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India falls for 105, Aussies lead by 298
PUNE, India---On a stunning day when
India was bowled out for 105 and 16
wickets fell, Steve Smith survived three
chances to be the 17th to extend Aus-
tralia's lead to 298 in the first cricket
India's first-innings collapse from 93-3
was a record triggered by spinner Steve
O'Keefe's career-best 6-35.
Virat Kohli was out for a duck, his first in
a home test, and India conceded a 155-run
lead on day two.
The 7-wickets-for-12-runs collapse was
India's worst in test cricket, eclipsing the
7-18 against New Zealand in Christchurch
Smith then rode his luck in scoring 59 not
out to push Australia's second innings to
143-4 at stumps.
Smith was dropped three times; at mid-
on, short leg, and leg gully, en route to his
21st half-century off 93 balls. He put on 52
runs with Matt Renshaw (31), who was also
dropped at slip. Mitchell Marsh was with
him on 21 not out.
Ravichandran Ashwin took 3-68 but the
four dropped catches rounded off a miser-
able day for India.
"There's always a first time (to chase a
high target)," India coach Anil Kumble said.
"We would like to restrict them to as little
as possible. But the dropped catches hurt
u s ."India entered the four-test series as hot
favorite, unbeaten in its last 20 tests on
home soil and playing against an Australia
lineup which had lost its last nine tests in
The pitch prepared in Pune, hosting its
first ever test, appeared to be ideal for India's
three-pronged spin attack. But it was the
Australians who made better use of it in the
The wickets tumbled on the dry, dusty
pitch on the second day of the series, right
from the first over when Mitchell Starc was
dismissed for 61 to end Australia's first in-
nings at 260.
Before lunch, Starc (2-38) pegged back
the host with a double strike. He dismissed
Cheteshwar Pujara (6), caught behind, and
two balls later had Kohli caught at first slip,
his first duck since 2014 against England at
Old Trafford, a gap of 45 innings.
Before Starc's spell, Josh Hazlewood (1-11)
dismissed Murali Vijay (10), caught behind
"We were very excited to get Kohli out for
a duck," O'Keefe said. "During the lunch
break, I worked on my bowling because I
was not happy with my first spell. Taking
six wickets hasn't sunk in yet, but it will if
it contributes to a win here."
After lunch, Lokesh Rahul (64) took his
fourth-wicket partnership with Ajinkya
Rahane (13) to 50 runs. The opener scored
his second test half-century off 84 balls,
and then the slide began.
Rahul played an uncharacteristic shot and
skied the ball to David Warner at long on
off O'Keefe in the 33rd over. In the same
over, Rahane was caught at forward short
leg, and Wriddhiman Saha (0) was caught
at slip. India slipped from 94-3 to 95-6 in
the space of five deliveries.
Nathan Lyon (1-21) removed Ashwin (1)
in the next over, the ball lobbing up off his
boot to short leg.
Four wickets down in eight balls.
Jayant Yadav (2) was stumped off O'Keefe,
and the left-arm spinner struck twice more
in successive overs, removing Ravindra
Jadeja (2) and Umesh Yadav (4), both hol-
ing out off skiers.
O'Keefe's previous best bowling figures
were 3-53 against Pakistan in Sydney a
month ago. (AP)
Australia's Steve O'Keefe celebrates the dismissal of
India's Ajinkya Rahane on the second day of the first
cricket test match between them, in Pune, India,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Australia vs India
Australia 1st Innings
M. Renshaw c Vijay b Ashwin
D. Warner b UYadav
S. Smith c Kohli b Ashwin
S. Marsh c Kohli b JYadav
P. Handscomb lbw b Jadeja
M. Marsh lbw b Jadeja
M. Wade lbw b UYadav
M. Starc c Jadeja b Ashwin
S. O'Keefe c Saha b UYadav
N. Lyon lbw b UYadav
J. Hazlewood not out
Extras: (6lb, 9nb)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-82, 2-119, 3-149, 4-149, 5-166, 6-190, 7-196, 8-205,
Bowling: Ishant Sharma 11-0-27-0 (1nb), Ravichandran Ashwin 34.5-
10-63-3, Jayant Yadav 13-1-58-1 (5nb), Ravindra Jadeja 24-4-74-2 (2nb),
Umesh Yadav 12-3-32-4 (1nb).
India 1st Innings
M. Vijay c Wade b Hazlewood
L. Rahul c Warner b O'Keefe
C. Pujara c Wade b Starc
V. Kohli c Handscomb b Starc
A. Rahane c Handscomb b O'Keefe
R. Ashwin c Handscomb b Lyon
W. Saha c Smith b O'Keefe
R. Jadeja c Starc b O'Keefe
J. Yadav st Wade b O'Keefe
U. Yadav c Smith b O'Keefe
I. Sharma not out
Total: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-44, 3-44, 4-94,
5-95, 6-95, 7-95, 8-98, 9-101, 10-105.
Bowling: Mitchell Starc 9-2-38-2 (1nb),
Steve O'Keefe 13.1-2-35-6,
Josh Hazlewood 7-3-11-1,
Nathan Lyon 11-2-21-1.
Australia 2nd Innings
D. Warner lbw b Ashwin
S. Marsh lbw b Ashwin
S. Smith not out
P. Handscomb c Vijay b Ashwin
M. Renshaw c Sharma b JYadav
M. Marsh not out
TOTAL: (for 4 wickets)
Still to bat: Mathew Wade,
Steve O'Keefe, Nathan Lyon,
Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-23, 3-61, 4-113.
Bowling: Ravichandran Ashwin 16-3-68-3,
Ravindra Jadeja 17-6-26-0,
Umesh Yadav 5-0-13-0,
Jayant Yadav 5-0-27-1, Ishant Sharma 3-0-6-0.
Umpires: Nigel Llong and Richard Kettleborough, England.
TV umpire: Richard Illingworth, England.
Match referee: Chris Broad, England.
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