Sunrisers Hyderabad opener played an uncharacteristic innings in Mohali against Kings XI Punjab as he brought up his slowest Indian Premier League (IPL) fifty on Monday.
On a sluggish wicket at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Warner was visibly frustrated on quite a few occasions as he was not being able to flex his muscles and get the big ones, which he is known for.
Warner brought up his fifty in the 49th ball, the most number of balls he has taken to reach the 50-run mark in IPL cricket. His previous slowest also came against Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad in IPL 2017 wherein he had needed 45 balls.
Warner remained unbeaten at the end of 20 overs and finished with 70 off 62 balls. The Sunrisers opener managed to hit only six boundaries and a lone six during his knock.
Warner’s 70 was also the third lowest total for a batsman who had faced a minimum of 60 balls in IPL.
JP Duminy is on top of the list with a 63-ball 59 he made for Mumbai Indians in 2009, while Aaron Finch is second with a 62-ball 68 he had scored for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014.
Nonetheless, Warner was able to hold one end even as the Kings XI Punjab bowlers were bowling tight lines. The early departure of Sunrisers’ in-form opener Jonny Bairstow (1) didn’t help Warner’s cause.
R Ashwin’s men also bowled quite well to the big-hitting left-hander cramping him for room on most occasions.
Nonetheless, it was David Warner’s seventh fifty on the trot against Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. Warner continues to lead the batting charts in IPL 2019. He has scored 349 runs, including a hundred and 3 fifties, in six matches so far.
Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to post 150 on the board despite their big guns failing to get going. Deepak Hooda, who walked after Manish Pandey’s dismissal in the final over, hit 14 runs in just three balls to help the visitors finish strong.