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Josh Hazlewood claimed figures of 3 for 19. (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Pakistan had a forgettable day, losing as many as 8 wickets in half a day s time in the pursuit of 429-run deficit. Neither Azhar Ali nor Misbah-ul-Haq could provide resistance. But the highlight of the day was Australia s top-class pace bowling. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood took three wickets each. They ran through Pakistan s batting unit. On the other hand, Jackson Bird took the crucial wickets of Sami Aslam and Misbah. In other highlights, the crowd stole the show. Not for one moment they did look dull. With a cool beer in their hands, they cheered for their team at the top of their voice. And few, like yesterday, laid back in a small pool and enjoyed the proceedings.

Peter Handscomb weaves maiden ton: All his innings he did not use his feet against Yasir Shah. He used the depth of his crease instead. But when he was in his nervous 90s (he wouldn t agree), he shimmied down the track and sent the ball soaring over the boundary line. Until then he appeared boring: hanging back and playing the ball with a dead bat. He even scythed few, but still looked boring. But as he entered the 90s he looked different.

After that six, he hit a boundary off Mohammad Aamer to bring his maiden ton in only his second Test assignment.

If he keeps going at this rate, he might as well reach the 99-average point the way Adam Voges had and might as well be called Don Bradman for a while only for a while.

Nonetheless, it was an innings of substance, for it strengthened the middle order.

Pakistan and the art of dropping catches: Sarfaraz Ahmed had dropped Steven Smith on Day One. Smith would not have even reached three-figure mark. But that is that. Pakistan continued dropping them on Day Two as well.

First culprit was Aamer. He ran backwards to catch Smith s miscued shot at mid-off. And as he positioned himself, he dropped it. Waqar Younis called it a sitter in the commentary box (wonder how many of these did Waqar take). The next culprit was Azhar Ali. His reflexes weren t quick enough to judge a catch at forward short-leg.

Australia lose 7 wickets in 40.1 overs and 106 runs: Steven Smith started off with a lovely drive past cover. But he soon nicked a way-outside-off-stump delivery behind the stumps. Since then, barring Handscomb, none of the lower-middle-order batsman could provide impetus.

Aamer takes four-four all southpaws: Despite an injury (by the looks of it, it looked severe) in the last session of Day One, Aamer ran in hard in the first session of Day Two and took crucial wickets. As a matter of fact, all his victims were left-handed: David Warner, Mathew Wade, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood.

Zoo Down Under: Some puns sound shallow. But puns are puns, nonetheless. Australia s No. 10 and 11 Nathan Lyon and Jackson Bird added 49 runs for the last wicket to take Australia to 429 all-out. Wait, that is not the fun (pun) part.

Lyon and Bird batted together. You get the gist, right? While Lyon flew some deliveries over the infield, Bird roared with a six over deep fine-leg (paradox, is it?). Wait, the fun part is still not over.

Glenn McGrath, aka pigeon, had hit a six in 2004. Today, Bird (not a pigeon but Jackson) hit a swaggering six. Both are No. 11 batsman.

Younis Khan goes for a duck: Jeez, indeed a zoo Down Under. But duck, in cricket, is used when a batsman goes without disturbing the scoreboard. I mean, it is used when a batsman fails to score even a run. After all, the Englishmen invented a game as complicated as the language. But Younis went for a duck. He nicked Josh Hazlewood s out-seamer to the wicketkeeper. It was a rare failure for the warhorse.

If Pakistan dropped catches, they make sure they give some practice to the opposition: Pakistan lost 8 wickets today, and none of them was an lbw, run out, or clean-bowled. Well, most of them edge to the slip-cordon. That decided the fate. Australia s good bowling matched their good fielding. Pakistan s bad fielding matched their bad batting.

Scorecard: Just in case I missed anything in the highlights, you can judge me by clicking on the following scorecard – Australia vs Pakistan, 1st day-night Test at Brisbane.

(Kaustubh S. Mayekar, a reporter at CricketCountry, played cricket at U-16 level. Like his idol Rahul Dravid, he often shadow-practises cricket shots. His Twitter handle is @kaumedy_)