About the Match
An absolutely sensational day for Australia as David Warner rattled off a century before lunch, Matt Renshaw scored his first century and the team scored at 4.14 over the course of 90 overs to well and truly knock Pakistan out.
Is there any way back for the Pakistanis?
Day 2 Preview
Australia is already sitting pretty at 365 for the loss of three wickets and the well-set pair of Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb at the crease. The Pakistani bowlers were flogged to every which part of the ground and it was only Wahab Riaz that posed any real threat to the batsmen.
Misbah once again failed to show any plan in the face of some admittedly awesome batting and Pakistan will seriously need to take into account if the old warhorse has the desire needed to lead his team in tough circumstances.
From the position that Australia is in, a total in excess of 550 seems to be a safe bet.
Hilton Cartwright and Mathew Wade still have to bat in this inning both of whom are accomplished batsmen followed by an extremely capable lower order.
Matt Renshaw will also be looking to convert his hundred into a double hundred. If he survives the first half-hour of the day then punters can look to back him for a big double hundred, maybe even in excess of 230.
Peter Handscomb, who currently averages 83 from a very short career, is also looking very comfortable at the crease and possibly in line for his second test hundred.
Australia will want to bat out the day until the last hour or so and then have a go at the Pakistani batsmen.
For Pakistan, the inclusion of Imran Khan in place of Sohail Khan did not turn out well as the youngster went for 4.76 runs per over in the seventeen overs he bowled without taking a wicket. Yasir Shah got some appreciable turn and troubled the batsmen occasionally but his threat was nullified by excellent use of the crease by the Aussies.
He, along with, Wahab Riaz look the most likely to get wickets. We personally would back the leg-spinner to be the highest wicket-taker in the innings, just because of the sheer advantage he will have in the number of overs he bowls.
Pakistan will be facing a mountain of runs when they get to bat and it will be interesting to see what sort of impact Sharjeel Khan has on the match. Khan, who has replaced Sami Aslam for this match, has a weak technique and often gets away with the some truly outrageous shots in the limited over games.
He can be devastating on his day but we are confident in predicting he will not pass 30 in his first test innings of this tour.
Australia has already put itself in a position of such strength that Pakistan would need to put in a magical batting performance to even come close. We think that the likelihood of this match going into the fifth day is less and Australia is all but certain to win