There was absolutely no stopping David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne in the ongoing Test series between Australia and Pakistan. The two hit back-to-back hundreds in Gabba and the ongoing day-night Test in Adelaide. At the end of day one, the hosts were completely in the driver’s seat with the scoreboard reading an ominous 302 for 1.
The two started the second day in the same manner as Pakistan found it tough to break their stand. The partnership was finally broken when Shaheen Afridi castled Labuschagne with the second new ball. The dismissal brought an end to the mammoth 361-run stand between Warner and Labuschagne. The right-handed batsman, who scored a career-best 185 in the previous Test, departed after scoring 162 in the ongoing game.
Warner, on the other hand, went all the way to score his second double century in Tests. Pakistan now face a herculean task in saving the game as they risk losing their 14th consecutive Test in Australia. They are already trailing in the series after losing the opener by an innings and five runs.
Biggest stand under light:
David Warner and Labuschagne, meanwhile, broke the record of the biggest partnership for any wicket in day-night Test after stitching together the stand of 361 runs. The two also became the first pair to add 300 or more runs in day-night Tests.
The previous benchmark in the 12 pink-ball Tests played worldwide to date was 248 by England’s past and present captains, Alastair Cook and Joe Root. The two had shared the big stand against the West Indies at Edgbaston in 2017. On the other hand, the biggest partnership at a day-night Test in Adelaide was 137 shared between Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith against South Africa three years ago.
Here is a list of top ten biggest partnerships in day-night Test:
|M Labuschagne, DA Warner (AUS)||361||v Pakistan|
|AN Cook, JE Root (ENG)||248||v West Indies|
|Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam (PAK)||215||v West Indies|
|Asad Shafiq, Sarfaraz Ahmed (PAK)||173||v Sri Lanka|
|PSP Handscomb, SPD Smith (AUS)||172||v Pakistan|
|TM Head, M Labuschagne (AUS)||166||v Sri Lanka|
|Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (PAK)||165||v West Indies|
|AN Cook, DJ Malan (ENG)||162||v West Indies|
|LD Chandimal, FDM Karunaratne (SL)||146||v Pakistan|
|Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali (PAK)||137||v West Indies|