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Right Handed Warner Slams Gayle for 14 in 3 Balls

Cricketnext Staff |January 17, 2019, 10:59 AM IST
Right Handed Warner Slams Gayle for 14 in 3 Balls

There were incredible scenes on display at the Bangladesh Premier League where mid-way through the innings David Warner decided to turn into a right-hander and slammed 14 in 3 balls off Rangpur Riders' Chris Gayle whilst at it.

While we have seen Warner smash sixes galore while playing the switch hit, the most famous one being the 100-meter six against R Ashwin in a T20I back in 2011-12, this time it was different. The 32-year-old, who is captain of Sylhet Sixers did not play a switch hit. After batting for 32 deliveries into his innings he decided to turn into a right-hander.

The Australian took a fresh right-hander's guard and first smashed Gayle for a huge six down the ground and then followed it up two more fours to finish with 61 in 36 balls to take his side to a competitive 187/5.

“It was one of those things at the back of my mind as I couldn't get Chris (Gayle) away because of his height and the lengths that he was bowling," Warner said at the post-match presentation of his decision to try batting right-handed.

“I play golf right-handed, so I thought I might as well come and swing and clear the ropes.

“It came off.”

Walking in one drop after the fall of opener Sabbir Rahman, Warner was at it right from the word go along with Liton Das who scored 70 in 43 deliveries. The penultimate over of the innings was bowled by Gayle who with the angle going away from the left-hander troubled Warner the first three balls of the over in which only two runs were scored. That is when the Australian turned into a right-hander.

He took fresh guard for the third ball of the 19th over and deposited Gayle straight over his head to bring up his half-century. He then followed it up with a paddle-sweep wide of square leg and finished the over with a reverse sweep behind point.

Warner, who has been banned from playing international and domestic cricket for one year for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal last year in March in Cape Town will be available for selection for Australia from March 29.

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Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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