India Tribune Times

David Warner Ends With A Bang As Australia Wins The Series Against Pakistan

<p>With David Warner hitting a thunderous 57 in his last Test match in Sydney on Saturday, Australia defeated Pakistan by eight wickets to win the series 3-0. Just 11 runs shy of victory, Warner was removed in front of a cheering crowd at his home Sydney Cricket Ground while playing in his 112th Test match. After losing a review for leg before wicket to spinner Sajid Khan, the opener was out with the work almost over.</p>
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<p>As Warner walked off the SCG for the last time, the Pakistani players gave him congrats and he acknowledged the roaring supporters with a wave of his bat.</p>
<p>Warner (nicknamed “The Bull”) played a usual aggressive innings, hitting seven fours off of 75 balls, complete with driving drives and bold reverse sweeps.</p>
<p>Australia finished at 130-2, with Steve Smith on four and Marnus Labuschagne undefeated at 62 in his 19th Test half-century.</p>
<p>Warner ended his Test career in the same bellicose manner as he had started it in 2011.</p>
<p>Following their victory in Melbourne during the Christmas break to secure the current series, it was Australia’s 17th straight Test victory against Pakistan.</p>
<p>Usman Khawaja, another opener and Warner’s boyhood mate was out for a duck in the second over after being leg before wicket by Sajid. This gave Australia an early blow.</p>
<p>It thrust Warner into the spotlight as he tried to use his intimidating, can-do attitude to put pressure on the fielders and bowlers.</p>
<p>In only 56 balls, he scored his 37th half-century in Test cricket.</p>
<p>On 23, he almost missed when he skied Sajid over mid-on, but Aamer Jamal lost the opportunity when his hand did not reach the ball before it struck the ground.</p>
<p>Before Nathan Lyon struck, Mohammad Rizwan and Jamal had earlier battled the Australian assault for almost the opening hour, boosting the overnight total by 41 runs.</p>
<p>After Rizwan played over the line and edged a ball to Warner at leg slip for 28, Lyon shifted to bowling around the wicket.</p>
<p>After three balls in Pat Cummins’ next over, Jamal top-edged a pull shot that went straight to Travis Head at deep backward square leg for eighteen.</p>
<p>Three overs later, Lyon took his third wicket of the day, and bowled Hasan Ali for five, to bring the innings to a conclusion. Lyon ended with 509 Test wickets at three for 36.</p>

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