India v Australia: Steve Smith looking to take momentum through India series
Feb 26 2017
On his second innings century, Smith said: "It's going to be right up there". Steve Smith and Marsh batting for Australia. India had bounced back from the first Test defeat in that Sri Lankan Port City in 2015.
Mumbai: Shocked at India's humiliation at the hands of Australia in the first Test, former wicket-keeper batsman Farokh Engineer on Saturday questioned the nature of Pune pitch and slammed the home batsmen for their poor shot selection which cost them the match. He mixed caution with aggression to score 109 runs in 204 balls with 11 boundaries.
Steve O'Keefe was the main man again, finishing with figures of six for 35 to go with his six-for in the first innings, with Nathan Lyon chipping in with four of his own as India were bowled out for an embarrassing 107 in 33.5 overs.
Two balls after Pujara was dismissed, Virat Kohli was dismissed for a duck - for the first time after 104 global innings - when he attempted a flamboyant drive, edging it to Peter Handscomb in the slip cordon. The three test series between India and Australia is all set to begin tomorrow and we couldn't have been more excited.
Hazlewood, who did not use the new ball and replaced Starc in the seventh over, got the first breakthrough in his opening over by packing off Murali Vijay, who was caught behind for 10 with 26 on board.
The day's turning point came when opener Lokesh Rahul gave up his wicket trying to smash O'Keefe into the stands.
KL Rahul was the only Indian batsman who managed to get past 20-run mark in the 1st innings.
"We put ourselves under a lot of pressure".
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 holing out off skiers.
Australia captain Steve Smith is hoping a lack of scar tissue in the current Test side will help it capitalise on the stunning success in Pune.
The sparse crowd appeared indifferent to Pujara's dismissal as they anticipated the arrival of the popular Kohli, who recently became the first batsman to hit four double-centuries in as many consecutive series.
The Indian captain, who was out driving expansively at a wide ball edged to first slip. had not scored a duck in his past 104 worldwide innings, stretching back to a one-day match in Cardiff in 2014. For that matter, we also saw an encore of O'Keefe's performance. "Otherwise as captain I would not be happy", Allan Border said on Fox Sports' lunch break show. He passed 50 in his first Test innings on the subcontinent but received little support as Mitchell Marsh (four) and Matthew Wade (eight) came and went quickly.
"We were bound to have one bad day after doing well for so long", Kumble said.