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Steven Smith Ton Guides Australia for Strong Start vs. Pakistan

December 16
10:26 2016

smith1New Delhi, Friday, December 16 – Having David Warner, Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird in the Australian squad and Chadd Sayers on the bench, Steven Smith thought of doing well in opposition to Pakistan, who are on tour to Australia that will come to an end January 26.

Pakistan Playing XI for the first Test includes Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Sami Aslam, Misbah-ul-Haq – the captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali and Asad Shafiq. At the same time, the players in extras are Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Khan, Imran Khan, Mohammad Asghar and Mohammad Rizwan. The Gabba in Brisbane is hosting the opening Test which is going to test abilities of players on different aspects as format is not similar as that of the ODIs or limited over game. Good umpiring is likely from Ian Gould and Richard Illingworth.

Nothing could have been better for the hosts to win the toss and elect to bat first against the opponents in view of the fact that a humongous total on the scoreboard was required to be on a strong side. Australian skipper Smith won the toss and invited Pakistan cricketers to bowl. Obviously, he did not want that the team should receive quick jolts. Since the match began a day ago, it was predicted that the opening batsmen of Australia could create huge trouble for the traveling squad that is popular for having some world-class bowlers. But at the same time, eyes can’t be shut to the fact that being under a phase of transformation, Pakistan are also in learning stage. And this increased possibility of making mistakes. Despite the fact that Australians did not get to see much impressive show from David Warner this time as he got his leg before wicket in M Amir’s over, his contribution of 32 runs off 70 deliveries helped Australia do a descent start. His innings comprised a couple of 4s too.

Matt Renshaw caught the eyes as an opener. After Usman Khawaja’s dismissal by Yasir Shah at a score of 4, which was a boundary,  Renshaw and Steven Smith did an important partnership. It broke after the 20-year-old left-handed opener lost his wicket post pocketing 71 runs in 125 balls, together with nine boundaries thanks to a catch by Sarfraz in Riaz’s over.  Peter Handscomb – the next man to arrive on the crease – also imparted his role in a way that was likely and needed. After 93 overs, Australia have totalled 293 runs for the loss of three wickets. Australian skipper Smith is batting at 115 runs post facing 192 balls. His innings is studded with 16 fours.  Handscomb is batting at 64 runs, which consist of eight boundaries. Those who are yet to bat are Maddinson, Wade, Starc, Hazlewood, Lyon and Bird.

Pakistan captain has gone with the option of five bowlers till now. Those who got one wicket each by now are Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah and Wahab Riaz. Rahat Ali and Azhar Ali yet look forward to wickets. In view of the fact that Australia are gaining foothold, timely dismissals can only save Pakistan and bring them back in the game. With the kind of batting displayed by Smith, it is clear that he is not keen for risky shots when runs are coming easily to him. It would not be wrong to say that Pakistan bowlers are missing the edge to a certain extent that the rivals are able to send the ball towards the boundary line over and over again.

1st session of the Day 2 is crucial. The team doing well here can make the opponents bear the brunt. Since the game has just begun, Pakistan will try to trouble the home squad by bowling in different line and length. Change in pace while delivering the ball might allow the touring side get a few wickets, which could change the entire story further. As of now, the major challenge in front of Pakistan is to stop Smith and Handscomb from accumulating runs, which would allow them turn their innings bigger. It has been a bit long when Pakistan did not get any wicket. Any further partnerships will do nothing but add to trouble.

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