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

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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 - 17:14 (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.

Feb 25, 2017 - 15:23 (IST)

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.

Feb 25, 2017 - 15:20 (IST)

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. 

Feb 25, 2017 - 15:19 (IST)

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
6 R Dravid, Kapil Dev 
7 M Azharuddin 
8 S Ganguly, S Tendulkar 

Feb 25, 2017 - 15:18 (IST)

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.

Feb 25, 2017 - 15:18 (IST)

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

Feb 25, 2017 - 15:17 (IST)

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.

Feb 25, 2017 - 15:16 (IST)

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. 

Feb 25, 2017 - 15:10 (IST)

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

Feb 25, 2017 - 15:01 (IST)

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.

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.

Highlights India vs Australia 2017 1st Test Day 3 cricket scores and updates OKeefe Lyon spin visitors to 10 series lead

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.

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