Last Update on: September 9th, 2023 at 09:03 pm
The 36-year-old Australia National Cricket Team left-handed opening batsman David Warner played an excellent knock in the second ODI of the five-match series against South Africa National Cricket Team on Saturday, September 9 at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein.
David Warner was heading into the South Africa ODIs following a decent run in the Ashes 2023 series. In the first game, he was cleaned up by Marco Jansen for a 2-ball duck. However, he made sure to bounce back strong in the second game and he played a stunning knock.
Warner alongside Travis Head provided Australia with a flying start in the match and together they completed the 100-run partnership in just 9.5 overs. After Travis Head, who scored a sensational 64 runs off 36 balls, got out Warner stitched together 151 runs in 124 balls with Marnus Labuschagne.
Together they batted with a positive intent and gave a hard time to the Proteas bowling unit. Warner completed his marvelous ton in the 30th over, which was bowled by left-arm wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi. On the 5th delivery of the over, Warner played a pull shot for a four to reach the three-figure mark off 85 balls and brought out his trademark celebration.
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The veteran southpaw was dismissed by Andile Phehlukwayo in the 33rd over. He scored 106 runs off 93 balls, with 12 fours and 3 sixes.
David Warner Breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s Record; Becomes First-ever Australian To Achieve Unique Feat
As Warner played a stellar knock, he completed 46 centuries in international cricket. He surpassed batting great Sachin Tendulkar for most tons by an opener in international cricket. Notably, Tendulkar hit 100 centuries in international cricket, but as an opener, he breached the three-figure mark 45 times.
Most 100s by Openers:
46 – David Warner
45 – Sachin Tendulkar
42 – Chris Gayle
41 – Sanath Jayasuriya
40 – Matthew Hayden
39 – Rohit Sharma
Most International Hundreds among active players:
Virat Kohli – 76
Joe Root – 46
David Warner – 46
Steve Smith – 44
Rohit Sharma – 44
He also completed 6000 ODI runs as an opener and became the joint fourth-fastest to achieve the feat.
Least Innings taken to complete 6000 ODI runs as an opener:
121 – Rohit Sharma
123 – Hashim Amla
133 – Sachin Tendulkar
140 – David Warner
140 – Shikhar Dhawan
143 – Sourav Ganguly
Also, David Warner became the first Australian opener to hit 20 ODI centuries and overall second after Ricky Ponting to hit 20 ODI tons.
Most ODI centuries for Australia:
29 – Ricky Ponting
20 – David Warner
18 – Mark Waugh
17- Aaron Finch
16 – Adam Gilchrist