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When you let yourself down, there are two ways to look at it : One as a loser, and the other as a learner and a fighter. David Warner, burying down all humiliations and criticisms from the past year and a half has taken IPL 2019 by storm. His innings of 81 against the Kings XI Punjab was one one of his many such blistering knocks on display this season, and undoubtedly the Turning Point of the match. Put into bat by the visitors, it was important for Hyderabad to put up a good score. Playing without Bairstow, the onus was on Warner, and oh boy, did he deliver. Not allowing a single Kings XI bowler to settle, Warner built up a platform for the SRH middle order to take off. Hyderabad’s final score of 212 in itself is an indication of how big an impetus Dave’s innings was.
The second half was pretty much easy to be predicted. Kings XI, right from the word go, put the acceleration button but succumbed in the process. They lost Gayle early and once again exposed the middle order by the 12th over. Despite starts, none of Mayank Agarwal and Nicolas Pooran made it big. KL Rahul pretty much acted as the lone warrior as the team bundled up losing by 45 runs. Rarely does it happen that a turning point in a game is witnessed right at the start, but David Warner’s innings today inarguably justifies the exception.