Opener David Warner, who scored a scintillating century in a crucial World Cup win for Australia, credited the IPL for working as a learning platform where he perfected the art of pacing an ODI innings. Warner’s 163 off 124 and his 259-run partnership with fellow centurion Mitchell Marsh helped Australia score a 62-run win over Pakistan, and the result moved them to fourth place in the table. “I established early in my career that 50 overs is a long time. I’m trying to try and get to 35 overs and from there try to put my foot down if I’m still in it.
“I think in T20 cricket I also learned a bit to change my gears, especially in IPL. Playing for Sunrisers, I learned a lot that you can have a lot more time than you think,” said Warner Friday during the post-game media conference.
A look at Warner’s knock at the Chinnaswamy Stadium will give you a better idea.
The left-hander brought his first fifty in 41 balls, the next fifty came in 44 balls and the last 63 runs resulted in just 39 balls.
“After playing Test cricket, you can change gears quite easily. So in the first ten, two new balls, you have to respect that. But then if you get away, you can give up 50 off the first ten.
“From there you set the platform for yourself and that’s where you get energy from. If you give yourself time at the back end, you can really score big,” Warner explains.
The 36-year-old has taken a particular liking to the Asian side, scoring four consecutive ODI hundreds, in addition to a triple hundred in Adelaide in 2019.
No magic potion against Pakistan
Warner said he had no magic potion against Pakistan.
“I think sometimes you just perform well against certain teams. Sometimes you put away the good balls. But I think you just stand behind yourself. I don’t really look at statistics.”
“The thing is, I’ve scored four consecutive hundreds, which I didn’t know about until they came up. But for me, it’s about giving my best every time I go out,” Warner said. .
The New South Welshman had a word of praise for his fellow opener Marsh, who made a 108-ball 121.
“I was probably the opposite, David – Goliath. He’s in such a great state of mind right now and we love it when Mitich is in that zone. You know, he’s a great guy to have in the locker room.
“He is the life of the party, brings out the best in everyone and he is always a character and that is what you need in teams and in back-ups against the wall. It was great for him to come out today coming…also birthday,” said Warner.
The veteran batsman also did not forget the contribution of Marcus Stoinis, who dismissed Pakistan openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdulla Shafique to make an early dent in their chase.
“It’s good to see Stoinis charging in the way he did and bowling. He knows India well. He knows these grounds very well. You could see he wasn’t really giving away the offside much, backing himself with the short ones, there were short boundaries. but he backed himself on his bowling skills,” Warner said.
Warner said he thought 350 was a par score here on the field, without slamming Pakistan’s ability to score freely.
“I honestly thought 350 was probably par, given that we know the history of this ground and it can get a little bit of dew and make it a little easier to hit.
“The guy said there was no show there, so that’s positive. But in these totals they’re always going to get partnerships,” he added.
Warner was dropped at 10 by Shaheen Shah Afridi’s Usama Mir, and he made Pakistan pay for that mistake by scoring a dad hundred.
“It was more of a delay from the wicket. I wish I just kept going with the shot. But they’re the ones holding up the wicket sometimes, you haven’t got a short ball yet. So yeah I didn’t even see it fall actually. I was behind the big bison,” he added.
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