Top day for Australia as the visitors reach 299/4 when umpires called stumps on Day 1 of the third Test in Ranchi on Thursday. India were off to a decent start in the morning session as they picked three early wickets. It was Australia all the way after that as the Steve Smith-led unit lost only wicket in the next two sessions and piled on the runs. Smith (117*) combined with Glenn Maxwell (82*) to put on 159* crucial runs and put the team in a solid position during the same. India need to be on top of their bowling game on the second day as Australia have managed to put a decent total on the first day, and still have six wickets in the bag.
India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Day 1 as it happened in Ranchi
4:35 pm: That’s the end of the day’s play. Australia end at 299/4. A wicketless third session for the hosts as the visitors put the team into a solid position. Smith remains unbeaten on 117 while Maxwell (82*) is also out in the middle
4:30 pm: After a tiring day, Ishant will wrap things up as he comes into bowl the 90th over of the Australian innings. The lanky seamer has run in hard but yet to taste success
4:22 pm: KL Rahul with the long chase but he couldn’t prevent the boundary there. Another one for Maxwell and he takes his score to 79. Australia inch closer to 300 on the opening day of the third Test in Ranchi
4:17 pm: Another good hundred by Smith makes him the first Australian captain to hit two in a series in India. He is overall the third captain to do so as Alastair Cook and Clive Lyod have done the same during their tours
4:15 pm: It was evenly poised after India’s inroads in the morning session but has been Australia all the way after Smith and Maxwell combined for a solid stand. With both batsmen set, it’s only a matter of time before they start scoring in fluent fashion. Not likely now or even in the first hour tomorrow but will be interesting post that
4:09 pm: At one stage it looked like Maxwell will get to hundred before Smith would. Well that hasn’t happened. Maxwell on 74 and looks like he’d work to get to his hundred on Day 2
4:00 pm: Steve Smith finally gets his Test century. 19th Test ton, sixth against India and 11th as a captain. He scored a Test ton in Pune too. After the shambles of Bangalore, pretty fitting response from Smith
3:54 pm: Clean as you would like. Straight bat from Maxwell and he hits Jadeja all the way for the second six of his innings. Everything was so correct in that hit. Perfect balance and a lovely follow-through of the blade. If he continues in this fashion, there is every possibility of him reaching hundred before Smith
3:52 pm: Maxwell has moved from 50 to 67 in very little time but Smith’s wait int he 90s continues
3:47 pm: Comedy in the middle but Smith doesn’t look happy. Jadeja pitched one outside leg, Smith played and missed and the ball was caught between the right-hander’s legs. Saha chased him and collected the ball as it dropped. The stumper went up and the players around him, even the umpires, burst into laughter
3:45 pm: It has been sensible batting by both Maxwell and Smith. The former has now taken over and is calling the shots in the last 30 minutes
3:42 pm: Another boundary for Maxwell and it takes the scoreboard over the 250-run mark. India’s struggle to find a wicket continues. They are experimenting with Murali Vijay but not sure how good an option he would be against the two set batsmen
3:35 pm: Maxwell has certainly come out to bat with a good mindset. It wasn’t easy early on for him but he’s now looking asssured after bringing up his fifty. His runs, and return to form, is a big plus for Australia in the business end of the series
3:30 pm: That’s the end of another over – the 75th of the Australian innings. The visitors are 243/4. They would now be playing for the clock and hoping to keep wickets intact when umpires call stumps
3:25 pm: Maxwell has looked positive against Ashwin today. Wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep the offie on as the right-hander would look to go after him, and make a statement in Ranchi
3:23 pm: Well set, Maxwell could well change gears now. India need to find a breakthrough here as this stand is piling on the pressure on the hosts
3:20 pm: Maxwell picks the short one early from Jadeja, rocks back on to the back-foot and hits it all the way for a SIX. Brings up his maiden Test fifty, 100-run partnership with Smith in style
3:16 pm: Maxwell gets to the pitch of the ball and hits it through the off-side for his second boundary of the innings. The hit takes the right-hander’s individual score to 44 now
3:14 pm: With a little over one hour left in the day’s play, Australia would be pleased with the runs they have manage to put on the board. The Smith-Maxwell stand has injected a lot of stability into the innings and sets a nice platform for the lower order to capitalise on
3:12 pm: The left-armer persists with the length. It seems he has found his spot against Maxwell. Testing times for the right-hander who is now batting 12 short of a patient half-century
