ADELAIDE: Pakistan moving towards another an innings defeat as they were lingering on 96 after the loss of six wickets on the second day of the second and last Test match against Australia in Adelaide on Saturday.
An unstoppable David Warner smashed an unbeaten 335 on Saturday while right-hand batsman Steve Smith became the fastest man to 7,000 Test runs as Australia took control of the day-night second Test against Pakistan.
Skipper Tim Paine waved his players back into the pavilion at 589 for three ahead of the second day’s dinner break with Warner on the 10th highest Test score ever, also a personal best.
The decision to declare deprived him of a crack at former West Indies batsman Brian Lara’s all-time high 400 not out, but it proved to be the right one with the Australian bowlers quickly tearing through Pakistan’s hapless top order under the Adelaide Oval lights.
They finished in deep trouble at 96 for six with Mitchell Starc grabbing four of them.
Babar Azam was not out 43 and Yasir Shah was on four.
The visitors, who have lost 13 consecutive Tests in Australia, enjoyed little success in a long day in the field as they look to avoid a 2-0 series defeat.
But they did remove all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne for 162 in the opening session and also bagged Smith, caught behind by Mohammad Rizwan off Shaheen Afridi for 36.
In making his runs, Smith shattered a record that had stood since 1946.
He took a single off pacer Muhammad Musa to reach 7,000 runs in his 126th innings, taking possession of a mark held for 73 years by English great Wally Hammond who reached the milestone in his 131st innings.
The home team resumed the day at 302 for one with Warner on 166 and Labuschagne 126, with the pair putting on another 67 runs before Pakistan finally got a breakthrough.
Their marathon 361-run partnership was a record second-wicket stand for Australia against Pakistan and the highest ever in a pink-ball Test.
Minutes later, Warner completed only the second Test double century of his career. Playing in his 81st Test, he reached 200 with a single from Afridi, having clattered 23 fours along the way.
He raced to 335, one more than former captain Mark Taylor’s epic 334 against Pakistan in 1998 and Donald Bradman’s 334 against England in 1930 before Paine decided to unleash his bowlers, conscious that rain is forecast for the next two days.
Exhausted, Warner was given a hero’s send-off by the crowd with his knock the second-best ever by an Australian after Matthew Hayden’s 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003. Matthew Wade remained unbeaten on 38.