You could see the look of despair on Virat Kohli's face when Steven Smith called right to give Australia a crucial toss. However, after a flying start from Australia, India kept chipping away at the wickets in the first two sessions of day one of this third Test in Ranchi, even if Steven Smith is staying strong at one end, determined to make the most of the toss advantage.
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On a slow and low wicket, which really had very little in it for the bowlers, Australia made full use of the good batting conditions and some poor bowling from India in the first 10 overs, with Matt Renshaw and David Warner pushing the score to 50 in a hurry.
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However, India slowly pegged things back to wrest a bit of control back after an interesting first couple of sessions of play.
Slow and low is the mantra that India are using in this Test series, after the Pune debacle, and this pitch is certainly that, with the ball hardly coming onto the bat from the spinners.
The key for the Aussies remains Steven Smith, who is batting with Glenn Maxwell at Tea, after the visitors lost just the one wicket in the second session, even if India did really well to stop the run flow.
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The wickets of the openers, who went on a tear early, came thanks to some poor/unlucky batting from the Australia batsmen.
David Warner (19, 26b, 2x4), looking good, enjoying himself on this slow wicket and gladly smashing the boundaries to the awful deliveries that the fast bowlers bowled with the new ball, gave his wicket away to Ravindra Jadeja when he hit a full toss straight back to the bowler.
That ended a flying opening partnership of 50 from just 9.4 overs, with Australia pushing on from there with a mini-partnership between Matt Renshaw and captain Smith, with India doing really well to pull the run rate back and just build a bit of pressure.
Renshaw was quite impressive again, putting away any and all loose deliveries, with that attacking intent giving him quite a few runs with the new ball. There were a couple of leading edges off R Ashwin, who could not find too much purchase from the wicket, with the moisture underneath surprisingly not giving him a lot of turn, but for the most part, the left-hander looked quite good, timing the ball brilliantly.
He lost his concentration, though, when Kohli, who would suffer a shoulder injury in the second session, brought Umesh Yadav back, with Renshaw (44, 69b, 7x4) giving Kohli some catching practice at first slip by just hanging his bat out.
Ashwin then picked up his first wicket of the Test match, when he found the inside edge of Shaun Marsh, with the ball carrying off the pad to Cheteshwar Pujara, who took a nice catch diving to his left at short leg.
While Renshaw's wicket was crucial, the big one remains that of Smith, who has looked solid as ever, and notched his 21st half-century in Test cricket.
After Handscomb (19, 47b, 2x4) stuck around with Smith, who went past 5000 runs in Test cricket, for a 51-run partnership, Glenn Maxwell, making his comeback, came in and did quite well, looking solid in defence to put on another half-century alliance.
First innings: Australia: 194/4 in 60 overs at Tea.
First session: 109/3 in 30 overs.
Second session: 85/1 in 30 overs.
Batting in the middle: Steven Smith (80, 161b, 9x4) and Glenn Maxwell (19, 50b).
Bowling: First innings: India: Ishant Sharma 10-1-31-0; Umesh Yadav 14-2-54-2; R Ashwin 17-2-50-1; Ravindra Jadeja 19-1-49-1.
Fall of wickets: First innings: Australia: 50/1, David Warner (9.4 overs); 80/2, Matt Renshaw (22.3 overs); 89/3, Shaun Marsh (25.1 overs); 140/4, Peter Handscomb (42.2 overs).