Arjun Bhalla ∙ Dec 8 2022, 12:00 PM

AUS vs WI: Labuschagne, Head pounder Windies on Day 1 of Pink-Ball affair

image-lbezg6ekLabuschagne and Head stitched an unbeaten 199-run stand

From the first minute, nothing went West Indies' way as after putting into the field, the Kraigg Brathwaite-led force hit a blow when the debutant Marquino Mindley got injured and went limping out of the field in the first hour of the game itself. 

A broken and wounded Windies side was forced to bring in Roston Chase and part-time bowlers in the first session of the game, which almost sum-up the tale of the day for the visitors.

Marnus Labuschagne was again the chief architect of the day for the home side as he got to the third century of the series - making him the sixth Australian to score three Test centuries in a row. 

The Queenslander made it look like a schoolboy's act, but he too went through tough times throughout the day. 

He first batted cautiously and stitched together a partnership of 95 runs for the second wicket with Khawaja. Then he got a partner-in-crime in the form of Travis Head, who in his innings, continued his form from Perth and scored runs in a hurry.

While Labuschagne was composed, Head took the attacking rout from the get-go as the duo plundered the visiting team with some fantabulous strokeplay. The run machine Labuschagne amassed his 10th Test hundred and his partner raced away to his fifth Test century as they took the Aussie total to 330-3 at stumps on Day 1. 

However, despite all that circumstances, the Windies took three wickets. David Warner fell in a ploy setup by Alzarri Joseph as he went smashing a wide ball after hitting a boundary a ball before. Usman Khawaja was caught in front of the stumps off Devon Thomas, another part-timer. Meanwhile, Steve Smith misjudged a slower delivery from Jason Holder and handed him an easy caught-and-bowled. Although, that was all they did in the whole day. 

Brief Score:

Australia (1st innings) - 330/3 (89 overs)
Marnus Labuschagne - 120*, Travis Head - 114*
Jason Holder - 1/42 (21), Devon Thomas - 1/43 (9)

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