IPL 2019: David Warner, Steve Smith face off as ball-tampering ban ends

first_imgIPL 2019: David Warner, Steve Smith face off as ball-tampering ban endsSunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2019: David Warner and Steve Smith will take the field against each other when Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Rajasthan Royals on Friday. Incidentally, their one-year ban imposed by Cricket Australia ends today.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta New DelhiMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 18:58 IST David Warner and Steve Smith are slated to face off as Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Rajasthan Royals (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDavid Warner and Steve Smith will face off against each other when SRH and RR play in HyderabadThe one-year ban imposed on Warner and Smith by Cricket Australia comes to an end todayWarner had scored 85 for SRH in the first match while Smith made 20 for RRSteve Smith and David Warner will face off against each other on a day their ball-tampering ban ends. They were banned for a year over their role in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test and both Warner and Smith were subsequently not allowed to play in the Indian Premier League by BCCI.On Sunday, David Warner made a sensational return to the IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad when he smashed 85 at the Eden Gardens against Kolkata Knight Riders. SRH lost their 2019 IPL opening game after Andre Russell exploded but they would have been thrilled with Warner’s form.Meanwhile, Steve Smith’s IPL comeback was overshadowed by the Mankad controversy. Rajasthan Royals were cruising in their chase of 185 before R Ashwin Mankaded Jos Buttler. Steve Smith walked in to bat at No.4 but fell to Sam Curran for 20.After being banished for a year, Steve Smith and David Warne broke down in emotional press conferences. Last year, Warner said he was not even sure he would ever play for Australia again.However, with the World Cup drawing closer, it looks highly likely that Australia will include their star batsmen for the mega event.Australian selectors will keep a close eyes on how David Warner and Steve Smith go in the IPL.Australia are playing the fourth ODI of a five-match series against Pakistan in the Middle East. Warner and Smith would have been eligible to play for their country on Friday but the two men will need to show they have lost none of their touch in the IPL.advertisementIn 115 matches, David Warner has scored 4099 runs while Steve Smith has 1723 runs from 70 matches in the Indian Premier League.Both the Australian stars will need to fire today. Sunrisers Hyderabad are still reeling from that Andre Russell onslaught while Rajasthan Royals will look to move on from the Mankad incident and secure their first points this season.Also Read | Bloody hard to fit Steve Smith, David Warner in Australia World Cup squad: FinchAlso Watch | IPL is really special to me and my family: David WarnerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow David WarnerFollow Steve SmithFollow ball-tampering banFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow SRHFollow RRFollow SRH vs RRlast_img

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