IPL 2019: Andre Russell has been the most explosive player of the season and if he does not get to bat for a fair amount of time in the middle is disappointing. It has been a topsy-turvy ride for KKR in this season and if they have won four games in the early quarter of the season, the big reason was Andre Russell who hit at a strike-rate of 220, which is surreal, to say the least. The dangerous West Indian came into bat in the 16th over. This did not go down well with fans who slammed the management for getting him in late. What was worse was the fact that he could not even harbour the majority of the strike. Eventually, he scored 15 off nine balls.

Earlier in the day, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Sunday.

KKR, standing sixth at the points table with eight points from nine games, have made three changes in the line-up. They have brought in Rinku Singh, K.C. Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj in place of Robin Uthappa, Prasidh Krishna and Kuldeep Yadav.

On the other hand, SRH — placed just above KKR with eight points from eight games — have stuck to the same team that played against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Playing XI:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, K. Khaleel Ahmed

Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk/c), Piyush Chawla, K.C. Cariappa, Harry Gurney, Yarra Prithviraj