PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
David Warner managed to eclipse his meager Ashes tally in less than two sessions of batting on the way to a cathartic 22nd Test hundred, putting on an opening stand of 222 with the recalled Joe Burns. Burns fell three runs short of his fifth test century. But at number three Aussie batsman Marnus Labuschagne struck his maiden Test century at his home ground, ending the session that primarily belonged to him. He kept the scoreboard running when Warner could not get going at all. After losing the wickets of Warner and Steve Smith, Labushcagne and Matthew Wade stretched Australia's lead to 155, going to Lunch at 395 for 3, consolidating their position in the Test. Through the course of his century, Marnus Labuschagne successfully reviewed an LBW decision against him and had it overturned. Pakistani bowler look helpless in front of Aussie batsmen, Naseem Shah got one wicket and Yasir Shah got two wickets.
Pakistan's bowlers learned their lessons from a deflating second day's play in Brisbane when Australia scored 313 runs and straightened their lines and bowled with a lot of discipline in the opening session. The runs dried up, especially to Warner, who added just three runs to his overnight score of 151 before he fell just before the end of the first hour. Labuschagne, though, kept the scoreboard ticking with a fine mix of attack and caution. Naseem Shah picked up Warner for his maiden Test wicket, for the second time. It was a bouncer that rose into the left-hander, who was caught in a tangle to get the bottom-edge that was caught by the wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan. Smith was getting rid off of a shot bowl and dispatched Yasir Shah for a boundary off his first ball, but had his stumps knocked over. Yasir then had Labuschagne trapped leg-before for 92, but a review from the batsman showed an inside edge.
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