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Peter Handscomb attempts a tough chance at short leg

India v Australia, 1st Test, Pune

How the Pune pitch backfired for India

Even though the pitches at the MCA Stadium in Pune have usually been flat or have assisted seamers, preparing a rank turner for its Test debut meant there was an accident waiting to happen

Steven Smith made a resolute half-century

India v Australia, 1st Test, Pune, 3rd day

A Steven Smith lesson on playing spin

The second-innings century, which steadily shut India out of the Pune Test, underlined the clarity and flexibility of Steven Smith's plans and his assessment of the conditions and the opposition

Steve O'Keefe is thrilled after taking a wicket

India v Australia, 1st Test, Pune, 2nd day

We haven't adapted well to the surface - Kumble

India coach Anil Kumble admitted that India's batsmen should have shown more restraint in a first-innings that saw the team collapse from 94 for 3 to 105 all out

Virat Kohli takes a souvenir with him

Captain of the year

The man who demands

Unlike his predecessors as India captain, Virat Kohli asks his team for top-drawer performances every single time

Mitchell Starc remained unbeaten on 57

India v Australia, 1st Test, Pune, 1st day

Australia showed good application - Bangar

The Indian batting coach said the pitch was par for Test cricket and rewarded those who were willing to apply themselves on the first day

Umesh Yadav is congratulated by Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara

India v Australia, 1st Test, Pune, 1st day

Umesh far from becoming another Salgaoncar

On a Pune track where spinners were supposed to thrive but did not, Umesh Yadav bowled with purpose and skill to deny Australia from having what would have otherwise been a dream day

Steven Smith was dismissed after scoring a valuable 46

India v Australia, 1st Test, Pune

Smith v Jadeja: an intriguing battle looms

Both Steven Smith and Ravindra Jadeja had tried the wrong discipline in international cricket, and had been ridiculed for it. They are at the peak of their careers now. Who will come up on top this series?