The first ever Test match at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi brought good fortune for the Australians as they appeared on the driver’s seat on the opening day of the third Test against India on Thursday.
Captain Steve Smith scored impressive 117 runs (not out), while Glenn Maxwell contributed with his notable 82 runs (not out) to propel Australia to 299/4 at stumps.
Amidst all the action today, a few moments caught the sight of spectators worldwide. Here are some talking points from the day’s play.
Kohli’s unplanned departure
The India vs Australia 3rd Test wasn’t the right day for Indian skipper Virat Kohli as first he lost the toss and later suffered a shoulder injury in the 47th over and had to leave the field mid-way. The 28-year-old batsman fell awkwardly on his right shoulder while trying to save a ball going towards the boundary rope.
Indian physiotherapist Patrick Farhart monitored Kohli’s right shoulder and Kohli had to leave the field immediately. In his absence, India’s vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane took charge of the blues on Day 1, however, Kohli might appear on field on the second day on Friday.
Stupendous Smith and his 5000 Test runs
Scoring an unbeaten 117-run knock in the India vs Australia 3rd Test, which was decorated with 13 boundaries, Steve Smith crossed the mark of 5000 Test runs with style.
With his strokeful century, the 27-year-old became the third captain to score two or more hundred-plus knocks in a series in India. West Indies’ legend Clive Llyod (1974-75 & 1983-84) and England captain Alastair Cook (2012-13) were the others to do so.
His knock strengthen Aussies' case at Ranchi and brought them out of tough period.
Maxwell returns well
Glenn Maxwell, 28, enjoyed one of his best days of international cricket today as his 147-ball knock of 82 runs was his highest knock of his Test career. Victoria-born batsman, who is known for his aggressive batting style, appeared calm at Ranchi as he chose the right balls to push towards the boundary rope.
He scored five boundaries and two sky-scrapping sixes during his amusing game play. Maxwell last played a Test match in 2014 and with his knock today, he marked a remarkable return.
Formidable Aussie pair at No. 5
The unbeaten partnership of 159 runs today was the highest fifth-wicket partnership for Australia in India. Earlier it was the pair of former captain Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade, who ruled the chart with 145-run partnership stand in 2013.
Both the hitters will look to stretch the well-built partnership to astonishing numbers when the play resumes on Friday.