Riding on Steve O’Keefe’s career-best 6/35, Australia have taken a firm grip in the ongoing first Test against India in Pune. After taking a 155-run lead in the first innings, Steve Smith’s men finished the second day on 143/4 to extend their overall lead to 298.
The visitors did not begin their second innings strongly as Ravichandran Ashwin accounted for David Warner (10) and Shaun Marsh (0). But Smith held firm from one end and scored an unbeaten 59 to help his team grab honors on Day 2.
Earlier, replying to Australia’s first innings total of 260, the Indian team was dismissed for a paltry 105. The hosts began their innings on a poor note as in-form opener Murali Vijay returned to the pavilion with only 26 on the board. 18 runs later, the batting team suffered two huge setbacks after Cheteshwar Pujara (6) and Virat Kohli (0). A 50-run stand between Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul for the fourth wicket calmed down the nerves in the Indian camp for a while. But once Rahul got out while trying to play a big shot off the bowling of Steve O’Keefe, the Indian team fell like a pack of cards, losing their last seven wickets for only 11 runs. O’Keefe was the destructor-in-chief as his six-wicket haul helped the visitors take a massive 155-run lead.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
Pune's test is the epitomy of 'spider being caged in its own web' thts wht happened with india today #INDvsAUS
— sachin raghav (@sachinrghv2) February 24, 2017
Virat Kohli: I want to review this #IndvAus
The news from the centre is that Steve Smith has accepted Abhinav Mukund's request to follow his instagram account. #INDvAUS
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) February 24, 2017
— PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) February 24, 2017
— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) February 24, 2017
Indian Cricket Team Shivaratri Scenes
Kumble :: Team, today is Shivaratri. We should do fast !
Indian team was really fast 😂😂#IndvsAus
— Call Mark (@iplaygod) February 24, 2017
.@MichaelVaughan Ps How bad were your boys over here ? This must be hurting to watch the Aussies dominate hahah
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 24, 2017
— iMallu (@NaanumEngineer) February 24, 2017
Wow!!! Aussie grit and determination at its best. Wonder what Kohli is saying in dressing room. Gotta move on quickly!! #INDvAUS
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) February 24, 2017
— Dave Middleton (@Dave_Middleton) February 24, 2017
Now, K L Rahul might not even get enough time in dressing room to ponder his awful dismissal. #IndvAus
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) February 24, 2017
Virat Kohli out for DUCK…
Yes you read that correctly!
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 24, 2017