Hara-kiri at Pune
Pune: Left-arm spinner Steve O\'Keefe picked up a career-best six for 35 to help Australia take command of the first Test against India after 15 wickets fell on a bowler-dominated second day of the contest in Pune on Friday.
Pune: Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe picked up a career-best six for 35 to help Australia take command of the first Test against India after 15 wickets fell on a bowler-dominated second day of the contest in Pune on Friday.
Playing only his fifth Test and first in India, O'Keefe took all his wickets in the space of 24 deliveries, including three in an over, to trigger a spectacular collapse and help Australia bundle out India for 105 in their first innings.
Australia took a first innings lead of 155, a significant advantage on a spin-friendly track at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, which is making its debut as a Test centre.
The touring side reached 143 for four at stumps in their second innings, an overall lead of 298 runs. Captain Steve Smith was unbeaten after a chance-filled 59, during which he was dropped three times, with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh 21 not out.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up three quick wickets to boost Replying to Australia's 260, the world's top-ranked side, unbeaten in their previous 19 Tests, lost their last seven wickets for 11 runs as O'Keefe ran through their batsmen to pick up his maiden five-wicket haul.
India's meltdown started after lunch when opener Lokesh Rahul fell to O'Keefe's bowling. Rahul, who was top scorer for his side with 64, collapsed immediately after playing the shot, clutching his left shoulder and looking as if he was in pain.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon picked up Ashwin in the next over before O'Keefe wrapped things up with the dismissals of Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav and Umesh Yadav.