Australian Openers Add 222 Runs For The First Wicket On Day 2
If Pakistan Cricket Team thought that the pitch will support bowlers on day 2 of the first Test, they were wrong. The Australians batted without a care in the world, first adding 222 runs for the first wicket, and then 90 in the ongoing second wicket partnership. Pakistan missed the lethal bowling of Mohammad Abbas who was dropped in favor of Imran Khan, who couldn’t impress in his comeback Test match. Neither did Pakistan’s fielding or Azhar Ali’s captaincy who seemed clueless in the field.
David Warner scores the fourth century at the Gabba
It was a day that belonged to David Warner; the Australian opener scored 151 runs off 265 deliveries against a toothless bowling attack. He did get a chance earlier in the innings when he was caught off a Naseem Shah no-ball. With Joe Burns, he dominated the first two sessions and it was only in the third that he lost his partner to Yasir Shah. Burns was unlucky to be dismissed for 97 runs and missed what would have been his fifth century by 3 runs. Marnus Labuschagne was also unbeaten at 55 and looked set for a big score against Pakistan.
Pakistani Bowlers missed a leader
The genius behind Mohammad Abbas’s exclusion from the final XI must be sacked for life from his position. You can not devise a plan that doesn’t include your premier pacer; even Sir Allan Border was surprised at his exclusion, considering he troubled the Aussies in UAE. With the experience of English County Season with him, he should have been the first-choice but Head Coach / Chief Selector Misbah ul Haq works in mysterious ways. His love for mediocre bowlers like Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz (as Captain) and now Imran Khan will hurt Pakistan in the longer run. In the shorter run, Australia is 72 runs ahead of them in the first Test, and Steve Smith is yet to bat.
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