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Can KKR join the big boys CSK and MI with a title win this season?

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Russell double!

Andre Russell has cleaned up Yusuf Pathan! And once again Yusuf falls to a slower ball. This is where SRH are going to be tested this year - they have Warner to give them the required start but once he's gone, teams have the chance to make a comeback. Manish Pandey - another former KKR boy - has come in at No.5. He very badly needs a good start after being absolutely lukewarm in IPL 2018 after being snapped up for a whopping INR 11 crore.

Comeback time, KKR?

Good chance now, with David Warner snuffed out for a 53-ball 85. Robin Uthappa dived forward to take a very good low catch after Andre Russell bowled a wide half-volley that the SRH opener went after.

At the end of 16 overs, SRH reach 144 for 2. Manish Pandey will have to wait further as Yusuf Pathan has walked out at No.4. He will know a thing or two about the local conditions in Kolkata.

Wicket - Jonny Bairstow falls

That's that of an IPL debut with the bat for Jonny Bairstow. He's been cleaned up by Piyush Chawla for a 35-ball 39. The Englishman never got going and played quite a passive second fiddle to Warner at the other end.

Interesting move from SRH as Vijay Shankar walks in at No.3!

Not the start KKR would've wanted

Dinesh Karthik seems to woken up from the wrong side of his bed this morning. His field placement for the spinners hasn't been very good, although his spinners too have been guilty of bowling too short. And to make matters worse, Karthik has now dropped an absolute sitter that couldn't sent Warner packing. Lockie Ferguson bowled a cross-seamer and cramped Warner for room on the leg side. Warner nicked it while trying to flick it away down to the fine leg but could only edge it. Karthik covered his ground but couldn't hold onto the ball. Warner lives to die another day... or maybe not!

Half-century for David Warner

Will he be the same old Warner? How much cricket has he played in this 'gap' year? Won't he be rusty?

David Warner answers all those questions with a typically fiery half-century on a very good batting wicket at the Eden Gardens. And fittingly, he got there with a six off the 31st ball he played. That's his 37th IPL fifty!

PowerPlay Done - SRH 54/0 in 6 overs

SRH fans have a reason to rejoice - David Warner is back! And back like he was probably never away. He's taken on KKR's strength - their spin bowling - and picked runs off Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine - who conceded 11 in his first over. Jonny Bairstow is getting his first glimpse of the IPL in the company of one of the finest batsman in the tournament. He's moving along at a run-a-ball even as SRH are smashing it at nine-an-over.

Bairstow reviews successfully!

A big appeal, an immediate decision and an even quicker review! Jonny Bairstow didn't read Piyush Chawla's googly - though he bowls them five times in an over - and got struck on the pad while he was on the back-foot. Bairstow reviews like a man who knew he'd faintly nicked it. Snicko agreed with his assessment and he lives on.

Swing for Prasidh, free-hit for Bairstow and an atrocious review

Not so much control for the young Indian pacer, though. But he gets away with the free-hit delivery as Jonny Bairstow struggles to connect one while trying to swing it over midwicket. On his return, David Warner has been fluent so far, thumping Piyush Chawla for two fours. It's that fluency that perhaps pushed DK to review an lbw call for a ball that pitched WAY outside the leg stump. Hard to disagree with the commentators when they unanimously dubbed it as the worst ever DRS decision.

As we build up to the first 4 pm game of the season, there's loads to catch up on! Firstly, an unexpected opener ensued at the Chepauk last night, one that the RCB faithful would swiftly want to forget. Virat Kohli talked up the need for making better decisions but didn't quite appear to have put that in practice as they sent out two spin options against CSK's four on an incredible turner.

It must be said that it certainly wasn't a 70-all-out pitch, but both captains weren't happy with how it behaved anyway.

You should also read this lovely story of Lockie Ferguson - one of KKR's four foreign picks today - by Bharath Ramaraj.

TOSS - KKR opt to bowl first. Bhuvneshwar Kumar leads SRH as Kane Williamson misses out due to shoulder injury

#STATATTACK - Bhuvneshwar Kumar has played 103 IPL games before being named captain - the second most in that list after KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin, who played 111 games before taking up leadership duties.

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Prelude - Two shrewd past-winners eye fast start

The Indian Premier League now has teams in clusters. There are studious front-benchers in CSK and MI, with six titles between them split three each. KXIP, RCB and Delhi Capitals reside right at the back with zilch to show for success. And the struggle for course correction is evident, but yet to amount to tangible results.

The middle rows have three, two of which have been more recently successful. KKR and SRH with two and one title each, don't just have trophies in their collection to show off, but also the reputation of being immensely shrewd sides.

Not long since KKR turned their squad around - with a tough decision of replacing Sourav Ganguly with Gautam Gambhir - they pulled off two title victories. Another one this year would mean they're fellow big boys with CSK and MI.

SRH's biggest USP - besides one of the finest IPL batsman in David Warner - over the years has been their auction strategy. They've managed to find upgrades - particularly in their bowling unit - for five seasons now. And this evolution shows in their consistent results - specially over the last three seasons.

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