Day 2 of the ongoing 3rd Test match between India Vs Australia belonged to India. After the Day 1 play Australians were strongly placed at 299/4 with Steve Smith and Glen Maxwell on the crease and Australians were all set to make it big on a batting friendly Ranchi wicket. But India under the stand-in captainship of Ajinkya Rahane produced an inspired performance and was able to wrap up Australians for 451 runs in 137.3 overs. By the end of the days play India were batting on 120/1 for the loss of 1 wicket. Please read through for talking points on day 2 of a test match.

Steve Smith 178* and Maxwell Century

Glen Maxwell maiden test hundred was certainly talking point of the day. Though he was not able to make it big but still he was able to achieve three figure mark which every cricketer aspires to reach. It was an emotional moment when Glen Maxwell sliced Jadeja for a four and reached his first hundred in test cricket. He came in as a replacement to injured Mitchell Marsh in this test match. In his very first opportunity, he aptly justified trust shown in him by the selectors. Maxwell especially being classified as limited overs player has proven his critics wrong and played with a lot of patience which is totally against his attacking mindset. Certainly, this innings will help him in cementing his place in white colors for Australia. Who knows with his explosive batting exploits he can be next Sehwag or Warner of Test cricket.

On the other hand, Steve Smith displayed exemplary batting skill and eventually felt short of partners by end of the day. He scored 178 runs in 361 balls and remained not out, 178 is by the way highest score by an Australian captain in Indian soil. Throughout his innings, he just looked rock solid apart from one occasion wherein an inside edge off his bat on Ishant Sharma ball fell short of Wriddhiman Shah. After second test lot had been talked about Steve Smith DRS brain fade issue but it looked like Smith was just unfazed with all the outside drama and was determined to make his bat do most of the talk.

Ravindra Jadeja 5/124 in 49.3 Overs

Jadeja again was outstanding with the ball and he was only one who was able to get some assistance from the batting friendly wicket. Along with good speed, he maintained accuracy in his bowling and bowled on right areas which gave him a good turn and occasional bounce. Both Maxwell and Cummins got out to great deliveries from Ravindra Jadeja. Especially Cummins got out to a beauty from Jadeja, have a look. It pitched at good length spun a bit but it was pace which did the trick. It’s the seventh time he has taken 5 wickets or more in an innings. At least for this series, it looks like he is India’s go-to man in the first innings for getting wickets.

Another talking point of the day was a run out of Hazlewood which reminded commentators of Mahindra Singh Dhoni. Have a look, Steve Smith tapped ball towards short leg and while completing the second run Ravindra Jadeja flicked the little bit misdirected throw from Rahul to stumps in a fraction of a second. It looked like Hazlewood had made the ground but he felt short marginally. What a beauty it was from Sir Ravindra Jadeja. Truly it was striking fast and commentators were right he did Dhoni in his hometown Ranchi.

Indian First innings 120/1

With 451 runs to chase in the first innings, Indians were in desperate need of good a start. Especially when their best batsman Kohli, is not 100% fit to bat. Both Rahul and Murali Vijay lived up to the expectations and Rahul launched a counter attack on Australians. He scored quick 67 runs in 107 balls with 9 fours before gloving a short ball from Cummins to Matthew Wade. It was 4th fifty from Rahul in this series and overall it is his 5th fifty in his test career. Vijay and Pujara played rest of the day carefully and ended day’s play at 120/1 in 40 overs. Murli Vijay was batting on 42 from 112 balls and Pujara was on 10 in 26 balls.

Test match is now nicely poised and Day 3 being a weekend will witness a jam-packed stadium especially when both teams will try to outplay their opponent. Let’s see what will it unfolds too.

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