David Warner had led the SunRisers Hyderabad to their first IPL title in 2016, but the Australian was unceremoniously let go by the franchise. He was first removed as captain of the team and then even dropped from the squad, before the franchise decided not to keep him, meaning Warner returned to the auction pool. On Thursday, the Australian avenged his merciless departure from the team by taking them all over Mumbai to help his new team Delhi Capitals to a 21-run victory in an IPL 2022 clash.
Warner crushed an unbeaten 92 from 58 balls to help his team achieve a match-winning 207 for three in 20 overs.
After Delhi’s win and Warner’s match-winning knockout, DC assistant coach Shane Watson caught up with his compatriot and talked to him about taking on his former team.
“I’m going first to the ex-captain of SunRisers Hyderabad. Little fire in the gut for tonight’s game,” Watson told Warner.
“Yeah, look, I didn’t need any extra motivation, that’s for sure,” Warner said immediately, bringing a smile to Watson’s face.
Warner also added that Captain Rishabh Pant’s defeat of Shreyas Gopal, where he looted the spinner for 23 runs in an over, was the turning point of the DC innings.
“Of course we lost the toss, our job was to come out and try to get a great start in the power play. We always talk about it, if one person scores 80 and one person gets 40, he will probably get a lot of the games Tonight it was fantastic standing there with Rovi (Rovman Powell). I think the way the Rishi (Rishabh Pant) came out and took down Shreyas Gopal was probably the turning point of the innings for us.” added the left Australian handed.
During the Delhi innings, Warner also got a lot of support from Rovman Powell, who crushed 67 of 35 balls.
“At the beginning of the competition I was a bit wrong. I just keep believing in the work I’ve put in over the years. It’s just trusting myself and trusting the process. The last few games. It’s good to have the support of the coaching staff and the captain,” said the West Indian star.
In response, SRH could only manage 186 for eight in their 20 overs with Nicholas Pooran (62 out of 34) being the top scorer for his team. Khaleel Ahmed was the bowlers’ choice for Delhi Capitals, taking three for 30 from four overs.
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