Warner matches stunning Sachin record
David Warner’s abundant summer of runs continued as the Australian opener cracked 179 on Thursday against Pakistan in Adelaide, his highest ODI score, falling just short of the highest individual one-day score by an Australian – Shane Watson’s 185 not out against Bangladesh in 2011.
Already recognized as Australia’s Playet of the Year, Warner dashed to his 13th one-day international century — nly three Australians have scored more — from only 78 balls and to his 150 from 107 deliveries. It was Warner’s 6th ton from his last 11 one-dayers.
On his way to the extraordinary 128-ball knock that included 19 fours and 5 sixes, Warner joined Sachin Tendulkar in posting most totals in excess of 150. In his 463 ODIs, the Little Master scored 150 or more 5 times. Warner, however, has equalled Tendulkar in only 93 matches. [Watch: AB smashes fifty on SA-return]
To add to that, Warner combined with his opening partner Travis Head to put on 284 – only two runs shy of equalling the world record – as Australia posted an imposing 7-369, the nation’s seventh-highest total in ODI history. Head made 128 from 136 balls, his first ODI ton. Warner was dismissed within sight of the world record opening ODI partnership of 286 set by Sri Lankans Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga against England in 2006.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com