India Vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2: Smith Ton Guides Australia, India Commences Second Innings On A Positive Note

Akshay Sonawane
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In the 3rd Test match of India tour of Australia, the hosts won the toss and chose to bat against the Indian team at the Sydney Cricket Ground. At tea day 2, second session, first innings, Australia 338/10, Steve Smith (131), Marnus Labuschagne (91), Ravindra Jadeja (4/62). Second innings, India 26/0, Rohit Sharma (11*), Shubman Gill (14*). The second session of the day belonged to the Indian team, as they grabbed five wickets and also scored 26 runs in the second innings without losing a single wicket.

Skipper Tim Paine (1) walked in to bat along with the set Steve Smith. Tim Paine looked shaky against the Indian seamers. The Aussie skipper’s off-stump was knocked over by Jasprit Bumrah in the 89th over. Paine’s exit brought Pat Cummins to the strike, the tail ender’s 13 ball stay was ended by Ravindra Jadeja in the 95th over. Amidst the fall of wickets, Smith remained calm and composed, went on to score the 27th century of his career. Mitchell Starc (24) came to the middle, Navdeep Saini started bowling the short deliveries to the tail-ender. Starc initially defended those short bowls but later started swinging the bat, he hit a couple of boundaries and gathered some crucial runs for his team. In the battle between the two pacers, Saini had the last laugh as Starc was caught by Shubman Gill in the 102nd over of the match. Nathan Lyon (0) came to bat after Starc’s wicket, the off-spinner was struck on his toe in front of the stumps on Jadeja’s bowling. Smith was batting with the tail-ender Josh Hazlewood and decided to take on the Indian bowlers. After hitting a couple of boundaries to Saini and Bumrah, the Indian team finally got rid of the centurion after a direct hit from Jadeja, Smith fell short of his crease and that wrapped up the Aussie innings at a competitive total of 338.

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill started the proceedings with the bat for the visitors. The two batsmen looked comfortable against Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood before tea. India would be looking for a befitting reply with the bat in the second innings. In the second session of day 2, 115 runs were scored, 29.5 overs were bowled at a run rate of 3.85 runs per over with the fall of five wickets.