8:03 pm: That’s a wrap, folks. Do hop on to the next match of Super Sunday where the rechristened Delhi have got their campaign underway as they lock horns with Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium. (MATCH 3, Mumbai vs Delhi: LATEST ACTION)

Summary: Andre Russell’s belligerent 49 not out off just 19 deliveries coupled with Nitish Rana’s 68 powered Kolkata to a thrilling six-wicket victory thus avenging their 2018 defeat in the Qualifiers of the T20 League at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. After the dismissal of Nitish Rana, who kept Kolkata in the game, post the floodlight failure to Rashid Khan, Russell unleashed himself and that over — the 19th off the innings — off Bhuvneshwar Kumar that yielded 21 runs turned the tide in the hosts’ favour. A memorable win for Kolkata and one that Russell will remember for a long time. Four sixes, four boundaries in his 19-ball 49. Stick around for the presentation ceremony.

20th over: It was Kolkata’s game after Andre Russell’s blitz, and young Shubman Gill two sixes in the final over off Shakib Al Hasan has led Kolkata to a thrilling six-wicket victory.


19th over: 21 runs coming off this Bhuvneshwar Kumar over and Andre Russell has turned this match around at the Eden Gardens. Kolkata need 5 runs from 4 balls.

18th over: Two sixes and one boundary off this Siddharth Kaul over and ANDRE RUSSELL has brought the equation down to 34 off 12 balls. Kolkata 148/4 (Russell 27, Gill 6)


17th over: Bhuvneshwar Kumar into the attack and he has just bowled a brilliant over which has yielded just 6 runs. Not even the big Andre Russell could manage to go big. Kolkata 129/4 (Russell 9, Gill 5)

16th over: BIG WICKET! The break has worked for Hyderabad and Rashid Khan has trapped the danger man Nitish Rana plumb lbw. The southpaw knows that’s clean and he departs for 68. Kolkata 123/4 (Russell 7, Shubman Gill 1)

7:30 pm: So, it looks like the officials are rebooting that tower. We’re hearing that play should get underway in 7-8 minutes.

7:22 pm: Play has been interrupted due to a floodlight failure in one of the towers at the Eden Gardens.

15th over: Nitish Rana holds the key to Kokata’s chances. The hosts will want the southpaw, who smashed a huge hit over long-off that brought the crowd to its feet, to stay till the end. Kolkata 114/3 (Rana 64, Russell 3)

14th over: Rashid Khan, back into the attack, continues to stem the flow of runs, his third over going for just 7 runs. Kolkata 104/3 (Rana 56, Russell 2)

13th over: BIG WICKET! Despite being slightly expensive, Sandeep Sharma has picked the biggie of Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik, who was waiting for it to get quicker, bit it sticks into the pitch and DK managed a one-handed chip that went straight to his opposite number Bhuvneshwar Kumar at extra cover. Rana meanwhile, brought up a fighting half-century, his sixth in the T20 league. Kolkata 97/3 (Rana 50, Russell 1)


12th over: WICKET! Siddharth Kaul has delivered when it mattered to Hyderabad the most as he cleans up Robin Uthappa for 35 with a brilliant wide yorker. Captain Dinesh Karthik has just joined Rana in the middle. Kolkata 87/2 (Rana 44, Dinesh Karthik 0)


11th over: Kolkata have made up after just scoring two runs in the previous over. Both, Rana and Uthappa have decided to target Shakib Al Hasan, with the duo registering a six each in this over which went for 15 runs. Kolkata 85/1 (Rana 43, Uthappa 34)

10th over: Just 2 runs conceded from this Rashid Khan over which is just gold from Hyderabad’s perspective. Kolkata 70/1 (Rana 37, Uthappa 25)

Ninth over: Sandeep Sharma is back into the attack and has given 8 runs of his second over which saw a boundary coming from Rana’s blade in the penultimate delivery. Kolkata 68/1 (Rana 36, Uthappa 24)

Eighth over: DROPPED! Hyderabad would have had their second wicket in the bag had Yusuf Pathan held on to one of the most simplest of catches in the history of the tournament. Uthappa tried to make room and lofted this one off Rashid Khan, but missed it completely, Pathan went under it nicely at long-on, but let that one slip through. Kolkata 60/1 (Rana 30, Uthappa 22)

Seventh over: Kolkata have brought up the fifty in this over off Kaul with Rana and Uthappa steady in the run-chase. Kolkata 51/1 (Rana 25, Uthappa 19)

Sixth over: Uthappa has joined hands with Rana as the duo are beginning to score in tandem at a decent pace. This over from Shakib yielding 7 runs. Kolkata 47/1 (Rana 23, Uthappa 17)

