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.
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.
In a closely fought series, wherein they have proven Australia to be very vulnerable, India has found themselves at the wrong end of the score-line. They trailed by 2-0 going into the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and given their past record another series defeat loomed large.
Australia opening batsman David Warner has promised his team won’t cut down on the verbal volleys at the Indians during the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which starts on Friday December 26.
Australia, having taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the Commonwealth Bank test series, are in with a dilemma ahead of the Boxing Day test as three of their players, Shane Watson, David Warner and Mitchell Starc are nursing injury concerns.