Highlights India vs Australia 2017, 1st Test Day 3, cricket scores and updates: O'Keefe, Lyon spin visitors to 1-0 series lead

Feb, 25 2017 IST

  • That's all from us! Hope you enjoyed the live updates from the first Test between India and Australia in Pune. Virat Kohli and Co will hope to forget the match in a hurry. Can India bounce back in Bengaluru? The series is wonderfully set up and India have to do all the catch-up now. Do join us when we return for all the live updates from the second Test at Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy stadium. Till then, take care.

  • Australian coach Darren Lehmann: It's a great result. Really impressed with the batting and the bowling was world class. So it was a good all round performance. The pitch turned from Day 1 and it was gouing to be a challenge for both sides. We had a great preparation in Dubai. We didn't [lay well in Sri Lanka, but learnt a lot of lessons. India are a quality siude at home and winning the first Test here since 2004 is special. O' Keefe did really well. Jadeja was tough, he probably spun the ball too much. It was one of Steve Smith's best hundreds, if not the best. Kohli's wicket for a duck was key.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Australia in the first Test of a series in India:

    Matches-14, Won-7, Lost-4, Drawn-2, Tied-1 

    Steve O'Keefe is the only left-arm Australian specialist spinner to win a Man of the Match award in Tests in India. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Best bowling figures for bowlers in a maiden Test in India:

    16/136 N Hirwani, Chennai,1988
    13/106 I Botham,Mumbai,1980
    12/70 Steve O'Keefe,Pune,2017
    12/181 L Sivaramakrishnan,Mumbai,1984
    12/358 J Krejza,Nagpur,2008

    Least Tests lost from career's first 24 Tests as a captain among Indians:
    2 Sunil Gavasakar
    3 MS Dhoni, VIRAT KOHLI*
    6 R Dravid, Kapil Dev 
    7 M Azharuddin 
    8 S Ganguly, S Tendulkar 

  • Steve O'Keefe: It's a good feeling. We bowled really well without much luck. It's good to go 1-0 up. We know how hard it is to win here in India. My first six overs were pretty ordinary. Lot of credit has to go to the skipper for backing me. Our batters have been working hard on not trying to get the inside edge. Jadeja bowled well. Ashwin bowled well. And that's the way it is going to go in the series. It's been a great experience so far. Mumbai first. Then 'Sundar Pune'. Looking forward to Bangalore now.

  • Steve O'Keefe is the Man of the Match for his identical figures of 6/35 in both innings of the match! 

  • Steve Smith: It was going to be hard work, but I'm proud of the way the boys pulled off this Test match. Winning the toss was important. The quick bowlers got us off to a quick start in the first innings, and then both spinners did well. We've got a very well-rounded squad. I'm really proud of the boys. It's been 4,502 days since Australia won in India. Incredible performance. (On Steve's O'Keefe's heroics) I think he was disappointed with the way he started on his first day, but he pulled back incredibly. Hopefully he will be a key player in the rest of the series. To score a hundred here in India, on a second innings wicket like that, took a lot of determination. Hopefully we can carry on some good cricket in Bangalore.

  • Virat Kohli: Would like to think of this as an aberration. Obviously we were outplayed on all three days. We got to hold our chins high, and accept the defeat. This has been the worst batting display in two years. It was just a case of not applying ourselves well. I'm sure the guys will bounce back strongly. (On the pitch) We know that Pune is generally low and slow, and going to be more dry. They utilised the conditions better than us. They deserved to win this game. I think our spinners did pretty well. We've had two-three really bad sessions, and to pull yourself back against a top-quality side is difficult. You have to take your hat off and tell your opposition well done, and this is one occasion. (On Umesh's spell in the first innings) Umesh has been working really hard for the past few months, and has worked hard on his fitness and become stronger. Kudos to him for his four wickets in the first innings, and I hope he can do more of that in the next innings. 

