Australia sets off a dominant second inning at SCG

 . Last updated on January 6, 2017, 2:15 PM
Australia sets off a dominant second inning at SCG
David Warner scored 55 with a strike rate of 203.70 in fourth day test at Sydney.
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By the Tea break on the fourth day in SCG, Australia was on 117 for 1. Usman Khawaja was batting at 30 and captain Steven Smith knocked 25 steering the inning. The team is already in lead after the bowlers toppled Pakistan's middle and lower order leaving aside Younis Khan. The batsmen remained unbeaten in the inning scoring a massive 175 runs in a similar strike to his teammate. However, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood attacked the other players to end the visitor's inning in 315. Steven Smith's choice of the bowlers brought up good colors when Yasir Shah and Imran Khan were taken down in a single over by Hazlewood.

Prior to the ending slog, Pakistan's inning had a moderate pace with the opening batsmen playing tough games. Azhar Ali, the opener, scored 71 runs playing for more than 50 overs. Day 4 started with the over-night score of 272 for 8 wickets for Pakistan. On strike were Younis Khan and Yasir Shah. Khan resumed with 136 runs from the previous day. The early overs were disrupted by rain and the play could resume only after the lunch. Khan had his 150 runs off 301 balls while Shah struggled with the seam deliveries. After about 11 overs in the day, Pakistan reached the 300 mark still lagging Australia by more than 200 runs. Finally, as the 10th wicket, Imran Khan, was dismissed, the visitors had to surrender the chase.

David Warner and Usman Khawaja started the next inning with strong strike. There were no worries for Australia and the players began to knock heavy. Warner had the half century off just 23 balls. The momentum in the inning could be guessed through the instance when Australia reached 50 in just 6.5 overs. Warner batted only for 8.4 overs to take 55 runs. In the short stretch, he smashed 8 fours and 3 sixes. Similar was the strike of Usman Khawaja, who was playing with more composure. Warner was bowled by Wahab Riaz, when he tried to knock another boundary sending in captain Steven Smith into the crease.

Smith and Khawaja pulled up the score to 100 runs in 15.5 overs. The strike rate was more than 100 in the stretch. In the first inning, Australia successfully dominated Pakistan scoring 538 runs. Although the inning was disrupted by rain, the players kept on their strong grip over the pitch knocking high scores. Three batsmen scored centuries in the inning including the knock of 184 from debutant Matt Renshaw. Australia won two previous tests in the series, which included the Boxing Day match. The third test has apparently turned in favor of the host.


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