AUS vs PAK 2nd Test Match 26-12-2023

An obstinate Marnus Labuschagne endured a hardship to assist with directing Australia to 187/3 on a downpour upset first day of the season of the second Test in Melbourne on Tuesday against an examining and strong Pakistan assault.

At stumps, Labuschagne was unbeaten on a frosty 44 off 120 balls, and Travis Head was batting on nine after almost three hours of play was lost to rain.

Pakistan’s bowlers tracked down a lot of development in the cloudy circumstances and were compensated with the wickets of David Warner (38), Usman Khawaja (42) and Steve Smith (26).

Yet, a patient Labuschagne was relentless as the host hope to seal the three-Test series in the wake of pounding the guest by 360 runs in Perth.

Pakistan commander Shan Masood won the throw and selected to bowl first on a pitch fit to the seamers. Led by Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan bowled a decent length and tracked down early swing, with Warner dropped on two by Abdullah Shafique, who put down a guideline get at second slip.

Warner, who made 164 in the first innings at Perth in quite a while goodbye Test series, was likewise lucky to pull off an edge that cruised over the slips for a limit on 17.

His karma ran out with a rash shot off parttime spinner Agha Salman in the last over before lunch, with Babar Azam holding a catch at sneak off a thick external edge.

Warner’s long-lasting opening accomplice Khawaja has been entangled in a debate with the Global Cricket Gathering (ICC) over how he can get thoughtfulness regarding the compassionate emergency Gaza.

He was denied a bid to show a sticker showing a dark pigeon holding a peace offering on his bat and on second thought played with the names of his girls on his shoes.

The 37-year-old hit a limit off the second ball he confronted and looked bound for a major score before speedster Hasan Ali, back in the group in the wake of being disregarded for Perth, drew an edge that Salman took well in the slips to leave Australia on 108/2.

With foreboding shadows above, the lights were turned on mid-evening with Labuschagne and Smith in endurance mode as the bowlers turned the screws before the downpour showed up.

The circumstances ultimately cleared and play continued before a scanty group, with a significant number of the 62,000 fans surrendering and returning home. Smith and Labuschagne kept on playing protectively, with runs difficult to find.

Labuschagne at long last feeling better some tension when Aamer Jamal was welcomed on, hitting his first limit in quite a while, with the smile all over recounting a story.

It was comparably painfully slow for Smith, who was given out leg before wicket on 19 after a major yell from Afridi, yet a survey showed the ball going high.

He was less lucky against Jamal before long. The umpire disregarded an allure from wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan for a catch, however Pakistan looked into, and it showed a weak edge, finishing a 147-ball organization.