Warner's heroics in vain

NSW batsman makes second straight ton but Bangalore go through

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Warner's heroics in vain

Warner: Second successive century

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David Warner set a new Twenty20 record on Friday but Bangalore Royal Challengers still beat New South Wales Blues to reach the Champions League final.

Warner became the first man ever to hit centuries in back-to-back T20 innings, with his 123 not out from 68 balls following an unbeaten 135 against Chennai last time out.

Daniel Smith also made 62 from 42 to help propel the Blues to 203-2.

But Chris Gayle, with a remarkable 92 from 41 balls, and Virat Kohli, with 84 not out from 49 deliveries, put on 141 in 11 overs as Bangalore chased down a 200-plus target for the second successive game.

Warner reached his half-century from 40 deliveries, with four fours and three sixes.

He also shared in a 67-ball century stand with wicketkeeper Smith, who hit 40 runs in boundaries as he reached 50 from 33 balls.

Remarkable

A remarkable 17th over by Dirk Nannes brought two sixes and also saw Warner twice flummoxed by wide slower balls - falling flat on his face the second time.

The first ball of the next over accounted for Smith, who walked too far across and was cleaned up by Sreenath Aravind's yorker to end a stand of 146.

However, Warner remained and when he pushed his 62nd ball for a single, he had made his second hundred in as many matches.

He also joined compatriots Ian Harvey and Adam Gilchrist, New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum and Gayle as the only batsmen to make three in their T20 careers.

Warner's 11 sixes in an innings was also a T20 record and he became the highest run-scorer in a single edition of the Champions League with 328.

Although Nannes and Aravind both shipped over 50 runs, Tillakaratne Dilshan took 1-10 in his four overs.

In reply, Gayle and Kohli's stand reached 50 in 19 balls and Gayle's personal half-century came up in 20, with his partner at the crease taking 28 deliveries to reach the same mark.

The former West Indies skipper hammered eight fours and eight sixes but was denied a century when umpire Marais Erasmus adjudged him lbw, with Pat Cummins' delivery seemingly clipping the off bail.

Cummins, who finished with 4-45, yorked new man Saurabh Tiwary first ball and also removed Mayank Agarwal in his next over, though the latter appeared to make no contact as he was given out caught behind.

Nerves

Bangalore's nerves were settled when Kohli took 14 from the final three balls of the 18th over to reach his highest T20 score.

Mohammad Kaif (13no) then finished the game with back-to-back boundaries.

Gayle told British Eurosport: "It was a brilliant effort to chase 200. Warner played a superb innings but myself and Virat, our partnership was key. Well done to Virat and the rest of the guys."

Somerset and Mumbai Indians meet in the second semi-final on Saturday.

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