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Due to Pakistan's determination, David Warner only had one tense over at the bat on the first day of the final Test.
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Due to Pakistan’s determination, David Warner only had one tense over at the bat on the first day of the final Test.

On the first day of his last Test match, David Warner only had a six-ball appearance with the bat due to a determined 10th-wicket collaboration from Pakistan.

Warner and Khawaja were greeted with a standing ovation and a guard of honour from the Pakistan team when they stepped onto the SCG to start their batting at 6pm on Wednesday.

In his first delivery, the experienced batsman struck Sajid Khan for a four past the point. However, he narrowly avoided getting out from the penultimate delivery of the day.

At the end of the day, he had a score of six runs without being defeated, while his fellow opener Khawaja had not yet scored any runs.

After winning the toss, Pakistan’s score dropped to 4-47, disappointing the 33,905 spectators. They likely expected Warner to have plenty of time to put on a show during the first day of his 112th and last Test.

After the Pakistani tail’s lackluster performance in the first two Tests, Pat Cummins’ removal of Mohammad Rizwan (88) appeared to mark the downfall for the visiting team. They were 6-190 by the end of the second session on Wednesday.

However, bowlers Aamir Jamal and Mir Hamza had different intentions.

With a combined total of just six Test matches under their belt, the duo came together for an 86-run partnership.

The partnership between the 10th wicket at the SCG was the biggest since Stephen Boock and John Bracewell of New Zealand scored 124 runs together in 1985.

Jamal, aged 82, was the main instigator during his successful and undefeated score of 33 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He made an impact by hitting four sixes and nine fours.

During this series, the paceman’s 82 runs were the second-highest score achieved by a Pakistani player, surpassing star batter Babar Azam’s total of four innings from the first two Tests.

The Australian players arranged relaxed field positions for the duo and seemed restless, bowling short deliveries to Jamal.

The ninth player from Pakistan was successful in making the opposing team pay. They skillfully rotated the strike to protect their less confident teammate, Hamza.

Jamal was eventually captured in the deep with only 14 minutes left in the day, forcing Warner and Khawaja to face a tense over in cloudy weather.

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Warner’s three daughters accompanied him as he sang the national anthem on the field at the SCG.

Prior to the start of the game, the Test teammates shared their cherished memories of Warner through pre-recorded videos that were displayed on the screens throughout the venue.

Warner had no choice but to wear a new baggy green for his last Test match, as his original two caps were stolen during their transportation from Melbourne to Sydney earlier this week.

The caps are being urged to be returned by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Howard Warner, who is the father of the person who owns the caps.

Albanese stated that Dave Warner has represented Australia over 100 times and the baggy green caps rightfully belong to him and should be given back.

The older Warner had some choice words for the cap thief when he was speaking to radio station SEN.

Howard Warner stated that whoever has taken it will soon have to stop using it.

“I am confident that they will discover it discarded in some location. He tends to be driven by his emotions.”

Source: theguardian.com