Photo: AP Ranchi: Glenn Maxwell staged a grand comeback by scoring his maiden hundred before Ravindra Jadeja struck thrice to leave Australia at 401 for seven at lunch on day two of the third Test against India here on Friday. India fought back towards the end of the morning session but Australia still went into the break in a strong position with captain Steven Smith standing strong at 153. Maxwell (104) was caught behind off Jadeja soon after reaching the three-figures to end a stellar 191-run stand with his skipper. The others who fell to Jadeja were Matthew Wade (37) and Pat Cummins (0) as the visitors collected 102 runs in the session. Shedding his T20 specialist tag, Maxwell built innings with tremendous restraint and punished the loose deliveries in his 185-ball innings comprising nine fours and couple of sixes. Smith, who was on an overnight 117, continued from where he left off, eclipsing eclipsing Michael Clarke’s 130 for the highest score by the visiting Australian captain. After Maxwell’s departure, Wade and Smith forged a quick 64-run sixth wicket partnership. But Jadeja put the brakes on with his twin blow in three balls to dismiss Wade and Cummins 10 minutes… Read full this story
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