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Twitter Reactions: Smith-Maxwell dominate Indian bowlers on Day 1

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Steve Smith. (Photo Source: BCCI)

After a long gap and a series of events outside the field, there was finally some action at the stadium as the third test began at Ranchi. Inspite of the home boy MS Dhoni having retired from tests, the crowd was at it’s splendid best on what was a working day. Australia looked in a great position at the end of day 1.

Earlier in the day, it was Captain Steve Smith who won the toss and elected to bat first. Australia had 2 changes from the last game with both Mitchells having got injured as Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins came in as replacements. For India, Murali Vijay found his way back into the XI in place of Abhinav Mukund.

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Australia kickstarted their innings in an emphatic fashion before David Warner gave his wicket away on what was a full toss by Ravindra Jadeja. Matt Renshaw who was looking solid at 44. However, Umesh Yadav bowled well after a not so good spell as Renshaw ended up edging one to Virat Kohli at slip.

Ravichandran Ashwin provided another breakthrough in the form of Shaun Marsh to reduce the mighty Australians to 89/3. Initially he was given not out by the onfield umpire before India finally cashed in on a review. Inspite of scoring runs, the first session belonged to India who took 3 wickets.

While Steve Smith kept accelerating, Australia lost Peter Handscomb to a fine inswinging yorker from Umesh Yadav. There was never a dull moment for the visitors after that. What followed was the biggest partnership of the tour so far.

Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell combined for an unbeaten 159 run partnership for the fifth wicket. While Smith went on to score yet another spectacular century, Maxwell batted exceptionally well to stay 82 not out. Australia cruised to 299/4 at stumps on Day one.

There wasn’t as much turn for the Indian spinners as it was during the first two games. Twitter had their dose of entertainment as Saha tried to hold on to the ball while Steve Smith was batting. Rest, the day belonged to Australia who dominated the hosts throughout the last 2 sessions.

Here are some of the amazing Twitter reactions that took place during the course of the game:

https://twitter.com/altcricket/status/842297077430407168

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