David Warner delivered a batting masterclass to help Australia beat Pakistan in the second and final game of the series at Adelaide Oval.
The match started with the Australian captain Tim Paine winning the toss and opting to bat first in overcast conditions. His decision looked spot as David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne delivered the goods with the bat. Despite losing Joe Burns early in the innings, Warner put on a mammoth 361-run partnership with Labuschagne to see Australia dominate the proceedings.
David Warner registered his career-best performance with the bat for Australia. He was the standout performer for Australia in the batting department and smashed 335 not out off 418 balls with the help of 39 boundaries. Warner was well supported by Labuschagne, who scored his second century of the series. He scored 162 runs off 238 balls with the help of 22 fours. Steven Smith and Matthew Wade chipped in with decent score.
Due to Warner’s monumental 335 runs, Australia posted a big score of 589 for 3 in 127 overs. Tim Paine declared the innings to allow his pacers make early inroads with the new-ball.
In reply, Pakistan were reduced to 89 for 6, courtesy splendid bowling performance from Mitchell Starc. Babar reminded everyone of his class and added 105 run partnership with Yasir Shah to lead fightback for the visitors. Babar Azam played exceedingly well but fell three runs shorts of century. He played well and scored 97 off 132 balls with the help of 11 boundaries.
Despite losing Babar Azam, tail-ender Yasir Shah played with a lot of guts and determination. He put on a 87-run partnership with Mohammad Abbas to see Pakistan take score past 300 runs.
Yasir Shah went on to score his maiden ton in Test cricket as Pakistan were bundled out for 302 runs in 94.4 overs. Shah finished the innings with top-score of 113 runs off 213 balls with the help of eight boundaries.
Captain Tim Paine decided to enforce the follow-on to see Pakistan come out to bat for the second time in this Test.
Host Australia register a mammoth win over Australia in the second Test played at Adelaide Oval.
For Australia, pacer Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowler as he claimed six wickets, whereas Pat Cummins claimed three wickets.
In the second innings, Australia had a horrid start as Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam and Azhar Ali fell for single-digit scores. But Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq fought hard and put on a decent partnership to see Australian bowlers work hard for their wickets. Shan Masood gave his wicket away as he was dismissed by off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
Opener Shan Masood finished the innings with the top-score of 68 runs off 127 balls with the help of eight fours and one six, whereas Asad Shafiq chipped in with 57 off 112 balls. Wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan also scored 45 runs but it wasn’t enough as Pakistan were bowled out for 239 runs in 82.2 overs to see Australia complete a clean sweep in the Test series.
For Australia, off-spinner Nathan Lyon was the star once again as he claimed figures of 5 for 69 in his 25 overs. Pacer Josh Hazlewood bowled well and claimed three wickets in the second innings.
For splendid triple century, David Warner was named player of the match. With 489 runs to his name in this series, David Warner was named man of the series.