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LIVE Cricket Score, IND vs AUS, 1st Test, Day 3 – Aussies hand hosts a mammoth 441-run target to chase

New Delhi: Welcome to out Live coverage of Day 3, 1st Test between India and Australia in Pune. Steve O’Keefe’s 6/35 brought India’s epic collapse on Day 2 and the hosts will have to produce smarter cricket to make comeback on a pitch which can now be termed as a ‘rank turner’. (IND vs AUS, 1st TestScorecard | Full Coverage)

12:40pm- Over 4 | Score 9/0 | Vijay 2* , Rahul 3*

Lyon in. Flicks towards deep backward square-leg for a single. Up in the air! Handscomb dives, but no. Lyon with his nasty spells.

12:37pm- Over 3 | Score 6/0 | Vijay 1* , Rahul 1*

Starc back in. Outside off yet again. Vijay not looking confident enough, especially after couple of troubling spells from Lyon. Narrow escape indeed from that over. Patience, needs time to gel in. Maiden again

12:33pm- Over 2 | Score 6/0 | Vijay 1* , Rahul 1*

Will it be Keefe again for the second over? No its Lyon. Turns to the leg, strikes it and Rahul gets a single. Lucky for Vijay. Similar spell, turns and travels for a bye-four. Lyon looking dangerous with the turns. Vijay troubled, nervous.   

12:30pm- Over 1 | Score 0/0 | Vijay 0* , Rahul 0*

Openers are out on the field and so the Kangaroos. Will Vijay-Rahul partnership finally pay-off? Eyes on Starc, ready to strike again. Vijay at crease.
Outside off to start with, left alone by Vijay. Indians will not be looking at facing those tempting spells from Starc. They know what happens. Especially Kohli.
Starc looking dangerous with his swinging pace. Varying deliveries too. Good length and a lot quicker. Starts off with a maiden

POST LUNCH: India will obviously try not to repeat their first innings blunder. What has the Aussies got this time to stop them? Is it the same technique or Smith has a different plan? Time also for Kohli to step up and show Smith, he is no lesser?

So, all eyes in this session- India with the bat and Aussies on the attack.

Aus bowled out, but session splendidly exploited: 142 runs scored, & India have whopping 441 to win. Improbable. But cricket’s a funny game!

— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 25, 2017

LUNCH: They came out with the aim to clear the remaining six wickets before lunch and yes they did. Despite a mammoth target of 440, Indians have been successful in their first half off the day.

Smith looked a lot troubling in the initial part of the day. Boundaries after boundaries which took him to his maiden Test ton in India and 18th in all. But ripper of a spell from Jadeja got the better off him. Brlliant for the skipper, single-handedly taking the score forward.

Starc was off to a repeat of his first innings cameo, but misjudged Ashwin’s carrom ball and caught in the deep by Jadeja. Next few fell in quick succession to cease the visitors at 285.

Can India do it this time like they did against England ir New Zealand, or will Aussie spin attack crumble them to yet another humiliation?

Innings Break! Australia all out for 285, lead India (105) by 440 runs. Follow the game here – #INDvAUS

— BCCI (@BCCI) February 25, 2017

11:44am- Over 87 | Score 285/10 | Keefe 6 , Hazlewood 2*

Jadeja in 33rd over of the innings. Final deliver, final WICKET! Keefe departs to cease Aussies at 285.  

SNJ O’Keefe c Saha b Jadeja 6 (42b)

11:41am- Over 86 | Score 284/9 | Keefe 6* , Hazlewood 1*

Finally a single to the Aussies. Keefe strikes a four to Umesh. Terrefic shot through mid-wicket. Five off the over

11:39am- Over 85 | Score 279/9 | Keefe 2* , Hazlewood 0*

Jadeja in. 30 minutes added before Lunch. Another maiden for him

11:36am- Over 84 | Score 279/9 | Keefe 2* , Hazlewood 0*

Umesh replacing Ashwin. And he continues to impress. Good lenght and straight and an LBW to depart Lyon for 13. Wicket and a maiden. Excellent from the pacer

WICKET! Umesh continues to impress. LBW to dismiss Lyon.

NM Lyon lbw b UT Yadav 13 (13b)

11:30am- Over 83 | Score 279/8 | Keefe 2* , Lyon 13*

Jadeja on the attack. Exceptional with his spin. Maiden

11:27am- Over 82 | Score 279/8 | Keefe 2* , Lyon 13*

Ashwin troubling with carrom ball. Sweeps. Umesh catches it taking it over the boundary. SIX!

