Australia tour of India, 3rd Test: India v Australia at Ranchi, Mar 16-20, 2017
Match drawn
16,17,18,19,20 March 2017 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

9.30am Okay. You and me now. Finally some cricket. David Warner and Matt Renshaw walk out. India end their huddle. Renshaw to take first strike. Ishant Sharma to bowl. Two slips, a gully and a short leg

George: "Well at least Maxi gets to bat ahead of Wade now ..."

9.20am I must say the reader feedback game is a little down after what happened in Bangalore. An unsubstantiated claim has made the readers from each side quite angry. Here is a selection of the more humorous and mature ones

James: "while I would have gone for a specialist batsman over Maxi, given how little bowling the 5th bowlers have had to do, I do feel like Maxi can provide the type of Mitch Starc cameo that could prove if this pitch is as tough as people say it will be"

Aussie Cheater: "Did Steve Smith check with the change room while the coin was in the air?"

Anmol lakhmani: "I have become a great fan of matt renshaw lately .. He has been super with his tempremant and his shot selection.. Hoping for him to fire bug guns today"

Amruthraj Singh: "Never has a Test generated so much excitement like this one for me. My adrenaline flow is the same as what it wud have been for a world cup match one dayer between these 2, hours before the start of the game!"

thermio: "We all know it's a four innings match but that coin toss just flushed all the stress from my body. Never guarantees a win but it should hopefully mean a good contest."

9.10am That was a big toss to win for Australia. Had India batted first here, it is highly likely it would have been one-way traffic. Now things are evened out a little. Having said that, Australia will know they will need a big first-innings score. This pitch, as Karthik Krishnaswamy explained, is lowandslow. That's exactly the opposite of what works for Nathan Lyon and fast bowlers. Lyon wants bounce. Now Australia bowlers need to find out a way to get lbws and bowleds. In the case of a right-arm offspinner, they work more against left-hand batsmen: you bowl an offbreak within the stumps or just outside, and hope the natural variation kicks in to test both edges of the bat. Lyon said he has watched a lot of Ashwin, the different releases, to maximise the chances of getting that natural variation. This Test will be the time to display what he has learnt

My feeling is Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja, who have played a lot of their cricket in Rajkot's lowandslow pitches, will be the two big players for India. Even in Bangalore, Pujara kept out a staggering number of shooters. Low bounce does not bother Pujara. Imperative once again for Australia to put on the first-innings runs

9am Smith calls heads, and heads it is. Australia will bat first. "I don't think there will be much bounce, and it will turn as the game progresses," says Smith

Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell are in

"It's a fresh start," says Kohli. "We are taking it as a two-match series."

Just the on change for India. Vijay comes back for Abhinav

8.50am On to the pitch now. It looked interestingly dark and full of little cracks a day out. Steven Smith said it looked like "rolled mud". The key words are "looked like". The pitch is expected to play better. High clay content and black soil, according to the curator, means it should not crumble. Smith said he expected it to play well for one day before going. Now, if the curator is to be believed, the cracks should neither open up nor crumble. We have only seen the pitch, not touched it. How loose are those cracks might be the key. If they are moving, if the top surface is loose, well...

"On the surface it looks okay," says Ravi Shastri, "But that is just make-up. As the game goes on, it will turn."

"If you want bounce as a quick," says Brett Lee, "you have to do it in the first hour of the first day."

For a fast bowler you have to be as full as 4m, says Lee. Says Shastri, "All in all a track where you have got to win the toss and look to bat first."

And a correction. Usman Khawaja is also an option as a replacement for M Marsh

8.40am Before we get to the most important thing, the pitch, let's ponder team changes first. M Vijay should come back for India to play his 50th Test, only the fourth India opener to reach there. If there is no bounce in the pitch, as expected, India might be tempted to play a third spinner. If they do so, will they do it at the expense of Karun Nair or Ishant Sharma? Virat Kohli doesn't like going into a Test with just one the quick

Australia have two choices to make. Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh are out. The options to replace Starc are Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins or another spinner. Cummins has just flown in, but with Josh Hazlewood and Bird being too similar, they might just go ahead with Cummins. For No. 6, the options are Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis. No cap presentation to report yet, so it seems Australia might be thinking Maxwell

8.30am All the shenanigans, all the accusations, all the argy-bargy, everything comes down to this: actual cricket. This Test could not have arrived sooner. Some of the cricketers over the two weeks have shown they are excellent at cricket but not at other things. So cricket it is. In 30 minutes, a coin will go up, and we will be back to it. This is Sidharth Monga, your commentator for this Ranchi Test. welcoming you to Cricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage. MS Dhoni's home ground is making its Test debut

The series has been intriguing, played on a "poor" and a "below average" pitch so far. Both sides have reason to be happy with their performances, both can find reasons to be bitterly disappointed too. India got the track they wanted in Pune, but suffered perhaps their worst loss at home, and yet they have come back superbly after playing catch-up for the first eight sessions in Bangalore. Australia, on the other hand, would have gladly taken a 1-1 scoreline if you had offered it to them a month ago, but they will be cross with themselves that they couldn't finish the job in Bangalore. The side that comes in a neutral state of mind might just take the lead here

0.1

Sharma to Renshaw, no run, on a length, just outside off, allowed to angle through to Saha

Abhishek: "@George: it would be fantastic to watch his reaction if he doesn't"

0.2

Sharma to Renshaw, no run, on a length, outside off, left alone

Kohli, who dropped two catches at slip in Bangalore, is still at first slip despite the return of M Vijay

0.3

Sharma to Renshaw, no run, good carry. On a length, outside off, collected almost head high by Saha

0.4

Sharma to Renshaw, no run, full, just outside off, Renshaw in two minds, whether to play or leave. In the end the ball hits the bat as he is looking to leave. The ball rolls towards point

Be interesting to see if Ashwin opens the bowling from the other end. This is an lbw pitch

0.5

Sharma to Renshaw, no run, on a length, pretty straight, swinging towards off, and defended from the crease

0.6

Sharma to Renshaw, FOUR, full and straight, and this defensive push goes for four. This outfield is lightning quick. He pushes this wide of mid-on, and Ashwin can only escort it all the way to the fence

End of over 1 (4 runs) Australia 4/0

    • MT Renshaw 4 (6b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 0 (0b)
    • I Sharma 1-0-4-0

India begin with pace from both ends. Here is Umesh Yadav

1.1

Yadav to Warner, 2 runs, short of a length, on the pads, tucked away for a couple towards deep square

1.2

Yadav to Warner, no run, where has this kicked off from? Short of a length, on off, jumps at him. Warner does well to not follow it with his hands. Head high for Saha. Is this because of the early moisture that Lee talked about at the pitch report?

1.3

Yadav to Warner, no run, down the leg side, off the pad to Saha. Half a shout

1.4

Yadav to Warner, no run, short of a length, no pace off the pitch, and defended by Warner

1.5

Yadav to Warner, no run, again slow off the surface. Short of a length, and Warner has to wait for the ball to arrive. Defends

Interesting that Vijay is at mid-on, and was at fine leg last over. Is Kohli at slip to make better calls for DRS?

