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Australia went in to tea at 194 for 4 against India, in the third of the four-Test series, thanks to Steven Smith‘s 21st half-century. Playing in their 800th Test, the visitors lost only a wicket in second session after losing three wickets before lunch. Ranchi, India’s 26th Test venue, has dished out a slow and low track, offering very little for the bowlers to trouble the batsmen. However, there was a hint of reverse-swing as the ball aged. Umesh Yadav, bowling in his third spell, trapped Peter Handscomb lbw with a peach of a yorker. Glenn Maxwell, replacement for the injured Mitchell Marsh, then played with caution, staying unbeaten on 19. Full cricket scorecard: India vs Australia, 3rd Test

Virat Kohli seemed to have hurt his shoulder while fielding. He went off the field to take precautionary measures, letting Ajinkya Rahane take the charge. The stand-in captain stuck to pace-spin ploy. However, as Smith and Maxwell looked comfortable at the crease, Rahane attacked with spinners from both ends. While Jadeja finished his overs as fast as he could to disturb opposition batsmen’s rhythm, Ashwin varied his pace to keep a lid on the runs. But the nature of the track put them on the back foot. Both Smith and Maxwell played their strokes with conviction, bringing Australia back in the contest.

India, however, took a review just before the tea break. Ishant Sharma trapped Maxwell with the ball dipping in late. The on-field umpire turned down the appeal, suggesting it would have missed the leg stump. But as the review was taken, the replay showed that Ishant had overstepped, eventually turning out to be a no-ball. India now have both their reviews intact. Full cricket updates: India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 1

The team that wins the toss goes on to win the Test. That has been the story of this series. Given Steven Smith called it right at the toss, the result of the match would favour his side. However, whichever team wins the most sessions on Day One stands at the doorstep of defeat. In that case, the last session is likely to decide the fate of the match. All in all, India conceded only 85 runs off 30 overs in the second session, taking only a wicket.

In other news, Smith completed 5,000 runs in the longest format.

Brief scores:

Australia 194 for 4 (Matt Renshaw 44, Steven Smith 80*; Umesh Yadav 2 for 54) vs India.

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