David Warner scored a blistering knock of unbeaten 244 © Getty Images
David Warner scored a blistering knock of unbeaten 244 © Getty Images

Australian opener David Warner and Usman Khawaja played a memorable innings as they helped Australia finish on top at stumps on Day 1 of the second of the three-match Test series against New Zealand at the WACA in Perth on Friday. Warner scored a blistering knock of unbeaten 244, while Khawaja played an crucial knock of 121, in order to propel Australia to a mammoth total of 416 for the loss of two wickets by the end of the first day. As for New Zealand, Matt Henry and Doug Bracewell were the only bowlers to have claimed a wicket each while the other bowlers had indeed a tough time on the field. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD, Australia vs New Zealand, 2nd Test at Perth

Australia began the post tea session on a positive manner again, right from where they left as Australia scored their 250 runs in the 60th over. Also Warner and Khawaja put up the 150-run stand for the second wicket, with Warner contributing 78, Khawaja contributing 73 and along with three extras. It eventuyally saw Warner scoring his 150 off 182 delioveries, including 14 boundaries and a six. LIVE UPDATES: Australia vs New Zealand, 2nd Test at Perth

Both the batsmen continued to bat in a clam fashion as gthe 300 was up for the Aussies in the 66th over, followed by the 200-run stand for the second wicket in 262 deliveries, with Warner contributing 104, Khawaja contributing 96 along with three extras. Eventually, Khawaja scored his second Test century off 132 deliveries including 10 boundaries and a couple of sixes.

The same old fashioned bowling continued from the Kiwi bowlesas in no time, the 350 was up for the Aussies by the 78th over, followed by the 250-run stand for the second wickeyt, where Warner contributed 130, Khawaja contributed 117 and three extras were given. It was then the eventual knock of 200 by the opener as Warner scored his maiden Test double-hunderd off 236 deliveries, including 17 boundaries and a couple of sixes.

Following the new ball after it was taken in the 81st over, Australia also brought up their 400 runs in the 86th over. It was followed by the 300-runs stand for the second wicket, with Warner contributing 177, Khawaja contributing 121 along with four extras. Nevertheless, it was in the 87th ovcer, when Khawaja fell for 121 to racewell after being caught by Tom Latham. that evetually brought out Steven Smith and along with Warner batted out for the rest of the session.

Brief scores:

Australia 416 for 2 (David Warner 244*, Usman Khawaja 121; Doug Bracewell 1 for 57) vs New Zealand.

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(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)