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David Warner Triple-Century Guides Australia to Easy Win at Adelaide

David Warner Triple-Century Guides Australia to Easy Win at Adelaide Photo: TT
Warner triple-century helps Australia beat Pakistan

Australia won the second test by an innings and 48 runs, clinching a series clean sweep against Pakistan thanks to a career-best effort from David Warner who hammered a triple-century.

The hosts won the toss in Adelaide and opted to bat first. They lost Joe Burns early, caught behind Shaheen Afridi, but David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne picked up where they had left off in Brisbane, and completely dominated the Pakistani attack.

Together, they added 296 during the rest of the first day, with both men reaching their centuries. Warner was the first man to get there, his 23rd in test cricket, and his partner then followed suit, so that, at the end of the first day, Australia had reached 302 1, with Warner unbeaten on 166, and Labuschagne undefeated on 126.

The pair added a further 67 on the second morning until, when their partnership had reached 361, Labuschagne was bowled by Afridi for 162. He had struck 22 fours.

Warner meanwhile had reached his double century, and, together with Steve Smith, added a further 121, before Smith was caught behind off Shaheen for 36. However, Warner, then reached his first triple century, putting on a further 99 with Matthew Wade, before Australia declared on 589 3 declared. Warner had reached 335 not out at the end, having struck one six and 39 fours, whilst Wade was unbeaten on 38.

In reply, Pakistan soon lost Imam ul-Haq, caught by Warner at slip off Mitchell Starc, and then Azhar Ali, caught in the slips by Smith, with Pat Cummins the bowler this time. And then Josh Hazlewood got amongst the wickets by having Shan Masood caught behind. Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq added 31, but then Starc picked up three more wickets, all caught behind. First he accounted for Shafiq for 9, then Iftikhar Ahmed for 10, followed by Mohammad Rizwan.

At close of play on the second day Pakistan were 96 6, with Babar 43 not out. That meant they still trailed by 493 runs on the first innings with just 4 wickets still in hand.

However, Babar and Yasir Shah led a fightback with a stand of 105 on the third morning, until Babar was caught behind off Starc for 97. He had struck 11 fours. Shaheen was lbw first ball, but Yasir and Mohammad Abbas then put on 87 for the ninth wicket before Abbas was out for 26, caught by Warner, with Cummins the bowler. Mohammad Musa scored 12 before Yasir was the last man out for 111, Lyon supplying the catch, with Cummins again the bowler. He had struck 13 sixes.

Pakistan had been bowled out for 302, with Starc taking 6 for 66, and Cummins 3 for 83.

That gave Australia, who enforced the follow-on, a lead of 287 on first innings, and they soon had Pakistan in trouble in their second innings. Imam was lbw to Hazlewood, Azhar was caught by Smith off Starc, and then Cummins had Babar caught behind, At close of play, Pakistan were 39 3, still trailing by 248 runs with 7 wickets still standing.

Masood and Shafiq added 84 to the overnight score on Monday, before Masood perished for 68, caught by Starc off the bowling of Nathan Lyon. Shafiq and Iftikhar added 31, before Shafiq also fell to the spin of Lyon for 57, Warner this time supplying the catch. Then it was the turn of Iftikhar and Rizwan to combine, and the pair shared a stand of 47, which was broken when Iftikhar was out for 27, another victim of Lyon, Labuschagne with the catch.

Lyon then had Yasir lbw and Shaheen caught by Hazlewood, as Australia closed in on victory. Rizwan was the penultimate wicket to fall, bowled by Hazlewood for 45,before Abbas was run out by Cummins. Pakistan had been bowled out for 239.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer
@suneerchowdhary ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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