Matt Renshaw got to his ton off 201 deliveries    Getty Images
Matt Renshaw got to his ton off 201 deliveries Getty Images

David Warner and Matt Renshaw scored contrasting centuries to put Australia in total command at stumps on Day One of the third Test against Pakistan at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Australia eventually finished the day at 365 for 3, Renshaw batting on 167, well-supported by Peter Handscomb, who is batting on 40. The duo has added 121 for the fourth wicket in reasonably good time. Australia resumed the session at 224 for 2 with Steven Smith and Renshaw at the crease. Smith was dismissed early in the final session, caught behind off Yasir Shah. Renshaw and Handscomb then joined hands and have built a steady partnership.

Warner had earlier struck a quickfire 113 off just 95 balls to get Australia off to an excellent start. Warner created history by becoming only the fourth Australian and fifth overall to hit a century before lunch on the opening day in a Test. He joined elite list that consisted of Victor Trumper, Charlie Macartney, Don Bradman and Majid Khan. Warner continued from where he had left off at Melbourne, where he had scored 144. However, once Warner perished to Wahab Riaz after lunch, Usman Khawaja struggled to get going; like Warner, he nicked one behind to Sarfraz Ahmed off Wahab.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs Pakistan 3rd Test at Sydney

Smith s cameo too was brought to an end in the early stages of the final session, when he cut a ball from Yasir into the hands of Sarfraz, who pouched his third catch of the day. But the Renshaw-Handscomb took the game away from Pakistan. Pakistan initially did well to cut the run flow after Warner s dismissal, but in the end, they will not be happy with the amount of runs they conceded in the final session. Pakistan will be impressed with the way Wahab has bowled throughout the day and will want a similar performance from him on Day Two.

Earlier, Smith had won the toss and elected to bat first. They made two changes to their side that defeated Pakistan at MCG. Hilton Cartwright was handed his Test cap, while Steve O Keefe coming in to bolster the spin department to join Nathan Lyon. Cartwright replaced Nic Maddinson While O Keefe kept Jackson Bird out of the side. On the other hand, Pakistan brought in Imran Khan and debutant Sharjeel Khan for Sohail Khan and Sami Aslam respectively.

Brief Scores:

Australia 365 for 3 (Matt Renshaw 167*, David Warner 113; Wahab Riaz 2 for 63, Yasir Shah 1 for 132) vs Pakistan

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