PAK vs AUS: Marnus goes wild over runout stunner as Carey makes another blunder

PAK vs AUS: Marnus goes wild over runout stunner as Carey makes another blunder

A stunning Marnus Labuschagne runout has at least given Australia something to cheer on day to of the first Test as Pakistan batted the tourists further into the ground.

Pak Vs Aus: Marnus Goes Wild Over Runout Stunner As Carey Makes Another Blunder

Pakistan is 4-442 with Mohammad Rizwan on 8 and Iftikhar Ahmed on 0.

The last wicket to fall was that of Azhar Ali, who was caught playing an audacious reverse sweep to Labuschagne on 185.

Before Ali, Babar Azam was runout with a stunning piece of fielding by Labuschagne. Labuschagne collecting the ball with one hand and with little more than one stump to aim at, threw down the stumps at the non-striker’s end with Babar just short of his crease.

Labuschagne celebrated the wicket wildly, trying his best to inject some energy into the Aussies who have toiled away in the field.

Moments later, Alex Carey dropped Mohammad Rizwan on 0, making it his second dropped catch of the innings.

Earlier, Pat Cummins was the man to finally break the 208-run stand in the second session of day two, trapping Imam in front for 157 with a hint of reverse swing.

Earlier, in another brutal, wicketless session for Australia, a massive opportunity went begging with the tourists failing to review a decision for caught behind on Imam.

Despite an unenthusiastic appeal, Ultra Edge showed a small spike as the ball went past the toe of the bat.

Pat Cummins saw the replay at the ground and whinced in anguish having decided not to take the review, despite having two available.

“It’s like when you’re fielding in the slips and nothing is coming for ages, you start switching off a little bit then something happens, and you’re like, ‘what?’ Rob Key said in commentary. “Then you’ve missed your opportunity.

“Cummins was unmoved. No one had that much interest.”

It would have been Australia’s first wicket in nearly 80 overs of cricket, and Nathan Lyon’s second of the match.

Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis noted that Steve Smith appeared eager to review but was denied.

“Smith was stunned. It was Carey who was not convinced, and he just went straight to the bowler and he said, ‘nah I don’t think he hit it’,” he said.

“But Smith was just surprised that they didn’t take the review.”

In the second session, Australia did the opposite, taking a review for caught behind despite no interest from Carey or Cummins, who bowled the delivery. In the end, Cummins consulted Smith at square leg who shrugged his shoulders before the captain called for the review.

Australia did bowl well in the first session, conceding just 57 runs in the session while there were some signs of reverse swing for Mitchell Starc close to lunch.

Earlier, the spotlight was still on Australia’s lack of a second specialist spinner after part-timers Travis Head, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne all bowled on day one.

Meanwhile, Cameron Green only bowled five overs for the day, with two of them coming inside the final 10 overs of the day.

“There’s no explanation,” a baffled Kerry O’Keeffe said about Australia’s lack of use of Green. “I don’t know why.”

Speaking of the lack of a second spinner, he added: “After day one it looks a mystery because Labuschagne got his leg spinners to bounce and turn, so the absence of Mitchell Swepson might be significant.”

However, the action will undoubtedly be overshadowed by the tragic passing of cricket legend Shane Warne, who died aged 52.

Warne was holidaying in Thailand when his friends found him unresponsive in his villa on Koh Samui, and was pronounced dead at the Thai International Hospital.

His untimely death will be weighing on the minds of the Aussie’s, as they prepare to take the field and attempt to dismiss Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali.

Both teams observed a minute’s silence before play and are wearing black armbands.

Cricket commentator and writer Geoff Lemon said that the day’s play is likely the hardest Australia has faced since the 2018 tour of South Africa in which David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were sent home in disgrace.

“Reckon Australia’s facing their toughest day on the field since day three at Joburg in 2018,” he wrote.

“Emotional, shaken, approaching 300 for one wicket on a deck as flat as they come. At least it’s only 21 degrees.”

TEAMS

Pakistan XI: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah

Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

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  1. March 7, 2022

    […] Marnus Labuschagne reached stumps on 69 and Steve Smith 24, after David Warner used to be bowled through off-spinner Sajid Khan on 68 all over the second one consultation. […]

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