India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Steve Smith continues to frustrate hosts, Jadeja gets Glenn Maxwell before Lunch

Australia captain Steve Smith frustrated India's bowlers to cross 150 runs after Glenn Maxwell cracked his maiden Test century on day two of the third contest against India on Friday.

AFP March 17, 2017 12:34:17 IST
India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Steve Smith continues to frustrate hosts, Jadeja gets Glenn Maxwell before Lunch

Ranchi: Australia captain Steve Smith frustrated India's bowlers to cross 150 runs after Glenn Maxwell cracked his maiden Test century on day two of the third contest against India on Friday.

Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja struck three times in the morning session, including the prized scalp of Maxwell, as the visitors reached 401-7 at lunch in Ranchi.

Australia rode on a 191-run fifth-wicket stand between overnight batsmen Smith, who was unbeaten on 153 when the break was called, and 28-year-old Maxwell's scintillating 104.

India vs Australia 3rd Test Steve Smith continues to frustrate hosts Jadeja gets Glenn Maxwell before Lunch

Australia's captain Steven Smith plays a shot during the first day of their third test cricket match against India. AP

Maxwell, playing just his fourth Test since his debut in 2013, achieved his hundred with a boundary before embracing Smith and kissing the badge of his helmet.

The right-hander, known more for his explosive limited-overs exploits, played a controlled 185-ball knock laced with nine fours and two sixes before falling to Jadeja.

He edged a length delivery from the spinner and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha took a neat catch.

Smith, who resumed the day on 117, piled further pressure on the hosts' bowling attack as he kept the run-flow going before Jadeja spun into action to take his match haul to four wickets.

Jadeja sent Matthew Wade (37) and Pat Cummins (0) trudging back to the pavilion in the space of just three deliveries but Smith, the world's number one Test batsman, batted on confidently.

Ajinkya Rahane led India after skipper Virat Kohli failed to take the field because of a right shoulder injury he suffered on Thursday but the vice-captain's rotation of bowlers brought little success.

Kohli, who picked up his injury while fielding in the afternoon session of the opening day, was expected to take to the field later on Thursday and will bat in the crucial Test.

The four-match series between the world's top two sides is tantalisingly poised at 1-1 with India needing at least a draw to have any chance of winning back the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Updated Date:

also read

T20 World Cup 2021: India have some serious match winners, says Steve Smith
First Cricket News

T20 World Cup 2021: India have some serious match winners, says Steve Smith

India thumped Australia by eight wickets in a warm-up game with Rohit Sharma (60), K L Rahul (39) and Suryakumar Yadav (38) all getting some runs under their belts.

T20 World Cup 2021: Australia captain Aaron Finch to be available for warm-up game against India
First Cricket News

T20 World Cup 2021: Australia captain Aaron Finch to be available for warm-up game against India

Finch reiterated that a struggling David Warner, who was dropped from Sunrisers Hyderabad playing team during the fag end of the Indian Premier League in the UAE, would be ready for the T20 World Cup.

T20 World Cup 2021: Steve Smith willing to drop down in batting order to play anchor role for Australia
First Cricket News

T20 World Cup 2021: Steve Smith willing to drop down in batting order to play anchor role for Australia

"My job is just to fix it if our top order don't come off and build a partnership with whoever I'm in with at that stage," said Smith.