David Warner’s new batting slot in the middle-order worked well for Delhi Daredevils, which beat Pune Warriors by 15 runs in the IPL match here on Sunday.

“I played that role because we needed some firepower in the middle. Mahela (Jayawardene) and (Virender) Sehwag can get off to good starts. Mahela can work the ball around.

When he asked me if I would like to bat in the middle-order, I said definitely because I know that I can clear the fence,” Warner said after the match.

On the victory, Warner noted: “We now know that we have to treat every game as a semifinal. If we win every game and some other results go our way, we can definitely make the semifinal. We have the firepower, passion and determination. We’re fighters and we’re going to keep doing that till the end.”

Warner was not averse to returning to the opener’s slot.

“I would prefer fast and bouncy pitches. Something like Dharamsala, and at times even Chennai. When there is a pitch that will suit me more than Mahela, I’ll come out and open. We’re working on that.” — Special Correspondent

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