Deccan Chargers v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, Hyderabad
Warner Assured Playoffs Berth for elhi Daredevils10-May-2012 16:29:00 GMT
Hyderabad: David Warner blasted his way to an unbeaten 54-ball 109 as he steered Delhi Daredevils to a crushing nine-wicket win over laggards Deccan Chargers in a one-sided Indian Premier League match on Thursday.
Playing only in his second match this season, Warner smashed 10 fours and seven sixes in his explosive knock to help Delhi chase down a stiff target of 188 with 20 balls to spare at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal.
The Australian dynamo shared a massive 189-run partnership for the unbroken second wicket with Naman Ojha (64 not out) as the duo sent the Deccan bowlers on a leatherhunt.
Ojha turned out to be the ideal ally for Warner as he rotated the strike with his partner initially by scoring in singles before hitting some lusty blows later in his 46-ball knock, which was studded with two fours and five sixes.
With the win on Thursday, Delhi once again jumped to the top of the table and are virtually assured of a play-off berth with 18 points from 12 matches.
Sehwag was in his belligerent mood as he greeted Dhawan with a four in the first ball of the innings but this was not to be his day as he perished next ball while attempting for another big hit, with Cameron White effecting a fine diving catch at long-on region.
The first over was nonethless expensive as Warner milked two fours as Dhawan conceded 16 runs though scalping a big wicket.
Earlier, Dhawan notched up a scintillating 49-ball 84 to guide Deccan to a challenging 187 for four.
Dhawan blasted nine fours and five sixes in his innings and racked up 126 runs in 70 balls alongwith Cameron White (65) to take the home team across the 150-mark.
Openers Dhawan and Daniel Harris (19) gave Deccan a good start as the duo dealt in fours right from the start after skipper Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and elected to bat.
However, Morne Morkel struck in his second over, removing Harris as the home team slipped to 28 for one in 4.5 overs. Looking to drive a short of length delivery, Harris ended up giving a catch to Mahela Jayawardene at short cover.
First down Kumar Sangakkara was also back into the hut quickly after his miscued pull off Varun Aaron ended up in the safe hands of Shahbaz Nadeem at short mid-wicket.
Dhawan and in-form Cameron White then joined hands and brought up the fifty in eight overs.
White took little time to get going and blasted consecutive fours in the seventh over off Irfan Pathan, before paddle-sweeping Nadeem for another boundary in the next over.
Finally a good piece of fielding by Nadeem ended Dhawan's brilliant innings, who was found well shot of the wicket while trying to steal a second run.
White, however, continued the carnage and picked up a four and six in the last two deliveries off Pathan to pile up 13 runs of the over.
The Australian was dismissed in the last over when he tried to force Aaron out of the park. He hit seven fours and a couple of sixes in his 40-ball innings.
Deccan Chargers 187 for 4 (Dhawan 84, White 65)
Delhi Daredevils 193 for 1 (Warner 109*, Ojha 64*)
Result Delhi Daredevils won by nine wickets
MOM David Warner (Delhi Daredevils)
Points Delhi Daredevils 2, Deccan Chargers