Friday 18 August 2017 / 01:41 AM

SMITH AND MAXWELL GUIDE DAY 1 RANCHI RALLY

Yet another stoic century from captain Steve Smith and an uncharacteristically patient innings from promoted all-rounder Glenn Maxwell saw Australia through to 4/299 at stumps on Day 1 of the third Test against India.

Smith reached 117 not out, while Glenn Maxwell finished unbeaten on 82 as the duo put on an unbroken partnership of 159 runs.

After a quick start by Matt Renshaw and David Warner, the latter fell for 19 in the 10th over, caught and bowled by Ravindra Jadeja with the score on 50.

Renshaw (44) and Shaun Marsh (2) succumbed to Umesh Yadav and Ravi Ashwin respectively in the space of three overs, leaving Australia in a delicate position at 3/89, while Yadav trapped Peter Handscomb (19) after a 51-run stand with Smith.

But Smith and Maxwell frustrated the home side, lasting more than half of the day’s play out in the middle.

The skipper hit 13 boundaries to bring up his 19th century in just his 53rd Test, joining Michael Hussey (79 Tests) and Mark Taylor (104 Tests) in 12th spot on Australia’s list of all-time century-makers.

While restrained by his own standards, Maxwell still smacked two sixes in his 147 balls faced, passing 50 for the first time in four Test starts.

The day was a triumph for Smith, hounded by the DRS controversy in the second Test loss, while counterpart Virat Kohli watched most of the action from the stands after a nasty fall in the field which has threatened his involvement in the rest of the match.

 

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