David Warner stormed off the field cursing after Jofra Archer claimed his wicket for the sixth time this year in the IPL on Thursday.
Warner, who lost his wicket four times to Archer during Australia’s tour of England and again in the IPL two weeks ago, lasted just four balls this time against the fiery fast bowler.
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The Aussie managed to hit one four in the opening over before being brilliantly caught by England all-rounder Ben Stokes in the slips.
Warner walked off in a huff, throwing a number of expletives in a furious rant.
“I was frustrated. You try hard to get through the first over, but with someone bowling at 150km/h, you can't do that much,” Warner said smiling after the game.
“You try to hit the ball with the middle of the bat or you send it to third man. In my case I got caught,” he added, acknowledging that Archer is “world class”.
Despite the personal failure the Australian still came out on top as his Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Steve Smith’s Rajasthan Royals.
Manish Pandey’s 83 not out off 47 balls, decorated with four fours and eight sixes, ended up nullifying the excellence of Archer as the Sunrisers achieved their first win in five attempts while chasing in IPL 2020 to move into fifth spot in the table.
Warner was thrilled by his team’s performance.
“It was a stunning performance. Starts with the toss where you questioned my decision to chase,” he smiled at the post-match presentation.
“We probably are a better defending team, but my decision to chase was based on the last two games.
“And the weather is cooler, with dew around, it might be flipping around for everyone.”
Every time Warner see’s Archer or Broad warming up he’s already gone 😂
— Stephen Williams (@GizmoDeva) October 22, 2020
Only 2 things are certain in life
2) Warner getting out to Jofra Archer #IPL2020
— Harnit (@harnit_sg_26) October 22, 2020
He's got Davey Warner on toast. Warner's not gonna enjoy Archer and Broad opening the bowling to him in the next Ashes https://t.co/whMj801NTJ
— Toby Fenton (@tobyfenton2) October 22, 2020
— It's Cricket Time (@itscrickettime) October 22, 2020
3 things in life that are certain. Death, Taxes and Jofra Archer getting David Warner's wicket
— Keith Bell (@keithbell1988) October 22, 2020
Steve Smith’s form slump continues
It was a bad day for Smith because while his Royals side also have eight points, they have played one match more than the Sunrisers and have therefore slid further away from playoff qualification.
They need to win their last three matches to progress.
Smith made 19 off 15 balls in mid-innings and Stokes 30 from 32 as Rajasthan laboured to 6-154, a total that Hyderabad overhauled with 11 balls to spare.
Pandey and Vijay Shankar hit half-centuries as they combined for an unbeaten 140 with their side 2-16 in the third over.
Shankar joined Pandey after Jonny Bairstow was bowled by Archer in the third over.
“Our plan was to see Jofra off even if he had bowled a third (successive over),” Pandey said.
“We had two leggies and a couple of Indian fast bowlers to go after. I just middled the first ball, and automatically I thought if I keep my shape and use the powerplay, I could finish this well before the final over.”
Pandey didn't waste any time. He hit two cut fours off Kartik Tyagi, then two sixes off Stokes, and two more sixes off Tyagi as he raced to his half-century off 28 balls.
When Archer came back for a last crack in the 16th over, Shankar sent the first three deliveries to the fence to see him off, even though the Englishman finished with sterling figures of 2-21.
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