No serious concerns' over Kohli's shoulder injury
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 7:37
His 19th test century, which contained 16 boundaries, is already the highest score by an Australia captain in India, eclipsing predecessor Michael Clarke's 130 in Chennai four years ago.
Maxwell gained in confidence as he went past his previous highest Test score of 37 and reached his maiden Test half-century off 95 balls with a six off Ravindra Jadeja. He had nine boundaries and two sixes in his 185-ball knock.
Equally praiseworthy was Umesh Yadav's performance (3/108 in 31 overs), who bowled with pace and got the old ball to reverse on a consistent basis.
"He might have played a couple of bad shots but he didn't play so he got out like a couple of the others did", he said. Peter Handscomb was out LBW when Umesh surprised him with an inswinging yorker, but in Maxwell, one of two replacements for Australia alongside Pat Cummins, Australia found a steady hand.
At the other end, Maxwell shed his T20 specialist's tag, showing adequate restraint while punishing loose deliveries over four hours that he was at the crease. Australia have had three such partnerships in five innings so far.
But Jadeja put the brakes on by dismissing Wade and Patt Cummins (0) 10 minutes before lunch to infuse some energy in the Indian camp.
India had the initial edge after taking three wickets of David Warner (19), Matt Renshaw (44) and Shaun Marsh (2) in the first session but after the initial jolt Australians played with maturity to deny the Indians any advantage. Ajinkya Rahane was left to take over the reins for the rest of the day. Jadeja completed a fine run-out of Josh Hazlewood by backflicking Rahul's throw to bowl out Australia for in 137.3 overs.
The visitors were 299 for four at stumps after electing to bat first in their 800th Test at a venue which is hosting its first-ever five-day global, with Smith unbeaten on 117 and Glenn Maxwell on 82.
Amid speculations that Virat Kohli would be ruled out of the ongoing Test because of a shoulder injury - some unconfirmed reports claimed he had torn a ligament - the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sent a late night communique which said the Indian captain was recovering well and had "no serious concern".
The India captain missed much of the day's play after damaging his right shoulder while fielding near the boundary on Thursday and deputy Ajinkya Rahane took over.
His absence from the field, however, would not affect his number four batting position as this was an external injury.
Bat dominated ball for major parts of the opening day, after Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, but India fought hard to ensure they stayed in the game with vital breakthroughs early in the day.
2 Australian players to score centuries in all three global formats.