1.6

Yadav to Warner, no run, short of a length, straight, punched to mid-off

End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 6/0

    • DA Warner 2 (6b)
    • MT Renshaw 4 (6b 1x4)
    • UT Yadav 1-0-2-0
    • I Sharma 1-0-4-0
2.1

Sharma to Renshaw, no run, full and straight, Renshaw right behind it in defence

2.2

Sharma to Renshaw, no run, full again, Renshaw shapes up to drive, but then stays inside its line. Allows it to go through to Saha

2.3

Sharma to Renshaw, no run, big big lbw shout. Is this full enough to pitch within the stumps and hit the stumps? Called not-out, and India don't review. There is no swing, and is hitting him in front of middle. Replays show it pitches clearly outside leg. Ishant has done well here by telling Kohli not to review it

2.4

Sharma to Renshaw, no run, on a length and straight, solidly defended this time by Renshaw

2.5

Sharma to Renshaw, FOUR, gets a touch too full and on the pads, and Renshaw has clipped this between mid-on and midwicket for four more. Don't bother chasing these on this outfield

2.6

Sharma to Renshaw, no run, full on the pads again, but this time Renshaw has found the man at midwicket. He will feel has lost out on four runs

End of over 3 (4 runs) Australia 10/0

    • MT Renshaw 8 (12b 2x4)
    • DA Warner 2 (6b)
    • I Sharma 2-0-8-0
    • UT Yadav 1-0-2-0

"Wonder if Vijay is not fielding in slips because of his shoulder injury" Good point, George. I wanted to type that too and suddenly the new over began

3.1

Yadav to Warner, no run, short of a length, on off, punched sweetly but straight to square cover

3.2

Yadav to Warner, no run, straight, short of a length, Warner right behind it

3.3

Yadav to Warner, 1 run, fuller, on off, pushed wide of mid-off, and hares through for a single

3.4

Yadav to Renshaw, no run, full toss, just a push from Renshaw, and Ashwin at mid-off is surprised by the pace of the outfield again. He has to put in a dive to save four runs. Well done in the end

3.5

Yadav to Renshaw, FOUR, short of a length, outside off, and steered away between gully and point. No third man in pace

3.6

Yadav to Renshaw, no run, full and straight, stays a touch low, and Renshaw defends it solidly

End of over 4 (5 runs) Australia 15/0

    • MT Renshaw 12 (15b 3x4)
    • DA Warner 3 (9b)
    • UT Yadav 2-0-7-0
    • I Sharma 2-0-8-0

"Lets be honest doesn't matter if Vijay is not standing at slips, he has been terrible himself and has dropped more than half the chances that has come his way. According to me the best slip catcher in the team is Ashwin but for some reason he has just boycotted that position." Gannyboy, maybe India are wary of a finger injury

4.1

Sharma to Warner, 2 runs, length ball, on the pads, tucked away past midwicket for a couple

4.2

Sharma to Warner, no run, full, just outside off, driven to mid-off

"Lucky Australia have unearthed the dasher Renshaw at the top of the order to offset the dour Warner..." Dave, something wrong with the world today that Renshaw has scored 12 and all in boundaries whereas Warner has five, all run

4.3

Sharma to Warner, no run, on a length, on off, defended from the crease

4.4

Sharma to Warner, 1 run, half-volley, driven straight of mid-off for a single

Think it might be time for Ashwin from the other end

4.5

Sharma to Renshaw, FOUR, another four for Renshaw. He has scored 16, and all in boundaries. Length ball, pitches outside leg, and he tucks it away off the pad. Beats midwicket, and the outfield does the rest

4.6

Sharma to Renshaw, no run, on a length, on off, Renshaw in two minds whether to play or leave. Ends up being squared and guiding it to the slips. On the bounce

End of over 5 (7 runs) Australia 22/0

    • MT Renshaw 16 (17b 4x4)
    • DA Warner 6 (13b)
    • I Sharma 3-0-15-0
    • UT Yadav 2-0-7-0

Umesh continues

5.1

Yadav to Warner, 3 runs, short of a length, tucked away off the hip, and is that outfield quick or what? Pujara has to put in the long chase, and they take the third on the throw. On another outfield this would have been just one

5.2

Yadav to Renshaw, no run, short of a length, outside off, gets a bit of bounce and Renshaw stays inside its line. He looks for a glance fine, but is beaten

5.3

Yadav to Renshaw, 1 leg bye, good carry into his armpit. Renshaw is beaten again, but gets a leg-bye this time

Todd Ferguson: "Renshaw has really taken to international cricket at the top of the order. As a kid, he may well yet have plenty of ups and downs in his career but hopefully that means plenty of time to improve and work on his game too. Does make you wonder though, how many gems the CA selectors have missed out on over the years by not considering our young up and comers first? Remember, the selectors were really forced into throwing Renshaw, Hanscombe et al into the mix on the back of the SL and SA debacles!"

5.4

Yadav to Warner, 1 leg bye, Warner will feel he has missed out. Full ball on the pads, and he gets just the leg-bye. Early into the flick

Umesh goes round the wicket

5.5

Yadav to Renshaw, FOUR, long half-volley, and driven scorchingly through cover. Renshaw reaches 20, all in boundaries

5.6

Yadav to Renshaw, no run, short of a length, angling in, Renshaw tall in defence

End of over 6 (9 runs) Australia 31/0

    • MT Renshaw 20 (21b 5x4)
    • DA Warner 9 (15b)
    • UT Yadav 3-0-14-0
    • I Sharma 3-0-15-0

R Ashwin on. As expected. Bowling to Warner. A slip and a silly point

6.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, Warner drives the first ball on the up, into the shin pad of silly point

6.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, slower in the air, Warner lets this one through. Good turn and bounce. Is this the early moisture?

6.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, tossed up, just outside off, Warner defends off the front foot

6.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, nice dip from Ashwin. Slow too, at 79ks. Defended off the front foot

Gocfe: "Renshaw is batting like an injured Gordon Greenidge"

6.5

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, short but stays low. Warner does well to cut it in time. It has hit a dark patch and not bounced much. Gets a single

6.6

Ashwin to Renshaw, FOUR, Renshaw continues to deal in fours. Ashwin slightly too full, slightly too straight, and he clips this off his toes. Beats midwicket, and the chase from Pujara and Vijay, who has run to his right from fine leg. This is a really really quick outfield

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 36/0

    • MT Renshaw 24 (22b 6x4)
    • DA Warner 10 (20b)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-5-0
    • UT Yadav 3-0-14-0

John: "Ashwin must be scratching his head in disbelief at not being given the new ball? He's made Warner look clueless in every innings thus far and despite the hypothesized early bounce for the quicks surely India would have wanted a cheaply dismissed Warner as a priority?"

