David Warner, on Sunday, was on a record-making spree, as he achieved as many as three milestones during Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Gujarat Lions (GL), match 6, in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. The Sunrisers Hyderabad captain played a match-winning innings, scoring 76 not out off 44 balls in the successful chase. Warner added as many as 108 runs for an unbeaten second-wicket stand with Moises Henriques, powering Sunrisers Hyderabad to a huge 9-wicket victory at Hyderabad, bagging their second win in IPL 10.
Warner’s innings of 76 not out was his first fifty in IPL 2017, and it helped him in leapfrogging Gautam Gambhir in scoring most half-centuries in the tournament’s history. Warner now has 33 fifties in IPL, and with Gambhir falling for a mere 19 in the second match of the day for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) against Mumbai Indians (MI), he is likely to hold that record for a while. Warner also completed his 7,000 runs in T20 cricket during his innings against Gujarat Lions and also brought up 1,000 T20 runs at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad.
Warner smacked 3 sixes and 6 boundaries to roar back into form, after he spent a string of ordinary months with the bat since arriving in India. Warner’s change in approach during the India versus Australia Test series did not work for him, as he could manage a mere half-century in the four-match series.
Warner, with 2,028 runs, is now the fifth overseas cricketer after Shaun Marsh (2,213 runs for KXIP), Shane Watson (2,372 runs for RR), Chris Gayle (3,001 runs for RCB) and AB de Villiers (2,586 runs for RCB) to have scored more than 2,000 runs for an IPL team.
Gayle, with 9,969 runs, is the highest run-scorer in all T20 cricket. At the second spot is Brendon McCullum with 7,406 runs, followed by Brad Hodge with 7,338 in the third spot. Warner is at the fourth, having just crossed the 7,000-run mark.