Warner, Labuschagne frustrate Pakistan in Adelaide


David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne continued their torment of Pakistan’s bowlers as they drove Australia to 236 for one in 60 overs on the opening day of the second test at Adelaide Oval on Friday.

Warner 123 not out, with Labuschagne on 104 are leading the charge for Australia in the first day-night match at the venue.

The pair is handling the pink ball superbly in their unbroken 228-run stand after they resumed following a long rain break after tea.

Pakistan’s hopes of restricting Australia to a modest total blackened in the twilight, as their re-jigged pace attack rarely threatened the batsmen’s defenses.

Azhar Ali’s side also struggled in the field, with Warner’s half-century secured with a touch of farce as he earned six runs when a wild throw at the stumps split the covering fielders and raced to the boundary.

Labuschagne brought up the sixth half-century of his blossoming test career with a sumptuous late cut for four off 19-year-old debutant paceman Muhammad Musa.

Seamer Shaheen Afridi had opener Joe Burns caught behind for four in the fourth over after Australian captain Tim Paine won the toss and chose to bat.

It was otherwise a barren afternoon for Pakistan, who were thrashed by an innings and five runs in the first test at the Gabba.

Musa received his first test cap from Pakistan great Wasim Akram before the start of play, having replaced 16-year-old prodigy, Naseem Shah.

Imran Khan was also dropped in favor of more experienced quick Mohammad Abbas, who was surprisingly left out of the Brisbane test but did little early in Adelaide to reward the selectors’ faith.

Top-order batsman Imam-ul-Haq returned in place of Haris Sohail.