Melbourne - Captain
Steven Smith took a sharp catch to snare India's first wicket after
scoring a big century to fire Australia to a mammoth first innings total
of 530 on Day 2 of the third Test in Melbourne on Saturday.
in for the injured Michael Clarke, Smith scored a personal best 192 to
anchor a stunning tail-end assault on India's bowlers, who leaked 314
runs for the final five wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
to the field after tea, the 25-year-old ended a 55-run opening
partnership by diving low at second slip to catch an edge from Shikhar
Dhawan (28) off the bowling of Ryan Harris.
Opener Murali Vijay
(55 not out) and number three batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (25 not out)
pushed India to 108-1 at stumps, still 422 runs adrift of the hosts'
The tourists were lucky not to be two wickets down,
however, with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin spilling an edge from Pujara when
the batsman was on 12.
Vijay's unbeaten half-century, his fourth
knock over 50 in the series, will give India some hope of reeling in the
total on the benign drop-in wicket.
But Smith's third century from three tests has all but sealed the four-match series for Australia, who lead 2-0.
smashed 15 boundaries and two sixes to all corners of the sun-bathed
ground, before falling short of a maiden double-century when attempting
an audacious ramp shot off paceman Umesh Yadav.
Smith's wicket brought the innings to a close and he walked off at tea to a standing ovation from the crowd of over 51,000.
and Haddin had resumed in the morning with Australia still vulnerable
on 259-5 but plundered 67 runs before the wicketkeeper dismissed himself
with a botched leave that bottom-edged through to India captain and
wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Mitchell Johnson struck a
quickfire 28 before he was stumped attempting to slog Ravichandran
Ashwin down the ground, before bulky paceman Ryan Harris joined in the
run feast, belting a personal best of 74 and raising raucous cheers from
the terraces after registering his third test half-century.
slogged a big six to reach 74 and was out next ball, trapped lbw by
Ashwin, but by then Australia were 482-8 and in complete command.
Mohammed Shami bowled Nathan Lyon for 11, before Yadav wrapped up the innings with Smith's wicket.