3:10 pm: Jadeja bowls a probing length and beats Maxwell’s outside edge. His bat clipped the pad but there was no contact with the ball
3:05 pm: Smith is into the 90s and is inching closer to his sixth hundred against India. He has held the innings together so far for the visitors
3:02 pm: Ashwin continues to operate around the wicket for both the right-handers. Two men in catching position – short-leg and slip – for the possible bat-pad and edge
3:00 pm: Slightly short from Jadeja, Maxwell goes back into the creases and slices one off the back-foot. The batsmen run three to take the team’s total to 215/4 in the 68th over
2:56 pm: Maxwell’s cap is out as India operate with spin from both ends. R Ashwin replaces Ishant, and an exciting contest between Maxwell and Ashwin is on the cards. The two had some battle during the Indian Premier League and it’s expected to be similar in Ranchi today
2:53 pm: Kohli, who hurt his shoulder earlier in the day, continues to be off field. The Indian skipper fell awkwardly on his right shoulder and was in pain after the tumble
2:50 pm: Another frustrating day at the office for Ishant. He continues to test the batsmen with probing line and length but is yet to make additions to his wickets column
2:46 pm: The partnership between Smith and Maxwell is now worth 68 crucial runs. They started with a solid rebuilding job and are now looking to dominate proceedings in the final session
2:45 pm: After spending decent time in the middle, Maxwell hits one straight over Jadeja’s head for a boundary. This is the first boundary of his innings and the right-hander can be dangerous if he stays for long in the middle
2:44 pm: India continue to persist with spin-seam. They used the combination successfully in the Bangalore Test and hoping for more of the same in Ranchi
2:42 pm: Maxwell, batting cautiously on 23, is looking to spend time in the middle. This knock is very important for his Test career and he is off to a solid start
2:40 pm: The 63rd over is underway and Australia have taken their total over 200 now. Good start for the hosts and now they would look to make most of batting first on a wicket which is expected to take turn as the game progresses
2:35 pm: Field up, Smith goes for the big hit off Jadeja. The right-hander miscues but luckily it falls short of the fielder in the ring. The Australian skipper is now just 16 short of another hundred
2:30 pm: The post Tea session is underway, and it will be Ravindra Jadeja who would bowl the first over of the final session of the day’s play. India would look to pick a couple of wickets here. Smith’s wicket holds key for the hosts here
2:10 pm: TEA! That session clearly belonged to Australia. They’re 194/4 at the break with 85 runs in the session at the cost of one wicket. India would be pleased not to have conceded silly runs in that session even though they’ve picked just one wicket this session. Tale of two captains post-lunch: Steve Smith unbeaten on 80 and Virat Kohli off the field with an injury
2:06 pm: Ishant Sharma bowls it full and wide, Smith gets in line with the ball and drives it beautifully between short cover and mid-off.
2:01 pm: Milestone moment for Steve Smith as he brings up his 5000th Test run in just 97 innings. Seventh fastest in terms of innings taken and third-fastest in terms of matches played
1:56 pm: Ishant Sharma comes on to bowl with under 20 minutes to go for Tea
1:47 pm: India really need Smith’s wicket if they are to get back in this. He’s the big fish that India need to snarl and get into the net.
1:39 pm: Jadeja seems convinced he’s got Maxwell leg before. But that one was clearly going outside leg. Silly shout. Umpire rather tells Jadeja to stay off the wicket
1:36 pm: Spin at both ends now for India. Ashwin and Jadeja in use. Smith and Maxwell continue for Australia. Smith looks to be headed towards a hundred. He’s been in superb touch and not been bothered even once.
1:25 pm: Now Maxwell survives an lbw shout from Ashwin. Beats the inside edge, hits the pad but stays not out. India don’t review.
1:23 pm: Umesh Yadav with a decent shout for leg before on Maxwell. The Aussie moves across but misses. Hits him in front of leg and looked to be going down the leg side. A leg bye given
1:13 pm: DRINKS! Interesting hour of play since lunch. Australia have lost Peter Handscomb to yet another beauty from Umesh Yadav. Glenn Maxwell has come in ahead of Matthew Wade. Steve Smith continues without any issues and has a 50 to his name
1:00 pm: GONE! Peter Handscomb goes for 19 from 47 balls as Umesh Yadav does the job with the late swinger. A late swinging yorker pings Handscomb on the toe and the umpire raises his finger. Fails to get his foot away from the line of contact and is gone after making a good start
12:59 pm: FIFTY! Steve Smith moves on to 50 from 104 balls. Clips it away to deep square leg and picks up a single. Gets an ovation from the visiting balcony. Smith this series: 27, 109, 8, 28 and now 50*.
