AUS v IND

O’Keefe record haul helped Australia to thrash a win against India.

Australia 260 (Renshaw 68, Starc 61, Umesh 4-32) and 285 (Smith 109, Ashwin 4-119) beat India 105 (Rahul 64, O’Keefe 6-35) and 107 (Pujara 31, O’Keefe 6-35) by 333 runs.

Australia thrashed India by 333 runs in first Test at Pune and ended the 19-match unbeaten streak of home side on Saturday.

Australia won the toss and decided to bat first and scored 260 runs in their first innings against India. Matt Renshaw and Mitchell Starc scored 68 and 61 runs respectively to help Australia get this total. India’s Umesh Yadav picked four wickets.

In reply, India got all out on just 105 runs in their first innings. Lokesh Rahul was the only Indian batsman to have made a decent contribution with 64 runs. Eight Indian players failed to enter the double figures and skipper Virat Kohli went for a duck. From Australia, Steve O’Keefe picked up six wickets.

In second innings, Australia scored 285 runs and gave India a target of 441 runs. Australian skipper Steven Smith led from the front and scored a ton (109). From India, Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed four Aussies.

Chasing down a gigantic target of 441 runs, India once again stumbled in second innings and got out on 107 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara was India’s top scorer with 31 runs. Riding on Steve O’Keefe’s superb performance with the ball, Australia decimated India’s batting line-up to hand them a massive 333 runs defeat in Pune to take 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series. India’s batting were in shambles again as they survived for only 33.5 overs in the second innings.

Virat Kohli after the match: We got outplayed in this game. No two ways about it. Australia were much better. We’ve got to take it on the chin. We never took them for granted. That’s probably our worst batting display in the last two years. It was a case of not applying ourselves. Have to sit down and think what we did wrong.

Batting was more disappointing than the bowling. We know that Pune is generally low and slow. They exploited it better than us and bowled at a good pace. There was a lot of pressure created on us. They deserved to win this game. I think we did pretty well. If you don’t hold onto the chances, it’s tough to get back in the game. As I said, I get no excuses, I take the loss on the chin. Big learning Test for me too. Sometimes you want to do stuff as a captain but there’s only so much you can control.

Steve Smith after the match: Really proud of how the boys have performed. Winning the toss was a bonus. Guys had good plans. 260 was a good total and bowlers backed us up. O’Keefe was outstanding throughout. We’ve got some good players of spin in our squad. We’ve got a well rounded squad. We thought if we had a bit of luck and played to our plans throughout, we’d be a reasonable show. I’m proud of this achievement. Mitchell Starc’s batting in the first innings was important. To have a lead of 160 is massive on this wicket. Spinners were consistent and let the wicket do the natural variation bit.

Steve O’Keefe was disappointed with the way he started. Probably bowled a bit too full. But when he pulled his length back, he looked like taking a wicket every ball. He’s worked really hard for it. I had a bit of luck, but to score a hundred on a second innings wicket like that took a lot of grit and determination. I was pleased that I was able to get the team to a good score.

Man of the Match Steve O’Keefe: It’s a good feeling. The first innings was a bit of a blur. For myself, the ball tended to skid on more than spin and it exposed the stumps. We know how hard it is to win over here but we still have to do a bit of work if we have to win the series. I’ll remember the Hill End forever now. It was great to have the belief of the captain who backed me after my first six overs. Lyon bowled brilliantly as well. Our batters have been working very hard to not get beaten on the inside. I’ve enjoyed all my experience in India so far. The crowd’s been very nice. Looking forward to Bangalore, a very beautiful place again. Looking forward to the challenges.

O’Keefe record haul helped Australia to thrash a win against India.
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