PAKISTAN TOUR OF AUSTRALIA 2019
Warner scorched the Adelaide ground with a splendid unbeaten 335 © AFP
Yasir is once again frustrating the Aussies with the bat in hand. He has played and missed a few times, Lyon also produced the edge but didn’t carry to Smith at slip. Paine also fluffed a stumping chance to give Yasir the reprieve. Trademark innings from the lower order batter but he is once again showing some fight.
Babar, meanwhile, continues to be in sublime touch.
Babar on song
Babar duly completed his fifty with a sumptuous whip off Hazlewood. When he is on song, he is a treat to watch. Just that he needs some support. Maybe Yasir can again provide him support.
Day 2 of the Adelaide Test was all about David Warner and his heroics. He explored every nook and cranny of the ground to crack one boundary after another to leave Pakistan clutching at straws.
The man from Paddington also went past Bradman’s iconic 334 versus England in Leeds before Tim Paine curiously declared. Warner had a great chance of breaking Lara’s monumental record. It was an innings where he just demoralised Pakistan’s bowlers. And duly got a guard of honour from his team-mates and a standing ovation from the fans, as he walked back to the pavilion.
Pakistan, on the other hand, would rue the fact that Musa bowled a no-ball when he should have dismissed Warner, with the southpaw slicing one to the gully fielder. Interestingly, Bradman too had offered one chance during his epochal innings – when he was on 273 – Duckworth fluffing a chance of Geary. Pakistan’s bowlers were largely listless and on a good track for batting, Warner and Co. smashed the attack to shreds.
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To make matters worse, Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals with most of the batsmen getting caught in the crease. Only Babar Azam was able to get on top of the bounce and stood alone amidst the ruins.
Can Pakistan at least salvage some pride? On the other hand, Australia would be concerned about the forecast, which doesn’t look very promising for the day.
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