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Australia 302/1 At Stumps Against Pakistan In Adelaide

David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne scored unbeaten centuries as Australia were 302 for one at stumps against Pakistan on the opening day of second cricket test in Adelaide.

PTV Sports is telecasting the day-night match live.

Earlier, Australian Captain Tim Paine won the toss and elected to bat.

Pakistan had a flicker of hope when Joe Burns was out for four, but a Stubborn Warner and Labuschagne dug in and they went to tea at 70 for one.

David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne both plundered back-to-back centuries as Australia stamped their authority on the opening day.

At the close on a rain-interrupted day, the home team were a dominant 302 for one with the pair building an ominous 294-run partnership, leaving Pakistan with a huge battle to stay in touch.

Warner was not out 166 and Labuschagne unbeaten on 126, following on from their 154 and 185 respectively in the first test at Brisbane. Their Adelaide partnership was the highest ever in a day-night test.

Warner completed his 23rd test century and he hit 19 fours so far. Labuschagne smashed 17 boundaries in his 205-ball knock.

Shaheen Shah Afridi took the lone wicket of the day.

Pakistan need to win to square the two-match series. The odds were heavily stacked against them before the game began, having lost 13 consecutive tests in Australia, and their chances are even slimmer now.

Veteran Seamer Mohammad Abbas returned in place of Imran Khan while 16-year-old pace sensation Naseem Shah was rested.

That handed a debut to 19-year-old medium-fast right-Armer Muhammad Musa, but, like in the first test at Brisbane, none of them could tame Warner and Labuschagne, with the ball hardly doing anything under the lights to trouble them.