Sport Cricket Warner bludgeons 43-ball century in big IPL win
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Warner bludgeons 43-ball century in big IPL win

David Warner carried defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad to victory. Photo: AAP
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David Warner smashed a blistering 43-ball century to lead the defending champion Sunrisers Hyderabad to an emphatic 48-run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders in Sunday’s IPL clash.

In what was the fifth-fastest century in IPL history and third of the 2017 tournament, Warner took the Kolkata Knight Riders — featuring the likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile and Umesh Yadav — apart for a total of 126 off 59 balls.

Warner brought up his century in just the 11th over of the match, and briefly threatened an outlandish double century before lofting a Chris Woakes ball in the pursuit of another boundary.

Watch the Warner onslaught here.

The final numbers of the innings are remarkable — Warner hit eight sixes and 10 fours, finishing with a strike rate of 213.55.

In reply, Knight Riders could only score 7-161 after rain interrupted their run-chase for nearly 45 minutes.

Robin Uthappa top-scored with 53 before he holed out at long-off to Warner.

Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-29) took his wickets tally in the tournament to 20, as Knight Riders’ chase never got going.

“It was outstanding, we generally look to bat first and set the tone with a positive intent from ball one,” Warner said.

“We managed to maintain the run rate of 10 an over, which was amazing.”

Luck was certainly on the Warner’s side. He was dropped twice in his innings, once on just 13 and then later on 86.

But unlike during Australia’s ill-fated Test series, the opener made the most of a slice of luck and punished the opposition as only he can.

The knock had friends and foes alike in awe.

Despite the loss, Knight Riders lead the table with 14 points on better run-rate than Mumbai Indians, who also have 14 points, but have played a game less than the Knight Riders.

Sunrisers are third with 13 points.

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