[Video] David Warner turns 33 in style, scores maiden century on return to Australia's T20I side vs Sri Lanka
After a tumultuous Ashes series for Australia in the whites, opener David Warner marked his international return in the shortest format of the game with a maiden century against Sri Lanka on Sunday at the Adelaide Oval. Warner, who only managed to net 95 runs (10 innings) in the recently concluded Ashes series touched down his first triple-digit figure on his return game against The Islanders. Warner is also celebrating his 33rd birthday today and this was his first game on home soil after completing a 12-month cricket ban.
The Australian opener was previously banned from all forms of international cricket after he confessed his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in 2018 during Australia's tour to South Africa. Warner recently completed his one-year ban and was instrumental for the Aussies in the 2019 World Cup hosted by England and Wales. However, the Aussie southpaw failed to transfer his red hot form in the whites for Australia as the tainted batsman witnessed a forgetful Ashes in England.
You don't want to be bowling a free-hit to David Warner! #AUSvSLpic.twitter.com/cU8CZf4EFQ— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 27, 2019
Closing the disappointing Ashes chapter and opening a glorious one against Sri Lanka on Sunday, Warner ran havoc and was a man on a mission while opening the Australian innings with skipper Aaron Finch. Getting into his stride in the fifth over, Warner smashed Kasun Rajitha for 21 runs and propelled Australia to 52 in just five overs. Warner gained confidence when he smashed Rajitha's free-hit delivery for a clubbing maximum and after that, there was stopping the Aussie stalwart, who turned protagonist from second fiddle in no time.
His first T20I 100, and off only 56 balls!— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 27, 2019
Well played to the birthday boy, David Warner!#AUSvSLpic.twitter.com/scf4ATaDP4
Taking the Lasith Malinga-led bowling unit to the cleaners, Warner joined forces with Glenn Maxwell and their impeccable batting masterclass piled more miseries on the Sri Lankan bowlers. The duo contributed 107 runs for the second wicket which laid the foundation of a mammoth total. While Maxwell departed after smashing a quickfire fifty, Warner remained unbeaten on 100 off 56 balls to help Australia set a challenging 233 run target in 20 overs.