Australia vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 1: Warner’s Exit Stifles Aussie Solid Start


In the ongoing second Test between Australia and Pakistan, the first day showcased a mixed bag for the hosts. Despite a promising beginning, the departure of opener David Warner for 38 just before lunch narrowed Australia’s position to 90-1. Meanwhile, Usman Khawaja stood firm at 36 not out, guiding the team through a challenging phase.

Early Toss Decision and Playing Conditions

Pakistan’s skipper Shan Masood won the toss and chose to bowl first, capitalizing on a pitch seemingly favorable for seamers due to overcast weather and prior heavy rain. Led by Shaheen Shah Afridi, the Pakistani bowling attack exhibited considerable movement but missed crucial opportunities, notably dropping Warner twice early in his innings.

Warner’s Fortunes and Australia’s Intent

Warner, who previously scored a massive 164 in the first Test, encountered luck with a dropped catch and an edged shot that narrowly evaded fielders for a boundary. Australia, maintaining the same lineup from the prior Test, aimed to secure the series following their dominant 360-run victory in Perth.

Team Compositions and Changes

While Australia stuck with their previous XI, Pakistan made three alterations, with Mohammad Rizwan taking over wicketkeeping duties from Sarfaraz Ahmed. Additionally, injured Khurram Shahzad and Faheem Ashraf were replaced by Mir Hamza and Hasan Ali, creating an all-pace bowling attack without a specialist spinner.

Lineups for the Second Test

Australia XI

David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (capt), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Pakistan XI

Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Shan Masood (capt), Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Mir Hamza, Aamer Jamal

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