Smith’s half-century, India shocks 3 wickets in first session

Sydney, 8 January (IANS) Australia scored 249 for five in their first innings at the end of the first session of the second day of the third Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on the back of an unbeaten half-century innings by their ardent Steve Smith (76 not out).

Smith has hit 11 fours in his 159-ball innings. The lunch break was announced with Jasprit Bumrah taking the wicket of Cameron Green (0, 21 balls) off the fifth ball of the 85th over of the innings.

India took three wickets this season. He also took the wicket of Matthew Wade (13) in addition to yesterday’s unbeaten Marnus Labushan (91). Wade and Labushan were dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja.

Australia had scored 166 for two on 55 overs facing stumps on the first day interrupted by rain. Labushain returned unbeaten on 67 and Smith 31.

Labushan also started the new day with confidence and looked to score a century but Jadeja gave India the first success of the day by getting him caught by captain Ajinkya Rahane for a total of 206.

In the first session, the rain still troubled but not like yesterday. When the game started after the comma, Jadeja soon gave India the fourth success by dismissing new batsman Wade.

At one end, Smith was playing with confidence, but Green, who replaced Wade, seemed to lack confidence. This was the reason that he could not open the account even after facing 20 balls and finally he was lbw on the 21st ball.



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