David Warner made a solid return to the Indian T20 League as his 53-ball 85-run innings powered Hyderabad to against Kolkata. @AFP

David Warner (85 off 53 balls) made a solid return to the Indian T20 League while Jonny Bairstow, who made his debut in the cash-rich league, also enjoyed a good outing as Hyderabad scored 181/3 after they were put in to bat by Kolkata in the second match of the season at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. (Kolkata vs Hyderabad, Latest Updates)

Warner, who did not feature in the previous edition of the cash-rich league following his involvement in the ball tampering scandal in South Africa last year, showed no signs of nerve as he and Bairstow put up a 118-run partnership for the first wicket before Piyush Chawla dismissed the England wicketkeeper-batsman in the 13th over.

While Bairstow was watchful in his 35-ball 39-run knock, Warner kept the scorecard ticking as he brought up his 37th fifty in the T20 league. Kolkata did have a chance to dismiss Warner when he was on 68 but Dinesh Karthik dropped an easy catch. However, Kolkata managed to deny Warner a hundred on the Indian T20 League return as Andre Russell got the left-hander out for 85 in the 16th over as Robin Uthappa held onto a low catch at the extra-cover.

Russell struck once again as Yusuf Pathan perished, scoring just a run. Vijay Shankar, who is vying for a spot in India’s World Cup squad, meanwhile did his bit, scoring unbeaten 40 off 24 balls to push Hyderabad to 181.

Brief scores: Hyderabad 181/3 (David Warner 85, Vijay Shankar 40*; Andre Russell 2/32) vs Kolkata