IPL 2019: David Warner slams eighth fifty of the season

Warner brought his fifty in 38 deliveries and in the process, also crossed the 650-run mark in this year's IPL.

David Warner raises his bat after reaching his half-century.   -  IPL

Sunrisers Hyderabad opener David Warner brought up his eighth half-century of this season against Kings XI Punjab on Monday.

In the process, Warner also crossed the 650-run mark in the IPL and continues to lead the batting chart. Warner brought his fifty in 38 deliveries with a late cut off Mohammed Shami in the 12th over.

Warner, playing his last game for Hyderabad made it a memorable one and gave his side every chance of making it to the play-offs with a very purposeful innings.

Having notched his half-century, Warner shifted gears and was all set for a well-deserved hundred. However, Punjab skipper R. Ashwin cut short his innings as he dismissed Warner for (81, 56b 7x4 2x6).

With an unbeaten century - his highest - this IPL, Warner in 12 matches, with a strike rate of 143.86 finished his IPL assignment with 692 runs under his belt.

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Andre Russell stands second in the list of highest run-getters with  486 runs to his credit in 12 games.

Earlier, Warner, crossed the 600-run mark in the IPL for the third time and this milestone came against the Rajasthan Royals on Saturday.

The Aussie southpaw, who had 641 runs in 2017 and 841 in 2016 — he did not play in 2018 because of the ball-tampering ban — has been in scintillating form with the bat in this edition, having hammered eight fifties and a hundred.

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell had recently remarked that David Warner and Steve Smith will be "welcomed back with open arms" by Australia's World Cup squad, with the duo's IPL form auguring well for the team ahead of the marquee tournament.

"David Warner is batting in a different league at the moment," Maxwell was quoted as saying by SEN.

"He's been absolutely phenomenal, some of the shots he's been playing. If he can keep that form going into the World Cup then Australia are going to be in a really good position," Maxwell added.

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