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India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 1: Smith, Maxwell Put Visitors On Top

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 16, 2017, 4:38 PM IST

3rd Test, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi 16 - 20 March, 2018

Toss won by Australia (decided to bat)

India drew with Australia

Man of the Match: Cheteshwar Pujara

16:50(IST)

No updates yet on Indian captain Virat Kohli's shoulder injury. The hosts will have come back with vigour on the second morning if they want to stop the Aussies from putting a total in excess of 400

16:37(IST)

STUMPS: Australia 299/4 on day 1 with captain Steven Smith unbeaten on 117 and Glenn Maxwell unbeaten on 82. The duo putting together 159 runs for the fifth wicket

16:33(IST)

Umesh peppering Maxwell with the short stuff, expecting the Big Show will go for the big pull and miscue one to the fielder but Maxwell today has shown exemplary patience

16:30(IST)

The commentators are currently deliberating on whether India should have used the short delivery a lot more, to unsettle the duo of Smith and Maxwell. Not a bad ploy but this pitch at Ranchi has been extremely slow and unresponsive on Day 1

16:22(IST)

150-run Partnership: Smith and Maxwell have really put the Aussies in command here. Both have looked extremely comfortable in the middle and have tried to dominate the bowling as much as possible

16:20(IST)

Australia moving towards the 300-run mark, it will be a great achievement for Australia, who have now made good use of a wicket that will start deteriorating soon

16:18(IST)

New Ball Taken: India have taken the second new ball and UmeshYadav has been introduced into the attack now, Ajinkya Rahane expecting Umesh to do something with his extra pace. 

16:16(IST)

BOUNDARY: Smith continues his dominance of Ashwin and gets another boundary away. Ashwin has not looked at his lethal best today, Australia 288/4

16:09(IST)

Big shout for LBW, the ball hits Maxwell's front leg as he attempts a reverse sweep. The Indians look interested in a review but wicket-keeper Saha indicates the ball would have gone down the leg. Australia 279/4

16:05(IST)

It has been a day of milestones for Smith, who first became the third fastest batsman in Test history to reach 5000 Test runs and has now put his team in a commanding position by scoring his 19th Test ton

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16:04(IST)

CENTURY: And there it is, a chance-less knock by the Australian captain, to reach his 19th Test century

15:56(IST)

Even as Maxwell has looked in cruise mode, Smith has played an innings in complete contrast. Australia's score reads 260/4

15:51(IST)

Saha is not too happy. The ball hits Smith's bat and gets stuck between his legs as Saha goes on to claim the catch. The two were on the ground even as Saha kept claiming the catch. The otherwise dull day saw some entertainment as even the umpires had a good laugh 

15:45(IST)

Murali Vijay comes in to roll his arm over. Is hit for a boundary by Maxwell as Australia's score moves past the 250-run mark. Smith on 97 and Maxwell on 61. It is a great partnership here for the Aussies

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Umesh drops it short and Maxwell drops back on the backfoot to pull that one through the vacant mid-wicket fence. Umesh walks back disappointed as Maxwell grows from strength to strength. Australia's score reads 249/4

15:39(IST)

The Indian bowlers have toiled hard, but Smith has been on the top of his game as he has focused really well this innings. He has waited for the bad balls and avoided taking any undue risk. Australia's score reads 245/4

15:35(IST)

Having faced 99 balls in this innings, Maxwell now has played the maximum deliveries in an international game in this match. What a time to show dedication and focus. Maxwell has been the most comfortable Australian on display. Australia's score reads 243/4

15:31(IST)

A change of ball. Can Umesh do the trick with this one? The older one looked ripped and this one might well start to reverse. India need wickets desperately if they want to come back into the game. Australia's score reads 242/4

15:28(IST)

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SIX! Maxwell reaches maiden Test fifty with a six. Rocks back on the backfoot to send Jadeja into the mid-wicket stands. Brilliant knock here. Australia's score reads 240/4

15:20(IST)

A beautiful drive as Maxwell reaches the length of the ball from Ashwin and just places it past Ishant Sharma at mid-off. Maxwell now just six away from a Test 50. Australia's score reads 233/4

15:19(IST)

Another two runs for Maxwell as he moves to the 40s. It was an inside edge from a drive and Rahane runs in from deep mid-wicket but cannot stop the double. Ashwin is not too pleased. Australia's score reads 229/4

15:15(IST)

Good one from Jadeja. That shooted after pitching and beat Maxwell all ends up. Saha did not collect the ball even as Jadeja did not look too pleased. But that one looked to have missed Maxwell's bat. Australia's score reads 226/4

15:11(IST)

Despite all talks about a pitch that will favour spinners, the Ranchi wicket has actually played true. No variable bounce and no extravagant turn either. A typical Indian wicket that has played low and slow.

15:09(IST)

A patient Maxwell is a delight for cricket lovers across the world. This knock is a big confidence booster for the guy who has found it difficult to cement a place in the Test team in the last year. Australia's score reads 222/4 with Maxwell on 35

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3 England 4722 105
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