11:25am- Over 81 | Score 269/8 | Keefe 0* , Lyon 6*

Lyon strikes hard, sweeps for a boundary. Jadeja continues. Five of the over

11:23am- Over 80 | Score 264/8 | Keefe 0* , Lyon 2*

Ashwin now has four wickets in his bag, looking for a fifth one. Two crucial points in the over, appeal, but denied. That was a wonder! Steps out, misses it and Saha fails to catch it too and wonder turns to blunder. Bye-four.

11:20am- Over 79 | Score 259/8 | Keefe 0* , Lyon 1*

Jadeja in. One off it

11:15am- Over 78 | Score 258/8 | Keefe 0* , Starc 30

Ashwin going round the wicket. Toss of delivery over middle stump and sweep log for a SIX. STARC, the new danger. Jadeja once again, this time with the catch. Fails to judge Ashwin’s carrom ball, goes for the big one again, but Jadeja takes it in the deep.  

WICKET! Starc fails to judge the carrom ball and Jadeja is the man to take the catch. End of his cameo

MA Starc c Rahul b Ashwin 30 (31b)

11:15am- Over 77 | Score 252/7 | Keefe 0* , Starc 24*

Jadeja back in. Keefe is the next man. Man with six wickets. Maiden

11:11am- Over 76 | Score 252/7 | Keefe 0* , Starc 24*

If anyone deserved Smith’s wicket, it was always Jadeja. Troubling him since morning and finally his spell strikes. SIX! Another from Starc. Ashwin in trouble.

11:07am- Over 75 | Score 246/7 | Keefe 0* , Starc 18*

Ripper of a delivery from Jadeja. Finally gets the big man. Smith on the verge of leaving, goes for a review. Umpires sticks to his decision. End of a brilliant innings.

WICKET! Jadeja gets the big man. Appeal for an lbw and off goes Smith. Takes a review, but umpires sticks on.  

SPD Smith lbw b Jadeja 109 (202b)

11:04am- Over 74 | Score 244/6 | Smith 108* , Starc 17*

Ashwin on the attack. Things absolutely awry for the home side. Continuing with their dominance, three off the over

11:00am- Over 73 | Score 241/6 | Smith 105* , Starc 17*

That was the skipper’s first Test ton in India. An Epitome for the Aussies. Starc adds too to the score, piling on their agony. Slices Jadeja’s delivery for a four. And now for a SIX! Indeed a repeat of his last innings.

What a knock! A captain’s innings for @stevesmith49 as he pushes Australia further and further into the lead! #IndvAus

— ICC (@ICC) February 25, 2017

10:55am- Over 71 | Score 227/6 | Smith 101* , Starc 7*

Waited for it, got the placement right and hammered for a four. Smith on 98 now. Two off the next delivery and Smith gets his 18th Test hundred. Outstanding from the skipper. Brilliant knock. 

10:50am- Over 70 | Score 220/6 | Smith 94* , Starc 7*

Kohli now using a pace-spin combo. Did get him a wicket of the pace attack, while Jadeja troubling Smith with his turns. Smith is, on the other hand, walking off towards his century. One off Umesh’s over

10:48am- Over 69 | Score 219/6 | Smith 93* , Starc 7*

Jadeja in. Looking damn dangerous with his sharp spells. One off the over

10:45am- Over 68 | Score 218/6 | Smith 92* , Starc 7*

Umesh on the attack. Back with his reverse swing. Starc answers his over-pitched delivery for a cover-drive four. Six off the over

10:40am- Over 67 | Score 212/6 | Smith 91* , Starc 2*

Smith answers back with a four. Beautiful cover drive to Jayant’s spell. Starc in the next batsman. Remember his cameo role last innings? Fans hoping for not a repeat show. Indians are hoping for a bundle up before lunch. Eight off the over

10:34am- Over 66 | Score 204/6 | Smith 85* , Wade 20

Umesh. Low end of the bat did touch the ball, but umpire denies it. Frustration for Kohli and the home fans. No reviews! Wade knew it striked. And Umesh strikes back. Gets Wade. Same spell, this time umpire can’t deny. Six down for the Aussies

WICKET! MS Wade c Saha b UT Yadav 20 (42b)

10:29am- Over 65 | Score 202/5 | Smith 84* , Wade 19*

Single from Smith takes the Aussies to 200-run mark. Three of Jayant’s over

10:26am- Over 64 | Score 199/5 | Smith 83* , Wade 18*

Umesh. Bouncer to Wade, looked like a catch out, liud appeal. No from the umpire. No reviews are costing the home side much of a trouble.

