Australia's star opener David Warner on Friday played a explosive innings against West Indies at Bellerive Oval in his 100th T20 match and overtook England batsman Jos Buttler in the list of most runs scored by a batsman in T20Is. The left-handed batsman played an amazing inning of 70 runs in just 36 balls with the help of 12 fours and one six. Warner was awarded the Player of the Match award for his match-winning performance in the first T20I of the three-match series. He is the only player to score more than fifty in his 100th Test, ODI and T20I and to win 'Player of the Match' in all of them.
The experienced opening batsman became the first Australian player to play 100 matches in all formats of cricket after being included in Australia's playing XI for the first T20I against West Indies on Friday. Apart from Virat Kohli and New Zealand's Ross Taylor, he is the third player to play 100 matches in all three formats.
Warner has scored 2964 runs in the 100 matches played so far in the shortest format of the game at an average of 33.30 and a strike rate of 142.22 with one century and 25 fifties. He is now the eighth highest run scorer in T20Is.
On the other hand, Butler has so far scored 2927 runs in 114 T20 matches at an average of 34.84 and a strike rate of 144.61 with one century and 22 half-centuries.
The top five players in this list are Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma from India, Babar Azam from Pakistan, Martin Guptill from New Zealand and Paul Stirling from Ireland.
Kohli leads the run-tally as the right-handed batsman has scored 4037 runs in 117 matches played so far in his career at an impressive average of 51.75 and strike rate of 138.15 with one century and 37 fifties. Against his name.
Men in Blue captain Rohit Sharma is at second place in this list. The Mumbai-born cricketer has played 151 matches so far in his career, scoring 3974 runs at an average of 31.75 and a strike rate of 139.97 with five centuries and 29 half-centuries.
Former Pakistan captain Babar Azam comes at number three. The 29-year-old player has scored 3698 runs in 109 matches played so far in his career at an excellent average of 41.55 and strike rate of 129.12, which includes three centuries and 33 fifties in his name.
New Zealand's legendary batsman Martin Guptill is at fourth place in this list. The right-handed batsman has scored 3531 runs in 122 matches played for his country. He has scored at an average of 31.81 and a strike rate of 135.70, which includes two centuries and 20 half-centuries.
Ireland's right-handed batsman Paul Stirling comes at number five. The 33-year-old cricketer has scored 3438 runs in 13 matches played so far for his national team. He has scored these runs at an average of 28.18 and strike rate of 135.72 with 23 half-centuries and one century.
In the match on Friday, with the help of Warner's half-century and the cameo of Josh Inglis (39 runs in 25 balls with the help of five fours and one six) and Tim David (37* runs in 17 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes). Australia scored 213/. 7 in his 20 overs. Andre Russell (3/42) was the bowler chosen for West Indies.
Chasing the target, Brandon King (53 runs in 37 balls, seven fours and one six) and Johnson Charles (42 runs in 25 balls, six fours and one six) made a good start by making a partnership of 89 runs for the first wicket. But wickets continued to fall regularly and despite Jason Holder's 34* off 15 balls with three fours and two sixes, West Indies fell 11 runs short and finished at 202/8 in their 20 overs. Adam Zampa (3/26) was the bowler chosen for Australia.
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