At stumps on Day One of the third Commonwealth Bank Test against Pakistan at Sydney, Australia ended on 365 for three with opener Matt Renshaw batting on 167 of 275 balls and Peter Handscomb 40 off 80 balls.
A sloppy fielding from Pakistan allowed easy runs to the hosts and eventually it became an uphill task for the bowlers to stop run flow.
Playing an anchor’s role, the 20-year-old Aussie opener Matt Renshaw brought up his maiden Test century on 201st delivery in his fourth overall Test when he tucked the ball off the back foot to snatch a quick single off the bowling of leg-spinner Yasir Shah. The crowd at SCG stood up on their feet to acknowledge his effort.
Meanwhile, English umpire Richard Illingworth had to reverse his LBW decision when opener Matt Renshaw was batting on 137 after replays clearly showed an edge before ball brushed the pad.
In the 72nd over wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmad missed the stumping chance of Peter Handscomb off the bowling of leg-spinner Yasir Shah when the later was batting on 9.
Australian skipper Smith was caught by Sarfraz after scoring 24 of 20 deliveries. It was Yasir Shah’s only success on day one.
Middle-order batsman Usman Khawaja, who struggled in this innings, could score only 13 off 40 balls before being caught by gloveman Sarfraz off Wahab’s bowling who picked 2 wickets in 19 overs after conceding 63 runs which included 4 maidens.
Earlier, on the very bright and sunny morning, Australian skipper Steven Smith won the toss and elected to bat first against visitors.
The morning session was all about Australian opener David Warner’s blitzkrieg (113 off 95) as he notched the 78-ball century in 118 minutes after flaying Pakistan bowlers while piercing the defensive fielding at the SCG to set his name into the record books.
On home soil, Warner became first Australian to cross triple figure mark in the first session of a Test on Day One in 140 years of Test cricket down under.
Warner joined his countrymen Don Bradman, Charlie Macartney and Victor Trumper as he became only the third batsman to score the hundred in the opening session of the Test.
Among those to have achieved the feat, the Australian Trumper scored 103 (104 out) in Manchester against England in 1902, Charlie Macartney scored 112 (151) in Leeds in 1926 and Bradman scored 105 before lunch on Day one. Don went to score 334 in Leeds in 1930.
The last player before Warner to score a hundred before lunch on day 1 was former Pakistan batsman Majid Khan who achieved the feat in 1976 in Karachi after scoring 108 against New Zealand.
While scoring 18th Test hundred, the 30-year-old explosive left-hander’s century was the fastest ever at the SCG and his third at his home ground in as many Tests he played for the national side.
Warner and his partner Matt Renshaw shared a 151-run opening stand to expose Pakistan bowling attack before Warner was caught by wicket-keeper Sarfraz on the bowling of Wahab Riaz as his finest knock included 17 boundaries.
In the earliest hundred in the 1st innings of a Test since 2001 in terms of overs, Warner became the second batsman after India’s former flamboyant opener Virender Sehwag, who got his ton in 25.3 overs in 2006 against West Indies at St. Lucia.
At the stroke of lunch, Warner got to his impressive century in 26.2 overs after running a three.
The Aussie vice-captain has revealed that he was playing his natural game before being told by his team doctor Peter Brukner about the remarkable achievement.
Onto the team news now as in pursuit of the whitewash, Australia gave a chance to all-rounder Hilton Cartwright to debut at SCG.
On a track which expected to turn, left-arm spinner Stephen O’Keefe joined Nathan Lyon to make things pretty tough for Pakistan in the later part of the game.
On the other side, Pakistan handed a debut to left-handed Sharjeel Khan replacing Sami Aslam in the side. The right-arm fast bowler Imran Khan came in place of Sohail Khan.
The hosts already have an unassailable 2-0 lead against Pakistan after victories at Gabba and Melbourne.
First Innings Australia 365 for 3 in 88 Overs.
Matt Renshaw (167* 275 balls)
David Warner (113 off 95 balls)
Wahab Riaz (2 for 63)
Australia XI: Warner, Renshaw, Khawaja, Smith (C), Handscomb, Cartwright, Wade (wk), Starc, O’Keefe, Hazlewood and Lyon
Pakistan XI: Azhar, Sharjeel, Babar, Younis, Misbah (c), Shafiq, Sarfraz, Amir, Wahab, Yasir and Imran