David Warner scores 85 on IPL return for Sunrisers Hyderabad

David Warner
David Warner is expected to return to the Australia set-up this year
Indian Premier League, Eden Gardens, Kolkata:
Sunrisers Hyderabad 181-3 (20 overs): Warner 85, Shankar 40*, Bairstow 39
Kolkata Knight Riders 183-4 (19.4 overs): Rana 68, Russell 49*
Kolkata Knight Riders win by six wickets

Australia batsman David Warner scored 85 in his Indian Premier League comeback, but could not prevent Sunrisers Hyderabad losing their opening match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

The former Australia vice-captain scored 85 off 53 balls to steer Sunrisers to a total of 181-3.

He put on 118 for the first wicket with England's Jonny Bairstow.

However, Andre Russell's stunning 49 off 19 balls led the hosts to victory.

Nitish Rana scored 68 at the top of the order for Kolkata, who lost to Sunrisers in the final eliminator - and thus missed out on a place in the final - last year.

Warner did not play in the 2018 edition of the 20-over franchise tournament after organisers barred him for his part in a ball-tampering scandal.

His one-year ban from international cricket ends later this month and the 32-year-old opener is expected to make Australia's World Cup squad and play in this summer's Ashes series in England.

During his ban, he has also played T20 franchise cricket in Canada, Bangladesh and the Caribbean, and grade cricket in Australia.

In Sunday's later game, Delhi Capitals beat Mumbai Indians by 37 runs, making 213-6 thanks to India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant's unbeaten 78 from 27 balls.

Mumbai could only muster 176-9 in reply as the Capitals won their first game since changing their name from Delhi Daredevils in December.

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