  • Mitchell Starc is the 'Jan Laxmi Player of the Match'.

  • Nathan Lyon: We have learnt a lot since the four years ago (2013). Credit goes to all the coaches. Credit to O'Keefe. Very happy for him. Watched lots of videos of Ashwin, read what he does here. We met in Dubai before this. India are a world class side and will come back hard at us and have another big three games coming up. Credit to Steve Smith and David Warner. They have been exceptional. I will take the pitch everywhere.

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer

    Can't fault the performance of this Aussie team. Showed why their second innings alone was worth 400. But this performance is far from surprising. Such a bowler friendly pitch means you allow the opposition bowlers a way in to India.

    Some stats for you : smith completed 1000 runs against India, and Lyon 50 wickets. But Steve O'Keefe, who Warne didn't think was the right choice for this your, star of the game.

    Looking back to the Indian collapse in the first innings, the Australian catching was the difference. Three great catches sending back Kohli, Rahane and Ashwin. India, when it was their turn, or things slip.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    India's biggest defeats margin in India by runs:

    342 vs Australia,Nagpur,2004
    333 vs Australia,Pune,2017*
    329 vs South Africa,Kolkata,1996

  • Biggest margins by which India lost Tests v Australia: (in-terms of runs):

    342 at Nagpur,2004
    337 at Melbourne,2007
    333 at PUNE,2017*
    320 at Mohali,2008
    300 at Perth,1992

    Best bowling figures for Australian bowlers in a Test in India:

    12/70 Steve O'Keefe,Pune,2017
    12/124 Alan Davidson,Kanpur,1959
    12/166 Geoff Dymock,Kanpur,1979
    12/358 Jason Krejza,Nagpur,2008 

    This is Australia's first Test win in Asia since October, 2011 and in India since November, 2004.  

  • OUT! That's it! Jayant Yadav is caught by keeper Wade for 5, as Australia win by 333 runs, and grab a 1-0 series lead! That was a tame inside-edge by Jayant, who managed to hammer a boundary before the inevitable end. Wade runs forward, and completes the catch. 

    Australia, thus, record their first victory on Indian soil in nearly 13 years. India, on the other hand, record their first loss at home in five years. 

    Jayant Yadav c Wade b Lyon 5

  • OUT! And it's a quick procession after tea with Ishant getting caught at leg-slip by Warner after a bat/pad deflection. Australia are just one wicket away from completing a spectacular hammering of Virat Kohli and company. 

    Ishant Sharma c Warner b Lyon 0(2)

  • BOWLED EM! Eight down, two more to go! Jadeja tries to go for a cut, although he is cramped for room in this one. Gets an inside-edge onto his off-stump, as India lose their eighth wicket with 102 on board. Lyon, who has played second fiddle to SOK today, gets his second wicket. 

    Ravindra Jadeja b Nathan Lyon 3(11)

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    The most dangerous session of the Test:

    Day-1 (2nd session): 69-3 (30 overs)
    Day-2 (2nd session): 81-9 (31.1 overs)
    Day-3 (2nd session): 99-6 (28.3 overs) 

  • After 30 overs,India 102/7 ( Ravindra Jadeja 3 , Jayant Yadav 0)

    Jadeja sets off for a single in the first ball of the final session of the day, bringing up the 100 for India. Pujara however, is trapped lbw in the very next delivery, and it is a plumb decision for the umpire. That should wrap the Indian challenge up, with their last recognised batsman becoming SOK's sixth victim. Jayant Yadav walks out to bat, and the most him and Jadeja can hope to do is to get India to a respectable score. 

  • OUT! O'Keefe gets rid of the last remaining dangerman in Pujara as India lose their seventh wicket with 100 on board. ChePu's bat was nowhere near the line of the delivery, and got rapped in front of the middle-stump to give SOK his sixth dismissal. 

