Australia vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Day 1 — As it happened...
Australia were 288 for three at the close of Day 1 at Brisbane, with skipper Steve Smith unbeaten on 110.
Australia were 288 for three at the close of Day 1 at Brisbane. Skipper Steve Smith was unbeaten on 110 with Peter Handscomb not out 64.
Early on the day, Smith won the toss of the pink-ball first Test against Pakistan and opted to bat first. But the hosts lost two wickets, those of Matt Renshaw for 71 and David Warner for 32 in successive overs, but since then it's a batting show at Woolloongabba. Usman Khawaja (4) was the other wicket.
AUSTRALIA 1st INNINS
Over 90 || Score 288/3 (Steven Smith 110; Peter Handscomb 64)
Aussie captain Steven Smith dominated day 1 of the Australia-Pakistan first Test match at Brisbane. The 27-year-old scored his 16th Test hundred to give the hosts a solid start to the match.
Over 45 | Score 157/3 | (Smith 42*, Handscomb 4*)
After playing a fine innings, Renshaw finally perished at the score of 71 after edging one behind the wicket. Wahab Riaz produced a brilliant ball which landed at perfect length and took an edge of the left-hander's bat. The partnership for the third wicket last for 76 runs. Peter Handscomb is the new man in. Misbah would be extremely happy with the way his bowlers, especially seamers, have bowled today.
MT Renshaw c Sarfraz Ahmed b Wahab Riaz 71 (125b)
Over 35 | Score 109/2 | (Renshaw 50*, Smith 19*)
After Khawaja's departure, both Renshaw and Smith have looked in control of the proceedings. These two have added unbeaten 34 runs for the third-wicket partnership. Australia need these two to stick for a little longer to get back in the match.
Over 25 | Score 75/2 | (Renshaw 36*, Smith 0*)
After Warner and Renshaw added a 50-run stand for the first wicket, Pakistan were back in the match with two quick wickets. Warner was the first batsman to be dismissed after he was trapped in front of the wicket by Mohammad Amir. The ball hit him on the pads in front of the leg-stump as he was looking to work the ball down the leg side but didn't connect. Usman Khawaja was the next man in and he didn't trouble the scorers much and lasted for just seven balls before being dismissed by Yasir Shah. Steve Smith, the skipper, has come to the crease and he needs to rebuild the innings with Renshaw, who has looked mighty impressive so far.
DA Warner lbw b Mohammad Amir 32 (70b)
Over 15 | Score 42/0 | (Warner 20*, Renshaw 21*)
Both the left-handers continue the good work for the hosts. There is a hint of swing for the pacers but they are yet to get the first breakthrough for Pakistan. Palying in his second Test match, Renshaw has looked very convincing at the crease.
Over 5 | Score 20/0 | (Warner 8*, Renshaw 12*)
Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. Both Warner and Renshaw have got the team off to a cautious start. Mohammad Amir and Rahat Ali have opened the proceedings with the ball for Pakistan. There is some swing on offer for the pacers. The Amir vs Warner contest is one to watch out for.
Pakistan have never won a series in Australia and last claimed a test Down Under more than two decades ago but Mickey Arthur`s squad are confident they can end at least one of those droughts over the next four weeks.
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is totally aware about Australian conditions having coached the men in the baggy green from 2011 to his sacking in 2013, and is convinced he has the weapons at his disposal to hurt the hosts.
"If we can adapt to conditions quick enough we’ll be fine," said Arthur, who also led South Africa to their first tour triumph in Australia in 2008.
"I constantly remind the players if we can be getting 270, 280, 300, we’re in the game because we`ve got the ability to take 20 wickets.
Steve Smith and company needs to find back their rhythm after losing a three-match series 1-2 against South Africa recently.
Brisbane: Live cricket score and live updates from Day 1 of the first Test match between Pakistan and Australia. The day-night Test kicks off the first match of the three-match series.