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Warner hits sixth World Cup ton, equals Tendulkar mark

Australia’s David Warner hit his sixth World Cup century to pull level with batting great Sachin Tendulkar and put his team on course for a huge total against the Netherlands in a World Cup clash on Wednesday.

Warner, who clubbed 163 last time out against Pakistan, reached his second successive ton off 91 balls with 11 fours and three sixes at New Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium.

India skipper Rohit Sharma recently surpassed compatriot Tendulkar’s record of World Cup tons to lead the race with seven hundreds.

Five-time winners Australia lost Mitchell Marsh, for nine, in the fourth over after they elected to bat first on Wednesday.

The left-handed Warner and Steve Smith hit back in a stand of 132 against a Dutch side who had stunned South Africa earlier in the tournament.

Smith scored his first fifty of this edition before he fell for 71 off spinner Aryan Dutt, but Warner stood firm in another stubborn partnership of 84 with Marnus Labuschagne.

Labuschagne raised his fifty before he fell for 62 off Bas de Leede.

Australia reached 266-4 after 39 overs.