    Cheteshwar Pujara lbw Steve O'Keefe 31(58)

  • Jadeja and Pujara are back at the crease, with O'Keefe continuing with his 12th over.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Steve O'Keefe becomes the second left-arm visiting spinner to take two five-wicket hauls in a Test in India. The other was Monty Panesar (at Mumbai in 2012).

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    First thing the team should do after this Test is watch Sunil Gavaskar's epic final innings against Pakistan in the Bangalore Test. That was a magnificent effort against the turning ball on a bullock cart track. They need to bring that sort of calm, confidence into play. Of course not having his skill is another thing altogether. But approach must be sorted out. You can't bat airy-fairy against the turning ball on these sort of pitches. 

  • After 28.3 overs,India 99/6 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 31 , )


    Saha starts the 27th over off with a drive towards wide deep cover, getting off the mark in the process. Pujara is dropped in the following over by Warner at leg slip (off Lyon's bowling), surviving on 29 in the process.


    O'Keefe however, continues his golden run in this match by completing his second successive five-for in this match, trapping Saha lbw for 5 as India lose their sixth wicket with 99 on board. With that dismissal, it's tea on Day 3, with Australia now four wickets away from handing Kohli his first Test loss on home soil.

    Wriddhiman Saha lbw Steve O'Keefe 5(13)

  • After 26 overs,India 91/5 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 29 , Wriddhiman Saha (W) 0)

    Ashwin fails to stay around for long, after he gets trapped leg-before on 8. Saha walks out to bat, and this is perhaps the last recognised pair for the Indians, even if hopes are slowly ebbing away for the hosts. 

  • Peter Miller, Cricket Writer and podcaster

    That DRS decision against Ashwin is an interesting one. There is no way that an on-field umpire could tell if it was pad before bat, but the review system allows endless replays. Most batsmen have changed techniques as a result, but Ashwin played with bat and pad together and paid the price. 

    This match should be over today now. I hope that the concierge at the Australian team hotel has some good suggestions on what to do with two spare days in Pune. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Steve O'Keefe is the oldest (32y 76d) visiting spinner to take a ten-wicket haul in a Test in India. Prev. Monty Panesar (30y 212d) at Mumbai in 2012.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Australian spinners to take a ten-wicket haul in a Test in India:

    Richie Benaud,Kolkata,1956
    Ashley Mallett,Chennai,1969
    Greg Matthews,Chennai,1986
    Jason Kreja,Nagpur,2008
    Steve O'Keefe,Pune,2017*

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer

    India staring down the barrel and a three day test is a distinct possibility. Kohli's dismissal summed up India's Test. On a pitch spinning this much, the one that doesn't turn always the wicket taking ball. Jadeja, usually so dependable to produce natural variation, was strangely consistent with the amount of turn he got, which made him easier to play.

    While the intent from the Indian batters has been good, this mountain is too big for optimism . 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Appalling approach by Rahane. But then he's not been the only one. What we are witnessing is the complete disintegration of the Indian batting line-up. Rahane was throwing his bat around in despair, rather than knuckling down for a fight. Driving on the up on a track of doubtful bounce, turn and pace? Looked like his heart had gone out of the fight. Will be a surprise if this Test goes into the fourth day!

  • OUT! Smith decides to review an lbw decision that is turned down by the umpire, and three reds mean Ashwin is on his way back to the pavilion for 8, with India losing their fifth wicket with 89 on board. With that, Steve O'Keefe grabs his maiden 10-wicket-match haul with his fourth dismissal in this innings. Should be a mere formality for the Australian this point onwards.

    Ravichandran Ashwin lbw Steve O'Keefe 8(11)

  • After 24 overs,India 89/4 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 27 , Ravichandran Ashwin 8)

    That was an absolute soft dismissal for Rahane, going for a drive while not getting to the pitch on the delivery. Ashwin, in the meantime, gets promoted up the order. Pujara flicks the last ball of the 23rd ovder towards midwicket to collect three runs. 


