Smith's epic 178*, Maxwell's maiden ton take Australia to 451

The emotionally-drained Maxwell fell five balls later.

Earlier, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja claimed a five-wicket haul as Australia were dismissed for 451 in their first innings.

During the third session, Australia were firmly in command with skipper Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell at the crease for the visitors.

This India-Australia series has given cricketers very few reasons to forget the tension and laugh out loud but Australia captain Steve Smith inadvertently lightened the atmosphere by being part of a odd appeal. On a day when Australia struggled to come to terms with the Ranchi track, the Australian skipper led from the front once again scoring his sixth Test century against India in just 227 balls. Gould couldn't stop laughing while Saha looked around to know why his appeal wasn't taken seriously.

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.

Day 2, however, belonged to Smith, who surpassed Michael Clarke's 130, which had been the highest score by an Australian captain in India.

Yadav admitted bowling to Smith was quite a challenge on a batting-friendly wicket.

Smith who already had a pile of runs in his account was leading from the front while Maxwell was no less in showing his class as he was moving ahead to score the first ton of his Test career.

Good day everybody and welcome to the coverage of the second day's play in the third Test at Ranchi.

"Very happy to get back into the Test team".

"With a bit of a freshen up tonight. hopefully he's extremely effective for us tomorrow".

The top-ranked test side were 1-120 in response at stumps, with Cummins the only bowler to consistently trouble them.

  • Julie Sanders