This innings also spoiled a glorious comeback for David Warner - a year to the day his career and his life changed irrevocably because of the ball-tampering scandal. Stylish young Indian batsman Shubmman Gill then rounded-off an incredible chase by hitting two sixes to Shakib Al Hasan in the last over of the match.
Sunrisers have traded in Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma for Shikhar Dhawan, but the it remains to be seen how they overcome the Indian opener's departure.
Dinesh Karthik (C), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson and Prasidh Krishna. The left-hander had no played worldwide cricket as he is serving a one-year ban, which is due to end next week.
Moody dropped a hint that Jonny Bairstow could open with Warner as his wicket-keeping gives the team a balance.
Karthik's captaincy looked over-defensive and lost the review to Warner early in the second over, while SRH made full use of the DRS by overturning a decision against Bairstow.
KKR has won the toss and has elected to bowl first. He was banned for a year from all the global games due to the ball-tampering scandal in Australia's away test against South Africa.
The 32-year-old has now scored 37 IPL half-centuries, more than anyone else in the competition's history, despite missing last year's tournament following the fallout from his worldwide ban.
With 37 half centuries, Warner has overtaken former cricketer Gautam Gambhir with whom he had till now jointly held the record of the most number of 36 half-centuries.
SRH's next best score was 40 not out from Vijay Shankar.
Both teams have clashed against each other 15 times out of which KKR have won 9 times, while SRH had won in 6.
His effort, however, went in vain as Andre Russell's blistering knock of 49 off just 19 balls helped Knight Riders pull off a thrilling win.. Hence he will have a job in his hands in the match against SRH.
"It's not a long-term injury, whether he plays, we will take a call on Sunday", Moody said.
"We just couldn't finish well in the last three overs". The regular captain Kane Williamson was ruled out due to an injury and is likely to miss out on the first few games this season.