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Glenn Maxwell delighted at having scored his maiden Test ton

Back in the Test side after a wait of over two years, swashbuckling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said his partnership with skipper Steve Smith put Australia in a great position after the second day's play in the third cricket Test against India here on Friday.

Maxwell (104) and Smith (178 not out) forged a fifth wicket stand of 191 runs to help Australia post a mammoth 451 in their first innings.


India competitive at 120-1 after Australia post 451 in 1st Innings in Ranchi

India lost the wicket of opener Lokesh Rahul to finish the second day's play at 120/1 in their response to Australia's first innings total of 451 in the third cricket Test in Ranchi on Friday. Playing his 50th Test, opener Murali Vijay looked rock solid to remain unbeaten on 42 at the close of the day's play. Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 10 at the other end. The hosts are now trailing Australia's first innings total by 331 runs.

The opening duo of Rahul and Vijay gave India a steady start in their first innings with a 91-run stand. Vijay scored 67 runs with nine hits to the fence before being caught behind by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade off fast bowler Pat Cummins.


Bavuma and De Kock give South Africa vital first innings lead

Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock both fell just short of centuries as the Standard Bank Proteas recovered to end day two of the second Test on top against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Friday.

The pair rescued South Africa from a position of strife on the second morning by adding 160 together for the seventh wicket, and along with the tail, ensured their team reach stumps on 349/9 – a lead of 81.


Renshaw throws his weight behind Skipper Smith

Australia opener Matt Renshaw on Thursday said his skipper Steve Smith led from the front with the bat, showing that the visitors are here to play cricket.

After all the attention shifted to the controversy over the Decision Review System (DRS) at the end of the second Test in Bengaluru where Smith tried to seek nod from teammates sitting in the dressing room balcony for a DRS on an LBW decision, in Ranchi the right-hander played a sublime knock of 117 not out to help the visitors get out of the woods after they were reeling at 140/4 at one stage.


BCCI cool about Virat Kohli's injury issues

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday confirmed that there were "no serious concerns" about skipper Virat Kohli's shoulder injury, which he picked up while fielding on the opening day of the third Test match against Australia earlier in the day here.

Kohli injured his shoulder in the 40th over, when he chased a drive from Peter Handscomb off left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. He went off the field immediately, and did not return for the rest of the day, with Ajinkya Rahane standing in as captain.


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