Whirlwind Warner demoralises Deccan

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If Tuesday's defeat to the Kings XI Punjab saw the Deccan Chargers' Indian Premier League campaign go from bad to worse, Thursday's thumping at the hands of Delhi Daredevils sent them careening down the drain.

If Tuesday's defeat to the Kings XI Punjab saw the Deccan Chargers' Indian Premier League campaign go from bad to worse, Thursday's nine-wicket walloping at the hands of Delhi Daredevils sent them careening down the drain.

David Warner, true to form, was the chief destroyer. The hard-hitting Australian, for the fifth century of his Twenty20 career, finished on 109 not out off just 52 balls as the Daredevils successfully chased 188 in just 16.4 overs.

Naman Ojha, meanwhile, ended unbeaten on 64 from 46 during a record alliance alongside Warner. Their whopping, unbroken 189-run alliance inside 17 overs weighed in as the second highest partnership in the tournament's history.

The 159 that Chennai duo Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay struck against Bangalore in 2011 was resigned to history, while the 206 fetched by Punjab pair Shaun Marsh and Adam Gilchrist in the same year against the same team was unattainable.

Deccan's 187 for four had seemed competitive on the back of Shikhar Dhawan's 84 and Cameron White's 65, but they were ultimately upstaged by their respective countrymen.

Man of the Match Warner and sidekick Ojha saw to it that the early departure of Virender Sehwag, who holed out in the deep off the second ball of the innings, had little consequence on the chase.

Clubbing a monstrous 13 sixes and a dozen fours between them, the dashing duo carted the Chargers attack to all corners of the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad.

Only one home bowler, Manpreet Gony, escaped the collective wrath. The rest all finished with economy rates in double figures as Delhi's triumph arrived with all of 20 deliveries to spare.

The Daredevils win was not without blemish. Andre Russell, on IPL debut, endured a tough day with the ball. The West Indian all-rounder, opening the attack, wasn't nearly as tight as the man he replaced – Umesh Yadav.

Irfan Pathan was clouted for 46 runs in his four-over complement, the bulk of which traveled at great expense while White and Dhawan were at the height of their 126-run stand inside 12 overs.

Thursday's result saw the Delhi franchise return to the top of the nine-team standings on 18 points, while Deccan's measly five points have them entrenched in stone last.

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