O'Keefe heroics stun sorry India as Australia end Asia hoodoo
00:51, Feb 26, 2017
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Australia's heroes in this game are pretty clear cut with O'Keefe taking the bowling plaudits while Smith played a stunning knock in the second Innings and Matt Renshaw hit a crucial half century in the first when his innings was interrupted by an upset stomach.
Renshaw would return after the fall of the wicket of Shaun Marsh in the 60th over and would fight his way to 68 becoming the youngest Australian to score a fifty in India.
Australia's Steve O'Keefe looks like being a match-winner in the first test against India in Pune.
He took an indirect dig at former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh for his taunt that this was the worst team to come out from Australia to this country. "Batting let us down", he added. Michael Clarke took 6 for 9 at the Wankhede in 2004, but he was primarily a batsman who bowled. They crushed teams in their backyard as described by Australia's fiery opener David Warner before the first Test.
India's senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh predicted that India will continue with their unbeaten streak of 19 Test matches and will beat the Aussies 4-0. However, this Test has progressed at such a pace that Day 2 could very well turn out to be the moving day of the game.
Smith then rode his luck in scoring 59 not out to push Australia's second innings to 143-4 at stumps.
Despite the crumbling, spinning conditions, the pick of India's bowlers was fast-man Umesh Yadav.
"He was getting a little bit angry at fielders for dropping catches", Smith said. On the other hand, Australia had lost their nine previous Tests on Asian soil.
"I think it was certainly a wicket that was likely to suit the Indian players". Ajinkya Rahane then became O'Keefe third prey of the innings as he gave away a simple catch to Nathan Lyon at covers. It's a four-match series and we'd like to win the series.
On the field, there was an exchange with Australia captain Steve Smith and umpire Nigel Llong in which the youngster appeared to ask for a break but as it is not part of cricket rules, Renshaw had to retire. It's great to have won this first Test match and there is still long way to go throughout this series.
The visitors have the Test match firmly under control at this juncture. As it so happened Australians won the toss and chose to bat.
Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe grabbed six wickets in 38 minutes on Friday, when the top-ranked Test side suffered a game-changing collapse of 7-11. We got to take it on the chin, accept that they outplayed us.
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