David Warner Smashes Second Fastest Half-Century In Test Cricket
David Warner continued his majestic form and belligerent style of play in the third and final Test against Pakistan as this time the opener slammed a half-century off just 23 deliveries, just two balls short of the world record of Misbah-ul-Haq-which he made against Australia at Abu Dhabi in the year 2014.
David Warner adopted an aggressive style of play right from the first delivery of the game as the left-handed batsman started the innings with a four on the first ball of Australia’s innings. For next eight balls, Warner scored just two runs and then came the moment when Warner shifted gears, as he reached his 23rd fifty with a six off Yasir Shah.
He was looking more dangerous but Warner missed a delivery from Wahab Riaz completely and it went on to take Warner’s off-stump bails along with it. Warner’s innings helped Aussies to declare the innings on a score of 241/2 after playing just 32 overs in the second innings. A glorious start provided by him helped Aussie to run towards a score of 241 in these much overs.
Warner played the same way in the first innings as well. He became the fifth batsman in history of Test cricket to score a century in the first session of the Test match. His impact can be known by the fact that in first wicket partnership of 141 between Warner and Matt Renshaw, Warner’s contribution was 113 off just 95 deliveries. His aggressive style of play in both the innings helped Australia gain control over the game as now Australia needs nine wickets on the final day to win the game whereas Pakistan needs 410 more runs to win the game.
Australia’s chances of winning the game looks quite even now. The best thing Pakistan can do is to push the game for a draw.
Here is the list Of Fastest Half century in Test cricket:
|Misbahul-Haq||21 balls vs Australia, 2014/15|
|David Warner||23 balls vs Pakistan, 2016/17|
|Jacques Kallis||24 balls vs Zimbabwe, 2004/05|
|Shane Shillingford||25 balls vs New Zealand, 2014|
|Shaid Afridi||26 balls vs India, 2004/05|
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