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.

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