7.1

Yadav to Warner, 1 run, length ball, angling in, pushed wide of mid-on for a single

7.2

Yadav to Renshaw, 2 runs, now they have a deep forward square leg to deny Renshaw the boundary. Tucks this length ball away, and gets a couple to deep midwicket. His first non-boundary runs

7.3

Yadav to Renshaw, 1 run, on a length, outside off, and he runs this to third man for a single

7.4

Yadav to Warner, FOUR, Warner's first boundary. Umesh bowls full. Too full. And he crunches this through cover

"As an Aussie I am disappointed that the ICC has not investigated the claims against Smith and Australia. By not proving or disproving the allegations it leaves a question mark over the result in the series if Australia manage to win it. It has soured this series for me and up until the press conferences after the 2nd Test it had been a great series so far." Simon, as I wrote in a piece, if the ICC has not laid charges, it means it looked at match footage and spoke to the umpires but couldn't find any actionable evidence. And with no evidence at hand, the ICC shouldn't really be making a public comment either way

7.5

Yadav to Warner, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended off the back foot

7.6

Yadav to Warner, no run, this length ball stops at him. Played uppishly towards square cover

End of over 8 (8 runs) Australia 44/0

    • DA Warner 15 (24b 1x4)
    • MT Renshaw 27 (24b 6x4)
    • UT Yadav 4-0-22-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-5-0
8.1

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, slow off the pitch. Renshaw looks for a repeat of the last ball of the last over, but this one doesn't come on and takes the leading edge. No gully, though

8.2

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, more on off this time, and defended back to him

8.3

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, flat and quick, but full. Renshaw caught defending a full ball off the back foot but does well

8.4

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, tossed up outside off, and left alone

8.5

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, flatter, shorter, punched back to him off the back foot

8.6

Ashwin to Renshaw, 1 run, fuller, pushed to the left of short straight cover. Kohli fumbles to allow them a single

End of over 9 (1 run) Australia 45/0

    • MT Renshaw 28 (30b 6x4)
    • DA Warner 15 (24b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-6-0
    • UT Yadav 4-0-22-0

Spin at both ends. Here is Jadeja

9.1

Jadeja to Renshaw, no run, on a length, outside off, defended back

9.2

Jadeja to Renshaw, 1 run, full, outside off, mistimes this drive, and gets a single wide of mid-off

Slip, leg slip and a short leg

9.3

Jadeja to Warner, FOUR, tossed up wide, and Warner drives it with an open face. Easy pickings for Warner there

9.4

Jadeja to Warner, OUT, what a catch from Jadeja. This is such a weird wicket. The little bit of luck India needed. A full toss from Jadeja, Warner should be hitting this for four, but ends up slicing this back at good pace. The thing about this catch is, after you bowl such a fullie you are looking at which part of the ground is this being dispatched to. Jadeja, though, is alert and pouches this

DA Warner c & b Jadeja 19 (45m 26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 73.07

Jadeja kept India alive with his wickets on the third morning in Bangalore. And now he has paused Australia's great start. In comes Steven Smith

9.5

Jadeja to Smith, no run, on a length, on off, defended from the crease

9.6

Jadeja to Smith, no run, forward-defensive from Smith. To silly point on a bounce

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 50/1

    • SPD Smith 0 (2b)
    • MT Renshaw 29 (32b 6x4)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-5-1
    • R Ashwin 2-0-6-0

Mark: "Warner will probably be happy that Ashwin didn't get him out again. Always look on the bright side of life."

10.1

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, defended off the front foot

10.2

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, stays back to keep out a flat length ball

10.3

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, slower in the air, but not full enough to bring him forward. Defended from the crease

10.4

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, really full, middle and leg, pushed back to Ashwin

10.5

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, on a length, middle and leg, punched to midwicket

10.6

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, tossed up nicely, hits the inside half of the bat as Renshaw defends off the front foot

End of over 11 (maiden) Australia 50/1

    • MT Renshaw 29 (38b 6x4)
    • SPD Smith 0 (2b)
    • R Ashwin 3-1-6-0
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-5-1

John: "That wicket probably sums up Warner's mindset. Just hit the ball Davey."

11.1

Jadeja to Smith, no run, full, middle and leg. Slow pitch, difficult to time it, and finds mid-on

11.2

Jadeja to Smith, FOUR, Smith off the mark with a four. Jadeja fires this into the pads. He gets inside the line and glances this through fine leg

11.3

Jadeja to Smith, no run, on a length, some dip, and Smoith defends in front of his body

11.4

Jadeja to Smith, no run, full, Smith drives wristily, and plays it back to Jadeja

Luke Emerson: "I swear full tosses are genuine wicket taking balls. The number of wickets I have seen fall to full tosses is incredible....however, I have seen them go for a lot of runs too...high risk vs high reward?!"

11.5

Jadeja to Smith, no run, full, middle and leg, defended back to him

11.6

Jadeja to Smith, no run, flatter, and Smith stays back to defend

End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 54/1

    • SPD Smith 4 (8b 1x4)
    • MT Renshaw 29 (38b 6x4)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-9-1
    • R Ashwin 3-1-6-0
12.1

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, flat, short of a length, defended to leg

12.2

Ashwin to Renshaw, FOUR, driven on the up. His reach and his hands do the job. He leans in and drives this along the ground, and to the right of short straight cover. There is a long-off in place, but this outfield takes it away from him

12.3

Ashwin to Renshaw, 1 run, too full, driven to long-off for one

Renshaw has given up the helmet, but Smith still has one on

12.4

Ashwin to Smith, no run, down the wicket, gets too close to the ball and plays it back to Ashwin

12.5

Ashwin to Smith, no run, nice loop outside off, draws a forward-defensive

12.6

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, too short, but the pitch is slow so he has to shelve the cut. He goes back to punch it to long-on for one

End of over 13 (6 runs) Australia 60/1

    • SPD Smith 5 (11b 1x4)
    • MT Renshaw 34 (41b 7x4)
    • R Ashwin 4-1-12-0
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-9-1
13.1

Jadeja to Smith, no run, some turn from middle and leg. Defended off the front foot

13.2

Jadeja to Smith, no run, on a length, on off, makes him defend again

13.3

Jadeja to Smith, no run, Smith goes back to defend a length ball

13.4

Jadeja to Smith, no run, full, outside off, and the ball stops to make him mistime the drive. Mid-off does the fielding

13.5

Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, down the wicket to play an extravagant flick for a single to square leg

13.6

Jadeja to Renshaw, no run, some turn on a length ball from outside off. Hits the inside half of the bat

End of over 14 (1 run) Australia 61/1

    • MT Renshaw 34 (42b 7x4)
    • SPD Smith 6 (16b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-10-1
    • R Ashwin 4-1-12-0
14.1

Ashwin to Smith, no run, stays back to defend a length-ball offbreak

14.2

Ashwin to Smith, no run, slight shimmy to a drifting offbreak. He has to play defensively because it has drifted away

14.3

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, stays back for a shortish offbreak. Stays a touch low, but he manages to work it to leg for one

