India vs Australia Live Streaming Cricket Match 2nd Test Day 3
An excellent eighth-wicket partnership of 97 between Steven Smith and Mitchell Starc, both of whom achieved Test-best innings, followed by a 51-run stand between Starc and Nathan Lyon drove Australia to 408 before lunch on day three. Both Smith and Starc fell in the nineties - Starc cruelly on 99 - but their efforts helped Australia keep India at bay and lessen the chance of defeat for a beleaguered Australian team.
Resuming at 273 for 7, Smith and Starc extended their stand without much fuss. The fifty-run stand put 300 on the board during the first hour, in which the pair added 61 runs, with Starc taking a liking to Ishant Sharma. Ishant went for 25 runs in his first spell of five overs, with Starc pulling and thumping him disdainfully back over his head.
Smith went from an overnight 58 to pass his previous best of 77, pulling out a few attractive clips off the pads and one firm swat past mid-off. On 92, however, he was dragged forward and beaten by the turn, and MS Dhoni effected a swift stumping. Pragyan Ojha had struck with his seventh delivery of the day.
Smith's wicket was followed by a counterpunch from Starc, who took 11 off Ojha's third over and back-cut R Ashwin past point to move to 80, thus posting the highest score by an Australian No. 9 against India in Tests. His innings was not all punch, however; two slogs resulted in inside edges for four and there were several snicks and appeals that went Starc's way. On 92, he edged Ishant between Dhoni and first slip and got four more.
Ishant worked Starc over with the first four balls of the 139th over, with Starc twice beaten outside off, and then on the fifth the tailender was snapped up by a diving Dhoni. Starc had backed himself to play his shots all throughout his career-best 99, and fell one short of a deserved maiden first-class century when flashing outside off stump. Soon after, Ashwin won a favorable lbw appeal against Xavier Doherty to end the innings on 408.
In the one over they were left to play before lunch, Murali Vijay played out five scoreless deliveries from Starc before pushing the sixth into the covers for three.