After scoring a fabulous knock of 154 in the first test at Brisbane against a hapless Pakistan, it was now Adelaide Oval’s turn to witness the greatness of David Warner.
The second Test match between Australia and Pakistan was played at the Adelaide Oval from the 29th of November to the third of December. It started with Australia scoring a massive score of 589 with the loss of just three wickets, all because of one man, David Warner.
After coming back from the ban, both David Warner and Steve Smith have proved their love and admiration for the sport by performing in all three formats of the game.
In this test David Warner scored a massive 335 not out in 418 balls , hitting 39 fours and a six. He had a strike rate of 80.14.
This beautifully built innings was interrupted by Tim Paine as he declared the innings after 127 overs and putting Pakistan out to bat. Warner was stuck at 335 with 66 more runs required to eclipse Brian Lara’s record.
In the first innings Pakistan were all out after scoring 302 in 90.4 overs. They were forced to follow on, which resulted in a even more poor batting performance as they lost all their 10 wickets after scoring 239 runs in 82 overs.
The match was over on the fourth day itself and now the question arises how easily David Warner could have broken Lara’s astonishing record .
Having a day to spare meant a minimum of 90 overs to be played, which would have easily sufficed for just 66 runs, which were required for the record to be broken.
David Warner also dedicated his triple century to his late teammate Phil Hughes, who passed away on the cricket field in a tragic way.
The form he was in and his strike rate during the inning was enough to prove how easy he could’ve broken the record. When asked his thoughts on it, he just answered it by saying he did what the team wanted and well the team did achieve it’s target in a simple fashion and we are left to wonder what could have been.
Author: Kartik Jaiswal