14.4

Ashwin to Renshaw, 1 run, on a length, on off, driven to the right of Ashwin for a single. He puts in a dive but is not quick enough

14.5

Ashwin to Smith, no run, stays back to keep out a length-ball offbreak

14.6

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, slow off the surface, and he goes back to punch this down for a single

Time for a drink

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 64/1

    • SPD Smith 8 (21b 1x4)
    • MT Renshaw 35 (43b 7x4)
    • R Ashwin 5-1-15-0
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-10-1

Just the one maiden in that first hour

15.1

Jadeja to Smith, no run, on a length, middle and off, defended off the front foot

15.2

Jadeja to Smith, no run, slower through the air, less turn than the last time, hits the inside half of the bat

15.3

Jadeja to Smith, no run, stays back for a flat delivery, but can't beat the man at point with his punch

15.4

Jadeja to Smith, no run, full, half-volley, driven well, but extra cover prevents any runs

15.5

Jadeja to Smith, FOUR, excellent shot. Against the turn and still all along the ground. On a length, middle and leg, and he punch-drives this. Beats midwicket to his right, and it hurtles away on this quick outfield

15.6

Jadeja to Smith, no run, corrects the line. Defended outside off

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 68/1

    • SPD Smith 12 (27b 2x4)
    • MT Renshaw 35 (43b 7x4)
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-14-1
    • R Ashwin 5-1-15-0
16.1

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, goes back to a flat length ball, and works this to leg for no runs

16.2

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, full, drifting in, pushed to mid-on

16.3

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, slight forward movement to defend a length-ball offbreak

16.4

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, wider outside off, Renshaw trusts the pitch and pushes with an open face

16.5

Ashwin to Renshaw, 1 run, flatter, shorter, and he goes back to punch this wide of midwicket for one

16.6

Ashwin to Smith, no run, flat, middle and leg, quicker through the air, and Smith defends from the crease

End of over 17 (1 run) Australia 69/1

    • SPD Smith 12 (28b 2x4)
    • MT Renshaw 36 (48b 7x4)
    • R Ashwin 6-1-16-0
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-14-1

You all know Sudhir Gautam, the Tendulkar fan who paints himself in the India flag for every match. Well, he's got some new moves (but not giving up his day job)

17.1

Jadeja to Renshaw, 1 run, on a length, turning in, driven to long-on for one

17.2

Jadeja to Smith, no run, some turn from a length just outside off. Smith uses soft hands in defence

17.3

Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, down the wicket, beaten in the air, but he gets a single off the thick outside edge of the bat

17.4

Jadeja to Renshaw, no run, on a length, outside off, punched back to Jadeja

17.5

Jadeja to Renshaw, 1 run, slightly too straight and he drives it down to long-on for one

17.6

Jadeja to Smith, no run, slower in the air, on off, Smith defends this watchfully

End of over 18 (3 runs) Australia 72/1

    • SPD Smith 13 (31b 2x4)
    • MT Renshaw 38 (51b 7x4)
    • RA Jadeja 5-0-17-1
    • R Ashwin 6-1-16-0
18.1

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, short, doesn't come on, punched to short cover

18.2

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, on a length, flat, on off, defended from the crease

18.3

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, slight dip outside off, defended off the front foot

18.4

Ashwin to Renshaw, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven to wide long-off for a single

18.5

Ashwin to Smith, no run, short of a length, no room, punched to short straight midwicket

18.6

Ashwin to Smith, 2 runs, that is just a flurry of wrists. This is tossed up outside off, Smith is not to the pitch of the ball and still looks to cover-drive using his wrists to keep it down. The ball runs off the outer half of the bat and goes fine of point. This shot shows how much Smith is trusting this pitch

End of over 19 (3 runs) Australia 75/1

    • SPD Smith 15 (33b 2x4)
    • MT Renshaw 39 (55b 7x4)
    • R Ashwin 7-1-19-0
    • RA Jadeja 5-0-17-1

The run rate is below four now

19.1

Jadeja to Renshaw, no run, big big shout. More for lbw than catch, but there is a double play here. Not given on the field, and India don't review. Full, Renshaw looks for the drive, the ball beats his drive, hits the pad, and goes to slip. There is an explosion off the pitch, baby. Impact outside off, but the ball still turning enough to miss the stumps

19.2

Jadeja to Renshaw, no run, flat, into the pads, defended

19.3

Jadeja to Renshaw, 1 run, lap sweep. No short fine leg, so he can afford to play this in the air

19.4

Jadeja to Smith, no run

19.5

Jadeja to Smith, no run, flat outside off, defended back to him

19.6

Jadeja to Smith, no run, solid front-foot defensive to end the over

End of over 20 (1 run) Australia 76/1

    • SPD Smith 15 (36b 2x4)
    • MT Renshaw 40 (58b 7x4)
    • RA Jadeja 6-0-18-1
    • R Ashwin 7-1-19-0

Bowling change now. Umesh Yadav is here. Will there be reverse?

20.1

Yadav to Renshaw, no run, full and straight, defended from the crease

20.2

Yadav to Renshaw, no run, full again, on off, defended to cover

Umesh definitely bowling full to see if there is any reverse. He is hiding the ball too. He goes round the wicket

20.3

Yadav to Renshaw, no run, length ball, angling in, Renshaw defends from the crease

In Ranchi, and wondering what to do with your spare time? Let Jharkhand batsman Ishank Jaggi tell you: Tastes of Ranchi

20.4

Yadav to Renshaw, 1 run, wide length ball, he pushes at it with an open face for a single to deep point

Rob Moody: "Is it just me or are the Indians unusually quiet in the field? The intensity they showed in Bangalore seems absent today. "

20.5

Yadav to Smith, no run, full and straight, slight tail back in, defended from the crease

A short mid-on, almost on the pitch, and a short midwicket in

20.6

Yadav to Smith, no run, full, swinging in, and defended from the crease. This ball might be reversing a little

End of over 21 (1 run) Australia 77/1

    • SPD Smith 15 (38b 2x4)
    • MT Renshaw 41 (62b 7x4)
    • UT Yadav 5-0-23-0
    • RA Jadeja 6-0-18-1

Ashwin gets a change of ends

21.1

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, full, on off, pushed back to him

21.2

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, slower in the air, gets the ball to dip, draws a forward-defensive

21.3

Ashwin to Renshaw, no run, drift into the pads, Renshaw looks to play to let, and gets a leading edge back to Ashwin. Falls short

21.4

Ashwin to Renshaw, 1 run, flatter, quicker, Renshaw goes back to dab on it for a single

21.5

Ashwin to Smith, no run, stays back to defend a length-ball offbreak

21.6

Ashwin to Smith, no run, stays back to defend another flat offbreak

End of over 22 (1 run) Australia 78/1

    • SPD Smith 15 (40b 2x4)
    • MT Renshaw 42 (66b 7x4)
    • R Ashwin 8-1-20-0
    • UT Yadav 5-0-23-0
22.1

Yadav to Renshaw, 2 runs, length ball, into the pads, whipped away to deep midwicket for a couple

