fter 82 overs, India 279/3 (Kohli 84, Rahane 73)
|279 / 3||OVERS82.0||R/R3.4||Fours29||Sixes0||Extras0|
Extras : 0 (b – 0, w – 0, nb – 0, lb – 0, Penalty – 0)
Day 2 report: Captain Steven Smith took a sharp catch to snare India’s first wicket after scoring a big century to fire Australia to a mammoth first innings total of 530 on day two of the third test in Melbourne on Saturday.
Standing in for the injured Michael Clarke, Smith scored a personal best 192 to anchor a stunning tail-end assault on India’s bowlers, who leaked 314 runs for the final five wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Returning to the field after tea, the 25-year-old ended a 55-run opening partnership by diving low at second slip to catch an edge from Shikhar Dhawan (28) off the bowling of Ryan Harris.
Opener Murali Vijay (55 not out) and number three batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (25 not out) pushed India to 108-1 at stumps, still 422 runs adrift of the hosts’ total.
The tourists were lucky not to be two wickets down, however, with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin spilling an edge from Pujara when the batsman was on 12.
Vijay’s unbeaten half-century, his fourth knock over 50 in the series, will give India some hope of reeling in the total on the benign drop-in wicket.