Ranchi: Australia opener Matt Renshaw reckons the first session on the second day could decide the course of the third cricket Test against India.
Steve Smith struck a resolute unbeaten 117 while Glenn Maxwell hit a career-best 82 on his Test comeback as they ended day one at a solid 299 for four after winning the toss.
"I think tomorrow first session is going to be one of the most crucial in this match. If we can win that session then we go a long way in winning the Test match," Renshaw said.
The southpaw praised his skipper for making his bat talk after the DRS controversy in the Bengaluru Test.
"I think he's handled this whole situation really well. He showed how do it and that we're here for a cricket series. He didn't throw it away. He might have played a couple of bad shots, like some of the others did, like I did, but he did not play. So, I think he just made the most of it and made a big score."
Twenty20 specialist Maxwell who replaced the injured Mitchell Marsh at number six grabbed the opportunity with both hands with unbeaten half-century. Boasting a T20I strike rate of 167.41, Maxwell stood out with his controlled shot-selection.
"You hear about this switch hits in the media a lot, that he is a bit of a cowboy sort of thing. I think he just played some good cricket shots today. He is a class player and he showed that he could do it in Test cricket today. Hopefully, he can continue that tomorrow.
"I've never personally played with him so I'm sure if it's normal or something different. But I think he's looked pretty calm and relaxed and showed that he could play well, and he did well today," Renshaw said.