O'Keefe grateful for Smith backing after India dismantling
Feb 27 2017 by Kelly Saunders
It's also the first time in Kohli's 55-Test career that he's been dismissed without troubling the scorers at home in the longest format, a remarkable stretch that lasted six years and 42 innings.
ESPNcricinfo has learnt from sources that over the four days leading upto the Test, the pitch got only about half the water it gets before a usual first-class match.
Kohli, who has hit four double centuries since July past year, walked after just two deliveries for his first duck in a Test since against England in August 2014.
At this moment, Australia is dominating this Test match and India's back is against the wall.
While experts called this a lottery pitch - Harabhajan Singh refused to even call it a pitch - and while Australia called this a pitch unlike any other they had played on, India's captain and coach didn't find much wrong with it. These are conditions which are supposed to be alien to the Aussies. "You expect them to show that resilience and character and fight..." Australia outplayed their hosts in all departments, and their victory carries great significance also because they had lost all of their last 9 Tests in the Indian subcontinent.
The visitors thus put an end to India's 20-Test unbeaten streak.
Renshaw, who set foot in India for the first time a week ago, has demonstrated a ton of guts in a pulsating first Test in Pune. Both were three-day wins for India, but in both those Tests India won the toss.
"But we've watered the square adequately and ensured it doesn't lose its moisture".
Kohli has been in outstanding form. Not since 2004 and the days of Gilchrist, McGrath and Warne had Australia won a Test in India.
Ravichandran Ashwin took 3-68 but the four dropped catches rounded off a miserable day for India.
Apart from KL Rahul who faced 106 deliveries, Murali Vijay (42), Cheteshwar Pujara (81), Ajinkya Rahane (76) and Wriddhiman Saha (15) looked unsure and could hang around for just over 200 deliveries in the match.
After watching their batsmen take a giant leap towards playing quality spin bowling on hard track, the bowlers led by Steve O'Keefe out bowled their fancied counterparts in Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
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Australia have the strongest cricket system in the world that produces quality cricketers regularly. But Smith has an excellent record against India.
The imperious left-hander was "only" able to add 60 in his next Test against the Proteas, before making up for that with scores of 190, 84, 116 and 205 across the following three matches in a phenomenal sequence of scoring. One match was tied. They tried their level best.
On the Indian soil, Aussies' highest innings total is 577, which they managed in October 2008 in Delhi. O'Keefe, though, a totally different bowler was a killer with his accuracy and deliveries which have less spin but created a cobweb of confusion in the minds of the Indian batsmen.
For Australia, all sorts of records were shattered. Even the knowledgeable and discerning Down Under had warned Australia would find it very tough in India. He scored 3,630, averaging 55, including 11 centuries and 16 fifties.
Not many spinners come to India and dominate the Indian batsmen. He hit eight hundred and 12 fifties.
Ashwin was the most successful among the Indian bowlers with figures of 4/119.
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