India off to solid start after Smith marathon raises Australia to 451
Australia 451 (Smith 178no) v
India 120-1 (Rahul 67)
Third Test, Ranchi, day two
After Steven Smith's unbeaten 178 powered Australia to 451 in their first innings, India responded back scoring 120 for one at stumps on day two of the third Test in Ranchi.
Virat Kohli, who injured his shoulder on day one did not come to field on day two as well. In the very first ball of the day, Glenn Maxwell (104) had his bat broken while trying to defend a Umesh Yadav (3-106) delivery.
Maxwell responded back with a boundary in the final ball of the over to bring a total of 300 runs for the first time in the series.
Ravindra Jadeja (5-124) gave India some respite when he had Maxwell caught behind in the 102nd over ending his 191-run stand with Smith (178 not out) but that was not before he completed his maiden Test century.
Smith picked up the scoring rate when he scored two boundaries in the 103rd over and with the company of Matthew Wade (37), Australia went past the 350 run mark without much trouble.
Just as they were nearing the 400-run mark, Jadeja produced a double wicket 116th over when he had Wade caught behind followed by Patrick Cummins' (0) dismissal as well. Australia went into lunch at 401 for seven.
On resumption, Smith went past the 150-run milestone and had Steve O'Keefe (25) at the other end, who scored five boundaries during his knock. The pair added 51 runs for the eighth wicket before Jadeja went on a rampage to dismiss O'Keefe and Lyon that completed his five-wicket haul and later had Josh Hazlewood (0) run out as well to dismiss Australia for 451 in their first innings.
India had a brief eight over period to negate before tea which openers Lokesh Rahul (67) and Murali Vijay (42 not out) negated successfully taking the score to 20 for naught.
As Vijay was anchoring the innings, Rahul accelerated and brought the 50-run opening stand in the 18th over. Rahul completed his fourth fifty of the series off 69 balls and just as they were nearing the 100-run stand, he was caught behind by a brilliant delivery from Cummins (1-22).
However, Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara (10 not out) ensured India ended the day at 120 for one, trailing Australia by 331 runs at stumps.
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