ICC World Cup 2019: David Warner Joins Virat Kohli In An Elite List With Another Century
Australia Cricket Team opener David Warner had a made a thumping comeback to international cricket from suspension. His form in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 has been the highlight of Australia’s dominance in the tournament. Warner continued his swashbuckling form to bring his 16th ODI century against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. With this hundred, the southpaw became the second fastest to reach 16 ODI tons alongside India skipper Virat Kohli.
Warner equals Kohli’s record
Australia skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner got the Aussies off to a flying start after they opted to bat first. The right-hand-left-hand combination made the life of Bangladeshi bowlers hard rotating the strike while the boundaries kept coming. Both Warner and Finch reached their individual half-centuries before part-time bowler Soumya Sarkar got the better of Finch. Usman Khawaja then joined Warner in the middle, and they were fluent throughout their partnership.
They added 192 runs for the second wicket, and in the process, David Warner completed his 16th ODI hundred. Warner equalled Virat Kohli as he became only the second batsman to complete 16 ODI tons in 110 innings. Hashim Amla, who scored his 16th ODI century in 94 innings, holds the record for fewest innings to the landmark. The century against Bangladesh is Warner’s second hundred as the first ton came against Pakistan at Taunton. He is currently the highest run-scorer with 447 runs from six matches at an average touch below 90.
Australia will hope David Warner to keep up the excellent form in the business end of the tournament a well. The swashbuckling opener came to England on the back of a stunning IPL finishing as the highest run-scorer with 692 runs from 12 matches. Australia’s assistant coach Ricky Ponting predicted that Warner to finish as the highest run-scorer and the opener is well in line to top the run-scoring list.
Meanwhile, Australia have crossed the 350-run mark with three overs still to go. With Glenn Maxwell on fire, a 400+ target is on the cards for Bangladesh at Tent Bridge.