Another fascinating day of Test cricket and I think Australia started the day on a right note by winning the toss (on day one of the third Test against India at Ranchi on Thursday).
On pitches like the one in Ranchi, the captain, who wins the toss, he has to choose to bat first.
Look at the result of the last two Test matches, where the team who won the toss, ended up winning the match as well and that’s what Australia will try to aim in this Test.
But the Indian bowlers had got off to a good start, they got four wickets on a good batting wicket early in the day.
I think people read the wicket a bit too much, I think it’s a fairly decent wicket and it will continue to be like this for at least one more day.
So India’s aim from here, will be to break Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell’s partnership and ensure that Australia don’t go beyond a total of 400 runs in their first innings.
Ideally, they should restrict Australia to a score between 300-350, but to achieve that, India will certainly have to break Smith and Maxwell’s stand.
Full marks to Glenn Maxwell, he came from no where and batted brilliantly. It was an outstanding performance by him. He knows the Indian conditions very well and he made the most of it.
And Steve Smith decided to answer his critics with his bat this time. It shows the maturity of the man, despite so much of off-field drama around him, he concentrated on his job and delivered the goods for his team.
So another fascinating day of Test cricket is lined up for us. The first session of day two of the match will be very critical. Whichever team wins that session, will probably end up dominating the Test match.