David Warner smashed a 37-ball 69 during Sunrisers Hyderabad’s chase of 199 against Rajasthan Royals in Hyderabad on Friday and is now the leading run-scorer this season. Warner, who returned to the IPL after the ball-tampering scandal, had smashed a 53-ball 85 against Kolkata Knight Riders.
David Warner has now scored 154 runs from 2 matches in the 2019 IPL at an average of 77 and a strike rate of 171.11. Sanju Samson, who smashed a 55-ball 102 not out for Rajasthan Royals earlier in the evening, had the Orange Cap for a short while before Warner took over.
“One thing that inspires me is the local fans, they are amazing,” Warner said after he received the Orange Cap. “We try and put on a good show.”
Warner said he was happy with the way he and opening partner Jonny Bairstow have batted in the two matches in the IPL so far. The pair added 110 off only 9.4 overs on Friday to set the tone for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s 199-run chase.
Moreover, Warner was banking on his knowledge of the ground in Hyderabad and said he understood the dimensions well.
“Me and Jonny have partnered really well since Kolkata. There have been a few hiccups with him trying to get off the mark, I have been hogging the strike a little bit, but over the years I have been held back a little bit. We know this ground pretty well.
“We know the dimensions well. There has been a breeze from one side for the last two days but tonight it wasn’t there. You have to be calculative with your batting. I enjoy playing in front of this crowd. They are fantastic,” he said.
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David Warner had finished with the Orange Cap in 2017, the last time he played the Indian Premier League. Two years ago, he had scored 641 runs to finish the season as the leading run-scorer.David Warner was in murderous mood when he walked out to bat in his first game in Hyderabad since 2017. He started attacking from the word go and by the time SRH reached 54 for no loss in 5 overs, Warner had raced away to 45 not out.
Warner and Steve Smith were banned for a year over their role in the ball-tampering scandal while Cameron Bancroft was banished for 9 months after he had rubbed sandpaper on the ball.
Incidentally, March 29 marks the end of the one-year ban imposed on David Warner and Steve Smith by Cricket Australia. But Smith did not get the chance to bat as Sanju Samson (102 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (70) dominated Sunrisers Hyderabad throughout the innings.
David Warner, on the other hand, stormed away to his 38th fifty and is now the owner of the Orange Cap. Given his form this summer, it is going to be really difficult to take it away from him.
Against Kolkata Knight Riders, Warner had left Gautam Gambhir behind to lead the charts for the most fifties in the Indian Premier League.