Pune: Australia began third day of the first test of the 2017 series on a high note. Already leading by a healthy 400 runs, the visitors seems to be planning a long, rather very long inning indeed.
But the day didn’t begin well and Australia lost two quick wickets Saturday morning in Pune. The first to go was Marsh who scored 31 runs being sent back rather very early by Jadeja. The nest to go was Wade who scored 20 runs being being sent back by an impressive Yadav.
But if India thought, the Aussies will buckle under the pressure of early wickets, it didn’t transpire. On the contrary, the captain, playing an impressive cricket has already scored a well deserved century. He is playing at 105 runs after facing 194 deliveries.
Starc is giving good support to Smith from the other end and contributing with the bat too. He has faced 16 deliveries and scored 17 runs including a mssive six. Aussies are playing at 246 runs for the loss of six wicket. This is simply commendable given the way India fizzled under relentless Aussies bowling attack.
Earlier australia took a first innings lead of 155, a significant advantage on a spin-friendly track at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, which is making its debut as a Test centre. The touring side, who have lost their last nine Tests in Asia and were considered underdogs before the start of the four-match series, reached 143 for four at stumps in their second innings, an overall lead of 298 runs.
Australian cricket team is leading by 401 runs. It is higher than the highest run chase by India. India will still back themselves having successfully chased 387 set by England in the first Test in 2008 in Chennai. That famous win was set up by Virender Sehwag’s 68-ball 83 before Sachin Tendulkar (103 not out) and Yuvraj Singh (85 not out) raised an unbroken 163-run stand for the fifth wicket to take India home.