He was back at the venue where he enjoyed great success in the IPL: before today’s fixture, the left-hander averaged a hefty 66 in Hyderabad where he hit 15 fifties and 3 centuries.
David Warner reunited with his former SRH teammate and spearhead pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar
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DC Skipper was given a raucous cheer by the Hyderabad crowd when he won the toss. He had led SRH to their only IPL trophy, in 2016, before being sacked in 2021.
When asked about this roar in reception from the opposition crowd, the left-hander said: “My mindset is to thank the crowd, they’ve been a great support. For me, it’s about entertaining them. Absolutely love this venue, I owe it to the fans. Sarfaraz Khan comes in and Ripal Patel is in. I owe it to the curator, you have to start well.”
He didn’t have a great homecoming with the bat, though, as he managed just 21 runs off 20 balls. After having another slow start, he hit two fours and a six but got out to Sundar, who picked three wickets in one over to rattle DC.
SRH have struggled in their way and are 58/4 in 7.4 overs, at the time of writing.