There goes an old saying, ‘Eventually all good things must come to an end some day’, so does India’s unbeaten 19 matches run came to an end in Pune on Day 3, where Australia thrashed hosts in all departments to register a massive 333-run win and take a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series.
Steve O’Keefe performed brilliantly with the ball as he picked up his career-best figures of 12/70 to script the fall of Indian team. Courtesy his match winning numbers, India succumbed to 105 and 107 in both innings.
Captain Steven Smith too helped the cause by adding another hundred to his tally in the second innings. Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon, two of Australia’s ace bowlers happened to impress too as Starc did well with the bat, scoring crucial 91 runs in the match while Lyon helped O’Keefe wrap up Indian innings by picking five in the match.
On the other hand, India displayed a cheerless fielding performance throughout the three days and that could also be the reason for their embarrassing defeat. Looking at the surface on Day 1, it appeared dry and Australian bowlers applied themselves to make the best out of it, which the Indian bowlers failed to do so.
India, in both innings, played for a total of 74 overs, 20 less than of what Australia played in their first innings. Numbers could mislead but such an embarrassing loss surely can’t. Hosts were outplayed completely and now they’ve a lot on their shoulders to prove, when both teams will square-off in the second Test in Bengaluru, which starts on March 4.
Australia – 260 and 285
India – 105 and 107