Pune: Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe claimed a match haul of 12 wickets for 70 runs to hand Australia a comprehensive 333-run win inside three days and stop India's juggernaut in the opening Test in Pune on Saturday.
Australia managed to put up 260 in the first innings, which seemed like an average score considering India's powerful batting performances at home in recent times. However, India stuttered and were bundled out for 105 in reply. In the second innings, Australia survived a few chances to score 285 and have a healthy lead.
Chasing a daunting 441 for victory, India crashed to 107 all out early in the final session as their unbeaten streak of 19 Test matches came to a jarring end.
O'Keefe, who took a career-best haul of 6-35 in the first innings, returned similar figures in his second outing as well, as Australia took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. As Virat and Co fell to one of their worst Test defeat, there was complete pandemonium on Twitter as this collection of tweets would show:
India's recent Test record at home:
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) February 25, 2017
— Jason Gillespie (@dizzy259) February 25, 2017
2001: India breaks Australia's unbeaten streak of 18 Tests.
2017: Australia breaks India's unbeaten streak of 19 Tests.#IndvAus
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) February 25, 2017
????congrats boys. Absolutely brilliant! — Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) February 25, 2017
— Andrew Miller (@miller_cricket) February 25, 2017
Good friends make even difficult times easier. It's disappointing but r you a good friend?
Time to be a good friend&continue to support Team
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 25, 2017
Australia by 333... things are hotting up in India !
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) February 25, 2017
India, for the right reasons, started overwhelming favourites. This is an astonishing result for Australia. The underdog has his day.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 25, 2017