IPL 2012: Warner Century As Delhi Go Back To The Top
Delhi Daredevils 193-1 (Warner 109no) beat
Deccan Chargers 187-4 (Dhawan 84) by 9 wickets
Indian Premier League 2012, Hyderabad
David Warner smashed an unbeaten century as the Delhi Daredevils raced to a nine-wicket win over the Deccan Chargers in game 55 of the Indian Premier League 2012.
The Chargers put up a decent score of 187 for four but Warner's 109 not out and Naman Ojha's unbeaten half-century saw the favourites home in the 17th over.
Their partnership of 189 in 100 balls was a Delhi Daredevils record and it puts them back on top of the table with 18 points.
Deccan came out and made a confident start, belying their lowly position in the table as Daniel Harris (19) and Shikhar Dhawan set about putting together a swift 28-run stand for the opening wicket.
Harris fell when he was caught by Mahela Jayawardene off Morne Morkel and Varun Aaron then removed Kumar Sangakkara for four but Dhawan stood firm, crafting a fluent half-century.
He began cautiously as Harris struck four fours early, but accelerated to devastating effect, going on to strike nine fours and five sixes, making 84 in 49 balls to propel the Chargers to an excellent score.
He was supported by Cameron White, who continued his recent run of good scores with 65 in 40 balls, including seven fours and two sixes and after they were dismissed by a Shahbaz Nadeem run out and a catch behind the wicket off Aaron respectively, JP Duminy added 13 not out in nine balls as Deccan set Delhi a stiff target.
Man of the moment Dhawan was handed the ball, and Virender Sehwag immediately opened his account with a boundary down the ground. However, from the next ball he was caught by White.
David Warner then hit three boundaries as Dhawan's opening over cost 16 runs for the benefit of Sehwag's wicket - time would tell if it was a price worth paying.
It made little difference to Delhi, for whom Warner and Naman Ojha combined to good effect to win the game with 20 balls to spare.
Warner smacked an unbeaten 109 in 54 balls and Ojha 64 not out in 46 and the pair put on 189 for the second wicket - a DelhI Daredevils record.
Warner helped himself to ten fours and seven sixes while Ojha hit two fours and five sixes, winning the game with a maximum straight down the ground.
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