Matt Renshaw remained unbeaten on 167 at the end of the first day's play    Getty Images
Matt Renshaw remained unbeaten on 167 at the end of the first day’s play Getty Images

Australia resume Day Two of the second Test against Pakistan at Sydney at 365 for 3. Matt Renshaw, who scored his maiden ton on the first day is unbeaten on 167 and is on course to convert his first century into a double hundred. He has Peter Handscomb for support, unbeaten on 40. The duo have added 121 runs for the fourth wicket so far and look to pile on more misery on the Pakistan bowlers, when play resumes on Day Two. The first day also saw David Warner score a century inside the first session. He became the fifth player after Victor Trumper, Don Bradman, Charles Macartney and Majid Khan to score a ton before lunch on the opening day of a Test.

Australia scored over four an over on Day One, largely because of Warner s effort. But after Renshaw got to his three figures, he too upped the ante. His hundred came from 201 balls, but his next 67 runs have taken 74 deliveries. It was indeed a day of contrasting hundreds as Warner took just 78 balls to get to his milestone. Usman Khawaja (13) and skipper Steven Smith (24), playing his 50th Test will be gutted with the fact that they missed out on getting a big score.

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

The opening partnership gave Australia a good platform and the Handscomb-Renshaw partnership has further strengthened their position. Australia will look to ensure that they get a score close to 600, which may ensure that they do not bat again. The pitch might become spin friendly as the match progresses and Australia are well equipped in that department as they have included Steve O Keefe to partner Nathan Lyon. Pakistan have not picked an extra spinner, even though they had Mohammad Nawaz and 18-year-old left-arm orthodox Mohammad Asghar to pick from. Yasir Shah struggled with line and length and as a result conceded 132 runs in his 30 overs. Misbah-ul-Haq had to use part-time spinners like Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq for a few overs.

However, Wahab Riaz was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers. He dismissed Warner and Khawaja and ended the day with figures of 2 for 63. Imran Khan, who made it to the side in place of Sohail Khan took a lot of beating at the hands of Warner early on and as a result has been quite expensive. Australia still have a few useful batsmen down the batting order. Next in line is debutant Hilton Cartwright, who boasts of an average of 44.50 in First-Class cricket. Matthew Wade and Mitchell Starc will follow him. Starc as he showed at Melbourne can wield the willow to a good effect. He will be expected to play a similar explosive innings when he gets his chance.

However one should not count Pakistan out. If they manage to get the wickets of Handscomb and Renshaw early, Australia s tail will be exposed. Anything can happen from there. Mohammad Aamer once again bowled well but remained wicket-less. Pakistan took the second new ball as soon as it was available. They would hope that it does the trick. If Pakistan can bowl Australia out for a score somewhere around 450, they would feel that they are still very much in the match, but it will not be easy.

Smith had won the toss on Day One and not surprisingly elected to bat first. Australia already have an unassailable 2-0 lead going into this match. They won the first Test at Brisbane by 39 runs and followed it up with an innings and 18-run win in the second Test at Melbourne. Pakistan have lost five Tests in a row, but have never lost six. They will hope to put up a better fight in this match and avoid a whitewash. At the moment the odds are heavily stacked against them.

Brief Scores:

Australia 365 for 3 (Matt Renshaw 167*, David Warner 113; Wahab Riaz for 63, Yasir Shah 1 for 32) vs Pakistan.