Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe’s career-best six-wicket haul and skipper Steve Smith’s half century helped Australia take a commanding lead of 298 runs over India at stumps on the second day of the opening cricket Test on Friday.

In the Australian second innings, Smith, who was dropped thrice on 23, 29 and 37, was unbeaten on 59 with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh giving him company on 21.

Driven by a spectacular bowling performance of 06/35 from Steve O’Keefe’s, Australia bowled out India bundled for 105 runs in the first innings on the second day of the first cricket Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, in Pune.

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Resuming the post-lunch session at 70/3, the Indian batsmen never looked in contention as they lost their remaining seven wickets for just 35 runs.

Apart from O’Keefe, pacer Mitchell Starc scalped two wickets for 38 runs while Jose Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon took a wicket each.

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Earlier in the morning, resuming their innings at 256 for 9, Australia were bowled out in the first over, adding only four runs to their overnight score. Pacer Mitchell Starc, who played a valiant inning yesterday could not continue the lime run and was caught at deep-wicket off Ashwin’s bowling.

The pick of the bowler was Umesh Yadav, who scripted Australia’s downfall with figures of 4/32, while the spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin (3/63), Ravindra Jadeja (2/74) and Jayant Yadav (1/58) shared five wickets between themselves as the visitors lost five wickets for just 56 runs in the third session.

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India and Australia are playing the opening match of their four-match Test series in Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, in Pune.

DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS

04:35 PM | STUMPS! Australia 260/4 at the end of Day 2. Steve Smith 59 (117), Mitchell Marsh 21 (48).

04:29 PM | Three minutes of play left for Day 2. India about to trail by 300 with Smith and Marsh having been able to partner for 30 runs in about last 12 overs for the day. 

04:01 PM | Steve Smith going strong at 57. Australia 137/4.

03:55 PM | End of 37 overs. Australia 126/4 with a 281 run lead.

03:43 PM | Out! M Renshaw goes at 29, caught by Ishant Sharma, bowled by Jayant Yadav.

03:19 PM | End of 30th over. Australia 97/3 (Smith 44, Renshaw 23).

Australia looking strong with captain Steve Smith at the crease with Matt Renshaw, leading India with 251 runs. Will Indian bowling lineup change the fortunes for the hosts?

02: 37 PM | Wicket! Ashwin gets a third, removes Handscomb. Extra bounce deceived him. 

02: 25 PM | End of over 20 overs, Australia 57/2

02: 12 PM | TEA TIME! 16 overs bowled, Australia 46/2.

Australia now has a handsome lead of 201 runs. Steve Smith will be really happy with the way things have turned in Australia’s favour. Plenty happening in the match, last 31 overs have produced 9 wickets. India has been at the epicentre of the disaster, losing 7 wickets for just 11 runs.

Spinners are making the ball dance at will. After O’Keefe’s showdown of 6/35, Ashwin joins the party with two wickets in a quick succession. This last session of Day 2 will be very crucial to determine the outcome of the match and the series. For now its advantage Australia.

01: 52 PM | End of 15 overs, Australia are 46/2

01: 42 PM | Wicket! Ashwin takes Shaun Marsh for a duck. Another LBW decision going Ashwin’s way. Marsh never looked comfortable anyways. 

01: 35 PM | Steve Smith comes to the crease. He will want to play long innings, there is a lot of time still left in the match. Smith knows that. 

01: 34 PM | Wicket! Ashwin traps Warner plumb in front of the wicket. India will want to see many more of those deliveries to see any chance of getting back in the game.

01: 32 PM | Warner and Ashwin are in the middle. Australia has a lead of 155 runs already. India starts with Ashwin straight away.

01: 30 PM | From 94/3 to all out for 105. This sums up how Indian batsmen batted today. Australia in total control of the game now. 

01: 20 PM | END OF INDIAN INNINGS! O’Keefee takes 06/35

01: 12 PM | Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma trying to hand in. India 103/9 

01: 06 PM | India crumbles under pressure. Not even an hour after the lunch and India has been involved by this Australian side.

01: 02 PM | Jadeja follows!

01: 00 PM | WICKET! Jayant Yadav now. Australians are rolling over the Indian batting line up.

12: 58 PM | Can someone from the India do a Starc today.

12: 48 PM | Ashwin now! What a night mare this is turning out to be. Indians are going in a rush. No one would have thought of it.

12: 44 PM | SAHA comes, SAHA goes! Indian middle order crumbles, Keefe has had three in this over

12: 41 PM | WICKET! Keefe strikes again. Ajinkya Rahane is caught at second slip. India in deep-deep trouble.

12: 37 PM | WICKET! KL Rahul departs. He might have hurt his shoulder in the process. Rahul wanted to heap this one from Keefe, mistimes and warner takes a good catch

12: 30 PM | 30 overs bowled, India 88/3, still trailing by 167 runs with 7 wickets remaining in the 1st innings

12: 27 PM | Fifty! Brilliant effort from KL Rahul. He has played some outstanding shots during this innings. The platform is set for this talented player to convert this into a big score.

12: 00 PM | Here is how well R Ashwin has been bowling. 

 

11: 35 AM | End of over number 24, India 70/3

Time for lunch. Australia will be mighty pleased with this performance.

11: 15 AM | 20 overs bowled, India 60/3

10: 10 AM | This day that years, tribute to the little master Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

 

11: 08 AM | Rahane in middle. Well, trouble for India. They are looking vulnerable.

11: 05 AM | Starc has brought Australia back in the game. Two wickets in quick succession

10: 58 AM | Kohli OUT! There was no need to chase this delivery from Starc. Kohli knicks this wide of the off stump delivery towards first slip. pin drop silence in the stadium, Australia ecstatic.

10: 52 AM | Virat Kohli welcomed with a loud cheer from the crowd. Once again the onus is on the Indian Captain to perform and bail India out of a shaky start.

10: 50 AM | Pujara gone! Australian anchor from last days’ play Starc picks Pujara after the later knicks an edge to the wicketkeeper for an easy catch.

10: 42 AM | 10 overs have been bowled. India 34/1

10: 26 Am | Incomes Pujara.

10: 24 AM | Hazlewood strikes! Murali Vijay is caught behind. This is what Australi wanted, a good start.

10: 20 AM | End of over 6 overs and India are 25/0

10: 15 AM | This is the crucial first hour. Starc has a beautiful in-swinger, and he is on the song. Both Vijay and Rahul will have to play very cautiously. There is no rush to keep the scoreboard ticking.

10: 05 AM | India openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul are out in the middle. Mitchell Starc to start for Aussies

09: 50 AM | OUT! Starc goes for a wild sweep, easy catch for Jadeja. Australi bowled out for 260 in the first innings

09: 44 PM | Game on!

 

09: 42 AM | R Aswin to start the proceedings for India. Well, no surprise there. Virat Kohli would want to wrap up this as early as possible.

09: 38 AM | It will be interesting to see how long the Australian tail can defend on Pune’s square and dry wicket.

09: 35 AM | Australia to resume their innings on Day 2 of the first test match. Mitchell Starc batted superb yesterday. With a fiery fifty under his belt, he will be all pumped up even when Australia comes to bowl.

First Published | 24 February 2017 11:17 AM
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