India off to steady start after Jadeja show (Tea Lead)

Pune hero Steve O'Keefe and Smith then shared a crucial 51-run stand to help Australia cross 400.

Smith, who crossed 5,000 Test runs in Australia's 800th Test, the first ever at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium, was in complete control at the other end.

For India, fast bowler Umesh Yadav returned figures of 2/63 while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up a wicket each for India.

The visitors, who resumed the day on 299-4, rode on a 191-run fifth-wicket stand between Smith and Glenn Maxwell (104) to register a respectable first innings total.

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Maxwell - known for his attacking style of batting in the limited-overs formats - played cautiously, hitting only two boundaries in the 47 deliveries he faced before tea.

The visitors started the day on a positive note with Maxwell bringing up the first runs of the day with a boundary.

They will be looking to produce more of the same for their team on day two and Maxwell will being eyeing an excellent maiden Test hundred that's only 18 runs away.

India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, thinking that Smith had edged the ball, immediately pounced on the Aussie skipper, to get hold of the ball, as both the cricketers fell to the ground in the melee. It was a rare display of patience and endurance from the right-hander who had scored only 80 runs in the three Tests he had played previously in his career.

Wade, who played for the turn, only ended up handing an edge to Saha.

Umesh trapped Handscomb leg before with an in-swinging yorker a short while after the lunch break to give India another breakthrough.

Jadeja wrapped up a five-for that could see him ascend to the top of the ICC bowling rankings when he dismissed Nathan Lyon for 1.

Australia had reached 299 for 4 on Day One, and hoped to garner as many runs as possible before the wicket started showing the risky signs.

  • Julie Sanders