Australia’s best batsman Steve Smith stole the show on Day 2 as he brought up a fantastic century in the longest format of the game. The right-handed batsman looked pretty good even on the first day.
The batsman continued from where he left off as he played the best innings in the Border Gavaskar Trophy series. The top batsman was under fire for his string of low scores in the first two Tests.
However, the No.2 ranked batsman made a sensational rebound at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Smith and Marnus Labuschagne added a valuable 100-run stand for the third wicket before Marnus departed after making a significant 91 (11 fours).
Earlier, Will Pukovski scored 62 with the help of 4 fours on his debut match. Ravindra Jadeja turned out to be the best bowler for India in the first innings. He picked up as many as 4 wickets to his name.
Jadeja gets rid of Steve Smith
Steven Smith took the bowling attack to the cleaners as he kept on hitting boundaries at will. Indian bowlers found it very hard to get rid of the best batsman as he was on beast mode.
After Marnus’ departure, Smith alone was carrying the team as other batsmen didn’t support him. After Australia lost 9 wickets, Smith was still at the crease alongside his partner Josh Hazlewood.
During the 4th ball of the 106th over, Smith hit Bumrah’s ball towards the leg side in search of 2 runs to retain the strike. While he was trying to get back to the striker’s end, he was run out by Jadeja.
Ravindra Jadeja quickly collected the ball and directly aimed at the stumps as Smith departed after making 131. His innings included a flurry of 16 fours. Australia was all out for 338.
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In reply, India ended Day 2 with 96 for the loss of 2 wickets. Australian pacers namely Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins got rid of Rohit Sharma (27) and Shubman Gill (50) respectively.
After losing two wickets, Cheteshwar Pujara and stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane tried their best to stay calm and composed at the crease. They survived the Aussie bowling attack on Day 2 and are batting on 9 and 5. They will look forward to adding value to the scorecard when they resume play on Day 3.
New record for Steve Smith
During the game, Smith created history as he became the second-fastest batsman to reach 27 Test centuries after Sir Don Bradman who achieved the milestone in 70 innings. The former Australia captain Smith accomplished the feat in 136 innings, which is 10 innings fewer than his counterpart Virat Kohli.
The Indian captain achieved the feat in 146 innings. With this Test century, Smith has now equaled the likes of Virat Kohli, Australian batting maestro Allan Border and former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith. With this century, Smith also ended Australia’s four-year century drought against India.