Result
1st Test, Pune, Feb 23-25 2017, Australia tour of India
260 & 285
(33.5 ov, target 441)
105 & 107
Australia won by 333 runs
Player Of The Match
Australia
5:05
1y
• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

O'Keefe and Smith put Australia in dominant position

Steve O'Keefe and Steven Smith put Australia in a powerful position at stumps on day two against India in Pune

Match centre 
Scorer: Binoy
Commentator: Nikhil Kalro
Scorecard summary
Australia260(94.5 overs)1st Innings
India105(40.1 overs)1st Innings
KL Rahul64 (97)
Australia285(87 overs)2nd Innings
India107(33.5 overs)2nd Innings

2.50pm This is going to sting for India. But take absolutely nothing away from Australia, who have been the only team in this home summer to outclass, outmatch and simply outplay India. They won an important toss, batted decently in their first innings, came out after lunch on the second day, and changed the game with just awesome cricket. Ever since, they've been simply unstoppable. Three men from New South Wales led Australia - first Mitchell Starc with the bat, then Steve O'Keefe with the ball and Steven Smith's hundred. Some really good contributions from Renshaw, Warner and Lyon. O'Keefe took double sixes in the game, and Smith played the best Test innings I have ever seen. This makes this series even more interesting. India will come back hard but Australia have momentum and more importantly, confidence.

The presentation to come.

Steve O'Keefe is the Man of the Match: "A first innings was a bit of blur. The ball tended to skid on more than spin so it exposed the stumps and the lbw. My first six wickets was ordinary, I had to change it up quickly. Our batters worked really hard not to get beaten on one edge."

Steven Smith: "Thought it was going to be hardwork. I'm proud of the way the guys played. Winning the toss was a bonus, good plans in place. O'Keefe was outstanding. We've got some good players of spin and good spinners. It's been 4502 days since Australia won a Test in India, I know it to the day. A massive lead in this wicket. When he pulled his length back slightly (O'Keefe), it felt he'd get a wicket every ball. You need to have some luck on a wicket like that. It took a lot of grit and determination.

Virat Kohli: "It's been a good run. Good to see the support. We got outplayed in this game. We got to take it on the chin, accept that they outplayed us. It was our worst batting display in the last two years. We need to see what we did wrong. They exploited it better than us. They put us under pressure throughout and deserved to win this game. We've had two really bad sessions and to pull it back against a quality side is very difficult. No excuses. Sometimes, you have to take your hat off and tell the opposition well done."

Nathan Lyon: Our plan was to compete hard, we did. We saw a lot of Ashwin, and we tried to replicate what he does in these conditions. Great, I'll take this pitch everywhere. "

Darren Lehmann: "Great result, really impressed with our batting. It's a challenge for both sides. We learned some lessons from Sri Lanka. A challenge to replicate that in Bangalore. We spoke about good defense and take on the game when you can."

33.5
w
Lyon to J Yadav, OUT
there it is. Australia complete a sensational 333-run win. Slow through the air, saw Jayant coming, dragged that length back, allowed the ball room to turn. It did, hit the glove and lobbed up for the keeper to take. The umpire's finger went up almost instantaneously. But there was no glove on that. Just pad. India don't have reviews left.
J Yadav c †Wade b Lyon 5 (17m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 29.41
33.4
Lyon to J Yadav, no run
flat and wide outside off, Jayant goes back and pushes the ball into the cover region, refuses the run
33.3
Lyon to J Yadav, no run
Jayant runs down and drives the ball to long-on. He refuses the run

India have more than their first innings

33.2
Lyon to J Yadav, no run
88 kph, flat and wide outside off, blocked.

Thatcher: "What is that I can hear? It sounds like Test cricket pitches being hastily watered in Bangalore, Ranchi, and Dharamsala!"

33.1
4
Lyon to J Yadav, FOUR runs
clears mid-on and that will be four. Got down on one knee and slogged his sweep over the fielder
end of over 331 runs
INDIA: 103/9CRR: 3.12 
Umesh Yadav0 (1)
Jayant Yadav1 (12)
Steve O'Keefe15-4-35-6
Nathan Lyon14-2-49-3
32.6
O'Keefe to UT Yadav, no run
outside-halved towards short third man
32.5
1
O'Keefe to J Yadav, 1 run
that should have been the end of the game, but the fielder was slow to the ball. Worked away towards fine leg, Umesh sets out late and makes it because the throw is a tad late
32.4
O'Keefe to J Yadav, no run
driven away through cover, Starc dives to his left to save runs
32.3
O'Keefe to J Yadav, no run
slow and straight on off, defended

Can India score more than what they did in the first innings?

32.2
O'Keefe to J Yadav, no run
chipped past mid-on for a couple. Jayant clears his front leg and wanted to clear mid-on
32.1
O'Keefe to J Yadav, no run
yorker on leg, jammed out

This won't take long. Here's Umesh. Not on strike

end of over 32Wicket maiden
INDIA: 102/9CRR: 3.18 
Jayant Yadav0 (7)
Nathan Lyon14-2-49-3
Steve O'Keefe14-4-34-6
31.6
w
Lyon to Sharma, OUT
no reviews and Ishant has to walk back now. India nine down. Gets right forward with his giant stride but Lyon's length is very good. He's allowed the ball to bounce and turn, and so it turns back in and takes Ishant's glove on its way to Warner at leg gully who won't drop that. Australia's spinners have done almost everything right.
I Sharma c Warner b Lyon 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Chin: "India brought this upon themselves. They are a good side and don't need these kind of pitches to win. Why not provide a true pitch which has something for quicks on Day 1 ? Trying to play from memory on pothole riddled pitches like these and underestimating the opposition is a recipe for disaster.

31.5
Lyon to Sharma, no run
flight outside off, a thick inside edge towards midwicket

Ishant.

31.4
w
Lyon to Jadeja, OUT
there's No. 8 and Australia are on course for a memorable win. A flat delivery outside off, Jadeja goes back in his attempt to cut but the ball stays a touch low, doesn't spin as much as he expected. All of it results in a thick inside edge that hits off stump. A tad unlucky considering the variable bounce
RA Jadeja b Lyon 3 (10m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 27.27
31.3
Lyon to Jadeja, no run
a solid defensive shot
31.2
Lyon to Jadeja, no run
this one goes on with the arm, Jadeja takes it off the stumps, chopped towards point
31.1
Lyon to Jadeja, no run
yikes. Pitches on off, and spins away so sharply that it may have been an ODI wide. Jadeja thought of cutting
end of over 31Maiden
INDIA: 102/7CRR: 3.29 
Jayant Yadav0 (7)
Ravindra Jadeja3 (7)
Steve O'Keefe14-4-34-6
Nathan Lyon13-1-49-1
30.6
O'Keefe to J Yadav, no run
looking to drive, Jayant gets a thick inside edge into his pad
Best performances - batsmen
SPD Smith
109 runs (202)
11 fours
0 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
flick
25 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
167229232822
MT Renshaw
68 runs (156)
10 fours
1 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
flick
20 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
175011141704
Best performances - bowlers
SNJ O'Keefe
O
13.1
M
2
R
35
W
6
Eco
2.65
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W1W1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
SNJ O'Keefe
O
15
M
4
R
35
W
6
Eco
2.33
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W4W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of India
Player Of The Match
Steve O'Keefe
Series resultAustralia led the 4-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2250
Season2016/17
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days23,24,25 February 2017 (5-day match)
Umpires
Richard Kettleborough
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
Richard Illingworth
Reserve Umpire
Nandan
Match Referee
Chris Broad