SRH vs KXIP: David Warner claims impressive record with fifty against Kings XI Punjab
It was his eighth IPL fifty this season and eighth consecutive fifty-plus score against Kings XI Punjab - the most by any batsman in the competition.Updated: Apr 30, 2019 08:16 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman David Warner added another accolade to his already illustrious career as he slammed another half century during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kings XI Punjab.
It was his eighth IPL fifty this season and eighth consecutive fifty-plus score against Kings XI Punjab - the most by any batsman in the competition. Thanks to the fifty, Warner now has most 50-plus scores against a team in IPL history surpassing his previous record of seven against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Warner’s last eight innings against Kings XI Punjab are: 58(41), 81(52), 59(31), 52(41), 70(54)*, 51(27), 70(62)*, 81 (56).
Playing his last match of season before heading home for World Cup preparations, Warner struck a belligerent 81 off 56 balls with seven fours and two sixes to complete his IPL 2019 campaign with 692 runs, the highest so far in the tournament.
Warner and Wriddhiman Saha (28 off 13) got Sunrisers off to a brisk start after being sent into bat. The duo took the Kings XI bowlers to the cleaners to pile up 77 runs of the first six overs of powerplay.
Warner made his intentions clear from the onset, hitting young Arshdeep Singh for two boundaries in the opening over and then followed it up with a six over long-off in Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s next over.
Mujeeb was in for some treatment as Warner hit two more boundaries in the spinner’s next over and then Saha also found the fence to bring up Sunrisers’ fifty in the fourth over.
Saha then went after Mohammed Shami (2/36) and hit the pacer for a boundary and six off consecutive balls.
Saha’s innings came to an end when he under-edged a Murugan Ashwin delivery to debutant Prabhsimran Singh behind the stumps. Saha shared 78 runs off 6.2 overs with Warner for the opening stand.
Warner continued in the same vein and notched up his eight fifty of the season with a boundary off Shami in the 12th over. However Warner was caught by Mujeeb at point off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin.
First Published: Apr 29, 2019 22:21 IST