Australia were 299/4 at stumps on Day 1 of the third Test match against India in Ranchi. Steve Smith scored his 19th Test century and he also became the third fastest batsman to score 5000 Test runs while Glenn Maxwell slammed his maiden Test fifty. When it came to Indian bowlers, Umesh Yadav took two wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took one each. The four-match series is currently tied at 1-1. Get highlights of India vs Australia, third Test, Day 1 here. (SCORECARD)
16:51 hrs IST: At the end of the day, Steve Smith said: “Maxi played beautifully. Stuck to his plans and struck the bad balls. It is a good pitch so we will need all the runs we can get. The bounce was consistent, hasn’t really spun, and we will need as many as we can get in the first innings. You cannot control the past. I came out and said I made a mistake and moved on from there, and 4 for 300, we will take that, but tomorrow is going to be a crucial day for us. I would love to be batting almost this tomorrow might, that will be great.”
16:37 hrs IST: Steve Smith (117*) and Glenn Maxwell (82*) were both unbeaten at the end of the day.
16:32 hrs IST: That’s stumps on Day 1! Australia are 299/4 for the loss of 4 wickets.
16:21 hrs IST: 87 overs gone. Australia are 290 for the loss of 4 wickets.
16:15 hrs IST: The stand between Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell is also the highest partnership of the series. AUS 284/4
16:10 hrs IST: Steve Smith’s ton was the first one of this ongoing series! AUS 279/4
16:03 hrs IST: Steve Smith brings up his 19th Test century! AUS 272/4
16:00 hrs IST: 10 overs remaining in the day. Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell have been brilliant and Australia are clearly in the driver’s set!
15:55 hrs IST: A huge six from Glenn Maxwell! AUS 266/4
15:48 hrs IST: It was a weird moment as the ball got stuck between Steve Smith ‘s legs. The batsman fell down and when Wriddhiman retrieved it, he appealed for a catch but it was given not out.AUS 260/4
15:45 hrs IST: Murali Vijay into the attack! Well, that’s a unique strategy. AUS 255/4
15:40 hrs IST: 250 comes up for India for the loss of four wickets in the 77th over.
15:29 hrs IST: Around 15 overs left in the day and if Australia can finish it with 6 wickets in hand, it can be a tough climb for India. AUS 242/4
15:23 hrs IST: Fifty for Maxwell! This is the maiden half century for the aggressive batsman. AUS 240/4
15:20 hrs IST: 73 overs gone. Australia are 234 for the loss of 4 wickets.
15:12 hrs IST: it has been a good innings by Glenn Maxwell who surpassed his personal best Test score of 37. AUS 228/4
15:06 hrs IST: Steve Smith moves into the 90s as he inches towards his 19th ton. AUS 222/4
15:00 hrs IST: Steve Smith (87) and Glenn Maxwell (29) have steadied the innings brilliantly and if India are not able to break this partnership soon, it may spell trouble for the hosts. AUS 212/4
14:56 hrs IST: The Indian skipper Virat Kohli is still in the dressing room. Will it be a concern for Team India?
14:53 hrs IST: 65 overs gone. Australia are 208 for the loss of 4 wickets.
14:45 hrs IST: Maxwell goes for a big one and connects! Another boundary for the swashbuckling batsman! AUS 207/4
14:39 hrs IST: 200 comes up for Australia for the loss of 4 wickets.
14:33 hrs IST: We are back for the final session of the day. Australia will resume from their score of 196/4
14:25 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin has dismissed glenn Maxwell five times in his career. Can he do it again in the last session of the day?
14:15 hrs IST: Steve Smith is currently batting on 80 with glenn Maxwell on 19.
14:11 hrs IST: It’s tea on Day 1 of the third Test match with Australia batting on 194/4.
14:02 hrs IST: 5000 runs for Steve Smith. He became the third fastest Australian to reach the milestone after Don Bradman and Matthew Hayden.
13:53 hrs IST: India goes for a review, but it was a no-ball from Ishant Sharma. Also, the LBW review would have been wasted as the ball was going down the leg side. AUS 185/4
13:52 hrs IST: Short and wide by Ashwin and it was dispatched to the boundary by Steve Smith. AUS 184/4
13:48 hrs IST: Steve Smith is now 7 runs away from 5000 Test runs. AUS 178/4
13:41 hrs IST: A big shout from Ravindra Jadeja but the ball was clearly missing the leg stump. AUS 171/4
13:39 hrs IST: Australia are 167/4 at the end of the 52nd over.
13:29 hrs IST: it has been a calm and composed innings by the Australia skipper as he is currently batting on 61. AUS 159/4
13:25 hrs IST: 48 overs gone. Australia are 158 for the loss of 4 wickets.
