|AUS vs WI, 2nd Test: Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head hit tons of to flatten West Indies on Day 1|
2nd Test: Labuschagne, Head tons of put Australia in dominant place vs WI on Day 1(AP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head hit magnificent tons of to place Australia in a dominant place towards West Indies on the opening day of the second Test at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
Labuschagne and Head stitched a 199-run stand to assist Australia to 330/3 on day one of many second Test. Labuschagne scored his third century in as many innings towards West Indies and was 120 not out at Adelaide Oval.
Head was 114 not out after making his first Test century on his dwelling floor within the day-night match.
Both groups made injury-enforced adjustments following Australia’s 164-run win within the collection opener in Perth final weekend. Marquino Mindley, one in all three adjustments for the depleted West Indies, left the sector with a hamstring pressure after bowling simply two overs on debut.
The Australians acquired on prime early after stand-in captain Steve Smith received the toss and opted to bat first.
Usman Khawaja shared a 34-run opening stand with David Warner (21) and 95 with Labuschagne for the second wicket earlier than his dismissal for 62 triggered the one slight wobble in Australia’s innings.
Part-time seamer Devon Thomas was the unlikely bowler to interrupt the second-wicket stand, trapping Khawaja lbw from across the wicket on the primary ball of the forty second over.
Khawaja was given out and instantly reviewed the choice, however the third umpire confirmed the dismissal and Australia was 129-2.
In the subsequent over, former skipper Jason Holder took a return catch off his personal bowling to dismiss Smith for a duck as Australia misplaced two wickets for 2 runs in 11 deliveries.
But Labuschagne and Head counter-attacked in fast time, restoring Australia’s dominance.
Labuschagne reduce Thomas to the purpose boundary to boost his tenth century in his thirtieth Test, and third in succession on this collection following his 204 and 104 not out in Perth.
Head was subsequent, reaching triple figures for the fifth time in a check with a pushed boundary by mid-off, persevering with his dominance by the off-side. His century got here off 125 deliveries and included 10 boundaries.
West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite cycled by seven bowlers in pursuit of a wicket on a pitch that favored the bat, with solely Joseph (1/81), Holder (1/42), and Thomas (1/43) getting any rewards.