The fifth day of the third Test between Australia and India was set up to be a dramatic one. Rain however played spoilsport in the first session and delayed the declaration. It only came at lunch time as the hosts finished their second innings at 318 for nine at lunch and set India a target of 384 runs. The visitors finished at 174 for six with Dhoni himself holding fort at stumps.
In a surprising decision, Indian captain MS Dhoni on Tuesday announced immediate retirement from Test cricket. Present vice-captain Virat Kohli will lead the team in the final Test match of the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Sydney.
West Indies, after a spectacular third wicket partnership of 176 runs, which saw tons from Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels, collapsed dramatically from 231 for two to 275 for nine , giving South Africa the upper hand.
The crackdown on spinners with suspect bowling action continues and the latest casualty is India's left-arm spinner, Pragyan Ojha who has been banned from bowling in any form of competitive cricket by the Indian Board (BCCI).
If the third Test hung in balance at the end of day one, a man in golden form made sure that it wouldn't be the case at the end of day two. Steve Smith struck his third successive Test hundred, a second consecutive Test hundred in his second game in-charge and his 7th overall in a career spanning 25 matches, wherein he also crossed 2000 runs overall.