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Warner's perfect day
On July 11, 1930, a young 21-year-old scorched the Leeds stadium versus England with his wide array of shots and accumulated 309 in a single day. Such was the glorious batsmanship on display that the Times observed, "To mention the strokes from which he scored most of his runs is to go through the whole range of strokes known to a modern batsman." Sir Donald Bradman finally was dismissed for a splendid 334 by the ever-reliable seamer, Maurcie Tate.
Since then Matthew Hayden has gone past the mark to compose the highest individual score by an Australian in Tests. Mark Taylor also famously declared the innings when he was on 334 versus Pakistan in 1998. Two more decades later, David Andrew Warner explored every nook and cranny of the picturesque Adelaide Oval ground to surpass Bradman's coveted landmark against a beleaguered Pakistan side in the pink ball Test. Warner also had the chance of breaking Brian Lara's long-standing record, but Tim Paine decided to declare with a massive score of 589 for 3. At the Dinner break, the visitors were 3/1, still trailing by a substantial 586.
The second session though would be all about Warner's heroics. The enterprising batsman began the session on 261 and continued to ruthlessly dismantle the visiting side's hapless attack. He drove Shaheen Afridi down the ground to signal his intent and the swept Yasir Shah to the boundary boards. Despite losing Steven Smith at the other end, Warner was unstoppable.
Warner didn't show any nerves when he neared the glittering milestone. Eventually, he completed the landmark by clubbing a pull off Mohammad Abbas. He celebrated the triple century with Imran Tahir-like run and punched the air in sheer delight. Once he reached the mark, he went into top gear, launching Abbas for a four and six. When he went past Bradman's 334, he looked set to cross Lara's record, but Paine decided he had seen enough and opted to declare. Rain is forecast for tomorrow and that could have played a part in the decision. Mitchell Starc then dismissed Imam-ul-Haq to make it a perfect session for the hosts.
Lara's record safe; AUS declare
Warner has gone past the great Don Bradman (334). And Australia have declared at 589 for 3. Hard to believe as Warner had a once-in-a-lifetime chance of breaking the record of Lara. The way he was striking the ball, he might have taken just 30 more deliveries to break the monumental achievement. Yes, rain is forecast for tomorrow but a curious decision nevertheless. The kind of decision that would be debated for a long time.
Anyway, it doesn't take anything away from Warner's splendid and almost chanceless double ton. He flayed the opposition to all corners of the ground and made it look easy. Pakistan's bowlers were largely clueless. He rightly receives a guard of honour as he walks back to the pavilion.
Highest team total in D/N Test
582/3* - AUS vs PAK, Adelaide 2019
579/3d - PAK vs WI, Dubai 2016
514/8d - ENG vs WI, Birmingham 2017
Highest score in D/N Tests
308* David Warner vs PAK, Adelaide Today
302* Azhar Ali vs WI, Dubai 2016
243 Alastair Cook vs WI, Edgbaston 2017
196 Dimuth Karunaratne vs PAK, Dubai 2017
Warner's stunning triple century
DAVID WARNER! The man from Paddington has returned with a bang. He has made heads turn with his blinding brilliance. The southpaw composed his maiden triple century and he is on cloud nine. He goes on a Tahir-like Usain Boult run around the stadium in celebration. The seventh Australian to compile a triple century in Tests.
It has truly been an amazing knock. 37 fours to the fence and at a strike rate of close to 80 - flaying Pakistan's attack to all corners of the ground. He completed the landmark with a pull off Abbas.
Can Warner now reach the summit of batting by going past Lara's record??? He is on the verge of doing something special.
Every wicket feels like an oasis in the midst of Sahara desert. That is how tough it has been for Pakistan in the Test. Afridi, the only bowler from Pakistan to be among the wickets in the Test, took his third scalp when Smith tried to slog the left-armer but could only edge it to the 'keeper. Just 36 for Smith!
Pakistan in disarray
David Warner (261*) took Pakistan's attack to the cleaners as Australia bestrode the opposition in the first session of Day 2 of the pink ball Test in Adelaide. The home side was in an impregnable position at Tea, ending up with 475 for 2.
Warner and his batting partner Marnus Labuschagne had made their intentions clear at the start of the day by taking the aggressive route against Yasir Shah. The legspinner came under severe punishment as the duo unleashed a string of shots - lofts, cuts and pulls. With runs coming thick and fast, Pakistan looked down and out, and were in search of a spark of inspiration. At that stage, Shaheen Afridi provided the breakthrough by castling Labuschagne with the in-seamer, bringing to an end the massive stand of 361. Just that Steven Smith joined hands with Warner to share another sizeable partnership.
Warner soon reached his double ton and continued to flay Pakistan's clueless attack. He even showed swagger by nonchalantly ramping Muhammad Musa over the slip cordon. However, the Test debutant could have dismissed Warner, when he tempted the southpaw to slice at a fuller delivery to gully, but he paid the price for overstepping. Ecstasy followed by more agony. Incidentally, Musa has struggled with the problem of overstepping through the course of the Test.
Warner and Smith then paddled through the good spell from Musa to take the side to the break. The plight of Pakistan's side can be capsulised by the point that 173 runs were scored in the session in just 35 overs. Only Afridi has been among the wickets so far. Meanwhile, Yasir, the main spinner, has gone for more than six runs per over. The visitors would hope to at least pick up a few wickets in the post-Tea session.
Another milestone for Smith
Meanwhile, Smith has reached 7000 Test runs - only the 11th Australian to do so. More importantly, the man averages a staggering 64.21! How many runs would he end up with? Any chance of catching up with Tendulkar?
Ecstasy and agony for Musa
NO BALL! Another debutant, another no-ball. This time it is Musa. Warner survives on 226 after chipping straight to gully. Pakistan can't believe it!
A wicket... and Warner's chanceless double
Finally a wicket. Yes a wicket. It felt as if the pair would share a stand of 400 or 500. However, finally Pakistan have something to cheer about. It seamed back in quite a bit from Afridi to castle Labuschagne. End of a superb innings from the number three.
However, Pakistan couldn't stop Warner from composing a chanceless double ton. As expected, he leaps in the air airborne and celebrates the mark. Splendid knock. He has taken Pakistan's attack to the cleaners by exploring all corners of the ground. In fact, Australia are scoring at more than 6 runs per over today.
Labuschagne cracks 150
Warner is closing in on a double ton. Labuschagne has crossed the 150-run mark. The duo is also pummelling the legspinner Yasir with a string of boundaries. Pakistan's fielders can only look heavenwards to wonder when the next wicket would come.
73 overs bowled. 302 for 1. Another day of dominance for Australia. And another day of chastening experience for Pakistan in Australia. Afridi, Abbas, Musa and Yasir were sent on a leather hunt by the duo of Warner and Labuschagne. The only wicket to fall was that of Burns and that too very early in the innings.
Meanwhile, Warner and Labuschagne had a great time with the willow - notching up their respective second Test ton of the ongoing home summer. Can Pakistan make further inroads? Or will the duo continue to put the hapless attack to the sword?
The good news is that there is no rain forecast for the rest of the day and it is bright sunshine in Adelaide.
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