Riding on Steve O’Keefe’s career-best match figures of 12/68, Australia defeated India by 333 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
Chasing an improbable 441, the hosts began disastrously as both their openers returned to the pavilion with only 16 runs on the board. A 31-run partnership stopped the rot for a sometime but Virat Kohli misjudged a straight delivery from O’Keefe and was clean bowled to leave India reeling at 47/3. With Australian spinners threatening to take a wicket on almost every delivery, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane tried to steady the ship before Rahane’s drive went straight to Nathan Lyon at covers. The hosts kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually dismissed for 107. Steve O’Keefe, who had taken six wickets in the first innings, once again starred with the ball by taking 6/33.
Earlier, Steven Smith scored his first Test century in India to help his team post 285. Resuming on 143 for 4, the visitors made a steady start before Ravindra Jadeja sent back Mitchell Marsh to give India a much-needed breakthrough. The Australia skipper then kept on sharing small partnerships with the lower-order batsmen – 35 with Matthew Wade and then 42 with Mitchell Starc- to keep the scoreboard ticking. The skipper was finally dismissed after scoring 109. Australia’s innings ended soon when Jadeja dismissed O’Keefe.
Meanwhile, the heavy defeat ended India’s 19-match winning streak. The world number one team had not lost a Test since August 2015. This also proved to be Australia’s first win in India since 2004.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the day’s play:
And the coach of India says Steve O'Keefe is "Steady" Well done Steady O'Keefe keep it up 👍🏼 #INDvAUS
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) February 25, 2017
Bright side for India – beating their first-innings score. #IndvAus
— Jaideep Vaidya (@jaideepjourno) February 25, 2017
Dear news channels …please don't carry headlines like Sharamnak haar etc …its only the 1st out of the 4 test matches..so take it easy
— Suresh Menon #Kaabil (@sureshnmenon) February 25, 2017
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) February 25, 2017
If you can't play spin don't even bother going there, said KP. Indian players should have listened to him. #IndvAus
— cricBC (@cricBC) February 25, 2017
*googles things to do in Pune* #INDvAUS
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) February 25, 2017
Monty Panesar's consultation fee has gone up 2 folds.
— Fake Mitch Johnson (@NotMitchJohnson) February 25, 2017
Cricket has become like cinema. Quite a few pointless reviews 😜 #IndvAus
— T.S.Suresh (TS) (@editorsuresh) February 25, 2017
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) February 25, 2017
Indian team shud show some resilience & fightback. They shud come together in a group & start singing "Ghanan Ghanan Ghir Ghir Aaye Badra.."
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) February 25, 2017
Rahane is throwing away his wicket these days so that we don't miss Rohit Sharma #IndvAus
— Shashi (@AllTimeBakchod) February 25, 2017
— Chirayu Gupta (@TimelessSteel) February 25, 2017
India is playing like that Engineer who does mechanical miracles on site but can't repair fan at home. #IndvAus
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) February 25, 2017
If this were WWE, at this stage, lights would go off in the arena and VVS Laxman would appear at the ring. #IndVAus
— അ (@Ajays23) February 25, 2017
We Indians are very good hosts. Team Australia complained about mosquitoes.
So Team India immediately got All Out.#IndvAus
— Amey Kulkarni (@Kulkarnium) February 24, 2017