Australian opener David Warner has been in staggering touch in the T20Is. The batter has shown glimpses of that in the ongoing second T20I against West Indies. The second game of the series between the teams is taking place at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.
Australia opted to bat first in the second match and it wasn’t a surprise that David Warner took them off the flier. The opening batter looked in a destroying mood right from the start and with the way he got off the mark made many stand and applaud him.
David Warner brought out an outrageous reverse sweep shot for six on the second ball of the innings. West Indies handed the responsibility to Akeal Hosein to bowl the first over of the innings but he wasn’t treated kindly by the Australian opener in Adelaide.
Akeal Hosein bowled a short ball to which David Warner premeditated it. He reversed sweep the ball over short third man for a six. It was more like a switch hit and it surprised the bowler as he didn’t expect the batter to play such a shot on the second ball itself.
Here’s the video:
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David Warner right after that slammed a four and hit 10 runs in the first over. He played some crisp shots in his innings and made sure he put pressure on West Indies bowlers right from the start. He looked completely in control till the time he was batting.
With the way he was batting, it was expected that David Warner would end up with a big total. But he perished after a valiant start. The batter perished to Romario Shepherd in the 7th over as he attempted to play a big shot but was caught.
Romario Shepherd bowled a slower delivery to which David Warner lofted it towards mid-off. Sherfane Rutherford, who was stationed there moved across and took a safe catch. The batter ended with the knock of 22 runs off 19 balls. He batted with a strike rate of 115.79 and also slammed 3 fours and 1 six in his innings.
David Warner won Player of the Match in his 100th T20I
David Warner kickstarted the T20I series against West Indies on a high note. The batter played a sensational innings in the first match and helped his team win the game. In what was his 100th T20I, he made sure he set the stage on fire and made the occasion special.
David Warner slammed 70 runs off 36 balls and batted with a strike rate of around 195. He hit 12 fours and 1 six in his innings that powered Australia to a big total of 213 runs and subsequently won the game by the margin of 11 runs.
For his heroics, David Warner won the player of the match and also opened up about his innings. He said that he is pumped for the T20 World Cup 2024 and wants to play freely for the team. He had said:
“Pleasing to get the win on the board. Was a nice wicket to bat on and you have to make the most of those. Feel great and refreshed, I’m pumped. I want to play the T20 World Cup and it’s a good journey we’ve got going for the next 6 months. Pretty much the same squad going to New Zealand so it’s important we win there as well,” he concluded.
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