10:24am- Over 63 | Score 194/5 | Smith 82* , Wade 14*

Jayant comes in. Smith takes a single

10:19am- Over 62 | Score 193/5 | Smith 81* , Wade 14*

Umesh back in. Outside off deliveries. Five off the over

10:16am- Over 61 | Score 188/5 | Smith 80* , Wade 10*

Jayant seems to have worked on his spell. Flatter and a lot quicker. But couple of times you get it off. Wade slices it for a four

10:13am- Over 60 | Score 184/5 | Smith 80* , Wade 6*

Umesh replaces Jadeja. Looking to reverse the ball. Deadly spell to end it, two off the over

10:09am- Over 59 | Score 182/5 | Smith 79* , Wade 5*

Jayant brought into the attack. Maiden for him. Much neede for the young lad

10:05am- Over 58 | Score 182/5 | Smith 79* , Wade 5*

Jadeja has really been impressive this morning. Accurate, spinning, troubling.

10:03am- Over 57 | Score 178/5 | Smith 78* , Wade 2*

Quick singles, rotating strikes, giving Wade a chance to settle down. Two off the over

10:00am- Over 56 | Score 176/5 | Smith 77* , Wade 1*

Jadeja. India at disadvantage now for not having any reviews left. Sends his last delivery down mid-on for a boundary

09:57am- Over 55 | Score 172/5 | Smith 73* , Wade 1*

Ashwin on the attack. Just that one off the over

09:54am- Over 54 | Score 171/5 | Smith 72* , Wade 1*

Jadeja. Backpad and goes for a bye-four. Very next spell gets Marsh off the pitch. Spin kisses outside edge of the bat and straight into the hands of the keeper. Six off the over

WICKET! Jadeja gets his first break. Dismisses Marsh for 31. Outside edge and caught by Saha

MR Marsh c Saha b Jadeja 31 (76b)

09:49am- Over 53 | Score 165/4 | Smith 71* , M Marsh 31*

Smith takes a single to start Ashwin’s over. Spins towards leg, touches golve, Rahane for a dive. Travels for a boundary.  

09:46am- Over 52 | Score 159/4 | Smith 66* , M Marsh 30*

Jadeja with the ball. Smith has proved that he is indeed better tha Kohli. Playing spin and pave with such ease in the sub-continent area is much commendable. One off the over

09:44am- Over 51 | Score 158/4 | Smith 65* , M Marsh 30*

Ashwin yet again hammered for a four. Backfoot, and punched through the cover for a boundary. Marsh looking stronger now. Five off the over

09:41am- Over 50 | Score 153/4 | Smith 64* , M Marsh 26*

Jadeja ! Killer of a spin, yet again. Another similar spell, outside edge, gets a single  

09:40am- Over 49 | Score 152/4 | Smith 63* , M Marsh 26*

And the first four of the day comes up. Cover drive, pushed it for a boundary. Poor spell from the offie.  

09:37am- Over 48 | Score 147/4 | Smith 62* , M Marsh 22*

That was killer off a turn from Jadeja. Maiden to the spinner

09:35am- Over 47 | Score 147/4 | Smith 62* , M Marsh 22*

Ashwin starts off with first ball for the day, defended by Smith. Goes for a risky two runs, Saha too slow to get him off pitch. Four to start off with

So far in the Test, Virat Kohli and Co. have been outplayed by Steve Smith and his men, be it batting, bowling or fielding. While Indian players would have had to face Anil Kumble’s anger after dropping a number of catches, the Aussies have been pretty sharp in the field in talking almost all of their half chances.

Despite the coach terming this as ‘one bad day in office’, India’s epic collapse – losing last seven wickets for just 11 runs, to get bowled out for 105 runs in the first innings – can’t really be explained.

At Stumps on Day 2 of the 1st Test, Australia (260 & 143/4), lead India (105) by 298 runs #INDvAUS

— BCCI (@BCCI) February 24, 2017

Heading into Day 3, the tourists have a mammoth lead of 298 runs, with Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh set to take the team’s innings forward from 143 for 4. All they need to do is take the lead to near about 450 runs and considering the nature of pitch, Indian batsmen are going to find it extremely hard batting against Steve O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon in 4th innings.

While Australia are being considered huge favourites to win the opener, taking India lightly could be their biggest mistake. The hosts, even about 300 runs behind so early in the match, are capable enough to make a comeback.

Source: Zee News