India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Steve Smith-Glenn Maxwell stand crucial, but visitors must avoid complacency

Very few teams come to India and dominate an entire day. Australia have done it thrice in two Tests now. With all the talk centered around the pitch, the toss, as always became all important. Steve Smith might not have had best of week after the second Test with the DRS gate hogging the headlines, but finally a crucial thing went his way - the toss. As they ended day one of the third Test between India and Australia in Ranchi, Australia might have felt a lot better after the Bangalore beating.

Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell put up a brilliant 159-run partnership on Day 1. AFP

Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell put up a brilliant 159-run partnership on Day 1. AFP

They dominated the day after a slight stutter in the first session. Smith and Glenn Maxwell has laid the platform to build a huge score but the work is only half done yet. There should be no room for complacency when Smith and Maxwell take the field on fay two. They should know that in the last match too they had an upper hand with a 87-run lead and they went on to squander the advantage. At no point can you give India a sniff. Smith, as usual, was at his resolute best while Maxwell played an uncharacteristic solid innings before getting into the groove. The two have put together a 159-run stand and look solid at the wicket.

As the cliche goes, the first hour on day two will be crucial. On the first morning, there was pace, bounce and slight movement in the air and off the pitch but Warner and Renshaw tackled the situation really well to add fifty runs. Smith and Maxwell need to go the same way. The ball hasn't started turning the way it was expected and the Australian batsmen showed good application. The track looks good and will start to crumble slowly as the match progresses, which means that day two would be the best day to bat in this match. Also, Australia have just one specialist batsman to come in form of Matthew Wade. Hence the Smith-Maxwell partnership is really crucial.

Smith and Maxwell mixed caution with aggression really well and that should be the mantra going into day two. They have worked really hard to get to this position and continuing the momentum is the need of the hour. The partnership between Smith and Maxwell is highest fifth-wicket partnership by an Australian pair in India and Australia should look to touch the 500-run mark if Smith and Maxwell get going on day two. The Australian captain said that it's a nice wicket to bat on and they would be looking to get as many as they can, after the end of day's play, but any complacency would give India a sniff and they do know how to bounce back, as witnessed in the Bangalore match.


Published Date: Mar 17, 2017 07:40 am | Updated Date: Mar 17, 2017 08:31 am

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