India Vs Australia 3rd Test: Smith-Maxwell partnership steals the show on Day 1
India Vs Australia 3rd Test
Australia captain Steve Smith led from the front slammed another impressive Test century while Glenn Maxwell shone with the bat as visitors reached 299/4 at stumps on first day of the India Vs Australia 3rd Test match here on Thursday.
Captain Smith (117 not out off 241 balls) completed his career’s 19th Test century and continued his run feast against India. This is his sixth Test ton against India and 11th as captain.
Australia made an impressive comeback in the match after losing the fourth wicket at 140 and went on to add 159 runs without losing any wicket. Smith got the support from Glenn Maxwell, who slammed his career’s maiden Test fifty, from the other end.
He was batting at 82 when the umpires called for the end of day’s play. Team would now be hoping that they keep batting longer to take the visitors to a massive total.
For India, fast bowler Umesh Yadav returned figures of 2/63 while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up a wicket each for India. It was overall a mediocre day for Indian bowlers.
It was a day of milestones and records for the Australian skipper who slammed calm and composed Test hundred.
Earlier, Smith completed his Test career’s 5000 runs and became the third Australian batsman after Sir Don Bradman and Matthew Hayden to take fewest innings to reach this milestone.
Umesh Yadav bowled a brilliant late-swinging yorker to remove a set Handscomb. He scored 19 off 47 balls.
The visitors scored 85 runs and lost just one wicket in Peter Handscomb in the second session after hosts grabbed three wickets in the first session. Hence, the post-lunch session was drawn.
Indian looked impressive with their fielding in Ranchi, Cheteshwar Pujara’s stunning catch, which removed Shaun Marsh for 2, was a testimony to the same. Umpire, however, failed to judge the knick but Kohli’s call for review was spot on.
World No.1 bowler in Tests, Ravindra Jadeja removed opener David Warner (19) in his very first over by catching him on his own delivery. It was a full toss delivery which Warner attempted hitting for a boundary, but the ball ended up in the bowler’s hands.
Opener Matt Renshaw was removed by Umesh Yadav after scoring 44. He was caught at first slip by Kohli.
Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravichandaran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.
Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Nathan Lyon, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins.