Australia v India: Steve Smith shines to put India under pressure

Australia captain Steve Smith on the way to 192
Australia captain Steve Smith on the way to his seventh Test hundred
Third Test, Melbourne (day two):
Australia 530 all out, India 108-1
Match scorecard

Australia captain Steve Smith scored a career-best 192 to help his side set an imposing target of 530 on day two of the third Test against India.

Smith added to his overnight 72 to move on to his third consecutive century, with Brad Haddin (55) and Ryan Harris (74) further burnishing the tally.

India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan for 28 and Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped by wicketkeeper Haddin when on 12.

But the visitors avoided further scares to reach 108-1 in reply.

India opener Mural Vijay was on 55 by the close but his side still trail their hosts by a daunting 422 runs.

Australia are already 2-0 up in the four-match series and are in a commanding position to extend that lead after their batting performance.

Smith's 192 came off 305 balls, while pace bowler Harris helped the tail wag with his highest Test score of 74 from 88 balls.

"I feel pretty good at the crease," said Smith "Everything is working for me at the moment.

"It was pretty fun to be honest. It was nice to be able to play a few shots at the end and try and get the total up as high as we could."

Australia did suffer one setback as all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was ruled out of the final Test with a hamstring injury.

The 23-year-old suffered the problem during the second Test and was omitted for the third match in Melbourne.

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