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Ind vs Aus 3rd Test live score: Australia in command at 299 for 4

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Ind vs Aus 3rd Test live score : Australia dominated the first day’s play of the third Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2017 at Ranchi, with their captain Steven Smith scoring a brilliant hundred. Going by the Ind vs Aus 3rd Test highlights, Glenn Maxwell in his comeback test match, played a disciplined knock of 82 not out as the visitors wrapped up Day 1 on a solid 299 for 4 as per the Ind vs Aus 3rd Test scorecard having won the toss.

This was the 800th Test for Australia and the debut Test for Ranchi. Steven Smith played a magnificent knock to remain unbeaten on 117 which can be watched online through the Ind vs Aus 3rd Test highlights. Glenn Maxwell supported him well in an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 159 according to the Ind vs Aus 3rd Test scorecard. The pair lifted Australia from a shaky position of 140 for 4.

Steven Smith seemed to have been inspired by the DRS controversy as he made a strong statement with the bat in the India vs Australia 3rd Test. The Indian bowlers on the other hand could not find much joy on what turned out to be a good batting pitch helped by a fast outfield. Umesh Yadav was the best of the bowlers taking two wickets while spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja could take only one wicket each.

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Steven Smith

Steven Smith registered his 19th Test hundred, and also crossed 5000 runs in Test cricket in what was his 52nd Test. Apart from that, Steven Smith became the first Australian skipper and third overall to hit two centuries in a Test series in India. Before him, West Indies’ Clive Lloyd (1974-75 and 1983-84) and England’s Alastair Cook (2012-13) were the only other captains to have achieved the feat.

Steven Smith’s partner in the unbroken fifth wicket stand, Glenn Maxwell started cautiously, but accelerated after crossing his fifty, smashing a six off Ravindra Jadeja which can be watched in the Ind vs Aus 3rd Test highlights.

By the end of the day, Glenn Maxwell had hit 5 fours and 2 sixes, making the most on the jaded Indian bowlers in the final session of Day 1 of the India vs Australia Ranchi Test match 2017.

The stand between Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell went past the 145-run partnership between Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade, during the Ind vs Aus 2nd Test 2013 to become the new highest fifth wicket partnership in Tests for the Aussies in India.

In what was a big blow for India, its Skipper and star batsman Virat Kohli injured his right shoulder while fielding and had to go off the park in the 40th over. In his absence, Ajinkya Rahane took over the captaincy for the remainder of the day. Virat Kohli landed awkwardly on his shoulder while trying to prevent a boundary at long on. He was seen holding his shoulder in pain in the Ind vs Aus 3rd Test highlights.

Steven Smith had hit 13 fours in his unbeaten knock besides adding 51 runs for the fourth wicket with Peter Handscomb (19) as per the Ind vs Aus 3rd Test live score. Earlier, young opener Matt Renshaw scored 44 before nicking a widish ball from Umesh Yadav to Virat Kohli at first slip.

As per the Ind vs Aus 3rd Test live score, the Aussie openers Matt Renshaw and David Warner started solidly with a 50-run stand before Ravindra Jadeja broke the partnership in his first over of the Ind vs Aus Ranchi Test match to dismiss David Warner for 19. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav got rid of Shaun Marsh to leave Australia on the backfoot, but Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell made India toil hard for the rest of the day according to the Ind vs Aus 3rd Test highlights.

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