Aussies Outplay India, Beat By 333 Runs
Pune: Australian Spinner Steve O Keefe did magic as Indian wickets fell like ninepins.
India have tasted their first test defeat since 2012 on Indian soil with Australian Spinner Keefe claiming 12 wickets in the first test match, breaking the streak of winning 19 Test match continuously. Chasing a total of 441 runs on day-3, India fumbled and tumbled for 107 putting an end to Australians continuous 9 defeats (on Asian soil).
Margin was huge with 333 runs and it would have been a miracle had India has chased the target successfully. The pitch has been favouring the spin bowlers right from the word go. This is India’s second heaviest defeat after Nagpur (margin of 342 runs). Indian batsmen totally failed in applying themselves to the Australian spinners who are on upper hand from the start of the match.
This sensational, unexpected victory for Australia can be mainly attributed to Spinner Keefe and their captain Smith. They decimated Indians by all means with Smith playing captain’s knock ( 109 runs) and Keefe destroying Indian batsmen ( 12wickets) with his magical spin.
‘It’s a good feeling. The first innings was a bit of blur. For myself the ball tended to skid no more than spin and it exposed the stumps,’ said Steve O’Keefe. The Sustralian captain Steve Smith said after the match, ‘ Really proud of how the boys played winning the toss was a bonus. 260 is a good total and bowlers backed us up. We have some good players of spin in our squad. Steve O’Keefe looked like taking a wicket for every ball.’ ‘We got outplayed in this game. No two ways about it. Australia was much better. We have got to take it in the chin we never took them for granted. That was probably our worst batting display in two years. Have to sit down and think what we did wrong,’ said Indian captain Virat Kohli.
Yah, Its wake up call for all Indian Test players.