'Needs to go': Fans turn on David Warner over 'unacceptable' act

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·4-min read
David Warner, pictured here in action for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.
David Warner struggled as he made 57 off 55 balls. Image: IPL

Sunrisers Hyderabad fans have turned on David Warner after the Aussie batsman's slow innings effectively cost his side victory in the IPL on Wednesday.

Warner accepted the blame for his side's seven-wicket defeat to Chennai Super Kings, saying he took far too long to compile a half-century.

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The normally free-scoring opener made 57 for his side, but it came as a struggle off 55 balls.

Warner was highly critical of his own performance, saying he took responsibility for the loss as the struggling Sunrisers made 3-171 off their 20 overs.

Super Kings then breezed past the total for the loss of just three wickets with nine balls remaining, moving back to the top of the IPL table.

"I take full responsibility for the way I batted, I batted slow and hit the fielders," Warner said.

"Kane (Williamson) and Kedar (Jadhav) got us to a respectable total, but at the end of the day I take full responsibility.

"I probably hit 15 good shots to fielders and they are the ones that make or break the innings. I took too many balls."

Fans were fuming over Warner's performance, taking to social media to express their frustrations.

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Gaikwad and Du Plessis star for Super Kings

Chennai's opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad (75) and Faf du Plessis (56) featured in an attractive century-stand to ease their team to victory.

Warner decided to bat after winning the toss but Manish Pandey (61) and Warner (57) consuming too many balls for a 106-run second wicket-stand.

Gaikwad's dominance against the spin saw him smash 10 of his 12 boundaries against Afghanistan's ace legspinner Rashid Khan (3-36) and left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith, who conceded 45 runs off his three overs.

With their fifth loss in six games, Warner is now overseeing a team that lie firmly at the bottom of the table with only two points.

"We need to be positive. The guys will be hurt by this but we're a bunch of fighters," said Warner.

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Chennai lead the table with 10 points on a better net run-rate than Royal Challengers Bangalore, which also have 10 points after playing six games.

South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi removed both Warner and Pandey in his last over, the Australian holing out at sweeper cover.

Williamson (26 off 10 balls) hit Shardul Thakur for three fours and a six in the penultimate over and Kedar smashed Sam Curran for 10 off the last two balls which lifted Hyderabad's total.

with AAP

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