Marnus Labuschagne inspires Australia to first Test victory over Pakistan

Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner produced brilliant batting performances to help Australia go 1-0 up in the opening game of the two-match series played at The Gabba in Brisbane. Host Australia registered a comprehensive win by an innings and five runs and continued unbeaten streak at The Gabba.

After opting to bat first, Pakistan got off to decent start as Azhar Ali and Shan Masood added 75 runs for the opening wicket. Once the openers departed, the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals. Asad Shafiq produced a valiant half-century and found adequate support from Mohammad Rizwan and Yasir Shah to see Pakistan post 240 runs on the board in their first innings.

The star performer of the innings for the visitors was middle-order Asad Shafiq, who scored 76 off 134 balls with the help of seven boundaries. Captain Azhar Ali and wicket-keeper Mohammad also chipped in with crucial scores for the side.

For Australia, left-arm quick Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowler as he claimed figures of 4 of 52 in 18.2 overs. Pat Cummins also claimed three wicket, whereas Josh Hazlewood claimed to wicket.

Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner smashed big centuries to help Australia beat Pakistan in the 1st Test played at Brisbane.

In reply, Australia got off to a flying start as opening pair of David Warner and Joe Burns put on a 222-run partnership for the first wicket. Hometown hero Joe Burns played well and fell three runs short of a century. He scored 97 runs off 166 balls with the help of ten boundaries.

Opening batsman David Warner looked in excellent form with the bat and scored his runs at a brisk rate. He notched up his 22nd ton in Test cricket for Australia. Warner scored 154 runs off 296 balls with the help of 10 boundaries. Left-hander Warner put on a 129-run partnership with Marnus Labuschagne to see Australia take control of the Test match.

Marnus Labuschagne once again delivered runs for the side in this Test-match.  The right-handed batsman went on to win the score his maiden century for Australia in Test cricket. He added crucial partnerships with Matthew Wade, Travis Head and Tim Paine to see Australia post a daunting total of 580 runs in their first innings.

Labuschagne finished the innings with the top-score of 185 runs off 279 balls with the help of 20 boundaries. Matthew Wade chipped in with 60 off 97 balls with the help of seven fours and one six.

In the second innings, Pakistan put in a credible batting performance and were bowled out for 335 runs in 84.2 overs. Babar Azam was the standout performer for the side and scored a splendid century for Pakistan. He finished the innings with the top-score of 104 runs off 173 balls with the help of 13 boundaries. Wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan also played and scored 95 runs off 145 balls with the help of ten boundaries. Tail-ender Yasir Shah scored 42 off 55 balls.

For Australia, Pacer Josh Hazlewood was the best bowler on show, as he claimed four, whereas pacer Mitchell Starc claimed three wickets.

For his maiden Test century for Australia, Marnus Labuschagne was named player of the match.

 

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