On a day when David Warner struggled to find his usual tempo, the Australian swashbuckler and SunRisers Hyderabad skipper added quite a few feathers in his already illustrious cap as he became the first batsmen to smash 50 IPL half-centuries.
Warner achieved the landmark in the 16th over when he smoked Ravindra Jadeja for a six towards deep-midwicket.
The SunRisers Hyderabad may be going through a lean IPL season, something that was testified to the hilt during his painstaking 57-ball 55 against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday, but he remains one of the greatest-ever overseas batsmen to have featured in the cash-rich league.
Warner, who has racked up in excess of 500 runs in the last seven IPL seasons, has taken just 148 innings to achieve the 50 half-century landmark, as compared to the second-placed Shikhar Dhawan, who has 43 half-centuries in 190 innings followed by Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and AB de Villiers, who have notched up 40 apiece in 190, 200 and 161 innings respectively.
Apart from becoming the first batsman to smash 50 IPL 50s, David Warner also became just the 4th batsman to smash more than 10000 runs in T20 cricket besides becoming the 8th batsman to rack up in excess of 200 IPL sixes.
David Warner has now scored 10,000 List A T20 runs, and becomes only the fourth person to do so:
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That said, it was a disappointing inning from David Warner in which he went at less than run-a-ball for almost the entirety of his stay at the crease. He looked like breaking the shackles when he hit a couple of sixes against Lungi Ngidi and Ravindra Jadeja but his stay eventually came to an end as he holed out at sweeper cover in an attempt to chip Ngidi over extra-cover.