Smith’s 117,Maxwell 82 put Australia in Command on Day 1
India vs Australia, 3rd Test,Ranchi
Series: Australia tour of India 2017
Day 1 Stumps
AUS 299/4 (90.0 Ovs) Smith(117*) Maxwell(82*) Umesh 2-63
The 27-year old Smith added up his 19th Test century with a boundary off Murali Vijay, raising his bat to the well known the generous applause of the home crowd.
Smith, who crossed the 5,000-run mark in his 52nd Test, have become the 1st Australian captain to attain two tons in a series in India. He hit 109 in the opener in Pune.
West Indies’ Clive Lloyd (1974-75 and 1983-84) and England’s Alastair Cook (2012-13) are the other International captains to have scored or more centuries all through a series in India.
At the other end Maxwell, who became drafted into the XI in place of injured Mitchell Marsh, changed gears after achieving his fifty with a six off Ravindra Jadeja.
Maxwell, Playing his fourth Test, smashed five fours and a couple of sixes as he took the attack to the competition within the final session of play.
The stand between Smith and Maxwell is Australia’s best for the 5th wicket in India, surpassing the 145-run partnership between Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade during the second one Test of the 2013 series.
Meanwhile India skipper Virat Kohli injured his right shoulder while fielding and went off the field within the fortieth over, leaving Ajinkya Rahane to lead the side for the rest of the day.
Kohli fell awkwardly at the same time as seeking to keep a boundary at long-on and instantly left the sphere whilst clutching his shoulder. He was seen placing on ice packs inside the dressing room.
Earlier Smith, who hit 13 fours in the knock, placed on 51 runs for the fourth wicket with Peter Handscomb (19) after Australia misplaced 3 wickets within the morning session.
Opening batsman Matt Renshaw (forty four) gave the start before undoing his hard work by way of edging a wide Yadav delivery, with Kohli taking the catch in the 1st slip.
Renshaw and David Warner had placed on 50 runs for the opening wicket earlier than left-arm spinner Jadeja struck in his first over to get Warner (19) trudging back to the pavilion.
The four-match series is tantalisingly poised at 1-1 with India desiring at least a draw to have any hazard of triumphing again the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.