PAK vs AUS: Once again, the bowlers struggled to pick wickets in the ongoing series between Australia and Pakistan. Ahead of the second Test match, bowlers were expected to get more help from the pitch at National Stadium in Karachi. However, it wasn’t the case. David Warner and Usman Khawaja shared an 86-run stand for the opening wicket and, thereby, set the foundation for a good score on the board.
Warner, however, got out after scoring 36 runs in 48 balls, including 3 fours and 2 sixes. To add further misery, Marnus Labuschagne ran himself out without even opening his account. Australia suddenly were at 91 for 2 and gave Pakistan the chance to come back into the game.
Steve Smith then joined hands with Khawaja and the duo stitched a match-defining partnership of 159 runs for the third wicket. Smith, once again, missed out on a hundred. He got out after scoring 72 runs in 214 balls, a knock that had 7 fours.
Usman Khawaja, on the other hand, remained unbeaten right till the end of the day’s play. The southpaw is still at the crease and has managed to score 127 runs in 266 balls. Nathan Lyon, who came as a night watchman, is unbeaten on 0 off 6 balls.
For Pakistan, Both Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali, who returned to the playing XI, picked a wicket each. The rest of the bowlers, however, couldn’t pick a single wicket on the first day of the Test match.
Australia has managed to score 251 runs for three wickets in 90 overs at Stumps on Day 1 of the second Test match.
PAK vs AUS Stumps Australia 251 for 3 (Khawaja 127*, Smith 72, Warner 36, Faheem 1-32) vs Pakistan