David Warner has been involved in an ugly exchange with umpire Joel Wilson as the Aussies beat Sri Lanka to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
After opening losses to India and South Africa to open the World Cup in India, the Aussies had to beat Sri Lanka to stay in the hunt for the semi-finals.
Sri Lanka got off to a hot start before a man-of-the-match bowling performance from Adam Zampa sparked an epic collapse as the Aussies went on to win by five wickets.
It was a rollercoaster of a match for Aussie cricket fans and also for opening batsman and David Warner, who endearded himself to the Lucknow crowd before quickly turning villain.
Warner leapt out of the player dugout to help ground staff bring the covers on during a rain delay
Warner stood out with his Australian yellow kit, leading the way for the ground staff to protect the wicket
Sri Lanka were cruising at 4-178 in the 33rd over when the weather intervened and both sides had to leave the field because of rain.
As the players left the field, the umpires called for the covers to come on and a team of groundsman scurried to protect the wicket.
And in the sea of blue shirts dragging the covers on, Warner stood out in his canary yellow Australian kit, leading the charge and hauling the covers onto the pitch.
‘David Warner is doing his job, doing his best for the ground staff,’ commentator Michael Atherton said.
‘You’d never think he was an opening batter, would you?’
‘He’s keen today, a lot of energy about him,’ Atherton’s co-commentator said.
‘His fielding and his efforts on the field are anything to go by, you will want to see him with the bat.’
Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite to script.
Chasing 210 after bowling Sri Lanka out, Australia’s recent batting issues threatened to resurface when Warner (11) and Steve Smith (0) fell in the same Dilshan Madushanka over.
In a thrilling match, Australia started their chase of 210 runs with a bang, scoring 15 runs in the first over. Warner in particular was looking ominous, hitting a powerful four and a massive six off Lahiru Kumara’s bowling.
After three overs, Australia had scored 24 runs for no loss and seemed eager to win quickly, with net run rate to be crucial at the business end of the tournament. However, their plans took a hit when left-arm seamer Dilshan Madushanka delivered a game-changing moment.
Warner was not happy to be dismissed cheaply and walked off the field mouthing a spray
Fortunately for the Australians, the mini-collapse involving Warner and Steve Smith did not cost them the match
Madushanka bamboozled Warner with a tricky delivery that didn’t bounce as much as he expected.
Warner tried to adjust and defend the ball while on his toes, but he missed it, and the ball hit his leg. The Sri Lankan team launched a strong appeal and umpire Wilson raised his finger.
Warner was not happy with the decision and immediately asked for a review, believing he was not out.
However, the ball-tracking technology showed that the ball would have hit the leg stump, which meant the decision was ‘Umpire’s call’ and it stayed as out.
Warner was frustrated and showed his displeasure as he walked back to the pavilion, letting out a loud roar of frustration and angrily mouthing words along the way.
But ultimately, the 9-52 Sri Lankan collapse triggered by Zampa (4-47) and Pat Cummins (2-32), followed by half-centuries for Josh Inglis – a career-best ODI knock of 58 from 59 balls, and Mitchell Marsh, separated the sides.
Makeshift opening batter Mitch Marsh (52 from 51 balls) recaptured his pre-World Cup form on a proactive start to Australia’s innings at the crease.