Test cricket: Top 5 performers of the day
The classic form of Test cricket has started in full swing in different parts of the world. As the humidity has started to congeal in the Indian subcontinent cricket has started in full swing while in Australia the summer series started as the Trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand faced each other at Brisbane.
Meanwhile, in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan kept their invincible record for the last eight years safe as they defeated England by 127 runs at Sharjah to win the series 2-0 margin.
Here the day’s top five performers who entertained us with their rollicking performances:
1) Shoaib Malik
The Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik, who scored double hundred in the first Test at Abu Dhabi after a getting a Test call after a gap of five years, bid test cricket adieu. But, Malik, who played 35 Tests for Pakistan decided to hang his boots to concentrate more on shorter formats, ended his Test career being a hero as he took 7 wickets in the match. In the first innings, he took four and in the second he took three that helped Pakistan to win the second Test and clinch the Test series to stretch their unbeaten record on adopted home UAE for the last eight years.
2) David Warner
The Australian left-handed opener played a superb 163 runs innings against New Zealand in the first Test at Brisbane. His century against the World Cup runners-up was comprised of 19 boundaries and 1 six. The fascinating thing about Warner’s innings was that he played only 224 balls. He also built a 161 runs first innings partnership with Joe Burns that helped Australia to get a first-day advantage. Warner made New Zealand bowlers look pedestrian.
3) Yasir Shah
The “wonderful leg spinner” has become the fastest to take 76 wickets in Test cricket. Australian spin legend Shane Warner recently ushered praise on him. In the Sharjah Test, Shah gave the first breakthrough to Pakistan and took the last wicket of England in the fourth innings to win the second test by 127 runs at Sharjah that helped Pakistan to win the Test series by 2-0. Shah, who yet to get any man of the match award in a Test match, has been adjudged Man of the series for his 15 wickets haul in the three-match series.
The Pakistani origin Australian top order batsman Usman Khawaja notched up a sensational hundred, which is the first Test hundred of his career in nine Test. Khawaja has gone back to dressing room unbeaten as the Brisbane spectators give him a standing ovation. Khawaja’s 133 ball hundred was comprised of 10 boundaries and 2 sixes. His hundred put Australia on driving seat of the match. Australia ended the day 389 for 2 with captain Steve Smith is batting on 41 and Khawaja on 102.
5) Dean Elgar
The South African opening batsman have done a remarkable job with his left arm spin. He has taken four wickets to restrict India in 201, a paltry total for a home team. Elgar’s first victim was Cheteshwar Pujara. The other three are Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha and Amit Mishra.
The best part of his spin was uncertainty. Some of his deliveries were taking turns while others were sharp straighters. A part-time spinner, about whom Indian batsmen were unaware, has tormented India. Elgar possibly has done a job of the specialist leg-spinner Imran Tahir, whom captain Hashim Amla has brought later in the action. It was the gamble but an out of box idea that clean bowled India virtually.