Warner Commander in Chief at SCG, Australia close day 1 at 3/365
Manish Pandey struck a brilliant unbeaten 104 as India stopped Australia’s push for a clean-sweep …
Warner and Renshaw’s vastly different tons put Australia in control of the Sydney test. From the moment Smith won the toss Warner couldn’t help hide his delight. The first over of Imran Khan set the tone for what was to come from Warner. The SCG wicket true to its standards was an easy wicket to bat and by the end of five overs, it was clear that Pakistan was struck by “ Dead Rubber Syndrome” By the first drinks break, Warner was seeking the ball like a Neon light and soon Warner was jumping in air, pumped fist, a century in the first session of test match. The last century before lunch came from Majid Khan back in 1976 and the first on Australian soil.
Contrast to David Warner, Renshaw dug in and appears he will be opening with Warner for few years to come. Misbah appeared chasing wickets with his field placing Two sessions of this test, Pakistan appears were going through the game without any purpose. The team did not train two days ago and it was clear that Pakistan wasn’t enjoying what they were doing.
Warner eventually fell trying to guide the ball down to third man, gloved to keeper Sarfraz of Wahab. Khawja was scratchy, survived a regulation catch put down by Babbar and fell slashing Wahab to keeper Sarfraz again.
Pakistan was clearly missing a offspinner considering how many left handers are at top order of Australian batting, Saeed Ajmal is back with a corrected action and perhaps Pakistan would have loved to have him here, given he is sort of player who lift the spirits of team in a such hard tour down order.
At tea, Australia moved to 2/224.In the two and half test match played thus far, appears Pakistan haven’t worked out how they will get Smith out, who is batting on his own term, until he choose to cut Yasir Shah, too close to his body and a great catch by keeper Sarfraz.
At 4.14pm Renshaw flicked Yasir Shah to square and reached his maiden test century of 201 balls. Seventh youngest Australian to score a century at 20 years. Sarfraz has had his problems keeping for Yasir Shah and was no different today when he missed stumping Handscomb of Yasir. A 50 run partnership between Handscomb and Renshaw propelled Australia to 3/293 and into the last session of day.
Renshaw’s built on an unerring confidence that his method is as sound as his defense, and that he placed a hefty a price on his wicket today, saw him unleash a range of shots to convert his maiden ton to a score beyond 150
Pakistan defied predictions of a dual spin attack in line with Australia’s selection strategy, and instead plumped for a seamer Imran Khan to replace laboring quick Sohail Khan, a move that delivered instant result, although not what Pakistan wanted. Australia had claimed the day from the very first over of Imran Khan.
The opening spell by Imran Khan was lukewarm that was barely of test match standard that he had conceded 23 runs in first 3 overs. Listless, undisciplined bowling was further undermined by lazy fielding. At close of play Pakistan had abjectly let slide the fight they had so bravely brought to the first test at Brisbane and the first three days of Melbourne.
A distant memory now.