Warner came out undefeated with a 58-ball 92, chest thrusting after helping Capitals hit a daunting 207/3 by setting up an undefeated 66-ball, 122-run partnership with Rovman Powell, who finished 67, not 35 balls. The ex-SRH Talisman lived up to his X Factor billing as Capitals had to make two forced changes as Prithvi Shaw was under the weather and Axar Patel suffered a groin injury.
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The attack from Warner and Powell, coupled with good new-ball bowling led by Khaleel Ahmed (3/30), had pushed the goal past SRH as Capitals picked up their fifth win of the season in 10 games. Nicholas Pooran threatened to chase the target himself with an attacking 34-ball 62 while hitting six 6s, but he was too busy when SRH 21 fell short and lost eight wickets.
Warner, who batted on 92, powered Powell from the non-striker’s end as the Jamaican stuck in Umran Malik in the final over for a 19 and didn’t even crave the bat to bring his hundred. Malik clocked 156 and 157 mph in the last over and Powell beat him over the roof in five minutes of exciting cricket each time. Warner’s grunts grew louder with each punch from Powell. He was out there to do major damage to SRH and he let Powell do it.
As he’s done throughout his T20 career, Warner has dished up a masterclass in constructing a devastating T20 inning, hitting three sixes and 12s in every spot of the ground while running like a manic dog between the wickets is. And his master class taught some tough lessons to inexperienced Indian pacemakers like Malik and Kartik Tyagi. Both generated heat and nudged the 90 mph mark on the speedometer, but Warner breathed fire under his helmet in sweltering conditions. It was only the experience and cunning of Bhuvneshwar Kumar who withstood Warner’s wrath and ended his spell with numbers of 1/25 in his four overs.
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Buoyed by the day of the pace sensation this season, Malik was tough on Warner from the start. Warner, who grew up in Australia on fast courses versus sheer pace, took a liking to it. He contemptuously dragged and herded Malik out in front of the square. Every time Warner hit Umran, he came back with a faster ball and the southpaw always waited for it.
The only piece of ordinary cricket from the Capitals as reserve opener Mandeep Singh was at sea against the class of Bhuvneshwar before knocking one out to wicketkeeper for a duck from the fourth ball of the inning. Captain Rishabh Pant provided the kick-off, beating leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal for three sixes and a boundary before pulling a full throw to his stumps for a 16-ball 26. By the end of the innings, however, Warner had opened up a freeway for Capitals to have a role in the tournament.
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