22.2

Yadav to Renshaw, no run, nearly there. Short of a length, outside off, he opens the face on it, and it nearly carries to second slip. Rahane there is standing closer than usual, and takes this on the half-volley

22.3

Yadav to Renshaw, OUT, as in Pune, Umesh produces a breakthrough after a good start from Australia. Renshaw has played a poor shot twice in a row. Almost slips catching practice here. Length ball outside off, holds its line with the shine, which is away from Renshaw. He just opens the face, and Kohli hangs on to one at first slip

MT Renshaw c Kohli b Yadav 44 (89m 69b 7x4 0x6) SR: 63.76

Renshaw and Australia will be really disappointed with that shot. It now exposes a new batsman to revere swing. In walks Shaun Marsh

22.4

Yadav to Marsh, 1 run, on a length, 144ks, hits the outside half of the defensive bat and they take a single

22.5

Yadav to Smith, 2 runs, takes this length ball off the stumps and works it into the leg side for a couple

22.6

Yadav to Smith, 1 run, on a length, straight, stays a touch low, and he works this to leg still. Gets a single

End of over 23 (6 runs) Australia 84/2

    • SPD Smith 18 (42b 2x4)
    • SE Marsh 1 (1b)
    • UT Yadav 6-0-29-1
    • R Ashwin 8-1-20-0

"It is funny how I was actually surprised that the catch was taken at slip. Says a lot about how the standard of Indian slip catching has come down!" Siddharth, it wasn't the cleanest either

23.1

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, casual from Ashwin. On a length, pushed back to his right, and Ashwin looks to field it with the foot and conedes a single

23.2

Ashwin to Marsh, no run, full, middle and leg, defended back to Ashwin

23.3

Ashwin to Marsh, 1 leg bye, quicker, into the pads, beats the inside edge but they get a leg-bye

23.4

Ashwin to Smith, no run, stays back for a fullish offbreak. Keeps it out

23.5

Ashwin to Smith, 2 runs, down the wicket, back at Ashwin, but he is a little slow in getting his hand down. The quick outfield means long-on has some work to do. They get two

23.6

Ashwin to Smith, no run, full outside off, pushed to mid-off

End of over 24 (4 runs) Australia 88/2

    • SPD Smith 21 (46b 2x4)
    • SE Marsh 1 (3b)
    • R Ashwin 9-1-23-0
    • UT Yadav 6-0-29-1

"Sid, I tried writing a poem, digging out an interesting fact, criticising you, praising cricinfo, creating a tongue twister, using fake celebrity names, used my wife's name and many more things - but never ever does my comment gets published. What else should I do?" Issac, how about doing all that in one coherent comment?

24.1

Yadav to Marsh, no run, full, on off, Marsh is watchful in defence

24.2

Yadav to Marsh, no run, wider length ball this time, and Marsh lets it go

24.3

Yadav to Marsh, no run, what is happening here? Now Marsh plays a ball he should not be playing. Short of a length, outside off, straightens a touch. Marsh is squared up, gets an edge, but this one doesn't carry. Kohli does well to dive to his left and save runs

24.4

Yadav to Marsh, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, drops this towards point for a single

Smith and Marsh back together. Remember the DRS confusion last Test?

24.5

Yadav to Smith, no run, full and straight, defended off the back foot

24.6

Yadav to Smith, no run, short of a length, outside off, Smith gets one to punch away, but can't beat the man at point

End of over 25 (1 run) Australia 89/2

    • SPD Smith 21 (48b 2x4)
    • SE Marsh 2 (7b)
    • UT Yadav 7-0-30-1
    • R Ashwin 9-1-23-0
25.1

Ashwin to Marsh, OUT, big big shout for bat-pad, not given and India have reviewed it immediately. Good drift on this, making Marsh play around his front pad. The ball pitches middle and leg, the drift making him play not under his eye. The ball turns but only a touch, and straightens to take the inside edge. It flies off the bad, and Pujara dives to his left to take a sharp catch. Really good offspin bowling, really good catch, and a really good review

SE Marsh c Pujara b Ashwin 2 (13m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Australia in danger of wasting the important toss that they won. Warner gone to a fullie, Renshaw giving slips catching practice, and now Aswhin produces a beuty. This brings in Peter Handscomb

25.2

Ashwin to Handscomb, FOUR, half-volley first up, and he drives it beautifully between mid-off and cover

25.3

Ashwin to Handscomb, no run, flatter, Handscomb not sure whether to go forward or stay back. Defends off the crease

25.4

Ashwin to Handscomb, 1 run, down the wicket to drive this length ball to long-on for one

25.5

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, full, middle and leg, clipped past midwicket for one

25.6

Ashwin to Handscomb, 1 run, down the wicket for another beautiful push-drive for a single wide of mid-off

End of over 26 (7 runs) Australia 96/3

    • PSP Handscomb 6 (4b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 22 (49b 2x4)
    • R Ashwin 10-1-30-1
    • UT Yadav 7-0-30-1
26.1

Yadav to Handscomb, no run, lbw shout with a reversing inswinger. Not given. India don't review. Going down, I think. Definite reverse swing there, hopping back in late. Going down still

26.2

Yadav to Handscomb, no run, on a length, straight again, and defended to leg

26.3

Yadav to Handscomb, no run, tailing in again, Handscomb on the crease and defends

26.4

Yadav to Handscomb, no run, think he reversed the shine this time. Holds its line in front of off. Defended solidly

26.5

Yadav to Handscomb, no run, dipping inswinging full ball. Clipped to midwicket

26.6

Yadav to Handscomb, no run, again seems to have tries to bowl an outswinger. Holds its line outside off. Left alone. Only the second maiden on the innings

End of over 27 (maiden) Australia 96/3

    • PSP Handscomb 6 (10b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 22 (49b 2x4)
    • UT Yadav 8-1-30-1
    • R Ashwin 10-1-30-1

Jadeja to bowl now

27.1

Jadeja to Smith, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended back to him

27.2

Jadeja to Smith, no run, goes back to work a flat ball to leg. Can't beat short leg

27.3

Jadeja to Smith, no run, full, on off, defended back to Jadeja

27.4

Jadeja to Smith, no run, flatter, short of a length, outside off, punched back to Jadeja

27.5

Jadeja to Smith, no run, tossed up, on off, solid defence from Smith

27.6

Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, full, middle and leg, driven to wide long-on for one

End of over 28 (1 run) Australia 97/3

    • SPD Smith 23 (55b 2x4)
    • PSP Handscomb 6 (10b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 7-0-19-1
    • UT Yadav 8-1-30-1
28.1

Yadav to Smith, no run, full, just outside off, swinging in, punched to mid-off

28.2

Yadav to Smith, FOUR, what a shot. He has played this between his legs, but not intentionally. This is full and swinging in late. Smith is on the back foot and looks to whip it after taking the front foot out of the way. The inside edge goes between his two legs for four to fine leg

