Batsmen from both sides made merry on the second day of the Top End series encounter between Australia A and Pakistan A at Darwin. Australia's overnight batsmen Shane Watson and Brad Haddin went on to score centuries to take the score over 500, and after the declaration Pakistan began confidently, led by former international Mohammad Hafeez, who scored a fluent unbeaten 86.
Watson and Haddin went from strength to strength, as Pakistan struggled to control the flow of runs. Both brought up their centuries during the first session, with Watson playing the more attacking role, hammering 16 boundaries to reach his century off 170 balls. Haddin reached the three-figure mark soon after, interestingly at a strike rate almost identical to Watson's, but with a lesser percentage of boundaries. Abdur Rehman got the first breakthrough for Pakistan, dismissing Haddin just before lunch for 129. Mitchell Johnson joined Watson and the pair added an unbeaten 76 for the seventh wicket at a fast clip, with the declaration in mind. Johnson batted with a sense of urgency, his 51 coming off only 58 balls which included three sixes. Watson remained unbeaten on 161 as Haddin declared the innings at 6 for 510.
Pakistan began strongly, with the opening pair of Hafeez and Rafatullah Mohmand putting on 71 at over three an over. Mohmand was the only Pakistan wicket to fall, caught behind by Haddin off Johnson for 39. Shahid Yousuf joined Hafeez and the pair added an unbeaten 94 for the second wicket, taking Pakistan to 1 for 165 at stumps. Hafeez was unbeaten on 86, scoring 12 fours and a six in his boundary-laden knock.