Warner’s explosive hundred powers Thunder’s win

December 17th, 2011 - 8:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Dec 17 (IANS) Explosive opener David Warner smashed six boundaries and six sixes in an unbeaten 102 off 51 balls to give Sydney Thunder an easy six-wicket victory over Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League here Saturday night.

This was skipper Warner’s maiden Twenty20 hundred at home and his fourth overall, two of these back-to-back in the Champions League in India.

Following his sizzling maiden Test century last week against New Zealand at Hobart, Warner showed great versatility in adapting to the shortest format of the game.

Sydney had the worse possible start to their chase, losing Chris Gayle and Australian international Usman Khawaja early in the innings, and Warner’s blitzkrieg saw Thunder cross the line with six balls to spare.

Winning the toss, the Thunder put the home side in to bat. The Stars were in trouble as Doug Bollinger got two early wickets. David Hussey turned the tide with a belligerent 52 off 27 deliveries, hitting four boundaries and three sixes, to take his team to a fighting 153/7.

– Indo-Asian News Service

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