David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne puts Australia in a commanding position on day 1 of 2nd Test

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Thanks to David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne unbeaten partnership, Australia are in a commanding position at the end of day 1 of Day night Test match played at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.

Australian captain Tim Paine won the toss and decided to bat first. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Abbas bowled with control. Shaheen got the early breakthrough for Pakistan dismissing Joe Burns cheaply. David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne looked in total control against the inexperienced Pakistani bowling line up. At the end of first session, Australia were 70 for 1.

After the tea break, Warner took time against Abbas and Shaheen Shah Afridi who were bowling decently. The explosive left-handed batsman reached his fifty off 75 balls with an overthrow boundary. Labuschagne continued his superb form that he displayed at Brisbane to reach his fifty off 106 balls. Both took on Pakistani debutant Musa Khan. It was a great display of batting by Warner and Labuschagne who played with control. At dinner break, Australia were 139 for 1.

In the third session, Warner and Labuschagne looked in fluent touch smashing the Pakistani bowling line up. Warner reached his 2nd successive century of the series taking a single off 156 balls. Pakistani bowling line up lacked venom which could trouble these two batsmen. Labuschagne too completed his century off 169 balls. Pakistan took a desperate review which was struck as it hit the inside edge. Warner blasted away to his 150 off 212 balls. Warner and Labuschagne made sure that Australia end the rain curtailed first day on 302 for 1. It was a disappointing day for Pakistani bowlers as Shaheen Shah Afridi was only wicket taker.

Warner and Labuschange have added so far 294 runs for the 2nd wicket and look set for a big total on the 2nd day.

Yasir Shah was too expensive giving away 87 runs in his 14 overs. The debutant Mohammad Musa went for 71 in his 13 overs. Mohammad Abbas gave away 56 in his 19 overs but never looked threatening.

Australia 302 for 1 in 73 overs (Warner 166*, Labuschagne 126*, Shaheen Shah Afridi 1/48)

 

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