Super Smith, Magic Maxwell Lead Aussie Fight Back

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Ranchi: Steve Smith 117 not out and Glenn Maxwell 82 not out led Australia’s charge as the visitors ended Day 1 of the third Test at 299 for 4 against India here on Thursday at Ranchi.

Maxwell, who was brought into the team after Australia lost Mitchell Marsh to injury, notched up his first Test fifty and Smith went onto score his 19th Test ton as Australia denied India a chance to run through their batting line-up after being reduced to 140/4.

Umesh Yadav was the most successful for India on Day 1 as he scalped two wickets (2/63) while R Ashwin (1/78) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/80) got a wicket each. Australia 299/4 after 90 overs.