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IPL desk in Mumbai 05 March 2012 - 11:17am IST

Whirlwind Warner scores maiden ODI ton

DD opener strikes ominous form before IPL 2012

Daredevil David Warner has sounded a warning bell for bowlers in IPL 2012 with his maiden ODI century, against Sri Lanka in the first CB Series final.

Warner, who impressed in the home Test series against India, was struggling to get runs in the 50-over format, with 195 runs in eight league matches of the tri-series. However, the diminutive dasher stepped up to the big occasion and blasted 163 off 157 balls to help Australia to a total of 321 for six. His innings helped the hosts grab a vital 1-0 lead in the best-of-three finals.

The left-hander played an uncharacteristic knock, featuring more cricketing shots along the carpet rather than his trademark lofty hits. He nevertheless smashed 13 fours and two sixes.

Warner forms one half of a deadly opening pair for the Delhi Daredevils with Virender Sehwag in the IPL. In the coming season, DD’s line-up will appear even more intimidating with the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene and Ross Taylor joining in.

If Warner continues in the same vein, tempering ferocious strokeplay with discretion, an encore of his Champions League Twenty20 2011 success is expected.

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