David Warner is back in the IPL and back scoring runs.
Dropped and then released by Sunrisers Hyderabad, last year’s T20 World Cup Player of the Tournament has returned with a bang.
After bizarrely being dropped by Tom Moody’s Sunrisers, the franchise he took to IPL glory in 2016, late last season, Warner fired in just his second match since returning to the premier T20 domestic competition in the world.
In the process of scoring his half-century, Warner became the fastest player in IPL history to score 5500 runs. Local-based players Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina are the only others to have reached the milestone.
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The left-hander scored a quick-fire 45-ball 61 against Pat Cummins’ Kolkata Knight Riders to spearhead the Delhi Capitals’ 44-run win overnight.
Warner, 35, welcomed his Australian captain by smashing consecutive boundaries of Cummins in the fourth over.
He ultimately struck six boundaries and two sixes in the knock, as the Capitals finished 5-215 from their 20 overs as fellow opener Prithvi Shaw belted a 26-ball 51.
Cummins finished with 0-51 from his four overs, as he went for a costly 12.75 an over.
In reply, regular wickets pegged the Knight Riders back.
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Captain Shreyas Iyer hit 54, as five of the top six reached double figures including Andre Russell (24) and Sam Billings (15).
Cummins then was not able to back up his unbeaten 56 against Mumbai, as he fell for four.