28.3

Yadav to Smith, FOUR, what a shot, and I mean it genuinely now. Plays this reversing ball really late, closes the bat face at the last moment, and manages to beat the man at square leg. Great timing and quick outfield

28.4

Yadav to Smith, 1 leg bye, shuffling across again, and this time he gets a leg-bye off the thigh pad

28.5

Yadav to Handscomb, no run, accurate reversing inswinger. Defended in front of off and middle

28.6

Yadav to Handscomb, no run, wide outside off, and left alone

End of over 29 (9 runs) Australia 106/3

    • PSP Handscomb 6 (12b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 31 (59b 4x4)
    • UT Yadav 9-1-38-1
    • RA Jadeja 7-0-19-1

This should be the last over before lunch but you can never tell with Jadeja

29.1

Jadeja to Smith, no run, full, middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

29.2

Jadeja to Smith, 2 runs, flat, into the pads, goes back to work this to long leg for two

29.3

Jadeja to Smith, no run, some dip, on a length, middle and leg, defended back to him

29.4

Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, nice dip, hits the inside half of the bat as Smith defends. Gets a single to leg

29.5

Jadeja to Handscomb, no run, on the crease, and defends in front of his body

29.6

Jadeja to Handscomb, no run, nice dip and turn. Handscomb right forward to defend

11.30am That's lunch then. India will be happy they have taken three wickets after losing the toss. two of those three were gifted to them followed by good drift from Ashwin to get Shaun Marsh out. Really uncharacteristic from Renshaw to guide one straight to slip. Warner was looking good before he shanked a full toss back to Jadeja. Smith looking solid still but India would have taken 109 for 3 considering the pitch has not been up to massive mischief. There was one explosion off the surface, though, for Jadeja. Be back in 40

End of over 30 (3 runs) Australia 109/3

    • PSP Handscomb 6 (14b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 34 (63b 4x4)
    • RA Jadeja 8-0-22-1
    • UT Yadav 9-1-38-1

12.10pm Welcome back. Australia have a lot of work to do this session whereas India will look to drive that advantage home. A great stat from our colleague Srinath Sripath: Umesh bowling over the wicket to left-hand batsmen has taken just one wicket for 71 runs, but from round the wicket he has taken out five left-hand batsman at a cost of 11 per

Straight after lunch, here is Ishant Sharma

30.1

Sharma to Smith, no run, short, wide, but the ball doesn't come on and Smith can't execute the punch shot properly

30.2

Sharma to Smith, no run, short of a length, just outside off, he shuffles across to defend this back

30.3

Sharma to Smith, no run, again shuffles across to defend one short of a length

30.4

Sharma to Smith, no run, Ishant again stays short of a length and just outside off. Smith shuffles across to defend

30.5

Sharma to Smith, no run, fuller, outside off, shuffles back and across to defend this back to Ishant

30.6

Sharma to Smith, no run, India start with a maiden. Short of a length, just outside off. Defended

End of over 31 (maiden) Australia 109/3

    • SPD Smith 34 (69b 4x4)
    • PSP Handscomb 6 (14b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 4-1-15-0
    • RA Jadeja 8-0-22-1
31.1

Jadeja to Handscomb, no run, short of a length, just outside off, slow off the surface, pushed to mid-off

31.2

Jadeja to Handscomb, 1 run, flat, into the pads, worked away for a single

31.3

Jadeja to Smith, no run, full, on off, pushed to short straight cover

31.4

Jadeja to Smith, no run, half-volley on off, driven to extra cover

31.5

Jadeja to Smith, no run, flatter, punched away off the back foot, but finds the man at extra cover

31.6

Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, full, middle and leg, pushed straight to Vijay at mid-on, and they steal a single. A loud "come on yaar" from Kohli

End of over 32 (2 runs) Australia 111/3

    • SPD Smith 35 (73b 4x4)
    • PSP Handscomb 7 (16b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 9-0-24-1
    • I Sharma 4-1-15-0
32.1

Sharma to Smith, 1 run, short of a length, slightly wider than what he bowled last over, and he dabs this to deep point for one

32.2

Sharma to Handscomb, no run, short of a length, angling in towards off, defended from the crease

32.3

Sharma to Handscomb, 2 leg byes, misses out on runs here. Full, swinging down the leg side, misses, but gets two leg-byes fine of fine leg

32.4

Sharma to Handscomb, no run, stays back to defend a full ball with an open face. Better length from Ishant after bowling an over of shortish deliveries

32.5

Sharma to Handscomb, no run, beauty from Ishant. On a length, just outside off, Handscomb plays the angle, but the ball holds its line to beat the bat

32.6

Sharma to Handscomb, no run, full and straight, defended from the crease

End of over 33 (3 runs) Australia 114/3

    • PSP Handscomb 7 (21b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 36 (74b 4x4)
    • I Sharma 5-1-16-0
    • RA Jadeja 9-0-24-1
33.1

Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, down the wicket, beaten in the flight, still whips across this, and gets a single off the inside half of the bat. Goes in the air but there is no man at square leg

33.2

Jadeja to Handscomb, no run, full, no turn, hits the inside half of the bat as Handscomb defends

33.3

Jadeja to Handscomb, no run, down the wicket, gets right to the pitch of the ball, hits to midwicket

33.4

Jadeja to Handscomb, no run, slower in the air, 85ks, on off, defended off the front foot

33.5

Jadeja to Handscomb, 1 run, down the wicket, clips this off his toes for a single to deep square leg

33.6

Jadeja to Smith, no run, on a length, on off, defended right back to him

End of over 34 (2 runs) Australia 116/3

    • SPD Smith 37 (76b 4x4)
    • PSP Handscomb 8 (25b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 10-0-26-1
    • I Sharma 5-1-16-0
34.1

Sharma to Handscomb, no run, on a length, shaping in towards off, defended form the crease

34.2

Sharma to Handscomb, no run, on a length, just outside off, shapes back in. Defended from the crease again

34.3

Sharma to Handscomb, no run, nice length again, and gets some tail back in towards off. Defended back to him

34.4

Sharma to Handscomb, no run, fuller, drawing him forward. Handscomb can't be adventurous against this accurate bowling. Defends

34.5

Sharma to Handscomb, no run, solid length ball shaping in towards off again. Defended solidly too

34.6

Sharma to Handscomb, 2 runs, loose drive on the up outside off, and Vijay misfields again at point. Just takes his eye off early. Ishant denied a maiden. Would have been his second this session

End of over 35 (2 runs) Australia 118/3

    • PSP Handscomb 10 (31b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 37 (76b 4x4)
    • I Sharma 6-1-18-0
    • RA Jadeja 10-0-26-1
35.1

Jadeja to Smith, FOUR, lovely cover drive. Jadeja pitches up, and Smith uses his wrists, just beaching them at the last moment to keep this down and place it to the left of extra cover

35.2

Jadeja to Smith, no run, flighted outside off, defended

35.3

Jadeja to Smith, no run, tossed up full, driven to mid-off

35.4

Jadeja to Smith, no run, flatter, slight turn, and Smith defends off the back foot

