Captain Steve Smith and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell led the charge of Australian innings on the first day of the third Test on Thursday as they were 299/4 at stumps at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi.

Putting a well-built unbeaten partnership of 159 runs for the fifth-wicket, Smith (117*) and Maxwell (82*) were cruising at the helm.

Smith’s 244-ball knock helped his complete his 5,000 Test runs, scoring his 19th Test century. 

Maxwell, who last played a Test match in 2014 in UAE, shone to the maximum on his fourth Test appearance, scoring his Test-best knock on Thursday. 

However, all his Tests have been in Asia (3 in India, 1 in UAE), this one in Ranchi would definitely feature in Maxwell’s best cricketing memories.

Earlier in the day, Australia started with a hitch as besides opener Matt Renshaw, who scored causative 44 runs, two of the prominent Aussies in the line-up – David Warner (19) and Shaun Marsh (2) lost their wickets cheaply.

For India, paceman Umesh Yadav led the bowling assault, claiming two big wickets. 

Spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja dismissed March and Warner to support the Indian spearhead.