Previous season's runners up Sunrisers Hyderabad will begin their campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders in an away fixture on March 24. The team will be boosted by the return David Warner, who didn’t feature in the last edition in the
aftermath of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal. Despite retaining most of their core players, the team chose to trade Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, and Shahbaz Nadeem. In a bid to add depth in their batting department, the team bought Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, and Martin Guptill during the auction.