Fifth over: Bowling change! Siddharth Kaul comes into the attack and Robin Uthappa welcomes him with a boundary towards the long-off region. Ten runs coming from this over. Kolkata 40/1 (Rana 21, Uthappa 12)

Fourth over: Nitish Rana has unleashed himself at the Eden Gardens, smashing a boundary through wide mid-on and then launching a huge SIX over mid-on, this over from Sandeep Sharma going for 14 runs. Kolkata 30/1 (Rana 19, Uthappa 4)


Third over: Bhuvneshwar continues with his second over and has concedes couple of boundaries — one each from Rana and new batsman Robin Uthappa. Kolkata 16/1 (Rana 5, Uthappa 4)

Second over: WICKET: Chris Lynn, who smashed a powerful SIX over the long-on boundary, tried to do something different, but ended up finding the inside edge and Rashid Khan picked up a simple catch at cover point. Shakib Al Hasan strikes and the dangerous Lynn departs for just 7. Kolkata 7/1 (Rana 0, Uthappa 0)

First over: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has bowled a tidy over with just one run coming from it. Kolkata have gone in with Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana as their openers. Kolkata 1/0 (Lynn 1, Rana 0)


Summary: After the start given by David Warner, who announced his return with a fabulous 85 off 53, Hyderabad have finished at 181/3 and Kolkata will be pleased to have restricted last year’s finalists, specially after the opening wicket between Warner and Jonny Bairstow yielding 118 runs. Warner fell to Andre Russell, who picked up two wickets, and then Hyderabad began to lose steam. Have Hyderabad fallen 10-20 runs short given the start provided by Warner or will be enough to kick-start their campaign with a winning start. Do stick around for the run-chase.


20th over: With some tight bowling by Lockie Ferguson in the final over, Vijay Shankar played well to score a much-needed boundary over mid-wicket and Hyderabad have finished at 181/3.

19th over: Prasidh Krishna back into the attack and Shankar now has shouldered the responsibility of run-scoring with a cracking shot over the long-on boundary for a SIX. The Tamil Nadu allrounder survived a review after being given out by umpire Anil Chaudhary. Hyderabad 170/3 (Shankar 31, Pandey 6)

18th over: WICKET! Andre Russell has struck again, deceiving Yusuf Pathan for pace. It was a nothing shot from Pathan, who was cleaned up by the big West Indies allrounder. Pathan departs for just 1. Hyderabad 158/3 (Shankar 21, Manish Pandey 5)

17th over: Lockie Ferguson into the attack. Yusuf Pathan has joined Shankar out in the middle with Hyderabad looking to fire on all cylinder in the final three overs. Hyderabad 149/2 (Shankar 17, Pathan 1)


16th over: WICKET! A fine innings from David Warner has been brought to an end by Andre Russell, but it was Robin Uthappa, who picked up a blinder at extra cover. Warner’s 53-ball stay at the crease yielded 85 runs. Hyderabad 144/2 (Shankar 14)


15th over: Prasidh Krishna has been brought into the attack and he continues to be impressive, his third over going for just 5 runs. Hyderabad 134/1 (Warner 77, Shankar 12)

14th over: Vijay Shankar proving his credentials at the Eden Gardens. Facing just his third delivery off Narine and Shankar has launched it over the deep square leg boundary. Hyderabad 129/1 (Warner 75, Shankar 10)

13th over: BOWLED HIM! Kolkata have finally managed to find the breakthrough and the googly works for Piyush Chawla, who has cleaned up Jonny Bairstow for 39. Hyderabad 118/1 (Warner 74, Vijay Shankar 0)


12th over: Lockie Ferguson return, but the Warner-Bairstow combo is proving to be unbreakable right now. After Shubman, the Kolkata captain DK dropped a dolly behind with Warner nicking it while it was drifting to the leg side. Adding insult to injury, Warner managed to score a streaky boundary that flew over the top of leg stump. Hyderabad 112/0 (Warner 69, Bairstow 38)

Meanwhile, look who’s arrived at the Eden Gardens! Yup, it’s King Khan!


