Australia have posted a healthy first innings score in the 3rd test in Sydney after electing to bat first on a belter of a wicket. Steven Smith was in godly mode as he is always against India and scored a majestic century which could have easily been a daddy hundred if not for the brilliance from Ravindra Jadeja in the field.
Australia were losing wickets at the other end as Steven Smith was left stranded without any recognized batsman at the non-striker’s end. That is when the greatest of all time in Steven Smith decided to throw the kitchen sink at every ball which fetched his quite a lot of runs as well.
Steven Smith tried to stretch the first innings score for his team by farming the strike with Josh Hazlewood at the other end. Indian bowlers had no clue to his onslaught in that brief period including the spearhead in Jasprit Bumrah.
Steven Peter Devereux Smith was taking his game to another level and was looking set to take the total to 400 but Ravindra Jadeja's direct hit from behind the square leg at the batsman's end where Steven Smith was trying to complete his second run saw the batsman short of his crease.
It was an unimaginable acrobatic fielding effort from one of the very best fielders in cricket history in Ravindra Jadeja. He also took 4 wickets in innings and helped India to stop the Australian run flow.
India have an uphill task ahead of them as they trail Australia by 312 runs with 10 wickets in hand. Though, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill have managed to see off the 9 over period before tea, Australian bowlers are going to come hard post tea to restrict India to a cheap total.
India are without their best batsman in Virat Kohli but the arrival of Rohit Sharma has added some stability to India's top order.