David Warner makes a kid’s day after smashing 151* on Day 2 against Pakistan
With Steve Smith being the next batsman to walk in, Australia have established an intimidating lead over Pakistan.
Updated - Nov 22, 2019 6:03 pm
After restricting Pakistan on the score of 240, Australia was steered to a flying start by opener David Warner in the first Test match at Brisbane. While pulverizing Pakistan’s bowling attack, Warner scored his first century since returning from his ball-tampering ban. The 33-year-old finished the day by remaining unbeaten on 151 runs, guiding the hosts to a first-innings lead of 72 runs over Pakistan.
Warner was assisted by Marnus Labuschagne, who notched his sixth Test half-century remained unbeaten on 55 at the completion of Day 2. With Steve Smith being the next batsman to walk in, Australia have established an intimidating lead over Pakistan. Warner’s journey was not a cakewalk as the left-hander was caught behind the bowling of Test debutant Naseem Shah. However, the 16-year-old’s celebrations didn’t last long as the replays showed that Naseem had overstepped the mark.
The world witnessed Warner’s delight after he reached his ton later in the day. The left-hander celebrated by leaping into the air in his trademark fashion and kissing the badge on his helmet. After completion of the second day, Warner also made a kid’s day as he was leaving the field. The left-hander gifted his gloves to a kid while advancing towards the dressing room.
— Corbin Middlemas (@CorbinMiddlemas) November 22, 2019
David Warner and Joe Burns built an opening partnership of 222 runs
After a disappointing Ashes campaign, the left-hander was in desperate need of a ton in order to restore his confidence. His opening partner Joe Burns also played a vital role to build a stable opening partnership for Australia. However, Burns was trapped while attempting a sweep and playing on around his legs. He departed for 97 runs to end his 222-run partnership with Warner. It will be an uphill task for Pakistan to curb Australia from posting a mammoth score on the board on Day 3.
Naseem, who was picked due to his impressive stints in domestic-cricket, showcased his potential with some impressive pace-bowling in his 16 overs. Shaheen Afridi and Imran Khan were unsuccessful in providing an early breakthrough for Pakistan. Yasir Shah was the sole bowler who got a wicket under his name, who broke the opening partnership by dismissing Burns round his legs.