March 16, 2017-Captain Steve Smith drove Australia's recovery with an unbeaten 80 on Thursday to take his group to 194 for four at tea on the opening day, flagging he has put the audit contention at Bengaluru behind him. The 27-year-old, the solitary centurion in the spinner-commanded four-test arrangement, hit nine limits and included in a moment 50 or more organization with Glenn Maxwell who was batting on 19 in his first test since late 2014.
Home chief Virat Kohli harmed his shoulder while jumping to spare a limit and took off the ground for treatment. Australia wasted an energetic begin and drooped to 89-3 preceding Smith raised 51 keeps running with Peter Handscomb, another hero of the audit debate in the second test, to prop up the innings.
Handscomb had prompted Smith to signal towards the changing area in Bengaluru for counsel on whether to survey a leg before wicket choice, a move that drew dangerous reaction from India chief Virat Kohli.
The groups have guaranteed to put the rancor behind them and concentrate on the four-coordinate arrangement which stays level on 1-1 after India's 75-run triumph in the Bengaluru slugfest. Smith won a vital hurl and had little wavering in batting to begin with, something of a custom on India's low-bob tracks, and Matt Renshaw drove their lively scoring with his limit orgy. With an amazingly quick outfield at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium facilitating its first test match, Renshaw's initial 24 runs came all by means of limits as the vacationers traveled to the 50-run check in the tenth over.
Kohli presented turn lead Ravichandran Ashwin in the seventh over after the initial six yielded just an indifferent leg-before claim by Ishant Sharma against Renshaw. Ashwin's turn accomplice Ravindra Jadeja got the leap forward in his first over when David Warner slapped a succulent full hurl back to the bowler to leave for 19. Renshaw searched useful for his third fifty in the arrangement before edging Umesh Yadav in the slip having played and survived an indistinguishable shot on the past conveyance.
Renshaw's familiar 44 included seven exquisite limits. Ashwin, now the main wicket-taker in the arrangement, tasted achievement when he got Shaun Marsh got at short leg after Kohli effectively looked into the first not-out choice. Smith and Handscomb (19) steadied the innings before Yadav struck once more, catching the last lbw with an inswinging yorker.
Australia acquired paceman Pat Cummins, who is playing his second test after over five years in the wild, and Maxwell to supplant the harmed pair of Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh. India invited back opener Murali Vijay, who missed the blustery Bengaluru test with a shoulder damage.