David Warner became the fourth player to record 10,000 T20 cricket races in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings in Delhi on Wednesday. The SRH skipper also became the eighth batter to score 200 six or more in IPL history.
Passing 10,000 T20 races with a brace from Lungi Ngidi in the 15th, the Australian became the fourth cricketer to join the elite club after Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Shoaib Malik. He achieved these two staggering records in the span of just two deliveries.
SRH rolled over half centuries of Warner and Manish Pandey with a Kane Williamson cameo to post 171 for 3 in 20 overs. Warner (57 of 55 balls) and Pandey (61 of 46 balls) added 106 points for the second wicket.
Warner now holds the highest number of half-centuries (50) in IPL. Closest to him is Shikhar Dhawan with 43 IPL fifties, closely followed by Virat Kohli (40), Rohit (40), de Villiers (40) and Raina (39).
Warner seemed frustrated at times at the inability to pick up the pace on a track where the ball didn’t always hit bat. His 50th half-century IPL had three fours and two sixes, but that wasn’t his usual aggressive and lively move. He couldn’t go and his powerful punches went straight to the field players.
Ngidi ended Warner’s misery by getting caught (by Ravindra Jadeja) attempting a big hit on a wide delivery. The first six passes gave 39 points.
Warner, who has worked with SRH since 2014, had an injury-ridden Australian season ahead of this IPL.