35.5

Jadeja to Smith, no run, draws a forward defensive with a flighted delivery just outside off

Mid-off has gone back

35.6

Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, flighted outside off, and pushed to long-off for an easy single

End of over 36 (5 runs) Australia 123/3

    • SPD Smith 42 (82b 5x4)
    • PSP Handscomb 10 (31b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 11-0-31-1
    • I Sharma 6-1-18-0
36.1

Sharma to Smith, no run, shuffles across to a length ball outside off, and then leaves it alone as it holds its line

36.2

Sharma to Smith, no run, again moves across to defend a length ball outside off

36.3

Sharma to Smith, 1 run, full and straight, excitement among the fielders as Smith moves across, but the bat comes down in time and gets him a single past midwicket

36.4

Sharma to Handscomb, no run, on a length, holds its line outside off, defended solidly by Handscomb

36.5

Sharma to Handscomb, no run, full, swinging away a touch, defended from the crease

36.6

Sharma to Handscomb, no run, on a length, on off, holds its line, Handscomb has been tied down by Ishant. This is a good spell from him

End of over 37 (1 run) Australia 124/3

    • PSP Handscomb 10 (34b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 43 (85b 5x4)
    • I Sharma 7-1-19-0
    • RA Jadeja 11-0-31-1
37.1

Jadeja to Smith, no run, this one stays low. Short of a length, hits the dark patch, stays low, but Smith manages to get an inside edge onto the pad. This is really really close and dangerous

37.2

Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, overpitched, driven to deep cover for one

37.3

Jadeja to Handscomb, no run, goes back to a flat delivery. The ball stops and turns. Handscomb defends with soft hands

37.4

Jadeja to Handscomb, no run, shimmies down the wicket, Jadeja pulls back the length, and he has to defend

37.5

Jadeja to Handscomb, no run, full, on off, driven to short straight cover

37.6

Jadeja to Handscomb, no run, down the wicket, beaten in the flight again, but defends with bat and pad close together. Half a shout

End of over 38 (1 run) Australia 125/3

    • PSP Handscomb 10 (38b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 44 (87b 5x4)
    • RA Jadeja 12-0-32-1
    • I Sharma 7-1-19-0

Ishant gets a fifth over in this spell

38.1

Sharma to Smith, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended to leg

38.2

Sharma to Smith, no run, on a length, outside off, holds its line, defended to cover

38.3

Sharma to Smith, no run, gets a push-drive going but can't beat the man at cover

38.4

Sharma to Smith, no run, on a length, just outside off, Smith shuffles across to defend

38.5

Sharma to Smith, no run, full, swinging in, Smith still goes across to defend from the crease

38.6

Sharma to Smith, FOUR, runs off the thick outside edge. Not entirely in control but Smith controls it well with soft hands. This is a length ball that shapes away from him, and he plays it with soft hands. Goes wide of two slips, and along the ground, for four

Ishant 5-1-8-0 since lunch. Should be done for this spell

End of over 39 (4 runs) Australia 129/3

    • SPD Smith 48 (93b 6x4)
    • PSP Handscomb 10 (38b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 8-1-23-0
    • RA Jadeja 12-0-32-1
39.1

Jadeja to Handscomb, 3 runs, good shot, and a great chase from Kohli, showing his team-mates you can catch up with these balls. Handscomb down the wicket to push this wide of mid-on. Kohli puts in an excellent chase on this quick outfield. In the end Kohli puts in a dive too to save the boundary but seems to have jammed his finger into the turf. Kohli seems to have injured his shoulder

Physio comes out, and Kohli walks off with him to get his right shoulder looked at

So Rahane in charge for a while. Kohli doesn't look in too much pain. Abhinav Mukund is the substitute

39.2

Jadeja to Smith, no run, full and outside off, driven to short cover

39.3

Jadeja to Smith, no run, on a length, on off, defended solidly

39.4

Jadeja to Smith, no run, full, driven straight to short straight cover

39.5

Jadeja to Smith, no run, uses his wrists to drive one to short cover

39.6

Jadeja to Smith, no run, on a length, straighter this time, and defended back to Jadeja

End of over 40 (3 runs) Australia 132/3

    • SPD Smith 48 (98b 6x4)
    • PSP Handscomb 13 (39b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 13-0-35-1
    • I Sharma 8-1-23-0

As expected we have a change. Umesh Yadav into the attack now

40.1

Yadav to Handscomb, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended from the crease

40.2

Yadav to Handscomb, FOUR, cashes in to the loose ball. Short of a length and wide with no third man. He late-cuts it to the left of point for four

We now have a deep point

40.3

Yadav to Handscomb, no run, fuller, on off, defended back to him

Kohli has an ice pack on his right shoulder

40.4

Yadav to Handscomb, no run, full, swinging in, pushed to cover

40.5

Yadav to Handscomb, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, steered to deep point for one

40.6

Yadav to Smith, no run, on a length, straight, defended to short midwicket

End of over 41 (5 runs) Australia 137/3

    • SPD Smith 48 (99b 6x4)
    • PSP Handscomb 18 (44b 2x4)
    • UT Yadav 10-1-43-1
    • RA Jadeja 13-0-35-1
41.1

Jadeja to Handscomb, 1 run, length ball, outside off, driven on the up, gets a single to deep cover

41.2

Jadeja to Smith, no run, on a length, just outside off, defended off the front foot

41.3

Jadeja to Smith, no run, slower in the air, 89ks, defended back to him

41.4

Jadeja to Smith, no run, another front-foot defence as Jadeja pitches up without giving him the driving length

41.5

Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, down the wicket to drive this hard to mid-on where Abhinav misfields. They were taking the single anyway

41.6

Jadeja to Handscomb, no run, full, outside off, driven to extra cover

End of over 42 (2 runs) Australia 139/3

    • PSP Handscomb 19 (46b 2x4)
    • SPD Smith 49 (103b 6x4)
    • RA Jadeja 14-0-37-1
    • UT Yadav 10-1-43-1
42.1

Yadav to Smith, 1 run, full, middle and leg, Smith moves across to clip it away to deep square leg. That brings up his fifty. He gets a healthy sitting ovation from his balcony

42.2

Yadav to Handscomb, OUT, Umesh produces a wicket. Full late-swinging yorker. Handscomb is hit on the toe, and he walks off once given. The bat of Handscomb is coming down the right line, but he fails to get the front foot out of the line in time. This is unlike Smith who doesn't get his front foot in the way to avoid these lbws. Once again, after looking good, Handscomb fails to make another innings count. Top bowling from Umesh

PSP Handscomb lbw b Yadav 19 (67m 47b 2x4 0x6) SR: 40.42

Glenn Maxwell is in, ahead, ahem, of Matt Wade. He has to face Umesh's reverse swing

42.3

Yadav to Maxwell, no run, full, swinging in, defended outside off

42.4

Yadav to Maxwell, no run, Umesh tries the bouncer now. Outside off, and he stays inside the line

Mal: "Too many starts, no-one going on with it!!"

