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22-Nov-2019 08:14:00 GMT
Aus vs Pak - 1st Test, Brisbane, day 2

Warner punishes Pakistan in dominant day for Australia

Brisbane: David Warner dismantled the Pakistan bowling attack as he played an unbeaten knock of 151, helping Australia reach 312/1 at the close of play on Day 2 of the opening Test against Pakistan.

This was his first Test ton, since returning to the sport after serving a 12-month suspension. He was well supported by opening partner Joe Burns, who missed out on his century by three runs.

After his dismissal, Marnus Labuschagne continued to haunt the visitors as he constructed another 90-run stand for the second wicket with Warner.

Both the batsmen will resume the Australian innings on the third way as hosts would look to impose a mighty lead over Pakistan.

In reply to Pakistan's first-day total of 240, Australia will begin day three with Warner unconquered on 151 (from 265 balls faced after six and a half hours at the crease) and newly ordained number three Marnus Labuschagne 55 not out.

Brief scores:
Australia 1 for 312 (Warner 151*, Burns 97, Labuschagne 55*) lead Pakistan 240 (Shafiq 76, Starc 4-52, Cummins 3-60) by 72 runs

With a lead that has already reached 72, and Test cricket's top-ranked batter Steve Smith yet to bat, the doubts that coach Justin Langer expressed this week about his team's top-order batting fragility sound as misplaced as were the predictions of Pakistan's fast-bowling potency.

Earlier in the opening day, Pakistan were bundled out on 240 after electing to bat first.

Asad Shafiq played a brilliant knock of 76 helping the visitors post a respectable first-innings total on the board.


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