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Warner outshines Warne in Big Bash

Shane Warne's return to cricket ended in defeat as David Warner took Sydney to a win with a pulsating century.

December 18, 2011, 12:25 AM IST
Warner outshines Warne in Big Bash

Melbourne: Shane Warne's return to cricket ended in defeat as dynamic opening batsman David Warner thwarted Warne's comeback with a pulsating century in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 League at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.

The powerful left-hander smashed an unbeaten 102 off 51 balls to steer Sydney Thunder to a six-wicket win over Warne's Melbourne Stars.

Legspin legend Warne, playing for the first time since his final game in the Indian Premier League last May, only bowled two overs but was clouted for two sixes by skipper Warner.

It was Warner's maiden Twenty20 hundred at home and his fourth overall, two of those back-to-back in the Champions League in India.

Warner, who last Monday scored his maiden Test century with an unbeaten 123 in the Hobart Test loss to New Zealand, belted a total of six sixes and six fours in his explosive century. His big-hitting enabled Sydney Thunder to easily chase down the Stars' 153 for seven with 154 for four off 19 overs, despite the worse possible start to their chase, losing Chris Gayle and Australia international Usman Khawaja early in the innings.

Warne, 42, played despite burning his right bowling hand while frying bacon at home on Monday and his two overs cost 19 runs.

Warne's wily skills were not enough to curb Warner's aggressive hitting, with several of his prodigious sixes carrying the ball 80 metres over the ropes at the vast MCG arena.

Warne's fiancee, English model and actress Elizabeth Hurley, performed the coin toss for the match.

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.

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