Match Tied (Royal Challengers Bangalore win one-over eliminator)
In the form of top-order batsman Marnus Labuschagne, Australia seems to have discovered a sensational batting talent. After thumping Pakistan in Brisbane and Adelaide, the rising batting star continued his glorious run by recording a spectacular batting outing in Perth against New Zealand.
The first match of the ongoing three-game Test series against Kiwis saw the 24-year old batsman unleashing his potential to record his third consecutive century in the red-ball cricket.
With this, he landed himself in an elite company as Labuschagne became only the 2nd Australian number 3 batsman to achieve this feat, with the other being Charlie Macartney who did so against England in 1926.
Coming to bat at 40-1, Marnus soon witnessed the dismissal of David Warner – an event that swelled the responsibility on his shoulders.
Nevertheless, the South Africa born didn’t shy away from the challenge as he mustered an unbeaten and delightful innings of 110 runs, landing Australia in a healthy position. Doing so, he also struck 14 fours and a solitary six and formed a crucial 132-run partnership with Steve Smith.