In response to the heroics displayed by Steve Smith with the bat, team India not only surpassed the target set by the Aussies but also managed to take a healthy lead. The Australians started the 3rd Test on a higher note which saw a century from Glenn Maxwell and an unbeaten 178 from skipper Steve Smith helping the Aussies to put a healthy total of 451.
India answered them back in the most appropriate way possible putting up a colossal total of 603 for the loss of 9 wickets. The Indian innings also had notable knocks from Cheteshwar Pujara who registered the first double hundred of the series while Wriddhiman Saha chipped in with a brilliant ton of his own.
Coming onto the field with the bat for their second innings, the Australians found themselves in a disturbing position as they lost wickets early with just a few runs on the board. However, captain Steve Smith failed to repeat his smartness with the bat as he was caught in another ‘brain fade’ moment while facing Ravindra Jadeja.
Ravindra Jadeja has been terrific with the ball throughout the series, and we got another example of the same when he rattled the stumps behind the Aussie captain. As Jadeja pitched a ball towards the leg stump, Smith completely misjudged the ball and decided to leave it. The delivery turned out be a gem of an off spinner and spun significantly to hit the off stump. The 27-year-old batsman was completely stunned by the turning delivery and his own lack of decision. The moment can be described as the second ‘brain fade’ moment for Smith, the first being the DRS controversy in the second Test at Bengaluru.
Though the 3rd Test is most likely to finish as a tie, the Indians now find themselves in the driver’s seat with a massive chance to seal the match. If the hosts can bundle out the Aussies for a low score, which is now a possibility, a 2-1 lead in the series for the Indians is very much on the cards.
Watch: Steve Smith experiences another ‘brain fade’
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@cricketfreak07) March 20, 2017