Australian batsmen dominate rain-hit first day at Adelaide

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Adelaide Test Day 1: Warner, Labuschagne score centuries against hapless Pakistan

The two Australians who scored centuries at the Gabba last week continue to plunder runs in the second Test against Pakistan at Adelaide. Batting first, the hosts ended the day at 302 for the loss of one wicket, with both David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne scoring unbeaten centuries. They left from where they stopped in the last match and scored freely against a bowling attack that not only lacked depth but experience.

Pakistani bowlers took just one wicket on a rain-hit day at Adelaide

The first day of the day-night Test was reduced to just 73 overs because of rain, but the Aussies scored more runs than Pakistan did on the first day of the previous match. They lost only one wicket in the whole day’s play, that too in the fourth over. Shaheen Afridi was the only bowler to take the wicket, that of Joe Burns for just 4 runs. After his dismissal, it seems that the Captain, the bowlers, and the fielders all forgot the plan, and did whatever they could to pass the day.

Warner, Labuschagne add 294 runs for the unbroken second wicket

In the 69.3 overs they batted together, first-Test centurions David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne wreaked havoc. They scored 294 runs in less than 70 overs at a run rate of 4.23 runs. The bulk of the runs were scored off Yasir Shah who gave away 87 runs in his 14 overs, at an economy rate of 6.21 runs per over. Debutant Muhammad Musa who was picked over the impressive Naseem Shah went for 71 runs off his 13 overs. Muhammad Abbas and Shaheen Shah Afridi gave away 48 and 56 runs in their 19 and 18 overs respectively, with the latter bagging the only wicket to fall.

Pakistan must bowl well on the second day to restrict the hosts

Australian batsmen must be eyeing a score in access of 500 so that they can bowl out Pakistan twice for another innings victory. David Warner looks set to cross 200 if he continues to bat like this, whereas Labuschagne can also score a big hundred like he did at the Gabba. Pakistani bowlers must bowl according to a plan if they want to make a comeback into the match. Otherwise, it will be another whitewash for Pakistan, and further embarrassment for Misbah ul Haq whose team could have performed better, had he done both of his jobs well.

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