Bangalore (India) (AFP) – Australia’s David Warner hit a belligerent century against India to mark his 100th one-day international on Thursday.
The swasbuckling opener gave the visitors a rollicking start in the fourth match of the five game series after they won the toss and elected to bat in Bangalore. Australia are playing for pride after losing the first three games.
Warner, who smashed 124, put together a 231-run opening stand with Aaron Finch, who made 94, to pulverize the Indian bowling attack at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The left-handed Warner hit 12 fours and 4 sixes during his 119-ball innings. It was his 14th ODI century since making his debut at Hobart in 2009.
The batsman got to his milestone with a boundary off part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav, jumping for joy as the runs were marked up. He later fell to Jadhav’s off-spin and walked off to a standing ovation.
Finch, who missed out on his second successive century, soon followed his partner back to the pavilion after getting caught at mid-on off paceman Umesh Yadav.
The 30-year-old Warner is the eighth batsman in world cricket to register a ton in his 100th ODI with West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge being the first against Pakistan in 1988.