Honours Even On Day One In Melbourne
Australia 259-5 (Smith 72 no) v
Third Test, Day One, Melbourne
Steven Smith scored an unbeaten fifty as honors remained even on day one in Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
India failed to capitalize on the early initiative provided by Umesh Yadav (2-69) who dismissed David Warner (0) in the second over of the day's play.
However, Chris Rogers (57) and Shane Watson (52) steadied Australia from early jitters with a 115-run partnership stand for the second wicket.
Watson made a modest use of the reprieve given by Shikhar Dhawan who dropped a dolly in slips.
Post lunch, Mohammad Shami (2-55) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1-60) dismissed Rogers and Watson in consecutive overs to pull India back in the game.
Shaun Marsh (32) and Steven Smith got together for a 69-run partnership stand for the fourth wicket before Shami got rid of Marsh who edged an away going delivery straight to Dhoni.
Steven Smith reached another levelheaded Test fifty as he anchored the Australian innings to avoid an abrupt collapse.
Joe Burns (13) looked comfortable on debut before he played a poor shot of a short delivery from Umesh Yadav.
Brad Haddin (23 not out) along with Steven Smith (72 not out) have composed an unbeaten 43-run partnership stand for the sixth wicket to help Australians cruise past 250-run mark at the end of the day's play.
India would be hoping to pick early wickets on day two of Steven Smith, who is still batting alone with out-of-form Brad Haddin.
Australia on the other hand would be anticipating the lower order to help them cruise past 400-run mark.
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