Stunning catch at short fine leg ends Warner’s match-winning IPL knock for Delhi Captials

David Warner kick-started Delhi Capitals’ Indian Premier League campaign, setting the platform for an impressive win over defending champions Chennai Super Kings with a quickfire 50 in Visakhapatnam.

It took a world-class catch to dismiss the 37-year-old opener but he had already set the tone for the Capitals after a pair of defeats.

With Prithvi Shaw (43 off 27) Warner had put on 93 at 10 runs an over for the first wicket. Rishabh Pant (51 off 32) built on that as the Capitals made 5-191, with Mitch Marsh chipping in with 18 off 12.

Warner smashed three sixes and five fours in his sparkling 35-ball 52, before he was undone by a stunning one-handed catch at short fine leg by Matheesha Pathirana as he looked to steer another boundary off Mustafizur Rahman.

The innings was Warner’s 66th half-century in the IPL, seven ahead of the second-best, Virat Kohli.

Marsh also began with ferocious intent, but was bowled by a superb yorker from Pathirana. The quick also dismissed Pant, and Tristan Stubbs for a second-ball duck, to put the brakes on Delhi’s hitting.

However, Khaleel Ahmed dismissed both Chennai openers early on and though MS Dhoni delighted his many fans in the crowd with an unbeaten 16-ball 37-run cameo, the Super Kings never looked like winning.

They ultimately closed on 6-171, losing by 20 runs, their first defeat of the season.

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