Australia’s stand-in captain and opener David Warner ended a lean patch in ODI cricket with a fine hundred in his team’s successful chase of 196 in the fifth and final one-day International against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Sunday (September 4).
However, Warner admitted that he was lucky to score an innings of 106 runs off 126 balls, which led Australia to a five-wicket win and helped them take the series 4-1.
Australia were 44 for 2 at one point in the match when Warner was batting on 22. He tried to a paddle sweep off Sachith Pathirana in the 14th over. The ball travelled only as far as leg slip’s hands.
The umpire turned down a soft appeal by the Sri Lankans and the hosts decided against reviewing the decision. Replays showed that the ball may have come off the edge of Warner’s bat.
Warner himself admitted that lady luck might have been kind on him in that instance. “The bowler came up to me and said ‘lucky, you hit that one’ and I said ‘Yeah, I think I did’,” he said after the match.
“I wasn’t 100%. The ‘keeper thought I didn’t hit it. I think there was a faint edge. That’s the luck,” said Warner, who became the first Australian batsman to score an ODI hundred in Sri Lanka.
“The responsibility is on the players as well, they’ve got to make that decision to either use a referral or not. They still had it up their sleeve.”
“You do need a bit of luck in this game and I’m pretty sure I did hit that one to short-leg tonight, but that’s part and parcel of this game,” he stressed. “You get a bit of luck your way and fortunately tonight I got that luck.”
Warner has not been in form during the Test series and failed to deliver runs in the first four ODIs so this hundred will help him to gain the confidence.