13:20 hrs IST: Virat Kohli is shadow practising in the dressing room. It will be a huge blow to the hosts if their prolific batsman is less than a hundred percent! AUS 154/3
13:19 hrs IST: Steve Smith edged the ball, but it was safe as there was only one slip fielder. AUS 154/4
13:13 hrs IST: it’s drinks in Ranchi as Australia are batting on 151 for the loss of 4 wickets.
13:05 hrs IST: It was full from Umesh Yadav and Peter Handscomb missed it completely. The ball hit him on the pads and it was straight forward decision for the umpire. AUS 140/4
13:04 hrs IST: OUT! Umesh strikes once again as Handscomb is dismissed!
13:01 hrs IST: Fifty for the Australia captain! Steve Smith brings up his 21st Test fifty!
12:59 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Virat’s counterpart Steve Smith is just 2 runs away from his fifty. AUS 138/3
12:56 hrs IST: It does not look good for India as Virat Kohli is applying an ice pack to his injured shoulder.
12:53 hrs IST: Kohli looked a bit sore after a diving save in the deep. The Indian skipper left the field holding his shoulder. AUS 132/3
12:49 hrs IST: Virat Kohli goes off the field after picking up a slight injury. Hopefully, it is not serious. AUS 132/3
12:46 hrs IST: It has been a quiet start to the session as both batsmen are looking to play quite cautiously. AUS 125/3
12:37 hrs IST: A close LBW call from Jadeja, but the ball was missing the leg stump. AUS 125/3
12:32 hrs IST: Steve Smith was just 76 runs away from 5000 Test runs at the start of the match and if he achieves the feat in his game, he will be the third fastest batsman to do it. AUS 122/3
12:25 hrs IST: 33 overs gone. Australia are 114 for the loss of 3 wickets.
12:21 hrs IST: Steve Smith has been an important for the Aussies in this series and they will surely be looking at him to guide the visitors to a big total. AUS 114/3
12:14 hrs IST: We are back for the second session of the game with Ishant Sharma back in the attack. AUS 109/3
11:55 hrs IST: The wicket has played quite well till now and although there was some uneven bounce, it looks like a good track on Day 1.
11:47 hrs IST: In the Test match between New Zealand and South Africa, the Proteas were 23/2 at the end of Day 2 after New Zealand were all out for 268 in the final session of the day.
11:41 hrs IST: Matt Renshaw was the best batsman for Australia in the first session and the youngster looked quite comfortable before edging the Umesh Yadav delivery to first slip.
11:30 hrs IST: That’s lunch on Day 1! Australia are 109/3 with Peter Handscomb and Steve Smith on the crease.
11:26 hrs IST: A boundary from Steve Smith brings up the 100 for Australia. AUS 101/3
11:22 hrs IST: 27 overs gone. Australia are 96 for the loss of 3 wickets.
11:18 hrs IST: Peter Handscomb is the new batsman for Australia as a few overs remain before lunch. AUS 95/3
11:15 hrs IST: it was a faint edge and Cheteshwar Pujara completed a brilliant catch to hand Ravichandran Ashwin his first wicket of this match. AUS 93/3
11:14 hrs IST: OUT! India get its right as Shaun Marsh is dismissed for 2!
11:12 hrs IST: A big shout from the Indian players, but given not out. India going for a DRS review.
11:05 hrs IST: A huge wicket for India as both openers are now back in the pavilion. Shaun Marsh is the new batsman for the Aussies. AUS 88/2
11:02 hrs IST: The ball fell short of the slip fielder the last time, but it was not the same story! Matt Renshaw edged the delivery from Umesh Yadav and Virat Kohli took a simple catch at first slip to dismiss him for 44. AUS 80/2
11:00 hrs IST: OUT! Renshaw departs as Umesh strikes!
10:53 hrs IST: Matt Renshaw moves into the 40s with a single. AUS 77/1
10:49 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have both managed to bowl in the right line, but they have not received much assistance from the pitch yet.
10:47 hrs IST: Meanwhile, in the match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Dinesh Chandimal reached his eighth Test hundred. Follow live scores from the match here
10:42 hrs IST: 18 overs gone. Australia are 72 for the loss of one wicket.
10:38 hrs IST: A good shot and sluggish fielding results in a boundary for the Aussie skipper. AUS 68/1
10:34 hrs IST: There have been a couple of balls which kept low on the wicket, but it is too early to start criticising this track. AUS 64/1
10:31 hrs IST: Time for drinks! It has been a good start for Australia but the wicket of David Warner will be a big blow to the visitors. AUS 64/1
10:28 hrs IST: 14 overs gone. Australia for 61/1 with Matt Renshaw on 34 and skipper Steve Smith on 5.
10:22 hrs IST: Matt Renshaw has been quite impressive today as he drives Ashwin for yet another boundary. AUS 58/1
10:18 hrs IST: Steve Smith is the new batsman for Australia. Follow live updates of the match here.
