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Australia Draw 1st Blood as India Crumble

Australia's Steve O'Keefe, center, and teammates celebrate after winning the first cricket test match against India in Pune, India, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Records tumbled during the 1st India Australia test match played at the MCA Stadium in Pune. All these records were the types that India and skipper Virat Kohli would want to forget as soon as possible.

To sum it all up, Australia hogged the limelight and turned the tables on India on a tailor-made turner track. Barring a session or two, things did not go India’s way throughout the three days in which the test was over.

Skipper Virat Kohli, who has unremittingly and pitilessly, bullied the ball in recent years had a forgettable match. The Indian batting maestro amassed merely 13 runs (0 &13) in the two innings. The tenacity associated with his batting was conspicuous by its absence.

The story on the other side was firm and reassuring. Steve O’Keefe did a copy paste of his 1st innings bowling effort. He finished the match with 12 wickets in his kitty, 6 in each innings.

Chasing an improbable target of 441, the Indian team looked out of sorts. A win was never on the cards. The question was if India would put up a spirited fight. As it transpired, the answer was a resounding ‘No’. India bundled out for 107 in the second innings, 2 more than the 105 that they managed in the 1st innings.

The defeat ended India’s 19 match unbeaten streak. But Kohli put up a brave face. He termed the dismal batting performance as “no big deal”. “It was just another international game,” said Kohli. Let’s hope that Kohli and his men bounce back strongly in the 2nd test.

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