On the day 3 of the first Test at Pune, Australia clinched a big victory against the host India. Australia began the day on their overnight score of 143/4 and made 285 runs before getting all out. Australia put on a huge 441-run target in front of India.
In reply, India were bundled out for just 107 runs as Australia won this Test by 333 runs.
With this impressive victory, Australia begins the 4-match Test series with a 1-0 lead.
Brief Scores: Australia – 260 (Matt Renshaw 68, Mitchell Starc 61, Umesh Yadav 4/32) & 285 (Steven Smith 109, Matt Renshaw 31, Ravichandran Ashwin 4/119)
India – 105 (KL Rahul 64, Ajinkya Rahane 13, Steve O’Keefe 6/35) & 107 (Cheteshwar Pujara 31, Ajinkya Rahane 18, Steve O’Keefe 6/35)
Here are some statistical highlights of Day 3 of the 1st Test:
- Australian skipper Steve Smith batted brilliantly in the second innings as he scored 109 runs. It is the highest score by an Australian batsman in their second innings of a Test match on the Indian soil. The previous highest was 104 by Damien Martyn at Chennai in 2004.
It was the only third Test century by an Australian batsman in their second innings of a Test match on the Indian soil.
- Like in the first innings, Australian cricketer Mitchell Starc again batted well during Australia’s second innings as he scored 30 runs. At the end of that innings, Mitchell Starc has scored 236 Test runs on the Indian soil after coming to bat at no.8 or lower. With this innings, Starc became the most runs scorer in Test cricket on the Indian soil as a visiting no. 8 or lower batsmen. The previous record holder was former Pakistan cricketer Fazal Mahmood with 233 runs.
- Australia put on 441-run target for India to win this Test. It was the 3rd highest target set by Australia against India in India. The top two in this list are 543 at Nagpur in 2004 and 457 in Bangalore in 2004.
- Just like the first innings (6/35), Australian left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe earned the same bowling figure in India’s second innings which is 6/35. His aggregate bowling figures in this match was 28.1-6-70-12. It is the best Test match bowling figure by an Australian bowler against India. The previous best was 12/124 by Alan Davidson at Kanpur in 1959.
Also it (12/70) is the 2nd best Test match bowling figure by a visiting bowler on the Indian soil. The record is 13/106 by England pacer Ian Botham (against India) at Mumbai in 1980.
- Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe just missed a chance to become the 2nd Australian bowler and 7th overall bowler to dismiss all the eleven opponent batsmen in a Test match. Steve O’Keefe missed to dismiss only Ishant Sharma, as the Australian spinner dismissed the all other 10 Indian batsmen in this Test. The 6 bowlers who had achieved this feat were Jim Laker (England), Srinivas Venkataraghavan (India), Geoff Dymock (Australia), Abdul Qadir (Pakistan), Waqar Younis (Pakistan) and Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka). Out of them only Australian left-arm pacer Geoff Dymock was the visiting side bowler (against India at Kanpur in 1979).
- Australian spinners took total 10 wickets during India’s second innings (Steve O’Keefe 6/35 and Nathan Lyon 4/53). It was the third time when Australian spinners took total 10 wickets in a Test innings against India. The previous two occasions were at Kolkata in 1956 and at Chennai in 1986.
Also Australian spinners took total 17 wickets in this Test match which was also the 3rd time for Australia to take 17 wickets against India in a Test match. Australian spinners took 17 wickets against India in the Pune Test match. It is the highest no. of total wickets taken by Australian spinners against India in a Test match.
- India were bowled out for just 107 runs in their second innings. It is India’s 3rd lowest completed total in a Test innings against Australia on the Indian soil. India’s top 2 lowest completed total in this list are 104 at Mumbai in 2004 and 105 at here during India’s first innings in this Test.
- India scored total 212 runs in this Test match. Losing all the 20 wickets in a Test match, it is India’s 4th lowest aggregate total. India’s top 3 lowest aggregate totals (losing all the 20 wickets) in a Test match are 140 against England at Manchester in 1952, 156 against Australia at Brisbane in 1947 and 166 against South Africa at Durban in 1996.
On the other hand, losing all 20 wickets in a Test match, it (212 runs) is the lowest aggregated total by a team on the Indian soil. The previous record was 264 by South Africa (against India) at Nagpur in 2015.
- Australia won this Test match by 333 runs. It is Australia’s 3rd largest Test victory (by runs) against India. The top two in this list are 342 runs at Nagpur in 2004 and by 337 runs at Melbourne in 2007.
- India lost this Test match by 333 runs. It is India’s 2nd largest Test defeat (by runs) on their home soil. The record is by 342 runs against Australia at Nagpur in 2004.
Also it was India’s first home Test defeat against Australia since November 2004. Last time Australia won a Test against India was at Nagpur in October 2004.
Meanwhile, last time India had lost a home Test match against England at Kolkata in early December 2012. Since then India was unbeaten in next 20 home Tests before this defeat.
- Before this Test match, last time India had lost a Test match in a debut home Test venue was in December 1994. It was the Test match between India and West Indies at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali (presently known as Punjab Cricket Association or IS Bindra Stadium); where West Indies had beaten India by 243 runs.