10:17 hrs IST: The bowling change works for India as David Warner is caught and bowled by Jadeja for 19. A huge wicket for the hosts as the opening pair was looking extremely dangerous. AUS 50/1
10:15 hrs IST: OUT! Jadeja strikes!
10:14 hrs IST: Time for an all-spin attack as Ravindra Jadeja is introduced from the other end. AUS 45/0
10:12 hrs IST: 9 overs gone. Australia are 45 for no loss. Follow live score of the match here.
10:08 hrs IST: David Warner joins the party as he gets his first boundary! AUS 44/0
10:06 hrs IST: A wayward delivery by Ashwin and another four for Matt Renshaw! AUS 36/0
10:04 hrs IST: That did not take long! Ravichandran Ashwin is introduced by Virat Kohli in the 7th over. AUS 31/0
10:01 hrs IST: Third boundary for Matt Renshaw as Australia rush to 31/0 in 6 overs. Follow live cricket score here.
10:00 hrs IST: Follow the live score and updates from the second Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Colombo Day 2 here.
9:58 hrs IST: Both the batsmen are looking quite comfortable out in the middle as the bounce on this pitch has been quite even. AUS 25/0
9:54 hrs IST: This is the 26th Test match as captain for Virat Kohli and weirdly, he has not played the same line up for two consecutive encounters! AUS 18/0
9:51 hrs IST: Matt Renshaw looks in fine touch as he has already added two boundaries to his score. AUS 17/0
9:45 hrs IST: A big LBW shout from Ishant Sharma but the bowler was wise enough to realise that the ball pitched outside the leg-stump. Thankfully, India did not opt for a DRS review. AUS 12/0
9:43 hrs IST: A lot of experts thought that Kuldeep Yadav will be included for his match, but it seems that India have gone with their tried and tested formula of playing the extra batsman in the form of Karun Nair. AUS 6/0
9:40 hrs IST: Two overs gone. Australia are 6 for no loss.
9:35 hrs IST: The bounce looks quite even till now and Ishant Sharma has been able to move the ball from the very beginning. Good signs for the bowlers. AUS 1/0
9:31 hrs IST: David Warner and Matt Renshaw will open the batting for Australia while Ishant Sharma will start the proceedings for the hosts. Follow all the live updates of the match here.
9:24 hrs IST: In the world of tennis, it was a huge day as Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios stunned Novak Djokovic in the Indian Wells Masters.
9:19 hrs IST: A lot of milestones in this match as Ranchi will be hosting its first ever Test match, Australia will be playing their 800th and Murali Vijay his 50th.
9:13 hrs IST: During the toss, Virat Kohli said, “It’s a fresh start. We are taking it as a two-match series.”
9:11 hrs IST: A look at how the Australian will line up in Ranchi:
9:08 hrs IST: Here’s a look at the Indian XI:
9:06 hrs IST: Just one change for the hosts as Murali Vijay comes in for Abhinav Mukund. This is the 50th Test match for ‘The Monk’.
9:04 hrs IST: Two changes for Australia as glenn Maxwell comes in for Mitchell Marsh and Pat Cummins replaces the injured Mitchell Starc.
9:03 hrs IST: A hint of disappointment in Virat Kohli’s voice after losing the toss as he admits that he would have liked to bat first on this wicket.
9:01 hrs IST: Australia have won the toss and decided to bat first in Ranchi.
8:59 hrs IST: A lot of interest surrounds the team selection for both the teams. Australia will miss Mitchell Marsh and Mitchell Starc due to injury, while India may opt for a third spinner.
8:55 hrs IST: We are just five minutes away from the toss and both the captains will surely be looking to bat first if they win the toss. The toss has played a major role in the series till now and both the matches were won by teams who batted first.
8:50 hrs IST: The pitch has been the centre of a lot of controversies over the last couple of days. The Aussie media have started their attack already and looking at the initial photos, it looks like a track which will not produce much bounce.
8:45 hrs IST: Welcome to the third Test match between India and Australia! There was a big gap between the second match and this one, but the two teams will resume their rivalry today in Ranchi.
The controversies over pitch and DRS have grabbed more headlines in this four-Test series and if the build-up to the Ranchi Test is any indication, there could be more issues with the playing conditions. Toss will be key in this Test as the team batting first has finished on the winning side in this series.
India succumbed to their first defeat in 15 Test matches with a humiliating 333-run loss against Australia in the first Test at Pune last month, but clinched the second in Bangalore last week, beating the visitors by 75 runs.
“We would like to finish the last two Test matches in a very good way, and I am sure it will be something that we will be cherishing,” said India coach Anil Kumble.
Australia will once again have to make do with lack of bounce at Ranchi but the tourists have the wherewithal to overcome that challenge in Ranchi, skipper Steve Smith said on Wednesday.
Smith, 76 shy of 5,000 Test runs, said he expected the pitch to hold together quite well on the first day and then “break up from there”, adding that adaptation would be key to his team’s success and remaining in the contest for a long time.