42.5

Yadav to Maxwell, no run, short of a length, just outside off, pushed back to him

42.6

Yadav to Maxwell, no run, full, just outside off, defended to cover

End of over 43 (1 run) Australia 140/4

    • GJ Maxwell 0 (4b)
    • SPD Smith 50 (104b 6x4)
    • UT Yadav 11-1-44-2
    • RA Jadeja 14-0-37-1

Abbas Khambati: "Its funny how Australian Playing XI has 3 IPL Captains & India has just 2 ! "

And immediately, Ashwin comes back to bowl to Maxwell

43.1

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, and Smith obliges by turning the first ball around the corner to bring Maxwell on strike

43.2

Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, nice drift and dip, and Maxwell defends off the front foot

43.3

Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, tosses this up generously, and Maxwell drives it back to Ashwin

43.4

Ashwin to Maxwell, 1 run, hard hands, uppishly down the ground to get off the mark with a single to long-on

43.5

Ashwin to Smith, no run, full, really full, dug out by Smith

43.6

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, short of a length, Smith goes back to whip it to deep midwicket for one

End of over 44 (3 runs) Australia 143/4

    • SPD Smith 52 (107b 6x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 1 (7b)
    • R Ashwin 11-1-33-1
    • UT Yadav 11-1-44-2

Febin Benjamin: "It's good to see pacers doing exceptionally well on the Indian pitches. A much needed support for the spin twins as well. Might load off quite a bit of pressure off their backs."

44.1

Yadav to Smith, 1 run, full, swinging in, worked off the pads for a single to long leg

44.2

Yadav to Maxwell, no run, full, outside off, driven hard but straight to Umesh

44.3

Yadav to Maxwell, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed with an open face for a single

"@Abbas : Kohli and?" Nishant Shende, right, there is only one IPL captain in the Indian team. He is off the field right now

44.4

Yadav to Smith, 1 run, late swing, creates excitement with Smith moving across, but the bat always comes down in time. Gets a single to deep midwicket

44.5

Yadav to Maxwell, 1 run, full and wide, 142ks, driven with an open face for a single to deep point

44.6

Yadav to Smith, FOUR, lovely shot from Smith. Any other batsman gets just a single off this ball but Smith moves across the line to get inside the line of this and glances this fine for four

Time for a drink

End of over 45 (8 runs) Australia 151/4

    • SPD Smith 58 (110b 7x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 3 (10b)
    • UT Yadav 12-1-52-2
    • R Ashwin 11-1-33-1
45.1

Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, flat, on a length, straight, defended off the front foot

45.2

Ashwin to Maxwell, 1 run, slight shimmy down the wicket to work this full ball to long-on for one

45.3

Ashwin to Smith, no run, tossed up outside off, slight drift away, defended off the front foot

45.4

Ashwin to Smith, no run, front-foot defence as Ashwin gets some dip outside off

45.5

Ashwin to Smith, 2 runs, flatter, no turn, and it runs off his outside edge past slip. Smith playing back and with soft hands

45.6

Ashwin to Smith, no run, flighted outside off, defended solidly off the front foot

End of over 46 (3 runs) Australia 154/4

    • SPD Smith 60 (114b 7x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 4 (12b)
    • R Ashwin 12-1-36-1
    • UT Yadav 12-1-52-2
46.1

Yadav to Maxwell, no run, late swing, tailing in towards middle and leg. Maxwell's bat comes down in time, and comes down straight

Kohli still with an icepack on on his right shoulder. Working with the physio

46.2

Yadav to Maxwell, no run, on a length, on off, defended from the crease

46.3

Yadav to Maxwell, 1 run, short of a length, straight, worked through square leg for one

46.4

Yadav to Smith, 1 run, length ball outside off, Smith shuffles across to open the face late to get a single to third man

46.5

Yadav to Maxwell, no run, on a length, reversing in, Maxwell defends to mid-on

46.6

Yadav to Maxwell, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw as Maxwell moves across again and misses. Hits him in front of leg. Not given. They get a leg-bye. Going down

End of over 47 (3 runs) Australia 157/4

    • GJ Maxwell 5 (17b)
    • SPD Smith 61 (115b 7x4)
    • UT Yadav 13-1-54-2
    • R Ashwin 12-1-36-1
47.1

Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, flighted outside off, smothers the turn

Saha plays mindgames. Shouts "one carrom" from behind

47.2

Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, nice dip on this, and gets turn to hit him high on the bat

47.3

Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, sees the flatter trajectory and goes back. Ashwin bowls full, and Maxwell just gets the bat down in time

47.4

Ashwin to Maxwell, 1 leg bye, big lbw shout and India don't review. Maxwell playing with fire here. Just turning too much as it beats the inside edge

47.5

Ashwin to Smith, no run, forward defensive from Smith

47.6

Ashwin to Smith, no run, flatter, and Smith goes back to defend

End of over 48 (1 run, maiden) Australia 158/4

    • SPD Smith 61 (117b 7x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 5 (21b)
    • R Ashwin 13-2-36-1
    • UT Yadav 13-1-54-2

Four-member conference happening: Umesh, Ishant, Rahane and Ashwin. Kohli meanwhile has removed the icepack in the balcony

48.1

Yadav to Maxwell, 1 leg bye, length ball, angling too far down, concedes a leg-bye

48.2

Yadav to Smith, no run, well played. Similar ball to the one that got Handscomb, but Smith's front toe is out of the way and he keeps this out. Smith nods to Umesh in acknowledgement of a good delivery

48.3

Yadav to Smith, no run, length ball, he shuffles across to clip it to midwicket

48.4

Yadav to Smith, no run, on a length, tailing in towards off, and he defends with a solid straight bat

48.5

Yadav to Smith, no run, short of a length, around that off again, defended to leg

48.6

Yadav to Smith, no run, low full toss, swinging back in, pushed to cover

Back-to-back maidens. The pressure is on right now

End of over 49 (1 run, maiden) Australia 159/4

    • SPD Smith 61 (122b 7x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 5 (22b)
    • UT Yadav 14-2-54-2
    • R Ashwin 13-2-36-1

Lachlan: "20 minutes on, 20 minutes off is the rule with ice packs. Not really news if Kohli's taking it off. "

49.1

Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, down the wicket, reaches this on the half-volley, drives it back to Ashwin

49.2

Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, flat wide length ball, defended with an open face

49.3

Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, nice dip outside off, Maxwell defends off the front foot

49.4

Ashwin to Maxwell, 1 run, goes back to a length-ball offbreak, the ball rips back, takes a thick inside edge and goes past short leg

49.5

Ashwin to Smith, no run, stays back to defend a length-ball offbreak

49.6

Ashwin to Smith, no run, goes back to punch this one but can't beat the man at point

End of over 50 (1 run) Australia 160/4

    • SPD Smith 61 (124b 7x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 6 (26b)
    • R Ashwin 14-2-37-1
    • UT Yadav 14-2-54-2
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