David Warner scored a magnificent 37-ball 69 during Sunrisers Hyderabad victory over Rajasthan Royals and is now the leading run-scorer in the ongoing season of the league. Warner, who returned to the IPL after one year ban, had amassed 85 runs in his team’s opening match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

The left hand batsman has now scored 154 runs from 2 matches at an average of 77 and has a strike rate of 171.11. “One thing that inspires me is the local fans, they are amazing,” Warner said after he received the Orange Cap. “We try and put on a good show.”

Warner stated he was happy with the way his opening partnership with Jonny Bairstow has panned out in the two games so far. The duo stitched a partnership of 110 runs in only 9.4 overs to lead Sunrisers’ charge in their pursuit of 199 runs.

“Me and Jonny have partnered really well since Kolkata. There have been a few hiccups with him trying to get off the mark, I have been hogging the strike a little bit, but over the years I have been held back a little bit. We know this ground pretty well.

“We know the dimensions well. There has been a breeze from one side for the last two days but tonight it wasn’t there. You have to be calculative with your batting. I enjoy playing in front of this crowd. They are fantastic,” he said.

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