Umesh Yadav's Delivery Breaks Glenn Maxwell's Bat

Steve Smith's unbeaten 178 powered Australia to a huge first innings total of 451 against India in the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi on Friday.

At stumps, Murali Vijay (42*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (10*) were batting as India reach 120/1, trailing the Aussies by 331 runs with nine wickets in hand.

Ravindra Jadeja once again emerged as the bawling lynchpin for India has he claimed five wicket, his eighth such haul in Test cricket, to keep India in the fight.

The allrounder, called up for his fourth Test and first since 2014 following Mitch Marsh's shoulder injury, played out seven dot balls on 99 before cutting a wide delivery from Umesh Yadav for four. Shedding the T20 specialist tag, Maxwell built innings with tremendous restraint and punished the loose deliveries in his 185-ball knock.

Smith was also involved in three of the four half-century stands as Australia posted the highest total of the series. This was another caught behind, and two balls later, Pat Cummins (0, 2b) was dismissed, off a corker off a ball that came in on the angle, spun, beat the outside edge, before taking off-stump. The left-arm spinner returned with figures of 1 for 124, while Ravichandran Ashwin finished with figures of 1 for 114.

After Maxwell's departure, Matthew Wade notched a 50-ball 37 in a 64-run sixth wicket partnership with Smith. Not only that, Jadeja's fine reverse-flick throw ran out last man Josh Hazlewood, denying Steve Smith a double-century.

Maxwell's maiden Test century also made him only the second Aussie to score a ton in all three formats after former all-rounder Shane Watson.

Kohli is off the field for six hours and 40 minutes, since 39.1 over in the post-lunch session on day one.

Maxwell reined in his natural aggression, watching some 56 balls before he felt comfortable enough to strike his first boundary. That partnership with (Smith) Smudge put us in a good position.



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