Melbourne: Pakistan Cricket is currently playing on tour in Australia. Australia won the first match of the 3-match Test cricket series between the two teams in Perth by 360 runs. Meanwhile, the 2nd Test between the two teams started yesterday in Melbourne.
In this ‘Boxing Day’ match, Pakistan won the toss and chose to field. 62,167 fans thronged the stadium to watch the match. David Warner and Usman Khawaja gave a calm start to the Australian team who opened the batting. Abdullah Shafiq misses a catch from Shaheen Shah Afridi in the first ball when Warner is on 2 runs. Pakistan bowlers took advantage of the moisture in the air and the nature of the pitch to put pressure on the Australian batsmen with swing and consistent pace.
However, wickets fell at regular intervals and the Australian team was unable to give any additional pressure. David Warner was dismissed for the first wicket with 90 runs added in 27.1 overs. He had scored 38 runs off 83 balls with 3 fours when Agha tried to bowl Salman’s off side. But the ball came up with a consistent height and was caught by Babar Azam at first slip.
Shortly after, Usman Khawaja caught Agha Salman, who was standing in the direction of the 2nd wicket, on a ball thrown by Hasan Ali. Usman Khawaja scored 42 runs off 101 balls with 5 fours. After this, Steve Smith, joined by Marnesh Labuchen, focused on the tackle. Australia scored 114 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 42.4 overs and the match was stopped due to rain.
After about 3 hours the game started again. Steve Smith, who was batting calmly, scored 26 runs off 75 balls with 2 boundaries when Amir Jamal was caught by the wicketkeeper Mohammed Rizwan. After the umpire initially refused to give out, Pakistan appealed and dismissed Smith. Steve Smith added 46 runs for the 3rd wicket along with Labusche.
At the end of the first day’s play, Australia scored 187 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 66 overs. Marnish Labuschagne was unbeaten on 44 off 120 balls with 3 boundaries and Travis Head was unbeaten on 19 balls with 9 runs. Agha Salman, Hasan Ali and Amir Jamal took one wicket each in Pakistan’s batting.
Australia started the match on the second day and were bowled out for 318 runs. Pakistan team has scored 18 runs in 8 overs.