Twitter Reactions: Marnus Labuschagne’s 185 and Australia pacers floor Pakistan in Brisbane
Pakistan have already lost three wickets in the second innings with just 64 runs on the board.
Updated - Nov 23, 2019 1:20 pm
Australia have completely dominated the ongoing first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane. After David Warner’s impeccable knock, it was Marnus Labuschagne who piled on the runs at will. He took the toll of the opposition’s poor bowling. Though it was unfortunate for him to miss a well deserved double century, the knock ensured Pakistan were tired by the time they bundled out the hosts.
Australia scored a mammoth 580 runs on the board and took a lead of 340 runs. They kept the visitors in the field for 157.4 overs on the field and the tired legs showed when Pakistan batted in the second innings. Azhar Ali, the skipper, was the first one to go with Mitchell Starc pinning him in front of the stumps. Haris Sohail’s poor form continued as he edged one to Tim Paine off the same bowler.
Asad Shafiq, the top scorer of the first innings, was the next one to follow his teammates as Pat Cummins got one to bounce from the good length area. He was already forward and the ball, after bouncing, took the edge of the bat to settle into Steve Smith’s hands in the second slip.
Amidst all the action at the other end, Shan Masood held his own and joined hands with Babar Azam to see off the day. Both the batsmen looked uncomfortable towards the end of the day with the Aussie bowlers creating chances even in the final over. Pakistan ended the day on 64/3 trailing by a massive 276 runs in the second innings and it will be only a matter of time when Australia pick the remaining seven wickets to go ahead in the series.
Marnus Labuschagne leads the way for Australia
Earlier in the day, Australia resumed at 312/1 and were dealt with two blows in the first hour. Naseem Shah finally got the first wicket of his career as he bounced the southpaw on 154. Yasir Shah then dismissed Steve Smith for the seventh time in Tests and at 358/3, it seemed as if Pakistan will stage a brief comeback in the game. But Marnus Labuschagne had other ideas.
He took his Test match batting level a notch higher and along with, Matthew Wade, extended the lead to frustrate the visitors. Australia number three played some authoritative drives and entertained the crowd. The duo added 110 runs for the fourth wicket and in the process, Labuschagne also got to his first Test ton. It was a proud and emotional moment as his father and wife were also present to witness his epic knock.
After soaking up the applause from the crowd, Labuschagne again concentrated hard and even after Wade’s dismissal, he continued scoring runs. Australia were probably waiting for him to score the well-deserved double hundred but Labuschagne missed it by just 15 runs. He edged one off Shaheen Afridi after scoring 185 off 279 deliveries with 20 fours to his name.
Surprisingly, Tim Paine didn’t declare even then and continued to bat. However, in quest of some quick runs, Australia lost their last five wickets for just 35 runs and were bowled out for 580 runs. The lead of 340 runs looks more than enough for the hosts to register an innings victory and they should wrap up the proceedings on the fourth day itself unless Pakistan batsmen put up an exhibition on some extremely good batting.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
He is going to score plenty over the next few years … https://t.co/d1bsooO5jd
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 23, 2019
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) November 23, 2019
What a player to get, and what a way to get your first test wicket👀. Naseem Shah has the potential to be excellent. He seems to have a big heart to.
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) November 23, 2019
Drop haris sohail #PakvsAus
— Nibba (@IMHamzakhan00) November 23, 2019
Haris Sohail has played his last away test match. #AUSvsPAK
— Unprecedented (@soft_signal) November 23, 2019
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 23, 2019
Gabba Test runs:
Day 1: 10-240
Day 2: 1-312
Day 3: 12-332#AusvPak
— Ric Finlay (@RicFinlay) November 23, 2019
#AUSvPAK Inshallah Boys Played Well. 🙏🙏
— Baburao Ganpatrao Apte 😉 (@BaburaoApte0718) November 23, 2019
Naseem got Warner with the no-ball, then got him with the legitimate ball to get his first test wicket. How many times has this scenario happened in test cricket? #PAKvAUS #AUSvPAK #Cricket #ICC #Stats
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) November 23, 2019
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) November 23, 2019
Since becoming the Test cricket's first concussion substitute Marnus Labuschagne (while replacing Steve Smith) has scores of:
Summary: 8 inns, 538 runs, ave 67.25, 100s: 1, 50s: 4#AusvPak
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 23, 2019
— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) November 23, 2019
— Janani (@njan85) November 23, 2019
— Tayyab Saeed (@TayyabSaeed19) November 23, 2019
Australia winning match by innings before lunch tomorrow 🔥#AUSvPAK
— HOGWART⚡ (@Savage486) November 23, 2019
Stumps Day 3 at #Gabba
Really Embarrasing StuFF !
No Improvement at all From Azhar & Haris (Same Mode oF Dismissals)
Azhar's Poor PerFormance Continues.
Babar Should Bat Higher not 5 🙏🏼
— CricketLover (@ManiTweets14) November 23, 2019
Pretty solid from babar than other day, still long way ahead. Leaving everything upish off stump, waited for bad ones. #AUSvPAK
— Afzaal (@its_afzaal) November 23, 2019
When was the last time Steve Smith was the lowest scorer for his side in an innings? #AUSvPAK
— Toby G (@Epigrammist) November 23, 2019
So the summer of Marnus has officially begun #AUSvPAK
— Matt Farthing (@MattFarthing90) November 23, 2019
Ye Haris Sohail ko kia hogaya hai? ☹️ #AUSvsPAK
— Maria Shamim (@Mariaa_54) November 23, 2019