12:54 pm: Change in bowling now. Umesh Yadav comes into the attack to replace Ishant. Goes for five runs in his first over this session
12:47 pm: Concerns all around as Kohli dives to prevent a boundary. Goes down on his right shoulder and also gets something on his right hand. Physio comes out to have a look. Kohli goes off the field for now. Abhinav Mukund is the substitute. Ajinkya Rahane is the man in charge for now
12:47 pm: Kohli sticking with the Ishant-Jadeja combination since lunch. Ishant into his fifth over
12:39 pm: Jadeja with an appeal for leg before on Steve Smith. But it is not entertained. A big inside edge on to the pad. But worth noting that the delivery stayed low.
12:30 pm: Misfield and that doesn’t please Virat Kohli one bit. Peter Handscomb slashes at a delivery outside off and it creeps underneath Vijay. Australia pick up two runs and Ishant is denied a second straight maiden. Vijay had an over or two again misfielded at mid on
12:21 pm: Ravindra Jadeja is on from the other end. He goes for two runs in the post-lunch session. Once again, Ishant comes darting in and beats Peter Handscomb with a glorious delivery
12:14 pm: Ishant starts with a maiden over. Smith with solid defensive job to thwart short deliveries after another
12:10 pm: Second session underway. Steve Smith is going to face the first delivery and he has Peter Handscomb at the other end. Ishant Sharma with the ball.
12:00 pm: Steve Smith has provided some info on what his approach could be to counter the pitch issues. And that includes ‘French cricket’! Meanwhile, did you miss Warner’s dismissal but more importantly Jadeja’s superb catch that brought that about? Relive that dismissal.
11:30 am: That would be an even session then. Australia have batted well and the quick outfield has helped considerably to that cause. In reply, India have bowled well too – especially Umesh Yadav. He’s continued to get the ball to reverse swing and cause problems. Three wickets in that session – one each for Umesh, Ashwin and Jadeja. None for Ishant.
11:27 am: Jadeja to bowl last over before Lunch. Three runs from the over. LUNCH! Australia are 109/3.
11:23 am: Umesh Yadav to continue. Steve Smith gets lucky. Late swing by the pacer and Steve Smith gets an inside edge that finds the gap between his two feet. Ball runs away for a four. Next ball, same outcome but this one is played with confidence down the leg side. No luck to this, no ‘nearly gone’ feel to it. 100 up for Australia
11:19 am: Another good shout for lbw off Umesh Yadav. Peter Handscomb is caught pad-first on a reversing inswinger. Possibly going down the leg stump. India opt not to review
11:14 am: Peter Handscomb is the new man in and he starts with a confident drive which runs off for a four
11:10 am: Confident appeal by India players for a caught by the forward short-leg fielder on Shaun Marsh. The original decision is not out. India review. Veering on the leg stump as Marsh offers a defensive stroke. Gets an edge on to the pad and it is taken by Pujara. Marsh goes for 2 and Australia are 89/3
11:02 am: Shaun Marsh is the new batsman in
10:58 am: GONE! Big wicket for India as Matt Renshaw goes for 44 from 69 balls. A ball earlier, a short of length delivery by Umesh Yadav had taken Renshaw’s edge and had fallen short of Rahane at second slip. This time, the delivery is outside off as well, there is an edge as well, but it has carried to Kohli at first slip!
10:48 am: Good appeal for leg before or caught at first slip. A full delivery by Jadeja and Renshaw looks to drive but the ball beats his drive and the bat, it seems. Hits the pads and pops up to slip. Can’t be leg before either with the ball turning enough to go on and miss the stumps. No review taken by India
10:39 am: Much like India’s second innings of the second Test in Bangalore, Australia are drying up the maiden overs and have done so with regular ticking of runs. No flashy shots
10:30 am: DRINKS! This has been a good session for Australia. They’ve got the runs at a quick pace with Matt Renshaw timing the ball beautifully. However, luck didn’t go their way when David Warner fell to Ravindra Jadeja. Steve Smith is the new batsman in the middle. Australia are 64/1 after an hour of play
10:22 am: Renshaw continues his glorious start this morning. Waits for the ball to come on to the bat from Ashwin, moves on to his knee and pounces on it with a large stride forward. Sweetly struck and placed. He’s on to 33 from 40 balls with 28 runs in boundaries
10:17 am: Ashwin continues at the other end as Steve Smith comes in.
