Brisbane: Live updates from Day 3 of the second Test match being played between India and Australia at the Brisbane Cricket Ground.
Steve Smith slammed yet another ton, this time on his Test captaincy debut for Australia. With a special knock from Mitchell Johnson, Australia fought back in the first session where these two have added unbeaten 104 runs for the seventh-wicket partnership.
Australia all out for 505 to lead India by 97 runs
Skipper Steve Smith and Mitchell Johnson pummelled India`s bowlers to seize the initiative as Australia amassed a 97-run innings lead in Brisbane in the second Test on Friday.
Smith claimed his second ton of the series and Johnson a swashbuckling 88 off 93 balls to put Australia in the box seat to win the Test and take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.
Smith and Johnson shared in a ground record 148-run stand to take the steam out of the Indians, who held a 187-run lead at the start of the third day.
At tea, Mitchell Starc (51 not out) and Josh Hazlewood (31 not out) continued India`s agony with a frustrating 49-run last-wicket partnership with the Australians 503 for nine.
Johnson`s game-changing innings came to an end short of his second Test century when he was caught behind off Ishant Sharma for 88 off 93 balls.
The all-rounder cracked 13 fours and a six to push his team to the brink of an innings lead after coming into bat with Australia trailing by 161 runs.
Smith followed five balls later when he was finally dismissed in the series for 133.
He inside-edged Sharma onto his stumps to end a 303-minute vigil. It had taken India 704 minutes to finally get Smith`s wicket over three innings.
Smith scored 162 and 52 in last week`s Adelaide Test win and continued to be the bane of the tourists with another defiant knock.
Starc took up the cudgels and smacked 51 runs off 57 balls to propel the home side in front and put the pressure back on the tourists.
Smith, who took over the captaincy after Michael Clarke injured his right hamstring in the first Adelaide Test, was the fifth Australian skipper to score a century in his first Test as captain.
Monty Noble, Clem Hill, Lindsay Hassett and Greg Chappell all scored hundreds in the first innings of their debut Test as skipper with Chappell the last against the West Indies at the Gabba in 1975.
India began the third day well with two wickets inside the opening hour but Johnson`s lusty hitting quickly swung the game Australia`s way.
India`s tactics of sledging and bowling short to Johnson back-fired as it only served to energise him and take to the bowling.
The dramatic turnaround came after the dismissals of Mitchell Marsh and Brad Haddin inside the first hour of play.
Marsh did not offer a shot and was bowled for 11 by Ishant Sharma, probably expecting a higher bounce.
Speedster Varun Aaron grabbed a big wicket with a vicious throat ball on the first delivery after drinks that Haddin could only fend away to bat-pad where Cheteshwar Pujara took an easy catch for six.
Australia, 1st innings:
Over 107 || Score 498/9
Despite losing captain Steve Smith after a terrific century, the Australian tailenders continued to pile on the misery for India. MS Dhoni again faced a similar problem of not being able to clean up the tail quickly enough and the initiative in this match is firmly with Australia. Slowly, this Test match has drifted away from the grasp of the visitors.
Over 75 || Score 351/6
Lunch: Aaron offered room to Smith, who played it past the fielder at point for a boundary which brought his century on debut as Australia's Test skipper! What a knock! What a player!
Earlier, Johnson continued to pummel the Indian bowlers as he hit two consecutive boundaries off Varun Aaron and reached his half-century off just 37 balls. It has been an incredible innings from the left-hander who has taken the pressure back on the Indian team through his counter-attack.
These two have batted beautifully and have brought Australia back into the game with an unbeaten 104-run stand for the seventh wicket! Indian pacers have leaked plenty of runs, especially against Johnson who has made up for his bowling with this stupendous knock.
Steve Smith 110* (155b) Mitchell Johnson 67* (53b)
Over 70 || Score 311/6
Mitchell Johnson has been batting with a positive attitude and has punished the Indian bowlers with a flurry of boundaries. Johnson hit three boundaries in Umesh Yadav's 18th over and he is battting in an ODI mode. Smith on the other hand is heading towards the three figure mark and is taking his chances against Ashwin. Within no time, these two have added unbeaten 64 runs for the seventh wicket. Not good signs for India.
Over 65 || Score 276/6
Varun Aaron got India their second breakthrough of the day when he bowled a brilliant short ball to Brad Haddin, who took his eyes off the ball and hit it straight to Pujara at short leg. Johnson scored two consecutive boundaries off Ishant Sharma and is looking to keep the scoreboard moving.
Over 60 || Score 247/5
Ishant Sharma got India their first breakthrough of the day when he pitched one outside the off-stump to Mitchell Marsh who was looking to let it go, it nipped into the batsman and the stumps were uprooted! Superb start for India and they have been rewarded for some excellent bowling. The fifth wicket also ended the 24-run stand between Smith and Marsh. Brad Haddin is the new man in.
MR Marsh b I Sharma 11 (34b)
Over 55 || Score 226/4
Indian seamers Varun Aaron and Ishant Sharma have started off Day 3 on a positive note. They are bowling quick and slightly outside the off-stump. The plan seems to be not to bowl full and try and intimidate the hosts with the pace and the bounce as much as possible.
The Australians haven't received the kind of result they would have wanted to in the first two days of the Gabba Test, courtesy an all-round performance from the MS Dhoni-led side.
Australia made a great start to the second day where India resumed their innings at 311/4 and a result of a special bowling effort from debutante Josh Hazlewood, were bowled out for 408.
David Warner and Chris Rogers added a 47-run stand for the first wicket but Umesh Yadav brought India back in the game as he picked three wickets as a result of some quality pace bowling. Australia had lost their first three wickets for 121 runs post which Shaun Marsh and Steve Smith added 87 runs for the fourth-wicket partnership.
Once the left-hander became Umesh's third victim, Smith has added unbeaten 13 runs with Mitchell Marsh.
Meanwhile, it was a great show from Indian pacer Umesh Yadav on Day 2 of the Test match after a sudden collapse of their batting line up. Ravichandran Ashwin too had a good day, where he first contributed valuable 35 runs with the bat and followed it with the wicket of Shane Watson.