Steve Smith’s first Test century against Pakistan has moved Australia to a dominant position after the 1st day of the memorable pink ball Test at the Gabba. There was discussion pre-match that the pink ball was going to intimidate wickedly on a surface looked to favor the pacemen, but Australia robbed a wayward Pakistani initiative to reach stumps at 288 for 3.
After getting the toss and electing to bat, Smith was in powerful form to finish 110*, and he joined with Peter Handscomb ( 64* ) in a victorious fourth-wicket partnership of 136. There were no wickets in the last session under lights; the thought dreaded period for batsmen handling the pink ball.
Pakistan’s bowling was rough, fielding poor and they were to run several costly chances to dismiss Australia’s captain. On 53, Smith had a strong dose of good fortune when he was dismissed just before the dinner break time by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed off Azhar Ali. The 27-year- old also got a life when he nicked Mohammad Amir on 97 but the Pakistanis didn’t show interest to appeal. Replays proved Smith, who was on 97, had spiked it.