Steve Smith continued on his merry way, as Australia crossed the 400 run mark in the first session of Day 2 of the third Test match between India and Australia at Ranchi. Australia finished the session with the scorecard reading 401-7.
At the start of the day, Australia continued their aggressive intent, with Glenn Maxwell notching up his maiden Test century in his comeback Test match. Skipper Smith too looked at ease on a flat Ranchi deck, as he brought up his 150 up, at the tail end of the session.
For India, Ravindra Jadeja looked the most threatening bowler, picking up all the 3 wickets taken by India in the opening session of Day 2.
He first picked up Maxwell and they got Matthew Wade and Pat Cummins out in quick succession, as India fought back hard at the end of the session.
But Smith and Maxwell have now ensured that Australia sit in a commanding position in the Test match, with a 400+ run score now ensuring that it is now almost impossible for them to lose the Test match.
India will now look to skittle Australia out quickly in the second session and then the batsmen will have to bat for long periods to ensure that they take a valuable lead heading into the second innings.
Also, there was no sign of Virat Kohli, the Indian captain on the field as he is nursing a shoulder injury.