David Warner scores 85 on IPL return for Sunrisers Hyderabad

Ruben Hill
March 24, 2019

File image of David Warner.

David Warner struck a 53-ball 85 on his return to cricket's centre stage in the IPL on Sunday.

Warner and partner in crime Steve Smith missed last year's edition in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that has dogged Australian cricket for the past 12 months. The Australian guided Sunrisers to the title in 2016, but missed IPL-11 owing to a ban from worldwide cricket following "Sandpapergate".

His one-year ban ends on March 29 when both he and former captain Smith will become eligible once more to pull on the baggy green.

The opener is expected to make Australia's World Cup squad and play in this summer's Ashes series in England.

Warner scored a breezy century for his Sydney-based club Randy Petes to signal his return from the ban. However, the dampener for Sunrisers is the likelihood of skipper Kane Williamson missing the match with an injury.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening game.

Sunrisers have traded in Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma for Shikhar Dhawan, but the it remains to be seen how they overcome the Indian opener's departure.

Taking charge of the team after Gautam Gambhir's exit, Karthik led KKR to third place finish following their loss to SRH in the second eliminator a year ago.

"I am glad they chose me to captain the side".

Warner raced to his 37th IPL half-century off just 31 balls to lay a solid foundation for the Sunrisers Hyderabad after being asked to bat by KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik.

The match start will start 4 pm and will be shown live by Star Sports Network.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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