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Pune: It was a complete meltdown for the Indian cricket team. The hosts, with a formidable batting lineup failed to score a decent total in their own backyard. Other than KL Rahul, who scored 64 runs on a rather pitch, no other Indian cricketer play a decent total.
The second highest scorer from Indian side was AM Rahane could scored a princely 13 runs after facing 55 deliveries. To compound Indian miseries, the Aussies bowlers didn’t give extra runs. In the entire Indian inning spanning over 40.1 overs.
There is no denying that it was one of the worst performances by Indian test sides, playing on home turf. This is the reason that high profile Indian coach Anil Kumble said that it was one bad day in the office. But this bad day was played in front on thousands of people watching from stands and millions and millions of people watching on their television sets.
It must be kept in mind that today’s Indian score was the country’s fifth lowest completed innings totals. There is no denying that the wickets fell in drove. India were 94 for three at one time, losing their last seven wickets for eleven runs – their worst ever seven-wicket collapse in Tests, obliterating the 18 vs New Zealand at Christchurch in 1989-90.
The architect of Aussies comeback in the match was none other than Steve O’Keefe. A maiden six-for by Steve O’Keefe followed by an unbeaten half-century from captain Steve Smith put Australia on the driver’s seat at the end of Day Two at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Friday.
The visitors were able to do well with the bat too in their second inning despite suffering early losses. Coming on to bat in the second innings, Australia had 143 runs on the board for the loss of four wickets, after bundling out India for a paltry 105 to walk off with a healthy lead of 298 at the end of the day. Earlier, it was a shambolic collapse for the hosts who lost seven wickets in just 11 runs as O’Keefe spun a web around the Indian batsmen. At 93 for the loss of three wickets, India may not have been in a comfortable position, but KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane had done enough to help them claw back after a twin strike by Mitchell Starc sent captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujar packing in the same over.
Australia 1st innings
MT Renshaw c Vijay b Ashwin 68
DA Warner b UT Yadav 38
SPD Smith* c Kohli b Ashwin 27
SE Marsh c Kohli b J Yadav 16
PSP Handscomb lbw b Jadeja 22
MR Marsh lbw b Jadeja 4
MS Wade† lbw b UT Yadav 8
MA Starc c Jadeja b Ashwin 61
SNJ O’Keefe c †Saha b UT Yadav 0
NM Lyon lbw b UT Yadav 0
JR Hazlewood not out 1
Extras (lb 6, nb 9) 15
Total (all out; 94.5 overs) 260 (2.74 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-82 (Warner, 27.2 ov), 1-82* (Renshaw, retired not out, 27.3 ov), 2-119 (SE Marsh, 46.4 ov), 3-149 (Handscomb, 59.2 ov), 4-149
India 1st innings
M Vijay c †Wade b Hazlewood 10
KL Rahul c Warner b O’Keefe 64
CA Pujara c †Wade b Starc 6
V Kohli* c Handscomb b Starc 0
AM Rahane c Handscomb b O’Keefe 13
R Ashwin c Handscomb b Lyon 1
WP Saha† c Smith b O’Keefe 0
RA Jadeja c Starc b O’Keefe 2
J Yadav st †Wade b O’Keefe 2
UT Yadav c Smith b O’Keefe 4
I Sharma not out 2
Extras (nb 1) 1
Total (all out; 40.1 overs) 105 (2.61 runs per over)
Australia 2nd innings
DA Warner lbw b Ashwin 10
SE Marsh lbw b Ashwin 0
SPD Smith* not out 59
PSP Handscomb c Vijay b Ashwin 19
MT Renshaw c Sharma b J Yadav 31
MR Marsh not out 21
Extras (lb 3) 3
Total (4 wickets; 44.5 overs) 143 (3.18 runs per over)
To batMS Wade†, SNJ O’Keefe, NM Lyon, MA Starc, JR Hazlewood