    Ashwin reverse-sweeps the fifth ball of the 24th over towards backward point, taking a leaf out of Renshaw's book. Goes for a drive in the last ball, though he lobs it up in the air, just wide of a diving Hazlewood at extra-cover. 

  • OUT! Rahane pays the price for looking to attack more often than not. Goes for the cover drive on the up, and ends up serving in straight into Lyon's hands inside the circle. India 77/4 now


    Ajinkya Rahane c Lyon b O'Keefe 18(21)

  • After 22 overs,India 76/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 22 , Ajinkya Rahane 18)

    Rahane top-edges the second ball of the 21st over over the slips to get his first boundary of the innings. Gets another boundary that over, though this time he is in complete control of a cut through cover. 


    More boundaries for India in the next over, with Pujara pulling the first ball towards long-leg. Rahane tries to slog a couple of deliveries later, though he fails to connect. Four to end the 22nd over, with Rahane reaching out to the delivery pitched outside off to crash it towards the deep square-leg boundary. 

  • After 20 overs,India 58/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 16 , Ajinkya Rahane 6)

    Sharp, quick turn and bounce in the fifth ball of the 19th over, completely foxing Rahane in the process. Loud appeal for a slip catch in the 20th over, though, the fielder himself drops it with Lyon still appealing. Overthrows in the third ball of that over allows Rahane to come back for two more runs after getting a single. 

  • After 18 overs,India 52/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 14 , Ajinkya Rahane 3)

    Ajinkya Rahane walks out to bat with the crowd still in shock after Kohli's decision to leave an arm ball from O'Keefe. Gets off the mark with a single in the third delivery that he faces. Meanwhile, the 50 comes up for India.

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Arm ball does the trick once again. Kohli expected that delivery to go away. Angled in. knocked out stump. Indeed arm ball most potent weapon on a turning track for a left arm spinner judiciously using it. O'Keefe now has two with that delivery in this innings: Murali Vijay and now Kohli

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Virat Kohli made 13 runs in this match - the lowest he has made in a Test in this 2016-17 season. 

  • Peter Miller, Cricket Writer and podcaster

    Lyon is already getting a ridiculous amount of turn and bounce and this game isn’t even half way through the time allotted for it. There are still eight sessions, some 240 overs, still to go in this Test. There is the time for India to score these runs, but it is beyond unlikely. No team has ever made 400 batting last in India, and this is a pitch where scoring 300 has been beyond either team. 

    O’Keefe has already claimed a wicket, giving him seven in the match so far. It could be that India lose this match today. Considering the run of form they have been on, having been undefeated in 20 consecutive home Tests, that is a remarkable turnaround. 

    India’s use of the DRS review will again come under scrutiny, with them fire through them inside the first six overs. With lbw decisions everything is in the favour of the umpire, you need to be certain when you call for the review. 

  • BOWLED EM! Steve O'Keefe gets Kohli! And it is a brainfade on the latter's part that results in his dismissal! Goes for the leave, only for the ball to continue along its path and crash into the middle of the off-stump. That should deal a massive blow the Indian hopes of avoiding a big defeat in this game. Their most reliable warrior heads back to the pavilion for a second-consecutive low score. 

    Virat Kohli b Steve O'Keefe 13(37)

  • After 16 overs,India 45/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 12 , Virat Kohli (C) 11)

    FOUR! Kohli drives through cover with his usual flair to signal his intent to slowly take the attack to the Australians, having escaped an lbw appeal earlier. Josh Hazlewood is introduced right after drinks are taken at the end of the 15th over, the first pacer in this innings. 


    Pujara is struck on his left hand by a rising Hazlewood delivery in the penultimate delivery in the 16th over, before cutting the last one through third man for a four.

  • Drinks taken at the end of the 15th over, with Josh Hazlewood getting introduced into the attack right after the interval.

