Australia consolidated their 💪position and are now sitting pretty at the end of the first session on Day 3. They have set a target 441 in the 4th innings. Steven Smith⭐ carried on from where he left off yesterday and scored his 18th ton💯(1st in India). This was also his 5th century in his last 5 games😎 against the same opposition.
Mitchell Marsh was dismissed early in the day by Ravindra Jadeja. India were punished for dropping 3 catches for Smith yesterday and wasting 2 reviews. The Australian captain was lucky to survive an LBW shout when he was batting on 73. He made most of his luck🍀 and steadily accumulated runs. Other batsmen like Marsh, Wade & Starc rallied around their skipper and built little partnerships🙌. The left-arm quick showed once again that he was no muck with a bat, scoring a run-a-ball 30👍. Smith was finally dismissed☝ by Jadeja- making the mistake of playing back to a quicker one and being hit on the pads in front of the stumps.
Ashwin picked up the wicket of Starc, a repeat of his dismissal in the first innings. Umesh Yadav⚡ got the wickets of Matthew Wade & Nathan Lyon and finished with 7 wickets, a handsome return on such a pitch. Jadeja💫 finished with figures of 3-65 after getting the final wicket of Steve O'Keefe.
The visitors have 2 days and 2 sessions to dismiss India and take the lead in the 4 match series. The home team have been thoroughly outplayed thus far and needs a miracle✨ to turn this match around.
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M Starc📹 https://goo.gl/kjzfcR
N Lyon 📹https://goo.gl/IVW8hx
Steve Smith's 4 chances📹