yorker which leaves Uthappa in no position to negotiate the delivery!
# Siddharth Kaul back into the attack!
# 15 runs off Shakib's third over as Uthappa and Rana smash a six apiece. Team Kolkata 85/ 1(11 overs)
# Just two runs off the over, as Team Kolkata reach 70/1 (10 overs)
# Rashid Khan set to bowl his second over!
# Just 7 runs off the over, with Team Kolkata 68/1 (9 overs)
# Sandeep Sharma set to bowl his second over!
# 9 runs off the over as Yusuf Pathan misses out an opportunity to dismiss Robin Uthappa after dropping a sitter.
# Rashid Khan into the attack!
# Just four runs off the over. Team Kolkata 51/1 (7 overs)
# Siddharth Kaul to bowl his second over!
# 7 runs off the over, with Team Kolkata 47/1 (6 overs), marking the end of the powerplay!
# Shakib Al Hasan set to bowl his second over!
# 10 runs from the over, as Team Kolkata steadily gain momentum after a slow start. Team Kolkata 40/1 (5 overs)
# Siddharth Kaul set to bowl his first over!
# 14 runs off the over, Team Kolkata 30/1 (4 overs)
# Sandeep Sharma into the attack!
# Team Kolkata 16/1 (3 overs) with 9 runs off Bhuvneshwar's second over.
# Robin Uthappa in at No 3!
# Wicket! Lynn departs for 7 as fails to connect effectively with a turning delivery by Shakib, resulting in a leading edge to Rashid Khan. Team Kolkata 7/1 (2 overs)
# Lynn off the mark as Shakib Al Hasan gears up to bowl the second over!
# Just 1 run off the opening over. Team Kolkata 1/0 (1 over)
# Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana to open the innings for Team Kolkata with Bhuvneshwar Kumar set to bowl the first over!
# Lockie Ferguson to bowl the final over of the innings!
# 12 runs off the 19th over bowled by Prasidh Krishna. Team Hyderabad 170/3 (18 overs)
# Manish Pandey is the next man in!
# Wicket! Yusuf Pathan departs for 1 after being bowled off a yorker by Russell off the third delivery of the innings. Team Hyderabad 153/3 (17.3 overs)
# Andre Rusell to bowl the 18th over of the innings!
# Just 5 runs off the over. Team Hyderabad 149/2 (17 overs)
# Lockie Ferguson into the attack!
# Yusuf Pathan at No 4 with four overs to go!
# Wicket! Warner departs for 85 off 53 deliveries as Uthappa completes a fine catch off the final delivery of the over. Team Hyderabad 144/2 (16 overs)
# Andre Russell to bowl his second over!
# Just five runs off the over. Team Hyderabad 134/1 (15 overs)
# Prasidh Krishna set to bowl his third over!
# Narine set to bowl his third over!
# Vijay Shankar comes down at No 3!
# Wicket! Bairstow departs for 39 as Chawla strikes off the fifth delivery of the over with a slow delivery which the batsman plays too early. Team Hyderabad 118/1 (12.5 overs)
# Piyush Chawla set to bowl his third over!
# 11 runs off the over, as Dinesh Karthik a drops a catch off the fourth delivery of the over. Team Hyderabad 112/0 (12 overs)
# Lockie Ferguson back into the attack!
# 9 runs off the over as the Hyderabad innings crosses 100 runs without losing a wicket. Team Hyderabad 101/0 (11 overs)
# Nitish Rana into the attack!
# 10 runs off the over, as Warner smashes a six off the last delivery of the over, to make it 62 runs off 36 deliveries. Team Hyderabad 92/0 (10 overs)
# Kuldeep Yadav set to bowl his second over!
# 13 runs off the over as Warner reaches his 37th fifty in the IPL with a six off a short delivery. Team Hyderabad 82/0 (9 overs)
# Andre Russell into the attack!
# 7 runs off the over, Team Hyderabad 69/0 (8 overs)
# Sunil Narine set to bowl his second over!
# Time for the strategic timeout!
# 8 runs off the over as Team Hyderabad continue to score runs at a consistent rate. Team Hyderabad 62/0 (7 overs)
# Kuldeep Yadav into the attack!
# Warner is inching closer to a half-century, as Bairstow and Warner complete a 50-run partnership. Team Hyderabad 54/0 (6 overs)
# Sunil Narine into the attack!
# Team Hyderabad continue to score runs at a consistent rate with 9 runs off Ferguson's first over. Team Hyderabad 43/0 (5 overs)
# Lockie Ferguson into the attack!
# 9 runs off Chawla's second over, as Bairstow smashes the first six of the innings. Team Hyderabad 34/0 (4 overs)
# 9 runs off the over, following a boundary off the last delivery. Team Hyderabad 25/0 (3 overs)
# Krishna to continue with the ball!
# 8 runs off the over, as Warner survives a confident review by the bowler, in an over comprising of two boundaries. Team Hyderabad 16/0 (2 overs)
# Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla into the attack!
# 8 runs from the opening over as Warner and Bairstow get off the back. Team Hyderabad 8/0 (1 over)
# Prasidh Krishna will open the bowling for Team Kolkata!
# David Warner and Jonny Bairstow are set to open the innings for Team Hyderabad!
# The clash is set to start in a few minutes!
# Team Kolkata (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna
# Team Hyderabad (Playing XI): David Warner, Jonny Bairstow(w), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar(c), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul.
# New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson will make his debut for Team Kolkata!
# Jonny Bairstow is set to make his debut for Team Hyderabad!
# Warner has been included in the matchday lineup and is set to play his first IPL match for Team Hyderabad since he was banned from international cricket!
# Team Kolkata have won the toss and opted to field against Hyderabad!
# The toss is expected to take place in a few minutes!
# Vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be leading Team Hyderabad in this clash, with skipper Kane Williamson ruled out.
# Team Kolkata and Hyderabad finished in the Top 4 in the last three seasons!
# Team Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson, on the other hand, might miss out on the opening clash against Kolkata having joined the camp late.
# Pacer Sandeep Warrier and spinner KC Cariappa have been named as replacements!
# Team Kolkata are missing out on the presence of fast bowlers Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi and Anrich Nortje due to injury!
David Warner will be the man to watch out for when Team Hyderabad open their campaign against two-time champions Kolkata in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League on Sunday.
Warner missed the last edition of the tournament after being banned from international cricket following a ball-tampering scandal.
The left-hander will be looking to stake a claim in Australia's World Cup squad with quality performances.
Team Kolkata skipper Dinesh Karthik will look to register a strong performance and grab the attention of the selectors with a solid campaign.
The franchise has signed Carlos Brathwaite alongside Andre Russell, Sunil Narine as they look to boost their batting firepower with Chris Lynn.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, David Warner, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Sreevats Goswami, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem.
(With PTI inputs)