An unbeaten 159 run stand between Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell for the fifth wicket helped Australia finish day one of the third Test at Ranchi at 299 for 4 at stumps on Day 1. Smith hit his 19th Test ton while Maxwell registered his highest Test score 82 n.o in his fourth Test against India.
Earlier in the day, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. A pitch that was expected to turn from the first day, played pretty well as Smith and Maxwell look in no trouble whatsoever in their process of recovering the Australian innings.
Australia lost the first three wickets in the very first session of the match. India had their upper hand then with Ashwin and Jadeja bowling well in tandom and the pacers complementing them well. Warner was out to a fulltoss from Jadeja , as Matt Renshaw edged an Umesh Yadav delivery to Kohli at slips. Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb then fell in quick succession to bring down Australia to 140 for 4 at lunch.
It was since the post lunch session that the dup of Smith and Maxwell started the repair job for Australia and slowly went on to rebuild the innings. In the next two sessions the duo dominated the Indian bowling attack with their superior batting.
The pitch which grabbed all the limelight before the start of the test match with Smith referring the surface as a “dark” one. Seeing the way the pitch played on Day 1, one expects that it will ease up and batting will be easier on the second day as well.
Signs of turn is expected to be seen from Day 3 and that is when the tussle between The Indian spinners and the Australian spinners will be an interesting battle.
Brief Scores: Australia 299/4 (Smith 117 n.o, Maxwell 82 n.o, Umesh Yadav 2 for 63) vs India.