Kolkata Knight Riders started their IPL campaign with a six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. In the process, they also avenged their last year's qualifiers loss to the 'Orange Army' at the same venue which had knocked KKR out. Later, the co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders Shah Rukh Khan went on to say that Russell was so overwhelmed by the way the crowd welcomed him that he almost broke down after the win.
Andre Russell took his team out of a corner with his splendid knock of 19-ball 49 which included four fours and four sixes. The West-Indian all-rounder accelerated when a well set Nitish Rana was dismissed for 68 as and KKR seemed to be in a spot of bother at 118/4 with 64 runs required from 27 balls. Russell took the bowlers into the stands and at the same time also ensured that there were no more hiccups as his 65 run partnership with Shubman Gill (18) took KKR past the finish line.
Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter to reveal this.
Earlier David Warner had announced his return to IPL by playing a quickfire innings of a 53-ball 85 . He stitched a 118 run opening stand along with Jonny Bairstow who was making his IPL debut as a result of which the Hyderabad outfit posted 181/3 in their 20 overs. In reply KKR lost their hard hitting opener Chris Lynn early. Nithish Rana (68) and Robin Uthappa (35) then stitched an 80 run stand and bought KKR back in the match. However, once Uthappa was castled by Siddharth Kaul, KKR began to lose mometum as they lost their captain Dinesh Karthik early as well.