Steve Smith came up with a befitting reply in the first day of the Ranchi test to all odds of the last match in Bangalore. By the end of the first day, Smith was unbeaten on 117 and Glenn Maxwell was batting on 82. India bowled a total of 90 overs in the day and Australia milked out 299 runs with four wickets.
Maxwell was inducted as the new member in the series and he blasted it out. It is the first match where he faced 100 plus balls reaching the tally of 147 deliveries he played, and still counting. His last highest was only 98, that too, combines in all the three formats. Smith and Maxwell pulled up Australia’s chances in the match to a good level, as India bowlers could not get much out of them throughout the day.
It is the third match after a level of 1-1 in the series. Aussie players were composed and steady in the inning that helps them to gain a good advantage of the bowlers. Maxwell was playing with an unusual composure. His first boundary came up in the 56th ball he played. India bowlers, at a moment, became quite restless in want of wickets, but their advances were made futile. The final session went without a single nick and clearly the bowlers failed to restrict the visitor captain and the new man in the series. The duo paired for 159 runs, being the overnight batsmen for the next day.
Earlier in the day, the top order was denied any good scores by India bowlers. Matt Renshaw and David Warner were dismissed without any better contribution. Peter Handscomb knocked for a substantial time before Yadav removed him. The bowler emerged as the most destructive one in the day. The top attackers of the team, Ashwin and Jadeja did not got the chance to strike hard. Kohli should definitely look into the situation seriously.
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