The Australian batsmen especially David Warner led the hosts in a dominating position at the end of day 2 of the first Test match played at Gabba, Brisbane on Friday.
After bowling out Pakistan for 240 runs on the first day, David Warner and Joe Burns started off to a positive fashion putting Pakistani bowlers under pressure. The debutant Naseem Shah looked impressive with his speed. Warner reached his fifty off 78 balls while Joe Burns created pressure. Australia went into lunch break at 100 for 0.
The second session saw Joe Burns reach his fifty off 85 balls. Naseem Shah was denied his maiden Test wicket of David Warner as the youngster overstepped and Warner continued his merry way. Australian openers made the batting look easy to put consistent pressure on the inexperienced Pakistani fast bowling line up. Australia went into tea break at 195 for 0 with David Warner on 99.
Right after the tea break, Warner completed his Test century off 180 balls. It was a good solid knock by Warner who was playing his 1st Test match after 1-year ban. Pakistan finally got the breakthrough as Yasir Shah dismissed Joe Burns around the legs for well made 97. Warner and Burns added a massive 222 runs for the opening wicket.
Marcus Labuschagne came to the crease and took time to settle. The Pakistani fast bowlers tried all things, but nothing worked. Pakistan took the 2nd new ball after 82.2 overs. Shaheen Shah Afridi troubled Warner but the visitors could not take any wicket. Warner reached his 150 off 257 balls while Labuschagne completed his fifty off 91 balls. Australia ended the 2nd day in a commanding position at 312 for 1 with a lead of 72 runs.
Australia 312 for 1 in 87 overs ( David Warner 151*, Joe Burns 97, Labuschagne 55*, Yasir Shah 1/101) lead Pakistan 240 in 86.2 overs ( Asad Shafiq 76, Azhar Ali 39, Mitchell Starc 4/52, Pat Cummins 3/60) by 72 runs.