Much was made of Steve Smith’s form slump heading into this Test match, but has he finally broken the shackles?
The Australian star managed just 10 runs in four innings over the first two Test matches, but looked much more comfortable on day one and is currently not out on 31.
The worrying part for India is that Smith has proven to have an insane conversion rate across his Test career once he crosses 50, having notched 29 half-centuries and 26 centuries in his 75 Tests.
However, the news for the tourists is worse when you see this stat on Smith’s average once he crosses 25.
Smith’s partnership with his best buddy Marnus Labuschagne is currently an unbeaten 60 and Ajinkya Rahane will hope like hell that it is broken early on in day two.
With the ball just 55 overs old after the rain delay yesterday, India will not receive a new ball for a few hours yet, by which time Smith and Marnus could cause some serious damage.
One thing the tourists will hope to do better is to restrict Australia’s scoring, after allowing the home side to score 3.01 runs per over on the opening day, significantly higher than what it has managed over the first two Tests.
Jasprit Bumrah is the only Indian bowler to have gone for less than three runs per over (not including Ravindra Jadeja’s two overs), with debutant Navdeep Saini leaking 4.57 runs per over, although he does have one of India’s two wickets.