Centurions Warner and Renshaw put Australia in control

first_imgDAVID Warner created history in destructive fashion and fellow-opener Matt Renshaw hit his first century as Australia dominated against Pakistan on day one of the final Test in Sydney.Record-breaking Warner blasted his way to a ton before lunch and Renshaw got in on the act in contrasting fashion to lead the Aussies – 2-0 up in the three-match series – to 365-3 at stumps yesterday.Warner scored 113 runs in a devastating display of batting, with his 100 coming off just 78 deliveries, which saw him become the first player to bring up a century in the first session of a Test in Australia.Not to be overshadowed, 20-year-old Renshaw – part of a drastic overhaul to the team heading into the third Test against South Africa in November – produced a performance beyond his tender years for his maiden Test century in his fourth match, ending the day unbeaten on 167 alongside Peter Handscomb (40).Steve Smith won the toss and the Australia captain had no hesitation sending his team in to bat on a SCG wicket expected to deteriorate throughout the match.And Warner made the most of the favourable conditions as he put Pakistan to the sword from the outset.Warner made his intentions known early, hitting 30 off 19 balls and that tally quickly grew to 51 from 41 deliveries inside the opening hour of play.Renshaw took a back seat at the other end as Warner became the first Australian since Donald Bradman in 1930 to score a century before lunch on day one of a Test.Warner – who found the boundary 17 times – added 13 runs after lunch before he edged a Wahab Riaz (2-63) delivery through to Sarfraz Ahmed.Wahab struck again in the second session, dismissing Pakistan-born batsman Usman Khawaja for 13 following a loose shot, but that is as good as it got for the tourists.Renshaw picked his shots as he brought up his three-figure landmark after tea, having seen Smith (24) fall victim to Yasir Shah’s turn, and he got better as the sun eventually set on a near-perfect day for Australia.AUSTRALIA 1st inningsM. Renshaw not out 167D. Warner c S. Ahmed b Riaz 113U. Khawaja c S. Ahmed b Riaz 13S. Smith c S. Ahmed b Shah 24P. Handscomb not out 40Extras: (b-2, lb-1, nb-4, w-1) 8Total: (for 3 wickets, 88 overs) 365Fall of wickets: 1-151, 2-203, 3-244.Bowling: M. Amir 16-1 58-0, I. Khan 17-3-81-0 (nb-2), W. Riaz 19-4-63-2 (nb-2, w-1), Y. Shah 30-2- 32-1, Az. Ali 4-0-16-0, A. Shafiq 2-0-12-0.last_img read more