With the help of veteran Steve Smith’s 27th Test century, Australia scored 338 in their first innings here on Friday on the second day of the third Test cricket match against India, despite Ravindra Jadeja’s brilliant bowling. By the end, it had scored 96 runs at the loss of two wickets. He is currently 242 runs behind Australia. Cheteshwar Pujara (9) and captain Ajinkya Rahane (5) were batting on runs till the end of the day’s play. From india Shubman Gill Made the first half century of his Test career. He scored an innings of 50 runs while the vice-captain Rohit Sharma 26 runs were dismissed.
Earlier, the highlight of the Australian innings was Smith’s 131 runs for which he faced 226 balls and hit 16 fours. Apart from him, Marnus Labuschen (91) and playing his first Test match Will Pukowski (62) made useful contributions. Smith and Labushen shared a 100-run partnership for the third wicket.
Jadeja denied Labushen a century after which Australia lost wickets at regular intervals. Jadeja took four wickets for 62 runs. Apart from him, Jasprit Bumrah and Navdeen Saini, playing their first Test, took two wickets and Mohammad Siraj took one wicket. Jadeja ended the Australian innings with a brilliant throw to Smith.
Australia started the day at 166 for two in the morning with positive batting from Smith, Labushen and lower-order Mitchell Starc (24) adding 172 runs in around 51 overs on the second day. The bowlers are not getting much help from the Sydney wicket but after taking Jadeja and new ball, Bumrah and Saini bowled well.
Twice in the morning session disrupted the rain. When the game started after the first rain stopped, Australia lost the wicket of Labushen who missed the century by only nine runs. She tried to cut Jadeja’s extra bouncing ball but she took the edge of his bat and went to slip captain Ajinkya Rahane who converted it very beautifully in the catch. Labushen played 196 balls and hit 11 fours.
Matthew Wade (13) gave Jadeja his wicket in the prize. He made a waving catch at mid-on with a straight ball. He has lost his wicket earlier this way in the series. India took the new ball as soon as 80 overs were completed. Bumrah trapped Cameron Green (zero) lbw on a beautiful ball and then scooped Tim Paine (one). Jadeja dismissed Pat Cummins after which Smith completed his century with three runs off Saini.
This was the first century of any Australian batsman in their home ground against India in the last six years. This innings was also important for Smith as he was able to score only 10 runs in the first two games. In Sydney, however, he did not let his rival Ravichandran Ashwin dominate. Both the Indian spinners made some short pitch balls on which Smith scored good runs. Smath played more aggressively after completing the century, which helped Australia reach 300 runs.