Nottingham, June 20: As David Warner hit a Mashrafe Mortaza delivery to deep mid-wicket and sprinted across for a quick single, he stepped into the record books as the first batsman to post two 150 plus scores in World Cup history.
The Australian opener had scored 178 runs off 164 balls against Afghanistan in Perth during the last World Cup in 2015.
Thursday's clash between Australia and Bangladesh saw the left-hander score 166 off 147 deliveries to propel the defending champions towards a massive total of 381/5.
When he was caught by Rubel Hossain at short third man off Soumya Sarkar's bowling, Warner missed the opportunity to become only the third batsman in World Cup history to score double centuries.
At that point, the Australians still had more than five overs left in their innings and Warner's double century was looking like a distinct possibility.
Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill had posted double centuries during the 2015 World Cup.
This was Warner's 16th ODI century. He has drawn level with Virat Kohli as the second batsman to complete 16 centuries in 110 ODI innings.
Veteran South Africa batsman Hashim Amla is at the top of the list as he had scored his 16th ODI century in 94 innings.
This is a remarkable comeback for Warner after being banned for around a year for his starring role in a ball-tampering controversy.
Senior Australia star Steve Smith, who was also banned along with Warner, has enjoyed a successful comeback as well.
On Thursday, besides Warner, skipper Aaron Finch continued his good form with the bat to score 53 off 51 deliveries (5x4, 2x6) while Usman Khawaja also contributed with a brilliant 89 off 72 balls, hitting ten fours.
Glenn Maxwell smashed his way to a 10-ball 32 -- hitting three sixes and two fours -- before being unceremoniously run out.
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