10:14 am: GONE! Ravindra Jadeja comes on to bowl with all spin attack and David Warner falls. Warner tries to thump a low full toss for a boundary but only ends up slicing it back to Jadeja who takes a smart catch – much to the umpire’s relief! Warner goes for 19! Lucky dismissal that but considering the wicket, you would want luck going your way.
10:01 am: After five overs, R Ashwin comes on to bowl to David Warner. Slip and a silly point in place. Warner has had trouble facing Ashwin throughout his career
9:50 am: Australia piling on the boundaries. Renshaw making the most of the new ball and deliveries on the leg side
9:43 am: Big shout! Ishant Sharma has Renshaw caught pad first. And that’s a massive shout for leg before and that looks close. But replays show it is clearly pitching outside leg and that was the bone of contention for the team too. Ishant with smart work to not ask Kohli to review. He didn’t look convinced himself
9:36 am: Umesh Yadav from the other end for India. He has a good shout on the second delivery but not convincing enough reason to go for a review or press for it
9:34 am: Quick outfield in Ranchi and a little touch of the bat and the ball races off to the boundary. Ishant Sharma keeps it on the pads and Renshaw gently pushes at it for a four
9:30 am: Alright then! On to the cricket! David Warner and Matt Renshaw walk out for Australia. India get into a huddle. Renshaw to face the first ball. Ishant Sharma with the ball
9:22 am: We’re readying for the start and the first ball in the third Test. Ranchi to get a Test debut. Not a packed venue on this first morning – as has been the fate for many venues across the country, sadly. Teams make their way for the national anthems
9:00 am: TOSS! Australia have won the toss and as expected opted to bat first in Ranchi. There are two changes for the visitors, Pat Cummins plays his second Test after six years and coming in at the number 6 role is Glenn Maxwell. No Test debut for Marcus Stoinis. For India, Murali Vijay is the only change. He replaces Abhinav Mukund. And it is a milestone moment for Vijay who is playing his 50th Test.
8:45 am: It’d be interesting how the team is picked. India likely to bring in Murali Vijay who sat out the second Test due to injury. That would mean Abhinav Mukund would sit out. With the ball, India could field a third spinner and make it a five bowler lineup or reduce the pace attack to just one.
For Australia, the problems are bigger. Mitchell Marsh and Mitchell Starc both are out with injury. Marcus Stoinis and Pat Cummins have flown in as replacement. At no.6, Australia could hand the Baggy Green to Stoinis or have Maxwell come in.
8:30 am: The third Test is an hour away from starting off in Ranchi. The series is locked at 1-1 with Australia winning the first by 333 runs and India clawing back with a 75 run win in Bangalore. Stay tuned as we bring you all the updates, scores, analysis
India vs Australia 3rd Test teams:
India XI: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma
Australia XI: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood
India vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1: Captains reaction at the toss:
Virat Kohli: It’s a fresh start and we’re now taking it as a two Test series. Just one change from the second Test, Murali Vijay comes in as Abhinav Mukund misses out.
Steve Smith: I don’t think there will be much bounce, and it will turn as the game progresses. Two changes in the side, Pat Cummins comes in and so does Glenn Maxwell.
India vs Australia toss, 3rd Test: The captains are in the middle for the toss. Virat Kohli flips the coin, heads is the call from Steve Smith and Australia are batting first.
India vs Australia Pitch Report, day 1, 3rd Test: Pitch once again the key point going into the Test. The first two Tests haven’t been rated well by the ICC official with invariable bounce proving to be the problem. Will that change? Looks pretty okay. As the game progresses it will turn, says Ravi Shastri. He expects cracks to open. Brett Lee chimes in that there is no light grass and little to no cracks. But he expects them to open up. In terms of length, he wants the bowlers to bowl a bit behind to bring it up to knee roll for the batsmen. Consensus is that the team which will win the toss will bat first.
India vs Australia – preview of 3rd Test, Day 1 at Ranchi:
After the heat and the energy that was the final day of the second Test in Bangalore, the real stuff shifts to Ranchi – action on the field. Bangalore saw India winning by 75 runs to level the series at 1-1 but then came the lashing out and needless controversy surrounding the DRS calls by Australia. Thankfully, it has been put to rest by both teams and not allowed to linger (or so they say). But then again, what’s an India-Australia series without some animation and banter? Ranchi is ready to play host for the first Test.
India vs Australia 3rd Test, Match Umpires
Ground Umpires: Chris Gaffaney and Ian Gould
Third Umpire: Nigel Llong
Match Referee: Sir Richie Richardson