Australia batsman David Warner, who has played a significant role as an opener for the national side to cement his place across all formats, has equalled the record of legendary Sachin Tendulkar in One-Day Internationals to have scored 150 plus or more five times.
The 29-year-old left-handed Warner achieved the feat in his 93rd ODI whereas Tendulkar achieved the same in a total of 463 ODIS.
The Mumbaikar set several records under his belt throughout his illustrious career, but Warner has something on offer very early for his home side.
During the fifth and final ODI of the Victoria-Bitter series against Pakistan in Adelaide, Warner flayed the Men in Green bowlers to claim his 50-over best score of 179 off 128 balls. His previous ODI best was 178 against Afghanistan, which came in 2015.
After playing gem of a knock in Adelaide, Warner went past Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma and Sanath Jayasuriya’s four knocks of 150 or above.
The New South Wales-born Warner has scored 150s against five different oppositions – Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and New Zealand.
However, Little Master Sachin Tendulkar has scored his 150 or plus scores against four teams including twice against New Zealand, one each against Australia, South Africa and Namibia.
Warner’s innings score was the highest on Australian soil in 50-over game and third highest by an Australian followed by Shane Watson (185*) against Bangladesh and Mathew Hayden (181*) against New Zealand.
David Warner and Travis Head claimed Australia’s best wicket stand in ODIs by scoring 284 runs for the first wicket.
They fell short by two runs to equal the record of opening wicket stand in ODIs between former Sri Lanka batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and current stand-in skipper Upul Tharanga , which the duo set in 2006 against England.
However, Head and Warner went past Australia’s previous best opening stand of 246 between Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh which they set against Scotland in Edinburgh in 2013 before going past second-wicket partnership of 260 runs between Warner and Steven Smith against Afghanistan in 2015.