Don’t run! India already defeated by 333 runs!

India suffered their first Test defeat

February 25, 2017

India suffered their first Test defeat the hands of Australia who beat them by 333 runs in the first Test in Pune.

India suffered a second batting collapse in two days and were bowled out for 107 runs in the second innings. India surrendered the Test to Australia inside three days after Steve O’Keefe picked up six wickets each in both innings.

India were chasing a target of 441 runs but were bowled out for 107 in just 33.5 overs in the second innings with Nathan Lyon picking up four wickets in the second innings. This was Australia’s first win on Indian soil in 13 years.

The loss ended India’s winning streak of 19 matches on the trot and also the 17 match home-winning streak. This was also first defeat of Virat Kohli as captain in Test cricket at home.

India’s chase began on a disatrous note as openers KL Rahul and Murli Vijay were dismissed inside seven. Both were dismissed LBW and both the openers reviewed the decision of on-field umpires which were unsuccessful and India lost their reviews.

Kohli and Chesterhwar Pujara tried to steady the ship for India but the Indian captain shouldered his arms to a straight delviery from O’Keefe to lose his off stump.

No other Indian batsmen could provide resistance apart from Pujara as Rahane fell to Lyon, caught at covers. Ashwin was promoted up the order once again but O’Keefe had him leg-before wicket after a review.

But Australia needed only 20 minutes after Tea to bowl out India seal the match inside three days, completing their first win after 13 years.Wriddhiman Saha fell at the stroke of Tea and India went to the break at 99 for 6 with Pujara still unbeaten.

Earlier, Australia captain Steve Smith scored his 18th Test century and first in India as Australia extended their lead past 400. This was his 10th century as Australia captain in only 37 innings.

Mitchell Starc played yet another cameo and scored 30 runs off just 31 balls to take Australia to that mammoth total.

R Ashwin picked up four wickets and Jadeja  picked up three wickets in the second innings to help India bowl out Australia for 285 runs in the second innings.

Shoulders of the Indian team members started to droop as the 27-year-old Smith used the fielders’ largesse and a few umpiring error to inch his way to his hundred.

He looked unflappable even after being reprieved on quite a few occasions before reaching the 18th hundred of his career, and fifth against India, by striking a four and then taking a couple of runs off Ravindra Jadeja in the left-arm tweaker’s second spell of the day.

It was the fifth consecutive hundred for the Sydney-born Smith in Tests against India and it took him 187 balls to complete the feat which included 11 fours. His superb effort effectively shut the door on the Indians in their pursuit of taking a 1-0 lead in the four-game rubber.

The butter-fingered Indian fielders, who dropped Smith on 27 and 37 on Friday, continued to grass him as Ajinkya Rahane failed to latch on to a sharp chance at leg slip when he had added 7 runs to his overnight total.

Off-spinner Ashwin, who was the bowler to induce mistakes from Smith’s bad on both occasions yesterday, was the bowler to suffer again today and the ball also ran away to the boundary.

On 73 Smith again got a lucky break when umpire Richard Kettleborough of England ruled him not out when he was trapped right in front of the stumps by Ravindra Jadeja, to the chagrin of the hosts who had frittered away both their reviews at this stage.

This was soon after Jadeja had struck the first blow of the morning when he removed the other overnight not out batsman Mitchell Marsh who edged him to Saha behind the stumps after making 31 in 76 balls.

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