In the second afternoon of the Day-night Test, Pakistan was successful to pitch up their attacks on Australia. The host lost seven wickets for 106 runs reaching a total of 429 by the end of the first inning. The score was substantiated with a striking century from Peter Handscomb and an ingenious 130 from captain Steven Smith. Still Pakistan struck back with Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz. There were adequate movements in the Brisbane pitch that assisted quality pace, bounce and seam attacks. Mohammed Amir achieve a noteworthy number in this match after the hiatus. It was his best figures post his return.
The fourth wicket stand of 170 runs between Smith and Handscomb was the foundation of Australia's score. Smith was playing short and steady pulling the score to a good figure. Running pass his ton, the captain did not hesitate to play more frankly with Pakistan bowlers. He drove the deliveries from Yasir, Wahab as well as Amir until being dismissed by Wahab in an intension to shoot the delivery.
Handscomb, who had a fine century, played with great patience despite his young age. It was the second international test of his budding career. He had the grace of experienced players playing with no pressure even after reaching the 90s. He ran pass 100 shooting the deliveries from Yasir Shah for a Six and a four off Amir. Reaching 105, just after the tea, the player was removed by Wahab Riaz. The inning brought up the maiden century for the new player. Handscomb stood up in contrast to his teammates, who were pushed back into the pavilion after Smith. Nic Maddinson, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc and Jos Hazlewood were all dismissed in a stretch. While, on the other end, he was steering the inning, driving Pakistan bowlers out of the boundaries.
Prior to this, Pakistan also displayed a lack of strong fielding letting Smith a next life in his inning. Yasir came out as an expensive bet for Pakistan on the hands of the young player. Maddinson was in trouble when he confronted the extra pace assisted by the pitch, under the floodlights. Wade and Starc were caught at the slips falling into the trap laid by Amir. The slog was salvaged only by the late century from the young batsman.
Australia played 130.1 overs wrapping the inning with the wicket of Nathan Lyon. Handscomb was followed by a brief partnership from Jackson Bird and Nathan Lyon for 49 runs. It was the final impetus from the Aussies hauling the score to a decent 400 plus figure.
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