Published on January 3rd, 2017 | by Bhaskar Ganekar0
Phenomenal Warner and Classy Renshaw uplift Australia on day 1
David Warner’s quick fire ton and Matt Renshaw’s debut hundred powers Australia to score big on opening day. It was Renshaw’s debut hundred in test cricket.
The day belongs to both Australian openers as they booked their records in history with hasty and classy tons by David Warner and Matt Renshaw respectively on opening day of third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) .Those centuries totally flatten Pakistan as Australia ended the day on 365 for 3.
Steven Smith, who is playing his 50th Test match, won the toss and elected to bat first. Destructive Warner and Renshaw began Aussies campaign with healthy start. Warner who played a major role in the previous Test at Melbourne, scored rapidly scored before lunch.
He reached his hundred in last over of the first session to register his name in the history books. Warner has joined the elite list of Victor Trumper, Charlie McCartney, Sir Donald Bradman and Majid Khan to score a Test century before lunch on the first day of a Test match.
Renshaw at other end was the perfect foil to Warner, who was rapidly scoring runs. He was eventually dismissed by Wahab Riaz for 113 off just 95 balls. This was also 4th quickest hundred for Australia in Test cricket. A few overs later after Warner’s dismissal, Usman Khawaja tried to an aggressive shot and Sarfraz Ahmed did no mistake behind the wicket. Smith tried to score quickly for 24.
Matt Renshaw continued his inning after tea and scored his maiden test hundred. With singles and doubles he reached his hundred in 201 balls and got a standing ovation from SCG crowd. He is now 3rd youngest opener to score a century for Australia after Achrie Jackson (1929) and Phil Hughes (2009). After his hundred he changed his gear and goes on scoring runs with fours. At the end of day 1, Renshaw remains unbeaten on 167 with 18 fours and Peter Handscomb on 40. Wahab picked 2 wickets for 63 while Yasir got 1 wicket conceding 132 in his 30 overs.