David Warner defies the odds in stunning IPL victory after 'awful' drama

The Aussie was burned by his teammate, but bounced back to lead the Delhi Capitals to victory.

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David Warner, pictured here being run out in disastrous fashion in the IPL.
David Warner was run out in disastrous fashion in the IPL. Image: IPL

David Warner has led the Delhi Capitals to a remarkable victory over Gujarat Titans in the IPL, helping his side defend 130 after he was run out in disastrous fashion. Warner's match began in horror fashion as he watched opening partner Phil Salt be dismissed on the very first ball bowled by Mohammed Shami.

The Aussie was then involved in a calamitous mix-up with Priyam Garg, who sent Warner back at the last minute while going for a quick single. Warner looked on in disbelief as Garg stopped running after hitting the ball to Rashid Khan.

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Warner was so far down the wicket that Rashid had the time to run to the stumps himself and whip off the bails before Warner could get back. The Aussie was left fuming as he walked off the field for just 2, however commentators appeared to suggest it was Warner's fault.

Warner appeared to take off straight away, even though the ball was in front of square and therefore Garg's call. Garg seemingly set off but realised straight away that there wasn't a run, however it was too late to save Warner.

"No way," one commentator said. "Goodness gracious." To make matters worse, the third umpire revealed afterwards that the delivery was a front-foot no-ball. But because it was a runout, Warner's dismissal stood.

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Shami took 4-11 as the Capitals slumped to 5-23 after five overs. However they somehow managed to haul themselves to 8-130, producing a sub-par but competitive total.

After four half-centuries in the first six matches of the competition, the runs have dried up for Warner. The under-fire opener has a total of 23 runs in the last three innings, however his captaincy smarts remain.

With only five bowlers in his armoury on Tuesday, he skilfully juggled his resources and was backed by his bowlers. The dangerous duo of Subman Gill (6) and David Miller (0) were sent back early to leave the Titans 4-32 in the seventh over.

Hardik Pandya was very restrained and played an anchor knock of 59 not out off 53 balls, with the match coming down to 30 off the final nine deliveries. Rahul Tewatia smashed South African paceman Anrich Nortje for three-successive sixes to swing the odds back in the Titans' favour.

But veteran fast bowler Ishant Sharma kept his cool and conceded just six runs, dismissing Tewatia (20 off seven) in the final over to earn Capitals a tense, much-needed win. Warner leaped into Sharma's arms after the defending champion Titans finished on 6-125 and five runs short.

David Warner, pictured here embracing Ishant Sharma after the Delhi Capitals' win in the IPL.
David Warner embraces Ishant Sharma after the Delhi Capitals' win in the IPL. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

"That was a nail-biter," Warner said after the win. "Our batters struggled early on but our bowlers were amazing. I did think 'here we go again', we keep finding ways to lose wickets in clumps. I don't know what's happening with our batting at the moment but we'll take the two points."

The Capitals, captained by Warner and coached by Aussie legend Ricky Ponting, lost their first five games to be rooted at the bottom of the IPL ladder. However they have won three of their last four and remain and outside chance of qualifying for the finals.

After Tuesday's win they are 3-6 on the season and still in last place on six points. However they are now just two wins adrift of second spot, with five teams on 10 points in a log-jam on the ladder.

The day had began badly for the Capitals, with Aussie all-rounder Mitch Marsh having to withdraw due to illness. His replacement, Rilee Rossouw, edged Shami in the second over and the wily Indian seamer claimed two more wickets in his next over to leave the Capitals reeling.

To get to 8-130 was a decent feat, and owed much to Aman Khan. He made an excellent 51 off 44 balls, with good support from Axar Patel (27 off 30) and Ripal Patel (23 off 13).

with AAP

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