  • After 14 overs,India 36/2 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 7 , Virat Kohli (C) 7)

    Huge appeal for lbw in the first ball of the 13th over, with O'Keefe absolutely certain of the dismissal! Urges Smith to go for the review after the umpire turns the appeal down, though the skipper is not too interested in it. Replays however, suggest the ball had hit pad first, albeit marginally, and the umpire's decision would have been overturned as it was going on to hit the middle stump. Lucky break for India's leading batsman.

Catch the live scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of Day 3 of the 1st Test between India and Australia in Pune here

Day 2 report: 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 as they reached 143/4 in their second innings at stumps on the second day of the opening cricket Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday.

Smith, who was dropped thrice on 23, 29 and 37, was unbeaten on 59 with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh giving him company on 21 when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day.

For India, off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav shared the four wickets, with the Chennai tweaker claiming three while Yadav chipped in with one in the visitors' second innings.

Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, captain of India and Australia respectively. AFP

Resuming the post-tea session at 46/2, Smith and Jose Handscomb (19) added 15 runs to the total before the latter was caught by Murali Vijay at leg gully off Ashwin in the 21st over.

Handscomb's dismissal brought in Matt Renshaw (31), who with the skipper forged a 52-run partnership for the fourth wicket and helped the visitors get past the 100-run mark.

Just when things were going smoothly for the visitors, Yadav struck with the wicket of Renshaw, caught by Ishant Sharma at long-off to leave Australia at 113/4 after 35 overs.

Incoming batsman Marsh along with Smith then batted the remaining overs of the day with caution as the visitors went off with a lead of 298 runs in the second innings.

Earlier, after bowling India out for a paltry 105, Australia scored 46/2, taking their lead to 201 runs.

Openers David Warner (10) and Shaun Marsh (0) failed to provide the kind of start Australia were looking for with Warner being adjudged leg before wicket on the final ball of the very first over by Ashwin.

Marsh, who was promoted to open the innings, too failed to step up to the occasion as he too was adjudged leg before wicket by Ashwin after consuming 21 balls for his duck.

With the Australians struggling at 23/2 after seven overs, Smith and Handscomb stabilised the innings with an unbeaten 23-run stand for the third wicket going in for the tea break.

Meanwhile, resuming the post-lunch session at 70/3, the home side never looked in contention as they surrendered their remaining seven wickets meekly for 35 runs.

The 32nd over saw a complete turnaround of the match when O'Keefe took three wickets to have the hosts struggling at 95/6.

The first one to go was Lokesh Rahul (64), the highest scorer in India's innings. Ajinkya Rahane (13), who forged a 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Rahul, was next to depart.

Bengal wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (0), who came in with half the team back in the pavilion, was also sent packing in the same over.

The lower-middle order comprising Ravichandran Ashwin (1), Ravindra Jadeja (2), Jayant Yadav (2) and Umesh Yadav (4) also fell prey in similar fashion to the tweakers.

Besides O'Keefe's 6/35, pacer Mitchell Starc scalped two wickets for 38 runs while Jose Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon took a wicket each.

After bowling Australia out for 260 in their first essay, India started their innings on a steady note in the first session of play.

But after six overs, Murali Vijay, who was playing the ball on its merit, lost his concentration and was caught behind the stumps. He was dismissed by medium pacer Jose Hazlewood with just 26 runs on the board.

Cheteshwar Pujara (6), who came in next could add only 17 runs with Rahul before the Saurashtra right-hander was sent packing in the 15th over by Starc.

Starc once again stroke in the same over to get the prized scalp of India skipper Virat Kohli (0) and reduce the hosts to 44/3.

Incoming batsman Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul then stabilised the innings and played intelligently. Both batsmen forged a 26-run partnership in 11 overs before umpires called for the break.

With Australia in the driver's seat with a lead of 298 runs, it will depend on the Indian spinners to restrict the visitors cheaply on a slow and low pitch.

With inputs from IANS.


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115