11th over: 100 comes up for Hyderabad, and they would be happy that they have all their wickets in tact. Bairstow survives as young Shubman Gill put down a tough one at cover after diving to his right. He did manage to get one hand on to it, but then couldn’t get across on the rebound. Hyderabad 101/0 (Warner 64, Bairstow 33)


10th over: There’s no stopping David Warner. Kuldeep or Russell, Warner is in the mood to attack. Hyderabad 92/0 (Warner 62, Bairstow 26)


Ninth over: Andre Russell was handed over the ball, but he has proven to be no match for DAVID WARNER, who struck a boundary and a SIX to bring up his half-century and what a fluent knock it has been on return. Warner now has the most IPL fifties in the storied history of the tournament. 37 and counting. Hyderabad 82/0 (Warner 54, Bairstow 24)

Eighth over: Narine into his second over and Bairstow gets into the act this time, guiding a neat show down on his knees and scooped the floater right past the keeper. Hyderabad 69/0 (Warner 42, Bairstow 23)

Seventh over: In yet another change, Kuldeep Yadav was introduced and was expected to break this Warner-Bairstow partnership, but although he didn’t managed to find the breakthrough, it ended up being a tidy over with 8 runs coming from it. Hyderabad 62/0 (Warner 40, Bairstow 18)

Sixth over: Another BOWLING CHANGE! Kolkata trying all their options to break this partnership. The move to introduce Sunil Narine into the attack backfired with David Warner dispatching him for consecutive boundaries. Hyderabad 54/0 (Warner 34, Bairstow 16)

Fifth over: BOWLING CHANGE! It’s New Zealand pacer Lockie Fersguson, who’s into the attack. Ferguson, making his debut for KKR today, didn’t seem to trouble Warner, who’s looking dangerous now after putting away one to the sweper cover boundary. Hyderabad 43/0 (Warner 25, Bairstow 14)

Fourth over: What a dramatic over, this one was of Piyush Chawla. Bairstow survived a review which clearly had an edge, but after that, the England wicketkeeper went for the big one, down the ground to score the first six. Hyderabad 34/0 (Warner 19, Bairstow 11)

Third over: Krishna continues for his second over and he continues to be impressive. After going for 8 runs in his first over, this one goes for nine, but Warner seems to be finding his groove here, scoring his third boundary, pulling this one over mid-wicket. Hyderabad 25 for 0 (Warner 19, Bairstow 2)

Second over: Spin introduced early into the attack with legspinner Piyush Chawla bowling from the other end. Warner, who looks in good touch, immediately went on the attack and smashed a couple of boundaries, both through the cover region. Hyderabad 16 for 0 in two overs.

First over: Prasidh Krishna was handed the new ball and delivered a tidy over yielding 8 runs. However, in the fifth delivery, the 23-year-old pacer bowled a nasty beamer, aptly deemed a no-ball, but he followed it up nicely giving nothing away. Hyderabad 8 for 0.

Here are the playing XIs:

Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul

Kolkata: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (w/c), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna

TOSS: Dinesh Karthik has won the toss and Kolkata have opted to bowl. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead Hyderabad today in the absence of Kane Williamson, who’s out due to injury.

Here’s what the two captains said at the toss:


Bhuvneshwar Kumar: “I am glad they chose me to captain the side. If you look at our side, there are players like David Warner and Shakib Al Hasan who can help me. With Warner at the top it’s always good.”


Dinesh Karthik: “We are looking to bowl first. The wicket will play pretty even throughout, so we want to chase. We have some good memories on this ground. We are looking forward to put up a good performance for the crowd. We didn’t make it to the finals last year but it was a good effort by us. It’s important we take one game at a time, as it’s a long tournament.”


Pitch report: “This wicket is a bit two paced and spin will play a big part. The average first innings average score at Eden Gardens is 175 and that would be a good score,” says Michael Clarke in his pitch report.

Well, well, well… what are your thoughts about this Eden Gardens strip?



David Warner will be the cynosure of all eyes for last year s finalists Hyderabad as they get their Indian T20 League campaign underway when they face Kolkata at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

The spotlight will be on Warner, returning to the side after missing last edition due to his suspension in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal. The Australian southpaw will be itching to get into the zone to stake a claim in Australia s ICC World Cup 2019 squad. (ALSO READ: Even if Steve Smith and David Warner have bad IPL, they won’t be dropped for WC: Matthew Hayden)


Warner, who injured his elbow during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL 2019) this year, went under the knife and made a successful comeback for his Sydney club Randy Petes with a 77-ball century in a one-day game earlier this month.


Under Warner, Hyderabad won their maiden title in 2016. However, despite his return, Kane Williamson will lead the side even though there are question marks on his fitness after he sustained a shoulder injury last week during New Zealand s Test series win against Bangladesh.

For Kolkata, a lot of attention will be on Dinesh Karthik, who s looking for truckloads of runs under his belt for him to be a pressing case for a World Cup berth.

It was at this venue last year when Hyderabad knocked out Kolkata in the Qualifiers and went on to lose the final against Chennai. Will Kolkata avenge their defeat this time? A cracker awaits Eden! (READ: FULL PREVIEW)