India's Record Collapse & the Advent of O'Keefe on Day 2

India's Record Collapse & the Advent of O'Keefe on Day 2

India's Record Collapse & the Advent of O'Keefe on Day 2

Pune: Indian pacer Umesh Yadav, who claimed four wickets on the opening day of the first cricket Test against Australia here, revealed that his plan was to bowl the tight line and minimise scoring opportunities for the batsmen.

The expectations on Australia are bound to rise after their upset win in Pune, which means even if India were to bounce back in the next two Tests, the series will still be alive heading into the final match in Dharamsala.

Virat Kohli and company, who had enjoyed an unbeaten run in the last 19 Tests, were given a reality check by a determined Australia as Steve O'Keefe (12/70) produced the best figures by an Australian against India in this country. "No excuses. Sometimes, you have to take your hat off and tell the opposition well done". He has now scored nine fifties in Test cricket, which is seven more than Mitchell Marsh, who continues to be picked for his batting for reasons unfathomable to all Australians whose surname are not Marsh, or who are not cricket selectors.

"It's great that we were able to implement the things that we've practised and talked about in the game".

"But what he has got - he knows his game, he's clever, he varies his pace". Smith said that this pitch looks like it will turn from Day 1. Australia's captain Steve Smith had said before the match that the "pitch was incredibly dry".

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Credited for nearly single-handedly pulling Australian cricket out of the wrenches of the 80s and setting them up for their dominance in the 90s, Border is one of the toughest characters to ever play the game. India would need to be more objective in challenging the umpire's decisions and a bit of method is needed. He showed his attacking instincts against spin by stepping out to Steve O'Keefe to loft the left-arm spinner over the straight field for the first six of the innings.

His match tally of 13 was his lowest in a Test at home where he had batted both innings. "It'll be interesting to see what they'll come up with [for the second Test]". "Credit to Matt Renshaw and Steve Smith the way they batted", said the 1983 World Cup-winner. O'Keefe, who had gone wicketless in the first session, induced Rahul into a big-shot and the batsman committed the mistake.

333 Margin of defeat - India's second biggest in a home Test and fourth largest overall.

Shane Warne was critical of O'Keefe early on day two, but the similarly named leg-spinner says Australia's star is as intelligent bowler as you will find. BCCI needs to take a stronger stand on the quality of wickets and needs to make sure that Tests are not dusted like this in the future.

Onlookers were stunned to silence two balls later when the right-hander chased a full and wide delivery from Starc to offer up a routine slip catch for his fifth duck in 93 innings and first since August 2014.

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